Netflix Is Testing A Random Episode Feature

Netflix is testing a feature that plays a random episode of a popular series that doesn’t necessarily need to be watched in chronological order. In the age of streaming, viewers have arguably become spoiled by the sheer amount of choices available to occupy their time, especially if they subscribe to multiple streaming services. On Netflix alone, one can find thousands of movies and TV episodes to watch, even if the selection is smaller than it used to be. That said, more choices isn’t always better.

At a certain point, the amount of available choices of things to watch can become overwhelming and annoying, as it can end up being harder to actually pick something when doing so requires browsing through such a large amount of content. Such problems are why many people have taken to using websites and apps that randomly throw out something to watch on various services, as it takes the burden of choice off the shoulders of the user.

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Now, it seems Netflix might be wanting to solve the paradox of choice itself, as Android Police (via Variety) reports that the streaming giant is currently testing a new feature that allows subscribers to play a random episode of certain popular shows. Netflix has confirmed that the tests are taking place, although only on Netflix’s Android mobile app for now. As with all Netflix feature tests, only certain users in certain regions are seeing the option to play a random episode appear, which is worded in-app as “play a popular episode.”

Four shows currently confirmed as part of Netflix’s play a random episode testing are The Office, New Girl, Our Planet, and Arrested Development. Based on comments made by a Netflix exec at an LA press event in March, this feature is likely being targeted toward sitcoms, anthologies, and other shows that don’t really require they be watched in sequential order to enjoy. That said, many fans would argue Arrested Development absolutely needs to be watched in order, due to the amount of complex callbacks and running gags it features. Either way, one assumes shows like Friends and Black Mirror would be perfect additions to the play a random episode lineup.

Of course, just because Netflix is testing this feature, doesn’t mean it will become permanent. Lots of ideas they’ve tested over the years have either never been implemented or didn’t become standard for a long time afterward. It’s easy to see many Netflix users welcoming this new option though, especially those who maybe used to enjoy just “channel surfing” on traditional TV. While this isn’t quite the same as simply “watching what’s on” at any given point, the ability to watch a random episode of The Office could certainly help the next time the amount of choices becomes overwhelming.

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Source: Android Police (via Variety)

2019-04-19 12:04:00

Michael Kennedy

Game of Thrones Season 8 Won’t Feature Lady Stoneheart

According to a visual effects supervisor on the show, Lady Stoneheart will not be appearing in Game of Thrones season 8. Anticipation is sky high for the final season of the HBO fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, and speculation is naturally heating up as fans try to guess how the show will wrap up its epic story. Among the many fan theories floated around about the events set to go down in season 8, one of the most popular holds that novel character Lady Stoneheart, who thus far has not made the jump to the series, will finally make her belated debut on the show.

In the novels, Lady Stoneheart is the resurrected form of Catelyn Stark, who’s brought back to life after the infamous Red Wedding when her body is found by the outlaw gang Brotherhood Without Banners and returned to life via a magical kiss from Beric Dondarrion, whose own “unnatural” life is consequently given in sacrifice. Of course, Lady Stoneheart is only similar to Catelyn Stark in body, as her resurrected form has been robbed of all human qualities. The character goes on to lead the Brotherhood, eventually killing Brienne of Tarth among others. On the show, Stark did indeed die in the Red Wedding massacre as in the books, but her body was never brought back to life and Brienne of Tarth is very much alive (the fate of Beric Dondarrion remains up in the air after the season 7 finale).

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With Game of Thrones entering its final six episodes, fans had begun speculating that Lady Stoneheart or some version of the undead character would at last make her appearance on the TV show. However, it’s now been confirmed by a GoT crew member that the character will not show up in season 8 after all. Speaking to Huffington Post, special effects supervisor Joe Bauer dismissed the fan theory with the blunt statement: “I saw it in the media, but it again never showed up in a script.”

In the same interview, Bauer also debunked several other fan rumors. He said ice spiders will not show up in season 8, as showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss determined that it was better to leave those creatures as part of Westerosi lore without actually visualizing them. He also shot down the big fan theory that the wights formed the Stark sigil as they stormed through the destroyed Wall at the end of season 7, a theory that many think confirms Bran Stark is actually the Night King. According to Bauer, the wights are simply streaming through the remains of The Wall randomly, and it was just a coincidence that looking at them from the top down, they seemed to form the Stark sigil. Bauer also said that, as far as he knows, the headless horseman in the Battle of the Bastards was not a nod to Ned Stark, though he admits the director of the episode might have a different take.

