Gears of War 5 Lead Explains Why Smoking Was Really Removed

Although tobacco use has never been particularly prominent in Microsoft’s flagship cover shooter, it was rumored that Gears of War 5 would be removing all references to smoking as a result of anti-tobacco activism. But lead developer Rod Fergusson says the choice was made due to personal preference.

This comes directly after reports that anti-smoking organization, Truth Initiative successfully lobbied Gears of War developer The Coalition to cut all tobacco references and imagery from its upcoming sequel. Slated for a fast-approaching September 10 launch, Gears 5 was revealed at last month’s E3 to be shaking up the thirteen-year-old franchise in a few ways bigger than the omission of character Michael Barrick’s cigars. Along with an outlandish, character-driven trailer, an all-new mode called Escape was revealed, which will pit three players against the Swarm in a novel fight for survival that doesn’t come quite close to revolutionizing the series like Gears of War 2‘s Horde mode.

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Responding to a now-removed Game Informer tweet about the Truth Initiative’s apparent anti-smoking victory, Rod Fergusson, studio head of The Coalition, implied that smoking likely wouldn’t have played any prominent role in the final release of Gears 5, anyway. Referring to pre-release concept art for Gears of War 2 in which a character could be seen smoking a cigarette, Fergusson backs up his anti-smoking track record in a tweet of his own when pointing out smoking’s inevitable absence from the game, saying, “I stopped it.” Though his rebuttal is undoubtedly a form of mild damage control, Fergusson later expanded upon his distaste for tobacco and its health risks when sharing that his father, who smoked, died early when Fergusson was only a small child.

In reality, it’s hard to say that the Gears of War franchise has ever done much to glorify smoking among young people, especially when considering that the most visible smoker of the COG bunch, Michael Barrick, is portrayed as a deeply damaged madman – hardly a role model for children in a series of M-rated games. Nevertheless, with the growing popularity of Juul and other vapor-based tobacco brands among kids and teens who can just get their hands on Gears 5 digitally, the removal of all tobacco products and references from the upcoming gorefest is probably for the best – regardless of who can claim responsibility for the deed.

It’s hard to say if this bit of controversy thrown The Coalition’s way was hardly deserved, but it should raise some concerns at the studio and Microsoft that this smoking debacle generated as much if not more buzz than the game’s somewhat lackluster showing at E3 2019. Ever since Epic Games’ departure from the franchise, fans have feared that Gears of War will get the axe in favor of new IP if its public zeal ever fades too greatly. And Gears 5 will have to deliver in a big way if The Coalition wants to secure further sequels.

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Source: Rod Fergusson/Twitter

2019-07-13 01:07:25

Phillip Tinner

Scientist Explains What Would Happen to Earth After Thanos’ Infinity War Snap

A scientist at UCLA has explained what would happen in real life if Thanos’ snap were to actually take place. Following the 2018 premiere of Avengers: Infinity War, many fan theories have developed about a post-snap world. Some have questioned whether the Mad Titan’s snap would resemble the biblical rapture, while others have speculated about the remaining population’s ability to survive. Now, scientists and the writers of Infinity War and Endgame, have gotten involved in the discussion, and it doesn’t look good for Earthlings.

Infinity War ends with Thanos finally locating all six Infinity Stones, and loading them into his Infinity Gauntlet. In a literal snap, 3.8 billion people are erased from the Earth, reduced to ash, including some Avengers. Without the full Avengers team to protect the world, the remaining population is left vulnerable and defenseless. Despite big MCU consequences, much more would be at stake if this sort of thing were to really happen. True, there would be more food to go around, shelter and resources left for survivors, but an Earthly utopia like Thanos anticipates at the end of Infinity War is likely just the stuff of fantasy.

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Justin Christensen of the UCLA Physics Department recently explained to Fandom the likely aftermath that would ensue following a mass population reduction, like in Infinity War, and it isn’t pretty. If 50% of the world’s population were wiped out in an instant, this would take the population back down to where it was in the year 1970, which as it turns out, would not be as huge a cut as needed to make a big positive impact. People would likely repopulate the Earth back to its 2019 population rather quickly, and we would be back to where we started. Christensen also mentions that if pilots, bus drivers, air traffic controllers and the like were all instantly snapped away, the number of non-snap related fatalities to follow would be significant. Clean water and electricity would be luxuries of the past, as would other vital things needed for human survival, such as medical supplies.