Though Bauer seems to have thoroughly debunked several important fan theories with his statements, it’s always possible that he’s deliberately spreading disinformation, and that Lady Stoneheart and ice spiders will show up in season 8. Fans of course have latched onto the Lady Stoneheart theory after several seeming clues in early trailers indicating that resurrection of dead Starks may play a part in the new season. Indeed, the precedent for resurrection was set on the show when The Mountain was brought back to life. Of course, The Night King himself possesses the power of resurrection, and fans have speculated that he might bring back a zombified Catelyn Stark to menace her surviving children the same way he resurrected the dragon Viserion in order to destroy the Wall.

Though it’s disappointing to many that lady Stoneheart likely will not in fact show up in Game of Thrones season 8, there no doubt will still be a lot of other dramatic and shocking developments as the final six episodes play out. There’s arguably no bigger show on TV than Game of Thrones, and its final season is sure to be one of the biggest and most discussed events in TV and pop culture history.

More: Game Of Thrones: 10 Great Book Characters Who Were Wasted On The Show

Source: Huffington Post

2019-04-14 10:04:50

Dan Zinski

The Head Hunter Review: Medieval Creature Feature is Low-Budget Fun

With films like ThanksKilling and the Critters: Bounty Hunter short under his belt, director Jordan Downey is firmly in his low-budget wheelhouse on The Head Hunter. A mashup of medieval fantasy and monster horror, Downey’s latest movie has screened at a handful of festivals ahead of its release, and even won some big prizes at Portugal’s Fantasporto 2019 in February. While he clearly had limited resources to draw from here, Downey is nevertheless able to deliver a mean and lean tale of revenge with a surprisingly rich sense of atmosphere. Armed with a pulpy spirit and plenty of monster gore to go around, The Head Hunter makes for enjoyably gnarly fantasy horror B-movie entertainment.

Christopher Rygh stars here as “Father”, a medieval monster hunter who sets out to slay the creature that murdered his daughter (Cora Kaufman) some years before. The film’s opening alone invites comparisons to something like The Revenant, with its beautifully desaturated visuals and chilling shots of seemingly endless frozen woodland. Downey and his cinematographer Kevin Stewart (who cowrote the script with Downey) make similarly heavy use of natural lighting and shadows throughout the movie to give it an unexpected amount of texture. The pair also made the smart decision to shoot The Head Hunter in comparatively remote locations in Portugal and Mammoth Lakes, California. These vast and unspoiled landscapes help to create the feeling that this story really is unfolding in an ancient setting where all manner of monsters roam the earth.

The first half of The Head Hunter is something of a mood piece that focuses on the grimly monotonous rituals of Father’s day to day life (hunting creatures for money, making fire, cooking a mysterious substance that heals his battle wounds). Rygh does a good job of carrying the film on his shoulders in these scenes, even with half a dozen to a dozen lines of dialogue (if that many) to flesh out the character and his motivation. In a way, this portion of the movie feels like a weird version of Never Cry Wolf, only with fantastical monsters running amok instead of Arctic fauna. The pacing never drags, however, and these moments do a nice job of establishing just how unforgivingly brutal and dangerous Father’s world truly is.

As the second half gets underway, The Head Hunter evolves into a monster horror-thriller more along the lines of Predator (where it’s not entirely clear who’s really the hunter and who’s the prey). While the movie offers little more than fleeting glimpses of Father’s opponent (aka. “The Head”), it’s for the best, given the character’s low-cost design. Downey smartly sets the action at night to better hide the limitations of the monster, which is brought to life as a blend of practical and digital effects. This further gives rise to some tense sequences where Father must struggle around the natural barriers of the movie’s setting, in his efforts to find and execute The Head. If anything, this segment of the film wraps up too quickly and feels like it could’ve benefitted from some additional breathing room.

All in all, The Head Hunter makes for a pretty creative exercise in minimalism and genre moviemaking. Of course, there are times when the film’s low budget shows, and those hoping for lots of monster brawls will disappointed to know that most of the fights take place off-screen (again, for cost-reducing reasons). The story is a real meat and potatoes narrative too, and is overall lacking when it comes to substance and emotional impact. Still, Rygh has the screen presence needed to pass for a convincingly Conan the Barbarian-like brutish warrior, and his adventure at large has an equally dark and rugged vibe. That goes double for the world he lives in, thanks to a combination of the scenery and the intricately detailed production design of Father’s cabin and weaponry.