But what if more than the human population were effected? Fans have speculated about whether or not all living organisms are included in the snap or not, and the answer would drastically alter the world as we know it. Writers of Infinity War and Endgame Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have somewhat answered this question. They have both claimed that the snap would only impact “sentient life“, or only intelligent and conscious life forms like humans and animals. Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige has given conflicting statements about this topic, but his remark that the snap wiped out “All life!” is largely responsible for the confusion. Many have interpreted this utterance to mean that microbes, plants, and other lifeforms are included in the snap, and the internet has been buzzing with theories ever since. If this were to happen in reality, Christensen explains that the “complex and fragile relationships between many different species” would be effected, and “many ecosystems [would] change completely, and there could be species that never recover.

There would undoubtedly be a handful of unforeseen consequences, should a real life Infinity War-style snap ever happen. If 50% of all the Earth’s lifeforms were to disappear, there would not only be fatalities as a result of people vanishing out of thin air, but there would be notable changes to the Earth’s environment. If the ecosystem is changed, then the food chain is changed, and perhaps the entire landscape of the planet as well. The livability of the Earth for those left standing in the literal dust would decline significantly. Even if sentient life is the only life affected by the snap, the consequences far outweigh the potential good that would come out of it. So, although Thanos may have had an arguably somewhat noble idea in trying to save the Earth from the same fate as his home planet, the likelihood of things turning out as planned would be slim in the real world.

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Source: Fandom

2019-04-23 08:04:46

Taylor Charendoff

Rebel Wilson Explains How She Got MPAA To Change Rating Of New Film

Australian actress Rebel Wilson explains how she convinced the MPAA to change the rating of The Hustle. Directed by Chris Addison, the upcoming comedy is a remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The Hustle features Wilson in a starring role, and she also co-produced the film.

In The Hustle, Wilson stars alongside American actress Anne Hathaway. The two women portray two distinctly different types of scam artists, though they share a mutual goal in seeking vengeance against morally-challenged men. In the original Dirty Rotten Scoundrels film, Steve Martin and Michael Caine portray con men who manipulate rich women in the French Riviera. The late Glenne Headly stars as a wealthy American heiress in the main female role. Directed by Frank Oz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the 1964 comedy Bedtime Story starring Marlon Brando, David Niven, and Shirley Jones. For The Hustle, Wilson co-produced with Spyglass Entertainment’s Roger Birnbaum, the former co-CEO of MGM. In February 2018, The Hustle received its official title, and the first trailer released last February.

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On YouTube, BBC America released a clip from Wilson’s recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, in which she explains the backstory for The Hustle’s MPAA rating. Appearing alongside co-star Anne Hathaway, along with actor Daniel Radcliffe and Killing Eve star Jodie Comer, Wilson discusses how she originally pitched The Hustle to MGM as “something like ‘Dirty Rotten Skanks.’” The film ultimately received an R-rating from the MPAA, prompting Wilson to utilize her law degree with hopes of receiving a PG-13 rating. During an MPAA arbitration hearing, Wilson defended The Hustle, and compared the film’s dialogue with male-centric comedies such as Anchorman. Wilson emphasized the industry’s double standards, most notably that PG films like Frozen, 101 Dalmations, and Muppet Treasure Island include sexualized comedy despite being “designed for children.” After five minutes of deliberation, Wilson was named the winner of her MPAA arbitration hearing. Watch the full clip from The Graham Norton Show below.

In 2008, Wilson co-produced the Australian musical comedy series Bogan Pride, in which she also served as a series regular. She had a supporting role in Paul Feig’s 2011 feature film hit Bridesmaids, and made her first appearance in the Pitch Perfect franchise the following year, portraying Fat Amy. Wilson created, co-produced, and starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom Super Fun Night, of which aired during the 2013-2014 season. Most recently, Wilson co-produced and starred in the 2019 comedy Isn’t It Romantic, a satire of romantic comedy genre tropes. 

Like Jonah Hill, Rebel Wilson has quietly evolved from a supporting comedic actor into a legitimate A-list star. In addition, both performers have displayed their understanding of the Hollywood industry by working behind the scenes, and even behind the camera in Hill’s case. Given Wilson’s educational background and industry experience, it only seems natural that she’d produce and direct a film in the near future. First, however, we’ll have to see if The Hustle becomes a box office hit. 