While The Head Hunter doesn’t demand to be enjoyed on the largest screen available, its visuals are surprisingly rich for such a low-budget film, and would mostly benefit from being seen in a theater. Then again, it’s all the easier to be forgiving of the movie’s flaws and (very) short runtime when you’re watching it for a lower price at home, so On Demand might be the better option anyway. If anything, this is the sort of B-movie that leaves you wondering what its director and crew could do with a proper studio budget (even a mid-range one). Until that happens, here’s hoping Downey continues to make fun, pulpy genre fare along these lines in the future.

The Head Hunter is now playing in select theaters and available On Demand. It is 72 minutes long and is Not Rated.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!

2019-04-05 04:04:57

Sandy Schaefer

10 Movies To Look Forward To This Year (That Don’t Feature Superheroes)

Superhero movies are big business. As this is being written, Captain Marvel – the latest film from Marvel Studios – has scored the sixth-highest worldwide box office opening of all time. This isn’t a surprise (except maybe to the vocal minority opposed to a female-led Marvel movie) nor is the news of a superhero movie making box office records particularly new. In fact, the nine top-grossing films of the 2010s are superhero movies. And for the most part, these films are great, especially if they’ve come from Marvel Studios, who have been scoring hit after hit for over 10 years. But what about the other films; the films that don’t feature men and women in capes, the sort of films that came before the superheroes took over the world? Well, they still exist, read on to find out about the ten movies to look forward to this year that don’t feature superheroes.

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10 Doctor Sleep

Based on King’s sequel book to his original 1977 novel The Shining, Doctor Sleep is directed by horror movie veteran and Stephen King adaptor extraordinaire Mike Flanagan (Flanagan directed Gerald’s Game, one of the best Stephen King adaptations in recent years). King’s book saw a grown-up Danny Torrance dealing with his psychic powers as well as the same alcoholism that plagued his father.

RELATED: Gerald’s Game Ending Explained

Throw in a creepy cult that feeds on children and you’ve got the makings of a King classic. Whether the film will follow the plot of the book exactly or deviate from the source material as The Shining did, is yet to be seen. But with Flanagan behind the camera and Ewan McGregor playing the adult Danny, this one is not to be missed.

9 Gemini Man

Gemini Man has been in production for a long time now, going back as far as the late ’90s when it was going to be directed by Tony Scott or Curtis Hanson. Now it’s in the hands of Life of Pi director Ang Lee and stars the inimitable Will Smith. The plot is absolutely wild. It sees Smith playing an ageing hitman whose attempts to get out of the game are put on hold by an attack from a younger, clone version of himself. With this and Aladdin, 2019 will be a big year for Smith.

8 Us

The latest from funny-man turned horror movie master, Jordan Peele (following the groundbreaking and record-breaking Get Out) is the ominously titled Us. Described as a psychological horror-thriller, Us sees an ordinary family’s vacation turned upside down when they are confronted with a group of red jumpsuit wearing strangers who look exactly like them. Whether it will have the same impact socially as Get Out did, remains to be seen. But with a 100% RottenTomatoes score and a cast that includes Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Tim Heidecker (yes, of Tim & Eric fame) it’s definitely going to one to remember.

7 Midsommar

Last year, writer and director Ari Aster showed even the most jaded and desensitized horror fan can still be scared senseless with the right movie – Hereditary. Now Aster is back with his follow up, the Swedish-set nightmare Midsommar. The teaser trailer is the only glimpse we have of the film so far but from that alone, it’s clear Aster is filling Midsommar with the same creepy characters and nightmarish imagery as his previous film.

RELATED: Midsommar Teaser Trailer Released

Unusually, the film seems to be set completely in the brightly-lit Scandinavian daytime, unlike most horror films which instead opt for dark and gloomy settings. Although if the trailer is any indication, this won’t make the film any less frightening. The cast this time includes up-and-comers such as Jack Reynor and Florence Pugh, as well as the always fantastic Will Poulter.

6 Ip Man 4

Biopics don’t always have to be completely accurate retellings of their subject’s lives, and this is no more evident than with the Ip Man trilogy (soon to be quadrilogy). After starting by telling the story of how the titular wing chun grandmaster (the superb Donnie Yen) survived during the Japanese invasion of WWII, the films have slowly progressed to greater and wackier heights. This culminated with a fight between Yen and Mike Tyson; something nobody asked for yet everyone cheered for. The fourth film is set to go further still, having Ip Man travel to the US in search of his pupil, Bruce Lee, who has set up his own school. Along the way, Yen will undoubtedly punch and kick his way through numerous bad guys, including Scott Adkins and Jackie Chan.