More: Crowded Comic Book Getting a Movie Adaptation From Rebel Wilson

Source: BBC America

2019-04-20 08:04:04

Q.V. Hough

Game of Thrones Star Explains Jamie Lannister’s Reaction to Seeing [Spoiler]

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau shares what Jamie Lannister thought upon seeing Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) waiting for him in Winterfell during the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere. HBO’s juggernaut series is back after a long hiatus, and with its final season underway, lingering plot points that have yet to be addressed are finally getting the attention they need. Cue the parting moments of this year’s first episode, where the Kingslayer is reunited with the Lord of Winterfell who was waiting for his arrival –  a callback to the final scene in the show’s pilot.

Game of Thrones season 8 premiere is light on the death toll compared to previous openers, but it got some things out of the way. For instance, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is now aware of his real lineage courtesy of Sam (John Bradley). Whether or not he’s the one to deliver the news to Khaleesi (Emilia Clarke) remains to be seen, nonetheless, that’s already out in the open. Khaleesi is now in Winterfell and have met the Starks as they gear up for the battle against the Night King and the White Walkers. Meanwhile, Jon and Khaleesi’s love affair continues with a tender moment between the two. But as the episodes roll, fans expect heightened drama and tension similar to how the latest outing ended.

Related: Game of Thrones: Why Jon Snow Is Able To [SPOILER] So Easily

In the aforementioned scene, the Kingslayer didn’t have any line, instead, fans can only decipher what his reaction was thanks to the amalgamation of different facial expressions from the actor. Speaking with EW following Game of Thrones season 8 premiering, Coster-Waldau revealed what Jamie’s thinking was upon seeing Bran. His answer was initially humorous, but he previews how this reunion will effect how he operates moving forward.

“First of all, I don’t think wheelchairs are a normal thing in Westeros. I think it’s like: ‘What the hell?’ and then, ‘Oh my god, that’s the kid.’ I think he knows Bran didn’t die, but he doesn’t expect to meet him.”

“His mission changes once again. It goes from: ‘I know my brother Tyrion is there and I’m going to fight the good fight’ to ‘I’m in deep sh– now.’ Because this is the Lord of Winterfell that I tried to kill and I’m sure he wants revenge. That’s what Jaime expects.”

The promotional photos and teaser for next week’s Game of Thrones continue Jamie’s narrative in Winterfell. From the looks of it, he’ll quickly be discovered and presented to Khaleesi, and since he was the one credited for the murder of her father, it doesn’t seem like it’ll be an easy journey for him to convince them of his allegiance after learning that Cersei’s (Lena Headey) troops won’t be helping the North. It’s uncertain if he’s already had his one-on-one with Bran prior to his appearance before the Queen, but fans can rest assured that they’ll have their moment together.

At this point, it’s hard to gauge what Bran wants from Jamie. One might think that he might seek revenge as Coster-Waldau mentioned, but now that he’s already the new Three-Eyed Raven it’s curious how he’s going to handle this secret link between him and the Lannister sibling. Reading into Coster-Waldau’s comments, it seems like he’s ready for his imminent confrontation with Bran, but whether or not this assumption changes his original intentions for being in Winterfell is something that fans will find out as Game of Thrones season 8 continues. Perhaps a love-scorned Tyrion steps up for his brother, and saves him from what’s shaping up to be an unpleasant fate in the North.

More: Game of Thrones: 14 Unanswered Questions After The Season 8 Premiere

Game of Thrones continues Sunday, April 21 at 9pm on HBO.

Source: EW

2019-04-17 09:04:59

Ana Dumaraog

Deadwood: Timothy Olyphant Explains Hesitation to Return for Movie

Deadwood star Timothy Olyphant has discussed his hesitation to return for the movie. It’s been more than ten years now since Olyphant portrayed the honorable, but hot-headed lawman Seth Bullock on HBO’s acclaimed western drama series. If anything, the actor’s become more famous than ever in that time, thanks to his work on FX’s acclaimed neo-western series, Justified, and his current role on Netflix’s cult zombie comedy show, Santa Clarita Diet. He’s also found room for several movie roles in-between his TV acting gigs of late, and even has a part in this summer’s Quentin Tarantino offering, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

It’s a good thing too since, for a while there, it was hard to tell if Deadwood: The Movie would ever actually happen. Olyphant himself doubted the revival would come to pass just over a year ago, after so many false starts and stops in the time since HBO cancelled the series in the mid-2000s. Fortunately, he turned out to be wrong and the movie finally went into production last fall, with Daniel Minahan directing from a screenplay by Deadwood creator David Milch. Before then, however, Olyphant’s admitted he was hesitant to sign on for the project, even after it began to officially come together.

Related: Watch HBO’s Deadwood: The Movie Teaser Trailer

In a recent interview with TVLine, Olyphant talked about the Deadwood movie and his experience making the TV film. Before then, however, he revealed his initial reaction when he found out the movie was really going to happen at long last:

My mindset was, “S–t. I guess I’m going to have to make some kind of decision here.” It was a very curious process. I did not expect to be in the position to actually have to make a decision; I just assumed it would go away. It’s a curious [thing] deciding on whether to do a job when all of your old friends have already committed to it and  you kind of think, “Well, I’ve never been in a position to be such an a–hole.” But it was [ultimately] a really wonderful process with [series creator/writer] David Milch and [director] Dan Minahan and [HBO]’s Carolyn Strauss. I had a lot of conversations with them. The whole process was quite rewarding.

As Olyphant put it, his concern was that the Deadwood movie would feel less like a fun high school reunion and more like “repeating your sophomore year”. It’s a perfectly reasonable concern, at that. After all, belated TV revivals are somewhat notorious for being fueled by nostalgia for the original show, more than anything else (see also: Arrested Development, Fuller House). For the same reason, they’re generally hesitant to evolve their characters and sense of storytelling, making them feel like a stab at reliving some past glory more than an organic continuation of the series’ narrative. Thankfully, Olyphant has confirmed that Bullock’s not only in a very different place when the film picks up, but that the movie largely focuses on exploring whether he’s truly changed and matured after all this time:

He was a character that was so defined by his rage. But now he’s got three children and he’s been married [to Anna Gunn’s Martha] for 10 years. And one of the central questions on the show is, “Has he gained any wisdom? Has that rage within him subsided? What will happen when he’s tested? Will he regress to the man he was, or will he be able to take a new path?” It allowed me to really enjoy returning to the character because I could try to answer some of those questions with the performance. It was almost like asking the same questions of myself.

All things considered, the Deadwood movie sounds like a worthy continuation of (and conclusion to) the original series so far, even after so much time. If nothing else, it’s good to hear that Bullock hasn’t simply been hanging around in Deadwood for all these years, and will find himself challenged in new ways when he returns to his old home, to celebrate South Dakota’s newly-acquired statehood. Olyphant also confirmed to TVLine that the film revival will touch on Bullock’s feelings for Alma Ellsworth (Molly Parker), and examine whether fate has anything left into the cards for the ex-lovebirds. Suffice it to say, there may be some heartbreak on the menu here, to go with all the profanity and violence that one expects whenever they pay a visit to good ol’ Deadwood.

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Deadwood: The Movie premieres Friday, May 31 on HBO.

Source: TVLine

2019-04-17 06:04:46

Sandy Schaefer

Star Wars Theory Explains The Biggest Mandalorian Plot Hole

The Star Wars brand is finally putting The Mandalorian at center stage, thanks to the TV show following one lone gunslinger in a new version of the iconic armor. Armor worn by Jango Fett and his son Boba, two of the most well-known Mandalorians… who weren’t Mandalorian at all.

That’s the change to Star Wars canon that has created if not the largest plot hole in the new Star Wars universe, then the most impossible one to explain away. Jango Fett was the greatest warrior that the Mandalorian culture had produced, making his reputation known across the galaxy (just like his son Boba’s would be one day, too). It was for that reason that he became the model of the Republic’s Clone Army. So how does his story make sense if the leaders of Mandalore now claim he was an imposter?

We’ve got a theory to explain it without erasing Jango’s legacy, but it will require a quick history lesson on the Mandalorian way of life, and code of honor. Because the more you learn about the Mandalorian culture… the more it makes sense that Jango Fett wouldn’t be Mandalorian, at all.

  • This Page: The TRUE Mandalorian People Explained
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The casual fan would think that the Mandalorians would be a major player in the Star Wars story: they’re deadly, inherently cool, and wear fantastic armor. But trying to dive into the history of the warrior culture is more difficult than ever, thanks to Disney purchasing Lucasfilm and the Star Wars brand along with it… and claiming all existing novels, comic books, and video games that chronicled the millenia-long Mandalorian history were no longer canon. They remain Star Wars ‘Legends,’ but aren’t official until stated so. But that doesn’t mean it’s been wiped away, either.

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Audiences who watched Clone Wars have only glimpsed a span of years in the Mandalore culture, and will wrongly assume they know who the Mandalorians really are. A society that started by loving warfare, was eventually punished for its warring ways, and is more likely to implode than advance (hopefully Star Wars: Rebels gives them a chance). But with an origin that stretches back thousands of years, even earlier than the formation of the Old Republic, the story of how the Mandalorians became also helps to explain why Jango and Boba Fett would eventually be disowned by them completely.

First things first: the animated Clone Wars may only show human beings in the Mandalorian armor, but that was never the spirit of their people in the original universe. The Mandalorian stand apart from almost all other Star Wars civilizations by having no ‘standard’ race, thanks to their greatest leader – known as Mand’alor – who saved the Mandalorian people from extinction. After encountering the Republic and their (let’s be honest, easily dislike-able) Jedi warrior monks, the expansionist Mandalorians were driven back, and paid the price for hostility.

It was then that the saving Mand’alor rose to claim the rank and mask worn by the leader of all who followed the Mandalorian way. Opening the society’s borders to all who would join, adhere to their code of honorable warfare, and worship progress and evolution through martial arts and conquest, the Mandalorian people spread until they laid claim to an entire Republic-free region of space. With war behind them, acting as mercenaries and bounty hunters became their new means of worship.

The exact identity of this history-changing Mand’alor, and the era in which he united the tribes of Mandalore has been changed from canon to non-canon. And while Clone Wars portrayed the progressive, non-violent, pacifistic New Mandalorians as the only ‘right’ future, Star Wars has always been a mythology best examined from more than one point of view. When united, the Mandalorians are a a strong, intelligent, and honorable re-imagining of gunslingers, samurai, or sellswords.

It’s for that reason that it’s so easy to accept that Jango Fett may have been exiled, or implicitly outcast by anyone truly honoring the Mandalorian way. No matter what the Republic or pacifists might say, the Star Wars universe only rewards those who can fight to protect the people and things they care about. It’s that belief that created the Mandalorian way. And if you believe the rumored plot of The Mandalorian TV show, the new hero may be trying to restore those very values to the Mandalore of the Star Wars future.

Page 2 of 2: Why Jango Fett Was Likely Cast Out By Mandalore

From a certain point of view, this is a mix-up asking to take place, with Mandalorians defined by armor that could practically be worn by anyone, regardless of their heritage of belief system. Obi-Wan Kenobi presumed that Mandalorian armor=Mandalorian in “The Mandalore Plot,” season 2, episode 12 of The Clone Wars. When beginning his questions about possible rogue Mandalorian agents, his questions about Jango Fett keeping their ‘deadly’ reputation alive were immediately dismissed by Prime Minister Almec, clarifying with obvious indignation that “Jango Fett was a common bounty hunter. How he acquired that armor is beyond me.”

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It’s here where the plot hole forms, essentially putting Jango Fett’s entire story and role in question. To some, the fact that Prime Minister Almec plays with the truth later in the season means he’s lying here, too (even if there’s no real reason to). But it’s possible to make this scene work with the lore Star Wars fans have surrounding Jango Fett. Especially since his embodiment of the perfect Mandalorian way of combat is exactly why he was chosen as the model for the Grand Army of the Republic.

This is speculation on our part, making the assumption that the Clone Wars team was hinting at a much larger story–instead of erasing one for kicks. If Almec is one thing, it is performative-ly outraged if it keeps up appearances. Which means his description of Jango Fett as “a common bounty hunter” may have more to do with how he’s seen by Mandalorians, than if he was a citizen of Mandalore before The Clone Wars. Knowing what we know about the Mandalore tradition, Jango definitely did the one thing his warrior nation would look down upon. Even if they wouldn’t learn about it until an endless army of clones spread across the galaxy.

The Attack of the Clones movie outlines the plan: Jango is hired to contribute DNA to the Kamino cloners, so they can create an army of Fetts. In the previous Star Wars novels, that story was expanded to include the Cuy’val Dar–“those who no longer exist.” These were 100 people (mostly fellow Mandalorians) recruited by Jango Fett to disappear from the galaxy for a decade, training the Clones in the art of war in total secrecy. Naturally, the Mandalorians passed on their beliefs, and the Clones they shaped had a better chance of survival.

The question fans will ask is: what happened after the decade was up? Most of the Cuy’val Dar returned to their lives, or took on new ones. They had the freedom of anonymity… because it wasn’t their face on every Clone soldier. If Jango was as famous a bounty hunter as he seemed, every Mandalorian would know that he allowed his blood, his training, his beliefs, and his culture to be mass-produced. Copied into thousands of soldiers designed to die for the Republic, and not Mandalore. If you ask us, the idea that Mandalore would disown Jango as a traitor is completely believable.

That’s our theory for why Jango Fett could have been publicly and enthusiastically exiled and disowned by every follower of the Mandalorian way. But for Boba Fett, the explanation is even simpler: he’s not Mandalorian because… well, he never became one. It’s safe to assume that Jango passed on some of his culture and Mandalorian ways to his “son” before being killed. But instead of taking his larger step into the Mandalorian way of life, Boba Fett took up with cutthroat bounty hunters and hired guns, instead (a childhood chronicled in Clone Wars).

If our theory is accurate–or at least based in the same expanded universe fiction the Clone Wars writers were leaving possible–Boba was probably better off finding his own set of Mandalorian armor instead of trying to recover his father’s. And we suppose there is some poetry in Boba actually becoming what his father was seen as for bringing him into the world: a common bounty hunter.

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2019-04-15 05:04:39

Andrew Dyce

Paul Rudd Explains How Filming Avengers Is Similar to Friends

Paul Rudd says working on Avengers: Endgame is similar to his experience on Friends. Debuting as one of the most obscure heroes in the MCU via Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man, the actor has been playing the role for almost four years now, reprising the role two more times in Captain America: Civil War and Ant-Man & The Wasp. This year, he official joins the bigger world as he teams up with the remaining heroes to go after Thanos following the events of Avengers: Infinity War.

Plot details for the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed and Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely-written blockbuster have been heavily guarded. Trailers barely reveal any concrete clues as to what might go down in the film. But as far as the public knows, Ant-Man will play a crucial role in the narrative having the key to the mysterious Quantum Realm introduced and largely explored in his movies. It’s uncertain how the alternate dimension will factor in the movie, but many are convinced that it will pave the way for the heroes to travel through time. Being one of the newer actors boarding the MCU, Rudd has been vocal about his experience joining an established franchise, and recently, he compared this to his years in the classic sitcom, Friends.

Related: All The Avengers: Endgame Quantum Realm Clues (So Far)

Sitting down with ET during Endgame‘s press day, Rudd, who was partnered up with original Avenger, Jeremy Renner, was reminded that this year marks the 25th anniversary of Friends. In light of that, the actor talked briefly about what he remembers during his years in the show. And along the conversation, he shared that it’s very similar to him joining the MCU in a sense that he boarded the sitcom when it was already very popular and acting opposite these already iconic actors and characters and he “just didn’t want to get in the way.” Watch the full clip below:

Rudd, who had already done the coming-of-age classic film Clueless at that time, was introduced in Friends‘ second to the last season as Mike Hannigan – accidental-boyfriend-turned-husband of Lisa Kudrow’s Phoebe. The two had a bumpy relationship that even resulted in a brief break-up, but they eventually got back together and got hitched in a romantic, albeit unorthodox winter wedding officiated by Joey (Matt LeBlanc). Despite only appearing in a handful of episodes, he had some very memorable moments in the sitcom, particularly the one where he and and David Schwimmer’s Ross were forced to hang out as Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Phoebe go out for a girls’ night out.

Ant-Man has been largely operating on its own for the last few years with only a short appearance in Civil War. While it’s unknown whether or not this will still be the trend once this ongoing Thanos debacle is resolved, there’s a good chance that he’ll be more active in the ongoings in the bigger MCU. Since the Quantum Realm, which is significantly tied to him and his franchise will be a pivotal part of the franchise moving forward, not to mention the fact that he’s connected to other heroes in the lore, he and The Wasp can be two of the next poster characters for the universe come Phase 4. So while his stint in Avengers: Endgame reminded him of joining Friends, unlike the latter, his time in the Marvel universe is still far from over.

More: Paul Rudd Hilariously Reveals His “Secret” to Not Visibly Aging

Source: ET

2019-04-13 08:04:11

Ana Dumaraog

Into The Badlands Finally Explains The Fall Of Azra

Monday’s episode of Into the Badlands finally explained the circumstances behind the fall of Azra, the mythical city that has remained one of the show’s biggest mysteries since season 1.

The lost city of Azra was first mentioned in the series premiere of the post-apocalyptic martial arts series. At the beginning, Azra served as a strange and mysterious link between Sunny (Daniel Wu) and M.K. (Aramis Knight), who both had unexplained ties to the faraway place. Many doubted the existence of the utopian city, while others, like the Widow (Emily Beecham) and Pilgrim (Babou Ceesay), have been desperate to find it. What is known about Azra is that the city eventually fell, and only a few survived, including Sunny and Pilgrim.

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The final season of Into the Badlands has provided some much-needed answers about what really happened to Azra. Pilgrim explained to Sunny that the city was destroyed by a group called the Black Lotus. Ankara (Clare Higgins) recently told Sunny and Nix (Ella-Rae Smith) that the Black Lotus is an ancient cult devoted to murdering anyone who possesses the Gift. In the latest episode, “Cobra Fang, Panther Claw,” Ankara revealed that it was her fault that Azra was destroyed. Years ago when she was still at the Monastery, she and a scribe named Magnus (Francis Magee) set out to find Azra. Ankara was betrayed by Magnus, who turned out to be a member of Black Lotus. Magnus left Ankara for dead and laid waste to the city with his men. Now Magnus is back and on the hunt for Ankara.

Ankara’s story fills in some of the blanks regarding the mystery of Azra, but more is sure to be discovered in the coming weeks, as the fight with the Black Lotus heats up. At the end of the episode, Magnus murders Ankara and stabs Bajie (Nick Frost) in the chest. Bajie’s fate is left uncertain. Magnus’ actions have increased the chances that the Black Lotus are the real villains of season 3.

While Sunny and the others have been so focused on fighting Pilgrim, the Black Lotus has emerged as the most immediate threat. Sunny’s inevitable clash with Magnus could lead to more questions being answered about Sunny’s past, the secrets of Azra, and the true nature of the Gift, which was never meant to be a weapon. It’s possible that Magnus will reveal the Gift’s purpose, and why the Black Lotus was willing to destroy an entire city just to kill everyone with the Gift.

More: Why Into The Badlands Was Cancelled (Despite Being Amazing)

2019-04-09 04:04:48

Nicholas Raymond

Star Wars Explains How General Grievous Killed So Many Jedi

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars: Age of Republic – General Grievous

General Grievous may not be a Sith Lord, but he’s as legendary for killing Jedi as any Star Wars villain. And now, the real reason he was able to slaughter Jedi so easily may have finally been revealed.

In hindsight, General Grievous may only be rivaled by Darth Maul as the best Star Wars villain to get only a few minutes of screen time (appearing only in Star Wars: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith). But his reputation for killing Jedi, then using their lightsabers to kill even more made a lasting impression. The same will likely be true of his new story told in Star Wars: Age of Republic – General Grievous, a comic book exploring his unique connection to The Force.

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While the movies and Star Wars: The Clone Wars showed General Grievous to be a victim of his own emotions, there is no denying his talent for murdering Jedi Knights, regardless of their experience. Until now, that killer instinct was explained by being trained in lightsaber combat by Count Dooku, not to mention the effectiveness of facing down one lightsaber with six. But there may be another reason…

In the pages of Star Wars: Age of Republic – General Grievous by writer Jody Houser and artist Luke Ross, the Supreme commander of the Droid Army allows his ego and arrogance to challenge even The Force itself. First slaughtering two new Jedi Knights (leaving them in total shock as to how he vanquished them so swiftly) General Grievous communes with The Force locus point they sought. He intends only to merge with it so that he may destroy it through brute force–the type of fight his artificial, replaced body is designed for–but gets more than he bargained for.

Seeing General Grievous’ original face revealed by the strange voices or inhabitants of The Force is a historic moment of its own. But as Grievous dismisses the restoration of his body, boasting that he has ‘upgraded’ his physical form, the Force voices offer an alternative perspective. In seeking simple, physical, artificial power, he has sacrificed something greater. By cutting away parts of his living body, General Grievous has simultaneously “carved away” his connection to The Force.

The takeaway isn’t that General Grievous would have been a Force User, or even Force-sensitive had he remained in his natural, organic body. The point is that in reducing his true body until only eyes, a spine, and some organs remain (a haunting visual on its own) Grievous has made himself almost non-existent to The Force. And THAT is what may finally explain his legendary ability to take even the most skilled and experienced Jedi Knights by surprise in hand-to-hand lightsaber combat.

The lore surrounding the kyber crystals that power lightsabers has been changed in the new Star Wars canon, but most of the mythology remains the same: the gems are connected to The Force directly, channeling its energy, embodying an aspect of it, and even forming a sentient bond with both The Force and the Jedi whose lightsaber it calls home. In a lightsaber duel, it stands to reason that a Jedi or Sith senses both fighter and weapon through The Force. But with General Grievous essentially invisible to The Force, and using lightsabers as a tool that can’t share or emit any of their telltale bond or energy whatsoever, he’s the last opponent a Jedi Knight could ever prepare to battle.

You can’t call it cheating, per se, but it’s not exactly a fair fight either. No matter what, even General Grievous doesn’t grasp the cost of his tragic advantage, believing himself to simply be ‘a better fighter.’ Now the Star Wars fans know better.

Star Wars: Age of Republic – General Grievous #1 is available now from your local comic book store, or direct from Marvel Comics.

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2019-04-09 03:04:52

Andrew Dyce

Jordan Peele Explains Us Movie’s Ambiguous Ending Scene

Jordan Peele explained Us’ ambiguous ending scene. As the follow-up to Peele’s directorial debut Get Out, Us has already achieved record-breaking status at the box office, as well as huge amounts of critical acclaim. Arguably one of the most genuinely frightening horror films to come along in some time, Us provides solid proof that Jordan Peele’s success with Get Out wasn’t a one-off.

Starring Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, Us follows the Wilson family (Nyong’o and Duke) as they head to their family beach house with their two children for the summer. Adelaide (Nyong’o) feels an uncomfortable attachment to the local area since having accidentally been separated from her parents one evening when she was a child. As her feelings turn to anxiety, the Wilsons are visited by a strange family one night, its members exact doppelgängers of the vacationing Wilsons. These doppelgängers (known as the Tethered) quickly become the Wilson’s worst nightmare, and the film progresses at a nail-biting rate, escalating until its final, shocking twist.

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Because the ending is so surprising, some have found it to be rather ambiguous. Us packs a lot into its 116-minutes, making it easy for audiences to be distracted or too scared to immediately consider the film’s open ending. Fortunately, The A.V. Club have relayed Jordan Peele’s explanation of the ending – in which the surviving version of Adelaide is revealed to actually be a Tethered – as a metaphor for the monster being us; that it’s about looking at ourselves as individuals and a group. Peele said:

“This movie’s about maybe the monster is you. It’s about us kind of looking at ourselves as individuals and as a group. The protagonist in a movie is the surrogate for the audience. So it felt like, at the end of the day, I wasn’t doing my core theme any justice if I wasn’t revealing that we have been the bad guy in this movie. We’ve been following the villain.”

In addition to this insight, Peele also stated that he uses the term “villain” lightly, as the film strives to create questions surrounding good and evil, as well as how we perceive otherness when confronted with the mixture of human beings that are both Tethered and Untethered in Us. Lastly, Peele explained his take on that final creepy smile that Adelaide gives the audience and her son, Jason, at the film’s conclusion:

“I think the little smile she gives him is a lot of things. I think it’s a connection to the evil smile she once had as a little girl, but also a sort of understanding that her family unit was stronger from this experience.”

The ambiguity of what becomes of Earth and the people living among the Tethered is central to many of the questions being asked about Us. And while the internet continues to be filled with theory after theory regarding the Tethered and the Untethered, Peele’s ability to keep fans thinking and talking long after they’ve seen the film is a marvel in an era that typically sees popular Hollywood films answer any questions with sequels. For his part, Peele has made his point with Us, leaving audiences with an untold number of unique secrets to be explored on their own.

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Source: The A.V. Club

2019-04-06 04:04:43

Mike Jones