5 IT: Chapter 2

Nobody expected 2017’s IT to be as big a hit as it turned out to be. Stephen King adaptations can be a mixed bag; for every Misery or Gerald’s Game, we have The Dark Tower or Dreamcatcher. But It was a revelation, a funny and scary romp through ’80s nostalgia that unlike a lot of films, genuinely warranted a sequel.

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The sequel sees ‘The Losers Club’ all return to Derry to fight Pennywise once more after he returns to haunt the town. Director Andy Muschietti returns, meaning we should get some of the refreshing humor and original scares that made the first film so successful. The young versions of The Losers Club are still in this one too, but for the modern scenes that make up the majority of the movie, A-listers like James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain have been cast. But perhaps most importantly, Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise; everyone’s favorite killer clown.

4 Rocketman

Music biopics are on the up after the controversial Queen flick Bohemian Rhapsody did big business at both the box office and the Oscars. However, the upcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman (whose director Dexter Fletcher stepped in to oversee Bohemian Rhapsody after the Bryan Singer scandal) seems a lot less cookie cutter. Perhaps due in part to the fact that Rocketman’s lead subject is still alive and contributing to the film, it looks to tell the warts and all story of one of Britain’s biggest musical stars. As well as this, the film includes dreamlike fantasy elements in its retelling of John’s life, promising to stand out from the overcrowded biopic genre. And just as Rami Malek turned in a career-best performance as Freddie Mercury, Rocketman looks to do the same for Taron Egerton as Elton John.

3 Ad Astra

Now, not much is known about this one. Despite its impending release date of May 24th, a trailer still hasn’t been released. But what we do know is that it stars Brad Pitt as a man determined to find his father (Tommy Lee Jones) after he left on a one-way mission to Neptune 20 years earlier. We also know it’s directed by one of the most underrated directors working today, James Gray. His previous film was the painfully underrated The Lost City of Z, so if he can bring a similar mix of psychological terror and intelligence to the sci-fi genre then audiences will be in for a real treat.

2 2: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

The release of a new Quentin Tarantino movie is more than your standard film release; it’s an entire event. The man is a movie genre all to himself. His new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywoodset in the weeks surrounding the Manson murders, has one of his best plots yet. It follows television actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double and best friend Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) as they set out to make a name for themselves in the New Hollywood film industry. Whatever your opinion on Tarantino’s output over the years it can’t be argued that his films aren’t a hell of a lot of fun. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood doesn’t seem any different.

1 1: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

The 16th of May cannot come soon enough. Because, on that date, we get the third installment in what has quickly become the best action franchise of the decade. The success of the John Wick franchise rests squarely upon the shoulders of it’s leading man Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahleski. The third in the series sees them reunite and picks up not long after the end of John Wick 2, which saw John get a bounty on his head and kicked out of the only safe space he knew (the assassin haven; the Continental hotel). From trailers and photos, John somehow finds himself fighting assailants from the back of a horse, in the desert and with his new partner, Halle Berry. We know the action will be fantastic and we know Reeves will be once again the most badass man in cinema.

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2019-03-16 09:03:05

Tom Bumby

Birds of Prey May Possibly Feature A Non-Tattooed Harley Quinn

According to rumors, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn may lose her Suicide Squad tattoos in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). After debuting the character to memorable effect in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Robbie will make her long-anticipated return as Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn in the upcoming DCEU movie with the long – and arguably irritatingly confusing – title.

As that title suggests, Birds of Prey will see Quinn freeing herself from the influence of the Joker and moving on to new adventures. In addition to Quinn, the film will bring in popular DC female characters Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya, who join Quinn to save the youthful Cassandra Cain from the evil crime lord Black Mask, who is to be played by Ewan McGregor. The reported R-rated movie is being directed by Cathy Yan from a script by Christina Hodgson.

Related: The DCEU Can Start A New Type Of Shared Universe

As the few revealed plot details suggest, Birds of Prey will feature somewhat of a re-invented Harley Quinn, and now it seems that re-invention will possibly extend beyond the character’s relationships and goals. As reported by Revenge of the Fans, the new Harley Quinn may also sport a different look that sees her ditching the tattoos she wore after hooking up with the Joker in Suicide Squad. This report is only a rumor as of now, but changing gears on Quinn’s look would be in keeping with the mandate of new DC Films boss Walter Hamada, who has afforded his creatives a lot of freedom when it comes to re-imagining the DCEU’s many characters.

In fact, the look of Harley Quinn and the Joker in Suicide Squad was extreme, and quite a far cry from how those characters are normally depicted in the comics. Many were not fans of the gangsta look adopted by Jared Leto as the Joker (even director David Ayer admitted he may have gone too far with the character’s design), and others complained about Harley Quinn being made to look similarly like a lowlife. Those characters’ looks may have worked for Suicide Squad, a movie that was trying to be gritty and dark, but with Birds of Prey reportedly going the non-serious route, it arguably makes sense to clean up Harley Quinn’s appearance a bit and go back to something closer to the more playful and less inked-up comic book version of the character.

Of course, though many comic book fans disliked the Suicide Squad version of Harley Quinn, the character did catch on with general audiences and has since become one of the most popular Halloween costumes every year. It remains to be seen if Harley Quinn even gets a new look in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) let alone whether it goes over as well as the now-iconic Quinn incarnation from Suicide Squad. Assuming the new movie does makeover the character, as the new rumor suggests it may.

More: DC Will Beat Marvel to Release Two Female-Led Superhero Movies in Same Year

Source: Revenge of the Fans

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2018-12-04 02:12:46

Bumblebee Will Feature His Original Voice, Provided By Dylan O’Brien

Dylan O’Brien is voicing Bumblebee in the character’s solo movie spinoff/prequel. The live-action Transformers adventure takes place in the 1980s and follows Bee as he ventures to earth to carry out a secret mission for Optimus Prime, ultimately teaming up with a teenager named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) along the way. Since the movie revolves around Bumblebee as a younger Autobot, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says the film’s creatives wanted Bee’s voice to have a youthful quality that reflects his relative inexperience in the story.

Those who saw last year’s Transformers: The Last Knight may recall that, during his climactic showdown with Optimus, Bumblebee spoke in his “real” voice for the firs time (with the film’s sound designer and supervising sound editor, Erik Aadahl, providing the character’s vocals). However, now that Michael Bay – who helmed the previous five live-action Transformers movies – has stepped away from the series and Kubo and the Two Strings‘ Travis Knight is directing Bumblebee, the film aims to partially reboot the series’ mythology in the wake of Bay’s departure, beginning with Bee’s voice.

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IGN has confirmed that O’Brien is voicing Bumblebee in the character’s solo film and even has a quote from Bonaventura, explaining why it was necessary for the Transformer famous for not having a voice in the live-action franchise to finally get one:

“Since we were approaching this as an origin story, we felt that it was appropriate that you got to hear his voice. That’s the simple logic that we employed. The longer term implication of that is different. But the short-term implication of that is, since we really are resetting the mythology, essentially, of who Bumblebee is. And so, that seemed to us to be the appropriate, to get the chance to hear what he sounds like.”

Best known for his roles in the Teen Wolf TV series and The Maze Runner movie trilogy, O’Brien is trying his hand at something new with Bumblebee, in the wake of the final Maze Runner movie, The Death Cure, hitting theaters near the start of this year. During his interview with IGN, Bonaventura further explained that the actor possesses “that great quality in his voice of youthful exuberance, and also sort of trustworthiness” that he, Knight, and the film’s other creatives wanted Bee to have in his ’80s adventure.

It’s fitting that Bee is getting a brand-new voice, seeing as Bumblebee itself (like Bonaventura said) is meant to serve as a fresh start for the Transformers movie franchise. While the film is currently projected for the lowest box office opening for a live-action Transformers movie yet, it’s generating positive pre-release word of mouth and may prove to have long legs in theaters, assuming that the actual film lives up to all the initial hype. Between O’Brien voicing Bee, Steinfeld playing the human lead, and the talent behind the camera (including, writer Christina Hodson, the first woman to script a Transformers movie), Bumblebee certainly has a good deal working in its favor, quality-wise.

MORE: Every Bumblebee Movie Update You Need to Know

Source: IGN

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2018-12-03 02:12:01

Del Toro back with long-feature animation ‘Pinocchio’

Oscar-winning director and producer Guillermo Del Toro will make his debut in feature-length animation with “Pinocchio” on Netflix.

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How Game of Thrones Prevented Set Photos From Spoiling the Series Finale

When it comes to avoiding spoilers for Game of Thrones, filmmakers are taking no chances for season 8. The story of Game of Thrones started in 1996 when author George R.R. Martin published his book titled A Game Of Thrones, which stands as his first entry in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. His series of novels is what HBO decided to adapt into Game of Thrones which came on the air in 2011.

The show has been running for seven seasons, but Game of Thrones very quickly became one of HBO’s most popular TV shows. The series has a truly ensemble cast including actors like Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and Lena Headey. All of these characters survived the end of season 7, but it is up in the air whether they will survive the eighth and final season. Thankfully, spoilers for the upcoming season haven’t leaked yet, which is because HBO is taking special precautions to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Related: Emilia Clarke Commemorates Game Of Thrones Ending With New Dragon Tattoos

According to EW, HBO is using new high-tech instruments to make sure drones cannot fly over filming locations called a “Drone Killer“. Previously, Game of Thrones has had leaks due to flying drones and even actual photographersAs explained by actress Sophie Turner at New York Comic Con, “If a drone flies above sets, there’s a thing that can kill the drones, which is really cool. It creates a field around it and the drones just drop. It’s very X-Men.” While this new development will no doubt help contain spoilers on the highly anticipated season, the show has still had trouble in the past keeping elements of the plot a secret.

Last August, hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO which contained Game of Thrones scripts as well as the cast’s personal information. The leak was a big blow to HBO as people were less inclined to tune in if the episodes had been spoiled. The filmmakers behind the newest season seem to not be playing games when it comes to season 8. In addition to this, the Game of Thrones scripts now supposedly vanish after the scenes have been filmed. It was also rumored that the show would film multiple endings, but those rumors have since been debunked by the cast.

Even though Game of Thrones is still quite a ways away, the eighth season is looking to be the biggest one yet (despite being the shortest in number of episodes). After all, this season will feature the biggest battle in Game of Thrones history. The series will also have to effectively tie up each of the characters storylines and finally reveal who will sit atop the Iron Throne. Regardless of what HBO has in store for fans, they are doing everything they can to ensure that this season doesn’t get spoiled early.

More: Game of Thrones’ Jamie Lannister Didn’t Think He Would Live to Season 8

Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on HBO in 2019.

Source: EW

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2018-10-11 05:10:42 – Christopher Fiduccia

Does Bad Times At The El Royale Have A Post-Credits Scene?

Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale sees the writer-director try his hand at a ’60s-set noir thriller, but does it have a post-credits scene setting up a sequel or clearing up the ending? Goddard made a name for himself in Hollywood as a writer, working on TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Alias. He made his directorial debut on 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods, a film he co-wrote with Joss Whedon. The movie became a hit with critics and well-remembered by horror fans for its handling of tropes typical to the genre. Now, Goddard returns to film directing with this year’s Bad Times at the El Royale.

The movie follows seven strangers over the course of one night in the ’60s at a motel called the El Royale, which sits on the border between California and Nevada. The star-studded cast includes Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny and Lewis Pullman as guests of the motel and the concierge working at the establishment. As the movie progresses, viewers follow the various characters throughout the night and gain insight into the backstories before arriving at the El Royale.

Related: Screen Rant’s Review of Bad Times at the El Royale

Now that the movie is in theaters, fans of Goddard – and/or those intrigued by the Bad Times at the El Royale trailers – have a chance to check it out, but they may be wondering if there’s an extra scene after the credits. Unfortunately, Bad Times at the El Royale does not have a post-credits scene, which means the movie wraps up entirely before the credits start to roll. While it’s always worth it to watch the credits of a film and get an idea of who was involved in making it, Bad Times at the El Royale doesn’t feature any extra teaser or scene at the very end.

Those who have seen Bad Times at the El Royale know the movie doesn’t quite leave room for a sequel, though there are undoubtedly ways one could be done. Still, it makes sense that the film doesn’t feature a post-credits scene setting up a follow-up. It’s relatively clear that there won’t be a sequel to the movie – just like there won’t be a sequel to Cabin in the Woods – but not all post-credits scenes are explicitly sequel teasers. Some are simply an additional scene that offer added context or insight into the main movie.

For instance, a Bad Times at the El Royale post-credits scene could have cleared up the mystery of who was on the film reel that’s discussed throughout the movie. Instead, viewers are left to ponder who might be the man on that reel (which was, no doubt, Goddard’s intention). So, while there may have been a way for Bad Times at the El Royale to incorporate a post-credits scene, it also doesn’t necessarily need one. At the end of the day, whether or not a movie includes a post-credits scene is up to the director and Goddard chose not to include one for Bad Times at the El Royale.

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2018-10-11 04:10:56 – Molly Freeman

20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt