Why The Gifted Has Been Cancelled By Fox & Marvel

After two seasons, Fox has canceled The Gifted. Here’s why, and whether the show have a future. Loosely inspired by the X-Men’s “Days of Future Past” timeline, The Gifted was something of a deep cut into X-Men lore, with none of the A-list X-Men; in fact, the best-known character is Emma Dumont’s Polaris, the daughter of Magneto, who’s something of a third-stringer in the comics.

Legion and The Gifted were the result of an unprecedented partnership between Marvel Television and Fox networks. In recent weeks, though, it’s become clear that both X-Men TV shows are coming to an end. Noah Hawley’s Legion will end after season 3, with FX CEO John Landgraf explaining that Hawley always planned a three-season story. The more striking news is that The Gifted has been canceled by Fox after season 2. Naturally, most X-Men fans have assumed all this is something to do with Disney’s purchase of Fox.

Related: The Gifted Season 2 Finale Ending Explained

Those fans are right, albeit in a far more indirect way than they’re assuming. It’s important to remember that Disney’s purchase did not include Fox Broadcasting, because Disney already own a broadcasting network and wouldn’t be allowed to buy another. Fox Broadcasting is now the only network not affiliated with a television studio and, in a recent conference call, Rupert Murdoch indicated that its future lies in partnering with studios that aren’t aligned with a broadcaster, such as Warner Bros. TV, Lionsgate and Sony Pictures TV. Industry analysts expect Fox to approach these studios and offer to air their shows in return for some sort of equity in the programming. The Gifted – which is now completely owned by Disney – doesn’t fit with that particular business model.

Significantly, according to Deadline, Fox felt The Gifted‘s linear ratings simply didn’t justify continuing with the series. Although it performs well online, The Gifted‘s second season averaged a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating in Live+7, about half of its Season 1 average (2.0), and 3.3 million viewers. In an interview with SlashFilm back in February, showrunner Matt Nix admitted he expected Fox to pull the plug because of these viewing figures.

“My sense is that the most likely thing is that if we come back, we’ll come back in some sort of creative way. Some partnership, because I think what we’ve discovered is that fans of The Gifted are big fans of The Gifted. We have a solid fan base and it’s a little small for the broadcast networks. But we do well on streaming so there may be, my hope is that there’s something to work out in that realm… I don’t anticipate a 22 episode season on broadcast but I’d love to be wrong.”

Nix’s caution has proved to be prophetic. As he noted, there is a chance that The Gifted could be picked up elsewhere, most likely by one of Disney’s streaming services. It’s unlikely that would be Disney +, given that particular service appears to be reserved for Marvel Studios content; Marvel Television seems to have been relegated to Hulu. The partnership between Marvel Television and Hulu has deepened over the last few months, with the announcement of an “Offenders” range of TV shows, so The Gifted does have a shot. Unfortunately, Deadline reports that as yet there have been no real conversations about this possibility.

More: What We Could Have Expected From The Gifted Season 3

2019-04-19 07:04:32

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The Gifted Season 2 Fall Finale Explained: The Mutant Uprising Has Begun

The Gifted has promised a Mutant Uprising and “gaMe changer,” the fall finale of season 2, delivered. FOX’s X-Men series has compellingly escalated the tension between mutants and the humans who hate and fear them, thanks to the focus of the series shifting from the heroic Mutant Underground to the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. The villainous mutants, led by Reeva Payge (Grace Byers) and the Frost Triplets (Skyler Samuels), have a master plan to give mutants their own homeland. The Mutant Uprising they ignited in “gaMe changer” marks the next phase of their scheme and signals a war to come between humans and mutants.

When season 2 began, the action relocated to Washington, D.C., where the Mutant Underground – led by John “Thunderbird” Proudstar (Blair Redford) – set up shop after faking their deaths in Atlanta. Andy Strucker (Percy Hynes White) and Lorna “Polaris” Dane (Emma Dumont) left the Underground and joined the Inner Circle, where Lorna gave birth to Dawn, her daughter with Marcos “Eclipse” Diaz. Meanwhile, Jace Turner (Coby Bell) refused to believe the mutants in Atlanta were dead, and his hunt for his adversaries cost him his marriage and his job at Sentinel Services, making him a prime recruit to become the public face of the anti-mutant hate group called the Purifiers. Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) began to manifest dangerous mutant powers, which he kept a secret at first from his wife Caitlin (Amy Acker) and his daughter Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind).

Related: The Gifted Has No Professor X – And That’s A Good Thing

As the season progressed, the Mutant Underground was torn by inner strife. Clarice “Blink” Fong (Jamie Chung) openly questioned the effectiveness of Thunderbird’s group as she fell under the sway of the Morlocks, a mutant separatist faction. As the MU faltered, the Inner Circle successfully implemented the next stages of their plan: they attacked a hospital to liberate Rebecca “Twist” Hoover (Anjelica Bette Fellini), a psychotic teenage mutant whose powers were vital for their next move, a bank heist at the Creed Financial building. While the heist was a success, Rebecca murdered over 30 human hostages and went on the run, making her a liability to the Inner Circle’s plan. Reeva’s group captured Rebecca, but her massacre of humans set off nationwide anti-mutant riots. This set the stage for the next part of the Inner Circle’s plan: the Mutant Uprising.

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The Inner Circle Has Started The Mutant Uprising

So far, all of Reeva’s plans have succeeded, placing her dream of a mutant homeland within reach. The bank heist at Creed Financial enabled the Inner Circle to steal over a hundred million dollars to fill their coffers, and the info in the vault Rebecca’s powers opened led them to their next target: Regimen Technologies, the company that controls all of the mutant restraint collars in the United States. There are thousands of mutants all over the United States incarcerated by Sentinel Services and forced to wear restraint collars that inhibit their powers.

In “gaMe changer,” the Inner Circle struck again by attacking Regimen Technologies. Andy Strucker and Polaris destroyed the Regimen servers, deactivating every restraint collar nationwide in one fell swoop. This immediately sparked a wave of prison breaks as mutants quickly realized they could use their powers again and immediately broke loose, massacring the prison guards. Reeva needs these mutants to join her Mutant Uprising and to serve as the Inner Circle’s army; their reward will be their own homeland where they will be free from persecution. However, it almost all fell apart thanks to Rebecca and Andy.

Andy and Rebecca, who are both teenagers, quickly became a romantic couple. When Rebecca was captured and imprisoned by the Inner Circle, Andy questioned whether Reeva was any better than the humans who previously imprisoned and tortured his girlfriend. Andy finally decided to free Rebecca and run away together, but as soon as she was loose, Rebecca’s first thought was to murder Reeva and the rest of the Inner Circle. Andy used his kinetic powers to stop her but the shockwave hurled Rebecca into a wall, breaking her neck. With Rebecca dead, Polaris urged Andy to get revenge on the humans who made Rebecca a murderer by joining the mission to destroy the Regimen servers. Andy complied and Reeva, who was stunned by the close call that almost got her killed, justified Rebecca’s death since not only eliminated a threat, but also rededicated Andy to her cause.

The Inner Circle has now won multiple victories virtually unopposed and the Mutant Uprising ensures an immensely powerful horde of mutants ready to fight for the dream of a mutant homeland. However, there are other potential traitors in the Inner Circle: unlike her psychic sisters, Esme has also questioned Reeva’s methods, but the one to watch is Polaris. After sending her daughter Dawn away, Polaris has begun to emulate her father, Magneto. While Polaris also believes in the mutant homeland, she has no love for Reeva and may be plotting to take over the Inner Circle, just as Magneto was once a King of the Hellfire Club.

Page 2: The Purifiers Beat The Mutant Underground As A Mutant “Cure” Is Found

The Purifiers Beat The Mutant Underground

Jace Turner has been hunting the Underground since season 1 and he finally caught his biggest prize: Thunderbird himself. The Mutant Underground found themselves outclassed by the Inner Circle and haven’t been as concerned with the human threat. Not only has Thunderbird’s leadership been questionable, he was unable to see the most immediate threat to them wasn’t the Hellfire Club, but the Purifiers led by Jace, the ex-Sentinel Services agent obsessed with stopping the mutants.

In “gaMe changer,” the Mutant Underground’s numbers have been reduced to Thunderbird, Blink, and Eclipse. The latter two were forced by Thunderbird to follow along as he kidnapped a security adviser for Regimen in a desperate bid to understand what the Inner Circle’s plans are. As Blink balked at what was happening and left, Thunderbird was so careless that the Inner Circle was able to learn about the kidnapping and sent Fade (Jeff Daniel Phillips) to kill the security adviser. The resulting battle between Fade, Eclipse, and Thunderbird then tipped off the Purifiers to their location. The Purifiers were able to pounce on the mutants and wound Fade, forcing Thunderbird to sacrifice himself to let Eclipse and Fade escape. As the Purifiers pinned Thunderbird with their car, Jace triumphantly boasted, “Gotcha!”

Related: The Gifted’s Mutant Underground Are The X-Men’s Worst Option

Turner never believed the ruse that the Mutant Underground all died in Atlanta in the season 1 finale, so this was a long-awaited win and sweet vindication for Jace. While Jace has his doubts about the hate group he now belongs to, he thinks he can lead the Purifiers in a better direction and at the very least, they share a common belief that the Mutant Uprising is a terrorist threat. This win also cements Turner’s hero status with the Purifiers. Now, Jace has the leader of the Mutant Underground as a prisoner, which doesn’t bode well for Thunderbird.

The Strucker Family Could Lead To A Mutant “Cure”

The Strucker family may inadvertently be the key to the end of the mutant race. The Struckers spent much of season 2 dealing with the revelation that Reed’s mutant power to create volcanic lava has begun to manifest. As a child, Reed’s scientist father Otto Strucker (Raymond J. Barry) suppressed Reed’s mutant abilities, but now that they’re reemerging, the Struckers sought the help of Otto’s partner, Dr. Madeline Garber (Kate Burton). At first kindly and sympathetic, Garber charmed Lauren and Reed to submit to blood and DNA tests under the auspices of Garber finding a way to allow Reed to permanently suppress his powers. But Lauren soon learned the darker truth about Garber: not only is her brother the founder of the Purifiers, but Garber also plans to use the Struckers’ DNA to manufacture a cure that could wipe out all mutants.

After a failed attempt to destroy their DNA samples, Garber confronted the Struckers and revealed her true beliefs that mutants are a mistake, even going so far as to say Lauren “should never have been born”. Hearing Garber’s true feelings, Noah (Ken Kirby), Garber’s assistant who is also a mutant, used his powers and seemingly destroyed their DNA samples. However, it’s not clear how much of the Struckers’ DNA was destroyed and Garber may not have been killed in the melee. So even though the Struckers escaped, they may have delivered the means for the humans to create a way to stop the Mutant Uprising and eradicate the mutant race once and for all. Thus, The Gifted has introduced their own version of the famous mutant cure plot from X-Men: The Last Stand.

With the further revelation that Lauren and Andy both possess two X-Genes, potentially making them the most powerful mutants alive, and all-out war imminent as the Inner Circle plots to topple the United States Government, the most exciting moments of The Gifted season 2 are still to come when the series returns in 2019.

Next: When The Gifted Season 2 Returns In 2019 (And What To Expect)

The Gifted season 2 returns Tuesday, January 1st @9pm ET on FOX.

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2018-12-05 11:12:00

When The Gifted Season 2 Returns In 2019 (& What To Expect)

WARNING: Spoilers for The Gifted season 2 midseason finale.

When The Gifted season 2 returns in 2019, fans can expect an all-out war between mutants and the humans who hate and fear them. The second season of FOX’s X-Men series has drastically escalated the stakes where the heroic Mutant Underground has been unable to stop the plans of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. Led by Reeva Payge (Grace Byers), the Inner Circle has masterminded a long-range scheme to forge a mutant homeland in the United States – and thus far, nothing has stopped them.

In The Gifted fall finale, “gaMe changer”, the Inner Circle, which also includes Polaris (Emma Dumont), the Frost Sisters (Skyler Samuels), and Andy Strucker (Percy Hynes White) took the next crucial step in their plan. They ignited a Mutant Uprising by deactivating the restraint collars Sentinel Services used to depower every mutant they’ve incarcerated, which led to mass prison breaks all over the United States. While thousands of dangerous mutants are now loose, the Mutant Underground suffered a devastating loss when the human hate group called the Purifiers, now led by Jace Turner (Coby Bell), captured Thunderbird (Blair Redford), the Mutant Underground’s leader.

Related: Polaris is The Gifted’s Magneto

Meanwhile, the Strucker family has been dealing with how to help Reed (Stephen Moyer), who has been unable to control the dangerous mutant abilities he has manifested. The Struckers turned to Dr. Madeline Garber (Kate Burton) for help, but they quickly discovered Garber hates mutants and plans to use the X-Genes of Reed and Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) to manufacture a cure that would depower the entire mutant race. The Strucker family seemingly destroyed Garber’s cure, but the threat of the humans being able to wipe out all mutants now looms.

Now that “gaMe changer” has turned the entire world of The Gifted season 2upside down, here’s when can fans expect to see their favorite mutants return in 2019.

When The Gifted Season 2 Returns In 2019

Fans won’t have to wait too long for the back half of season 2 as The Gifted returns to FOX on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The series also has a new 9pm timeslot, which is good news for a few reasons. The shift no longer forces superhero fans who want to watch live to choose between The Gifted and The Flash on The CW. What’s more, the later time slot gives The Gifted more leeway to tackle the darker themes of the series without intruding on the lighter-toned, “family-friendly” 8pm hour. This is beneficial considering the war brewing between humans and mutants is bound to depict a lot more death and destruction.

What To Expect From The Gifted Season 2 Part 2

The Mutant Uprising has begun and the preview for the second half of The Gifted season 2 teases more shocking events still to come. Despite the Inner Circle’s successes, Polaris has bristled under the leadership of Reeva and her willingness to take lives. Lorna Dane wants a mutant homeland to ensure her baby daughter Dawn’s safety, but it seems Polaris is willing to turn on the Inner Circle to help the Mutant Underground and her lover Eclipse (Sean Teale).

Meanwhile, after learning that both she and Andy possess two X-Genes, which is the key to how they combine their powers as Fenris, Lauren’s powers look like they’re evolving and turning her to the dark side like her great-grandparents Andrea and Andreas Von Strucker. And as the Purifiers torture their captive, Thunderbird, for info on the Mutant Underground, the entire human race has to brace for the next stage of the Inner Circle’s plan: toppling the entire United States government. Clearly, exciting times are ahead for fans of The Gifted.

Next: The Gifted Has No Professor X – And That’s A Good Thing

The Gifted season 2 returns on Tuesday, January 1 @ 9 PM ET on FOX.

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2018-12-05 07:12:14

The Gifted Fall Finale Review: The Series Delivers A Big Win For Mutankind

With a title like ‘gaMe changer,’ the merry mutants of FOX’s The Gifted get a big checkmark in the win column, something that will, with any luck, alter the core dynamics of the show. It’s not too often that a television series will call its shots like that (let’s face it, it’s pretty ballsy for any show to flat-out call any episode a “game changer”), much less actually pull it off. Sure, creator Matt Nix and his writers’ room still have to follow through with the events seen here in a creative and meaningful way, but until then, The Gifted can revel in the fact that it delivered an episode that could well be the turning point for the series as a whole.  

Since FOX’s X-Men-adjacent series premiered, it was always working to limit the one thing most viewers were tuning in for: mutants. It’s long been an X-Men storytelling tradition that the easiest way to combat the sometimes godlike powers of Marvel’s mutants is to turn them off completely or have them somehow be on the fritz. The film series has often resorted to that tired plot device in one form or another, particularly in movies like The Wolverine, Logan, and Deadpool 2, just to provide some sense of balance and give the normies of the world a chance against characters whose off-the-charts powers make them kinda boring to watch from a storytelling standpoint. And to The Gifted’s credit, the series has found a way to upend that cliche and potentially explore a world where not only are mutants of varying power levels running free, they’re taking a cue from ol’ Howard Beale. That is: they’re mad as hell and they’re not going to take this anymore. 

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Mad mutants running around with no one detaining them or keeping their powers in check certainly stands the chance of livening up what can sometimes be a rather plodding series. And in case viewers were wondering what this brave new world Reeva, Polaris, Esme, and the rest of the Inner Circle are helping create will look like, The Gifted is here to remind viewers that Rebecca (Anjelica Bette Fellini) is (or was) what happens when a world treats powerful, emotionally undeveloped people like garbage and them lets them loose. 

The show has been building toward an end to the Rebecca situation for a little while now, and after she turned someone inside out and was later put in solitary confinement at Reeva’s request, the show effectively set the stage for the probably psychotic mutant with a niche power set to cause some trouble. To that end, when Andy sets his would-be girlfriend free and offers to run away with her, Rebecca’s response works to foreshadow the kind of mayhem the world of The Gifted can likely expect when the show returns next year. 

Normally, flashbacks for characters in the X-Men series are basically the same story over and over again. Rebecca’s is really no different. After apparently nearly killing her teacher and showing little in the way of remorse — or any feeling, really — about it whatsoever, she gets a visit from Sentinel Services, who won’t even let her finish the inside out pancakes before they drag her away. Although the scene is reminiscent of so many other “My Child is a Mutant” flashbacks that’ve been seen or read time and time again, the twist here is that, well, Rebecca’s parents, were probably right to fear her. The scene at the breakfast table was similar to that of ‘It’s a Good Life’ from Twilight Zone: The Movie, in that a supernaturally powerful child is ostensibly holding their family hostage. 

It’s one of the few times The Gifted asks the viewer to understand what made a mutant act violently without also overtly asking for the audience to sympathize with them. And that grey area is where the series has spent a great deal of its time since the arrival of the Inner Circle, and, more so, since Andy and Polaris joined their ranks. As such, the show turns its game-changing event into something that, interestingly enough, creates as many problems as it solves. 

But while The Gifted splashes around in those murky waters, it finds a clearer approach when it comes to its two other primary storylines. In the first Reed, Kate, and Lauren discover the kindly old researcher willing to help Reed out with his X-gene run amok isn’t just working to suppress dangerous mutant abilities and help those who want to lead normal lives, she’s actively in search of a way to eradicate mutantkind. Something she has in common with Jace Turner and the hate group known as the Purifiers. While the series isn’t subtle with the allusions it makes regarding the would-be civilian militia, it does at least give the storyline a frightening real-world feel, one that, sadly, never ceases to be effective. And it’s particularly effective considering John is about to be on the receiving end of the group’s machinations. 

In all, ‘gaMe changer’ lives up to its title, delivering an opportunity for The Gifted to actually chance the circumstances of the world is has created, and to dramatically upset the status quo going forward. Whether or not it follows through on this promise effectively remains to be seen, but perhaps when the series returns in 2019 it will do so by entering into a brave new world. 

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The Gifted returns on January 1, 2019 on FOX.

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2018-12-04 07:12:08

The Gifted Has No Professor X – And That’s A Good Thing

The Gifted is an X-Men universe without Professor X as a guiding example – and that could ultimately be a good thing for the mutants in the FOX series. While the absence of the X-Men hurts the show in some fans’ eyes, The Gifted has actually seized the opportunity to tell a story about a world where mutants exist and humans hate and fear them, that just isn’t possible if the X-Men are around. The Gifted depicts the daily horrors mutants face, but season 2 is building towards the potential for something new in an X-Men story, and the key is subtracting Professor X from the equation.

The X-Men films have centered around the dueling ideologies of Charles Xavier and Magneto. The two frenemies have spent decades promoting their conflicting visions for the future of mutants: Professor X dreams of a world where mutants and humans peacefully coexist, while Magneto wants mutants to take ‘their rightful place’ as the dominant species on Earth – humans be damned. Magneto rallies mutants to his cause as the Brotherhood, a band of mutant extremists, while Xavier fosters mutants in his school and teaches them to be the X-Men and save the world as superheroes. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of The Gifted is how thoroughly the series is exploring what happens when the X-Men and the Brotherhood are removed as the centerpiece of the story.

Related: The Gifted: Everything We Know About What Happened To The X-Men

The Gifted‘s infamous 7/15 incident ignited a widespread fear and distrust of mutants that led to the disappearance of both the X-Men and the Brotherhood. The millions of mutants in the United States were left to fend for themselves, as human political policies quickly acted to strip mutants of their rights, with the government agency Sentinel Services arresting, detaining, and even depowering mutants for any infraction of the law (in many cases, for simply being mutants). Professor X saw the writing on the wall and left behind a ragtag nationwide network called the Mutant Underground to help protect mutants; the main heroes in The Gifted are the Atlanta/Washington, D.C. cell of the MU led by Thunderbird (Blair Redford) and Eclipse (Sean Teale). On the opposite side of the coin is the Hellfire Club, a well-funded, decades-old mutant secret society now led by an Inner Circle, overseen by Reeva Payge (Grace Byers) and the Frost Triplets (Skyler Samuels).

The conflict between the Mutant Underground and the Inner Circle echoes the X-Men vs. Brotherhood conflict, but with a key difference: because the heroic mutants have no Professor X leader figure, the Inner Circle can win. And if the Inner Circle does win, here’s how they could actually save all mutants in a way Charles Xavier and his X-Men never could.

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  • Page 2: In The Gifted, The Mutants Can Eventually Win

The Gifted Rejected Professor X’s Dream From The Beginning

Even from the pilot of The Gifted, it was evident that Professor X’s dream of mutants and humans’ coexistence is simply not possible in this universe. Indeed, the series has even exposed the fallacy behind the X-Men: While Charles Xavier welcomed students into his school, he could only harbor a relatively small number of mutants, and the X-Men as a superhero team were never designed to address the issues of mutants’ political rights. Even the Mutant Underground Professor X left behind is ill-equipped to do more than provide temporary safety for mutant fugitives. The series has openly debated Professor X’s dream of coexistence and come down hard against it because, in this universe, it’s unrealistic. Erg (Michael Luwoye), the leader of the Morlocks, openly mocks the idea of coexistence and believes separation from humanity is the only path to mutant safety.

Both the U.S. government and society as a whole exhibits an open hatred of mutants in The Gifted. In the series, there is no Dr. Hank McCoy (Kelsey Grammer) in the White House advocating for mutant rights. Mutants are victims of harassment by police and by ordinary people (many joined a hate group called the Purifiers) and when they are incarcerated, they are subjected to genetic experiments and torture. The Gifted takes a withering view of humans; besides Caitlin Strucker (Amy Acker), whose husband Reed (Stephen Moyer) and children Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White) are mutants, most of the humans in the series are shown to be racists. Even the sympathetic humans veer towards wanting mutants “cured” as opposed to being open to coexistence. The only people mutants can truly trust in The Gifted are other mutants, but they also fracture over what’s best for mutantkind.

Related: The Gifted: The Mutant Underground Are The X-Men’s Worst Option

Ultimately, The Gifted universe rejects Charles Xavier’s dream. Season 2 has shown the Mutant Underground struggling with the painful realization that their fight to preserve Professor X’s dream is futile. Blink (Jamie Chung) openly questions the clearly ineffective Mutant Underground, while her boyfriend Thunderbird bears the weight of his failures as the Underground’s leader. Deep down, Thunderbird also knows the Mutant Underground can’t win, because Professor X’s dream is wrong for the mutants of The Gifted. Meanwhile, the Inner Circle is fighting for a different dream – and their dream seems like the right one.

The Inner Circle’s Dream Is A Mutant Homeland

The Gifted season 2 has been a marked improvement over season 1 because it shifted the focus from the Mutant Underground to the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. In season 2, as the heroic Underground grasps at straws, the devious Inner Circle is driving the action and achieving results as they fight for their ultimate goal: a mutant homeland. Without the X-Men to save the world (and preserve the status quo), the Inner Circle is taking it upon themselves to save mutantkind.

To be fair, the Hellfire Club is a far cry from Professor X’s halcyon School for Gifted Youngsters; though the Inner Circle does take in mutants, their recruits are chosen to fulfill the specific needs of the Inner Circle’s master plan, and Reeva is a manipulative and dangerous leader who will commit murder when she has to. But her methods aside, Reeva, like the rest of the mutants, has a history of being victimized by the racism of humans. Her dream is to create a place where mutants can be free and have the protection they presently lack.

Related: The Gifted Season 1 Was A Boring X-Men Show

In short, Reeva actually has a plan that will save mutants and give them a future – but it will undoubtedly cost lives, both human and mutant. After recruiting Polaris (Emma Dumont), the daughter of Magneto, and Andy Strucker, whose family history dates back to the founding of the Hellfire Club, Reeva took over the Inner Circle (by murdering its former members) and moved forward with Project Homeland. Her team has coerced, killed, and stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from Creed Financial, a bank that made its fortune from the suffering of mutants. But the goal of a mutant homeland is within reach.

So while the Inner Circle’s methodology is evil, because the mutants (not the humans) are the main POV characters of The Gifted, the series tacitly asks the audience whether they would want the Inner Circle to succeed if they were also mutants living in this universe. In doing so, The Gifted takes Magneto’s credo “by any means necessary” (borrowed from Malcolm X) and applies it to a goal that X-Men fans haven’t seen depicted in the films thus far: the mutants founding a nation of their own.

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Polaris Becoming Like Magneto Changes The Gifted

Polaris is a major player in The Gifted who has been largely sidelined in season 2. She gave birth at the beginning of the season and her main focus was being a mother to her baby Dawn, but in episode 8, “the dreaM”, Lorna Dane decided to act. After watching Rebecca Hoover/Twist (Anjelica Bette Fellini) murder 30 human hostages during the Creed Financial heist, which ignited widespread anti-mutant violence, Polaris decided to hide Dawn with her Aunt Dane in Missouri. As a result, Polaris has become more like her father Magneto.

As one of the most powerful mutants in The Gifted, Polaris is a force to be reckoned with. Though she joined the Inner Circle, she did so because she felt they had the resources to keep her baby safe. However, though she also believes in a mutant homeland, she has bristled under Reeva’s manipulative leadership, which sets up a power struggle for the Inner Circle between its current leader and Magneto’s daughter. Though she is gifted with her father’s magnetic abilities, Polaris doesn’t share Magneto’s hatred of humanity. If Polaris takes over the Inner Circle, she could be a better, more compassionate mutant leader than Magneto was – but the question is whether Polaris can be the mastermind Reeva is to actually achieve the mutant homeland.

The Mutants Can Win In The Gifted

Season 2’s tagline is “Dawn of a Mutant Age” and the Inner Circle is inciting mutants to stand up for their rights with the hashtag #MutantUprising. Clearly, The Gifted‘s macro story is building towards the mutants somehow achieving their homeland – which, if the vision the Frosts implanted in Polaris’ mind is accurate, would mean carving out Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area as the mutants’ nation within the United States. While this is an audacious plan, the mutants are the heroes of The Gifted, regardless of which faction they fight for, and the humans are by and large the villains. Therefore, the ‘good guys’ winning would mean the mutants get what they deserve: their own homeland.

Related: The Biggest Questions About The Gifted Season 2 (So Far)

Not only is this a new and exciting kind of story for an X-Men movie/TV show (the comics have long featured Genosha, a mutant-owned island and refuge, which will be seen in Dark Phoenix), it’s a story that can only be told without Professor X and the X-Men. While the lengths the series goes to avoid saying the name “Magneto” is annoying, instead of not being able to use the most famous X-Men characters be a detriment, The Gifted has seized the opportunity to tell an epic about mutants that benefits from Professor X’s absence.

Ultimately, Charles Xavier’s idyllic dream wouldn’t work in The Gifted’s harsh and violent world. In turn, Professor X would never allow the Hellfire Club to implement a master plan that would destabilize the United States and the X-Men would likely stop the Inner Circle – thereby maintaining the status quo and denying mutants a homeland. So while the mutants are suffering now, if they win in The Gifted, they could achieve something they would otherwise never have if Professor X had his say.

Next: Dark Phoenix Movie Admits Professor X Isn’t A Hero

The Gifted airs Tuesdays @ 8 PM on FOX.

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2018-12-02 07:12:53

Harry Potter: 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy

Draco Malfoy is one of the most memorable secondary characters in the Harry Potter movies and books. It may be due to his irredeemable and despicable behaviour,as everyone loves a good villain. It could also be the appeal of actor Tom Felton in the movies, and all the subsequent fan fiction they have produced.

However, not a lot is revealed about him in the books, and less even less is shown on screen, leaving him a mystery. We do know that his family has an unhealthy obsession with their pure blood heritage and an unflinching loyalty to Voldemort. One thing that we also know is that during his sixth year, Draco became even more villainous. He was given the task of assassinating Dumbledore and allowing the Death Eaters access to his present school, Hogwarts.

Some aspects that remained more hidden, though, including the origins of his name, which has links to the Hogwarts motto. His talents in transfiguration, charms, potions, and Occlumency are also never fully explored or known by the average person.

More surprisingly than all of this is the fact that despite being mortal enemies, Draco and Harry only duel twice – and one of them was in the presence of teachers, so it barely counts. Including these examples and every other duel that Draco is involved in, we have discovered that he never wins a single fight. This might be J. K. Rowling highlighting his cowardice and lack of morals that weaken his character ultimately. However, it might also have to do with his particular skillset.

With that said, here are the 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy In Harry Potter.

20 He is a gifted Occlumens

While Harry Potter is undoubtedly a gifted wizard, one of the things he was never able to master was Occlumency. This is the act of closing your mind to anyone who attempts to read it.

Draco managed to surpass his rival by mastering the art of this notoriously tricky skill.

While it may seem peculiar that Draco can keep other wizards out his head while Harry cannot, this is in keeping with his character. J. K. Rowling confirmed that Draco managed to become a gifted Occlumens due to his ability to suppress his emotions. The fact that Draco can excel in this area is only due to his repressed emotional issues that may stem from his dysfunctional family.

19 His name says a lot about his personality

J. K. Rowling puts a lot of thought into her character’s names and the names of locations – and the seemingly bland name of “Draco Malfoy” is no exception upon closer examination if we take a look at its origin on Pottermore.

The name Draco can either be linked to the Latin for “dragon” or the constellation. The word “Draco” is even in Hogwart’s motto: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, “which translates as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.” Draco’s last name, Malfoy, could have its roots in French, with “mal foi” translating as “unfaithful.” Rowling could have perhaps been a bit more subtle when thinking of names for her villains, however, as “unfaithful dragon” doesn’t leave a lot of space for redemption.

18 He temporarily had control of the Elder Wand

During his sixth year, Draco was given the task of destroying Dumbledore and giving the Death Eaters access into Hogwarts. While he succeeded with the latter, Draco was unable to take the life of the Hogwarts headmaster.However, when confronting Dumbledore, he disarmed the professor, which was a significant action even if Draco did not realize it at the time.

 By disarming Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly had control of the most powerful wand in existence – the Elder Wand.

This was only temporary, though, as Harry later confronts Draco in his house in the Deathly Hallows and disarms him. This meant that control of the Elder Wand was passed down to Harry, who still technically can wield it today. For one brief moment, however, Draco could have been the most powerful wizard in the world.

17 He learnt the Unforgivable Curses

Draco’s sixth year at Hogwarts was a pivotal and important year for the sole Malfoy child. As well as being given the task of overthrowing his school, he was taught the Unforgiveable Curses by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Lestrange, being Draco’s aunt, most likely taught him these forbidden spells to prepare him for his role. We know for certain that Draco can perform Crucio (the torturing spell) and Imperio (the controlling spell). However, it is unclear whether Draco ever learnt the ultimate Unforgiveable Curse: Avada Kedavra, which would destroy the receiver. Though Draco seemed like an antagonist during his first year at Hogwarts, few fans expected him to become such a villain later in the story. However, it could be argued that this was due to the pressures of his family.

16 He is supposedly one of the only Death Eaters who can love

Death Eaters are more ingrained to respond with acts of hate than love. This is hardly surprising, though, considering the amount of carnage and havoc that they have created. However, what is surprising is that even though Draco is a Death Eater, he is supposedly capable of feeling genuine love.

This love manifests itself towards both his parents and his future wife, Astoria Greengrass. This is at odds with the other Death Eaters, whose hate trumps their love. Be it Bellatrix Lestrange or Lucius Malfoy, these individuals are consumed by their service to the Dark Lord. While it could be argued that they love Voldemort, this is closer to worship than a romantic or platonic love.

15 He’s proud of his pure blood family

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may be incredible, but when it comes to metaphors, it is not very subtle. The fact that some wizarding families, such as the Malfoys, favor those with pure blood is meant to echo the real world prejudices that some hold. Draco’s parents instilled the belief that he is superior to half blood and muggles on him at a young age. This explains his resentment towards Hermione, whom he calls “Mudblud” incessantly.

This hatred for anyone who is not pure blood is a trait that many of the old wizarding families share.

The notable exceptions are Nymphodora Tonks and Sirius Black, who were cast out of the family for their beliefs that muggles and wizards are equal. Draco may not be as hostile towards muggles and muggle-born wizards by the end of the Deathly Hallows, but it is still a prejudice that he cannot escape.

14 He has used a Time Turner

J. K. Rowling may live to regret introducing Time Turners into the Wizarding World. The amount of problems that this device, which was used by Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban, could solve is countless. It could be used to stop Voldemort from ever existing or it could be used to bring back beloved characters. However, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it is used by Hermione to ensure that she can go to all her classes and to save Buckbeak.

Having not learnt the amount of plot holes attached to such a device, Rowling revealed the existence of a secret Time Turner belonging to the Malfoys. Without revealing too many details of The Cursed Child, Malfoy uses it successfully, which makes him – alongside Hermione, Harry, Albus, and Scorpius  – one of the few known people to have used a Time Turner.

13 He has a Dark Mark

Some fans believe that it was inevitable for Draco to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Death Eater. He did this sometime between the events of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. We know this since we can clearly see a Dark Mark on his arm during the events before Dumbledore’s assassination. While Dumbledore looked unsurprised to see Draco pointing a wand at him, he did seem surprised by the fact that Draco now had a Dark Mark.

It is not possible to get rid of a Dark Mark, so despite the fact that Draco’s character has since been redeemed, he is not able to reverse the procedure. Draco will forever have the mark of He Who Must Not Be Named on his arm.

12 He was an extremely intelligent student

Although the movies show Draco to be just an arrogant bully, in the books, we see another aspect of Draco – we soon discover that he is an intelligent student, too. While Harry was always picked on in Potions due to Snape’s hatred for him, Draco was always the teacher’s pet.

Whether he was actually better than Harry is debatable, though, as Snape never gave the Gryffindor student a fair chance. However, one subject where Malfoy definitely excelled was in Charms, in which he was described as equally intelligent as Hermione.During his sixth year, he managed to cast the extremely difficult Protean charm. The only other person in the class who could cast it was Hermione.

11 He was supposed to get along with Harry

Draco and Harry were supposed to get along. According to Pottermore, Draco’s birthday is June 5, which makes him a Gemini. Meanwhile, Harry’s birthday is July 31, which makes him a Leo.

These two star signs are meant to get along with one another and are even able to become close friends.

During their first meeting, there was definitely potential for them to become friends, as Malfoy extends a hand of friendship to Harry. However, Harry sensed Draco’s arrogance and hostility and rejected him. Despite this, the fact that their star signs match up so well may have been a coincidence on behalf of J. K. Rowling. Or perhaps it could have been a hint that had Harry Potter shaken Draco’s hand, they could have formed an evil alliance.

10 He really wished he was the heir of Slytherin

While it may be obvious that the heir of Slytherin could only be Voldemort in hindsight, there was a lot of speculation over who it could be. During the events of Chamber of Secrets, many students thought that Harry was the heir due to his Parseltongue abilities.

Harry himself believed that Draco was the heir and took Polyjuice Potion in order to investigate. However, Draco admitted he was not the heir of Slytherin despite his family’s allegiance to Slytherin and their prejudiced view against Muggles. Although Draco didn’t know who the heir was, he served as nothing more than a pawn of the real heir: Tom Marvolo Riddle. This was still an honor for his family, though.

9 During Half-Blood Prince, he is described as unhealthily pale

Though one of Draco’s defining features is his pale skin, in Half-Blood Prince, he is described as being paler than ever. This is due to the fact that he was assigned by Voldemort to take down Dumbledore and help the Death Eaters infiltrate Hogwarts, which can put a lot of stress on a person.

Since he is the only one able to complete the tasks, he begins to physically show the signs of stress. It is notable to other students, particularly Harry, who notices his rapid deterioration over the course of sixth year. Before Half-Blood Prince was filmed, Tom Felton was told that he wasn’t allowed to come back tanned from holiday. His paleness may also draw some parallel’s to Voldemort’s own appearance, as some fans have spectated that Draco becomes more gaunt by committing evil deeds.

8 He wanted to use alchemy to become a better man

Alchemy is an ancient practice. Because of this, it is shielded in mystery. However, it principally involves turning lead into gold. For some reason, Draco became heavily invested in Alchemy after he left Hogwarts.

Post-Deathly Hallows, Draco settled down with his wife and child and began to study Alchemy. Being the heir of his family fortune and the Malfoy Manor, he did not have to worry about getting a job after school. However, Draco also spent time caring for his wife, Astoria, who was ill due to a curse that was put on her ancestors. While at home, Draco soon became fascinated by alchemical manuscripts. According to Pottermore, Draco’s obsession with Alchemy was pure – he wished to use it to become a better man.

7 He is never seen winning a duel

Despite Draco and Harry being sworn enemies during their time in Hogwarts, they only face off against each other twice. Their first duel happens during their second year in front of other second year students. However, Snape and Lockhart intervene after a snake is conjured by Malfoy. When Draco and Harry next duel, it nearly results in the demise of Malfoy during Half-Blood Prince.

During the events of Order of the Phoenix, Ginny and Draco also duel, which results in Draco losing his wand.

The final duel we see Draco participate in is during Deathly Hallows, when Hermione gets the better of him. At least during his youth, it was clear that Draco’s arrogance was just used as a shield.

6 He was a Prefect

A Hogwarts prefect is meant to inspire the younger students and act as a role model to them. By definition, Harry Potter would be the ideal Prefect for Gryffindor students, or any house for that matter. However, throughout his six years at Hogwarts, he is never given the coveted Prefect badge. While students like Percy Weasley may be obvious choices to become prefects, characters like Draco Malfoy aren’t typically expected to obtain the badge.

Draco is not a character that you typically associate with good morals, leadership, or as a role model. Regardless, Draco does become a prefect. Perhaps this was done by J. K. Rowling to show us that Draco did make for a decent leader, despite his lack of morals. In fact, some fans speculate that by giving Draco the badge, Rowling was not giving up on him.

5 He has ice grey eyes in the books, but Tom Felton has blue eyes in the movies

In the books, Draco is described as having platinum blonde hair and ice grey eyes. There are many parallels between Voldemort and his army and the Axis leaders and their army in WWII, so it makes sense that Draco would look like this.  However, in real life, the actor who brought Draco Malfoy to life on the big screen, Tom Felton, looks nothing like this. Felton has brown hair and blue eyes. Because of this, he had to dye his hair blonde for the movies.

Similarly, Daniel Radcliffe did not have Harry Potter’s green eyes. However, he found the contact lenses too painful to wear so the movies were filmed without them. Though not many fans may remember Draco’s eye color from the books, Harry’s eyes are constantly referred to in both the books and movies, which makes it even more noticeable.

4 He was unable to produce a Patronus

Though anyone can find out what their Patronus is on Pottermore, it is not as simple in the Wizarding World. Some wizards and witches are actually unable to produce a Patronus. While we know that Harry’s Patronus is a stag, many fans don’t know what Draco’s is. However, it has since been revealed that Draco is unable to conjure one.

This is apparently a common trait among Death Eaters, as many fans believe that they don’t have enough light and goodness to summon one.

While it has been established that Draco is capable of feeling love, this may not enough to produce the special charm. J. K. Rowling has also mentioned that Death Eaters are unable to produce a Patronus because Voldemort controls Dementors anyway.

3 He is a master of Transfiguration

Transfiguration is known to be a difficult class to pass at Hogwarts. After all, we see how hard it is for Ron to transform Scabbers into a grail in the movies. However, Draco is an accomplished hand at this craft. We see signs of this during his second year duel against Harry.

When they face each other in the Great Hall, Draco manages to summon a snake that slithers menacingly towards Harry. If it had not been for Harry’s ability to speak Parseltongue, he might have been attacked by the snake. In his later years, Draco even manages to transform Harry into a doppëlganger of Voldemort, which is an extremely complex charm. While the movies do not emphasize Draco’s intelligence, it remains clear in the books that he should not be underestimated.

2 His love life is fairly ambiguous

Draco’s love life is left relatively ambiguous in both the Harry Potter movies and the books. The only girl we see Draco talk to in the books and movies is Pansy Parkinson, who is described as the closest Draco comes to a girlfriend in the books. However, it is never actually confirmed that Pansy is his girlfriend in the series. At one point, the books describe a scene where Pansy is resting her head on Draco’s lap, but this is the closest we ever see them get.

While Draco eventually marries Astoria, little is known about how they met or even when they married. However, we do know that his parents disapproved of Astoria and that she was kind, and taught their son Scorpius to respect others (including muggles).

1 He is the only person Voldemort is known to have hugged

One of the most sinister Voldemort moments happens when he tries to honor one of his followers. This moment occurs during the Battle of Hogwarts, when Voldemort demands loyalty from the students of Hogwarts.

In a gesture of goodwill, Voldemort slowly and awkwardly brings Draco into an embrace in front of his followers. Understandably, Draco looks absolutely terrified, since the Dark Lord has never shown affection of any kind before. This is the only known instance of a Death Eater – or anyone for that matter – receiving a hug from Voldemort.

Are there any other interesting facts about Draco Malfoy’s body in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-11 04:10:43 – Dan Struthers

20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

It’s been almost forty years since E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was first released, but this 1982 Steven Spielberg-directed gem is still going strong to this day with audiences of all ages. This wonderful film about a boy and his friend alien melted the hearts of all those who first watched it back in the early 1980s, and it still remains a most treasured family film. Its legacy is seen in every aspect of our pop culture, and it is regularly cited as people’s favorite film of all time. Only a director as visionary as Spielberg could take such a simple concept and transform it into a lasting cinematic treasure.

E.T. also helped transform the lives of those who participated in its making, sending a young Drew Barrymore into stratospheric fame and solidifying Henry Thomas as one of the most famous child actors of all time. There’s no doubt that E.T. will continue to leave its mark on future generations, and we can only hope that its perfection is respected without Hollywood grasping for a remake or an ill-advised, modern-day sequel.

If you’re a fan of this classic film or if you’re a Steven Spielberg aficionado wanting to know his tricks of the trade, you’ll be fascinated by the secrets that went on behind the scenes during the movie’s making. From the movie’s conception based on Spielberg’s life to the inspiration behind E.T.’s famous face, we have all the facts you’ll want to know about this iconic film.

With that in mind, here are 20 Crazy Details Behind the Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

20 Henry Thomas Brought Up His Tragic Past For His Audition

Landing the role of Elliott in E.T. unquestionably changed child actor Henry Thomas’ life. Having only previously done a couple of small movie parts in 1981, Thomas all of a sudden became the most famous kid in the world thanks to his on-screen adventures with his alien co-star.  

According to the Mirror, Thomas was only nine years old when he landed this role of a lifetime. In order to secure himself the part, during the audition the young actor drew upon the traumatic experience of seeing his pet dog attacked by his neighbor’s dog, which brought on real tears. Spielberg and the casting directors were immediately impressed. Being able to call upon real emotion showed the director that he could definitely act, and solidified Thomas as a genuine child talent.

19 Drew Barrymore’s Vivid Imagination Got Her Her Role

Drew Barrymore has been on the Hollywood scene for a long time, but her first big start on screen was in E.T. playing the part of Gertie. According to an interview on Ellen, Barrymore revealed that she wasn’t originally even going to audition for E.T. During her interview, Barrymore explained how she was actually trying to get a part in Poltergeist, but the director wasn’t there that day. Instead, Poltergeist’s producer, Steven Spielberg was there in his place.

She told Ellen: “I was six, and I lied my face off. I told him I was in a rock ‘n’ roll band, that I was a drummer, that I was a cook.”

After her audition, Spielberg said she wasn’t quite right for Poltergeist, but that he’d love to have her come in and audition for another project he was working on. Sure enough, he called her up soon after and gave her the part of Gertie in E.T.

18 It had a very boring title at first

When a movie becomes a huge hit, especially one that continues to garner success decades and generations after its first release, it’s hard to imagine it separately from its title. Indeed, the title of a movie becomes its first point of cultural consciousness, and there are those that last the test of time, and those that don’t.

Mention E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to anyone and they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s not only a memorable film title, it’s also become so deeply ingrained in our collective pop culture that we all know what it is even if we haven’t seen it. Well, E.T. might have faded away in the land of forgotten films, had they gone with the original title, A Boy’s Life, as noted by The New Yorker. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with A Boy’s Life, it’s not half as memorable as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

17 Harrison Ford Shot a Cameo

While Spielberg was working on getting things ready to begin filming E.T., he was still in the process of filming Raiders of the Lost Ark, which, of course, starred Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Ford dating Melissa Mathison, who was the scriptwriter for E.T., at the time.

Because of his friendship with Spielberg and his relationship with Mathison, Ford agreed to make a cameo appearance in the film.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ford’s bit part was supposed to be a kind of a joke as he was going to play against his usual type, here as an uptight school principal who would scold Elliott after the frog-releasing scene. In the final edit, the decision was made to cut the Ford scene as it didn’t fit in with the rest of the movie and it was thought Ford’s presence would be too distracting from the story line.

16 M&M’s Were Supposed To Be E.T.’s favorite candy

Reese’s Pieces surged in popularity after the release of E.T.. The candy was featured in the scene where Elliott tries lays a trail of candy to lure E.T. back to his house. Many people back then, and now for that matter, might have thought it strange that Elliott used Reese’s Pieces.

Well, according to Business Insider, the reason for the choice of sweet was down to the fact that M&Ms had refused the production permission to use its brand in the film. Culinary Lore also states that Mars Inc., which owned M&Ms, refused the filmmakers the right to use the candy because it didn’t want to be associated with aliens. This was clearly a bad call, as after the release of E.T., sales of Reese’s rose exponentially, topping the numbers sold of M&Ms for the first time ever.

15 E.T.’s Face Was Modeled On Some Famous People

E.T. is one of the most recognizable movie characters in history and one of the cutest, albeit weirdest, examples of an on-screen alien. No character had, or has since, looked like like this singular creature, and its aesthetic is all thanks to Spielberg and his incredible designer Carlo Rambaldi.

Rambaldi created the aliens for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and his talents were once again put to use in E.T.

In a special featurette called The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Spielberg reveals: “I remember saying to Carlo, here’s some pictures of Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway and Carl Sandburg. I love their eyes, can we make E.T.’s eyes as frivolous and also wizened and as sad as those three icons.” Based on these famous celebrities, we have the E.T. we all know and recognize.

14 E.T. Was Played by Three Different Actors

With today’s technology, it would be a fairly easy task creating a CGI alien to act as the main part in a blockbuster film. However, when E.T. was being made in 1982, things were not so simple According to The Vintage News, creating a believable, friendly alien back then took three mechanical puppets as well as three actors, one of whom was a young 12-year-old boy who had been born without legs.

There wasn’t always someone wearing the suit in every scene, as often E.T. was being controlled by a team of mechanical operators. However, when the alien was required to walk or move about, a small person was often behind the movements. Watching E.T. today, the alien might seem like quite a basic piece of engineering, but back then, Spielberg and his team were making technological strides.

13 Drew Barrymore Thought E.T. Was Real

Drew Barrymore was only six years old when she played the part of Gertie in E.T., and even though she was already developing into a bright, young, talented actress, she was still very much at an age where imagination and make-believe can cloud reality. Barrymore’s acting is fantastic in the film, especially for someone so young, but her great reactions to things on screen could be down to the fact that she believed E.T. was a real alien.

 The cast and crew encouraged her to believe E.T. was really alive, and she seems to have taken the bait completely.

In a behind-the-scenes featurette for the movie, Elliott actor Henry Thomas reveals: “Drew, she’s imaginative. She introduced E.T. to her mom and said ‘He’s just a little shy now. He doesn’t want to talk to you right now but he’s just a little shy.’”

12 E.T.’s Voice Comes From Raccoons, Otters, Horses, and Burps

E.T. is one of the most imitated movie characters, with people of all ages having tried at one time or another to impersonate the alien’s singular speech patterns. If you listen closely, you’ll hear that there are a lot of different elements and sounds to the alien’s voice. This wasn’t achieved by employing one spectacularly gifted voice recording artist. Instead, as we learn from the BBC, it was a talented sound designer, Ben Burtt, who collected noises from an entire array of sources and put them together to create E.T.’s voice.

As Burtt tells the BBC: “I created the voice for E.T. out of many different things, about 18 different people and animals and sound effects. There are raccoons in there, there are sea otters, there are some horses, there’s a burp from my old cinema professor from USC.” They also used the voice of a chain-smoking housewife.

11 Spielberg Dressed As A Woman On Set

Being around such a young cast, Spielberg had to ensure that there was enough fun and playfulness on set. In The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial from 1996, we learn that the director definitely didn’t take himself too seriously while on set. Apparently, around Halloween, Spielberg came to set dressed up as a lady school teacher.

As Henry Thomas remembers: “Halloween was great. He directed the whole day like that, as an old lady.”

Spielberg adds: “I didn’t have children back then in the early 1980s, and you know suddenly I was becoming a father every single day, I felt like a father and it felt good.” Spielberg certainly knew how to keep spirits high on his set, and his kind, playful personality has left wonderful lasting memories on his cast and crew.

10 A Mime Was Hired To Move E.T.’s Arms

In The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, we learn that it took a lot of work to create the alien we all know and love. Aside from having a whole team of mechanics working to ensure the creature looked real, Spielberg also hired a mime to help out E.T.’s gestures.

The director reveals: “When I saw the mechanical arms, they were really great but they were very jerky when they worked. The fingers would move, but almost too thoughtfully. And I felt E.T.’s got to have almost balletic arms, almost like the hands of a mime. So I just put it out there, can we hire a mime and we’ll put the E.T. hand makeup on a mime’s hand so the artist can really be artistic about picking things up and touching themselves and reaching out. So this is where this wonderful mime artist came to work with us.”

9 The Original Ending Was Very Different

When a movie is as beloved as E.T. is, it’s hard to imagine it being any different. Grown men and women still weep when thinking about the emotionally-charged final scene, but we could have ended up an alternative ending had Spielberg gone with his original idea.

According to actor Michael MacNaughton’s interview in Express, “The last scene was going to be all of us playing Dungeons & Dragons again, except this time, Elliott’s the dungeon master. Because he was the one that found ET, he sort of got in with the group. […] And then they would pan up to the roof and you’d see the communicator and it’s still working — in other words, Elliott is still in touch with E.T. But after they did the score and they saw what they had with the spaceship taking off and everything… How can you follow that? I mean, it was a wise choice.”

8 There Was A Dark Sequel Planned

Because E.T. did so unexpectedly well at the box-office, it’s a wonder why there was never a sequel released. Had the movie been made today, it’s almost certain that Hollywood would have tried to make it a franchise. Well, according to Syfy, there was actually a story treatment for an E.T. sequel, but it was so terrible that it never got made.

Apparently, its dark tone was done on purpose.

Spielberg was reportedly completely against the idea of a sequel to his 1982 film, saying: “Sequels can be very dangerous because they compromise your truth as an artist. I think a sequel to E.T. would do nothing but rob the original of its [purity].” Who knows, maybe someday someone will dust off the draft and attempt to make it, but Spielberg will certainly be the first to veto the project.

7 They shot the movie in chronological order for the kids

It’s a well known fact that most large-scale film projects aren’t filmed in chronological order. Due to shooting schedules, location requirements, and budget factors, it’s usually not possible to film in script-order. Well, E.T. is one of the very few exceptions to this usual Hollywood practice, as Steven Spielberg insisted that the scenes be shot chronologically.

According to TIME, Spielberg made this unorthodox decision in order to help his younger cast. The director explained: “I insisted on shooting the film in complete continuity so the kids knew, emotionally, where they had been the day before, and they pretty much didn’t have any idea of where they were going the next day. So, like real life, every day was a surprise – Drew, Henry Thomas and Robert really believed that this was happening to their lives.”

6 Robert MacNaughton’s Dungeons & Dragons love got him his part

Robert MacNaughton played Elliott’s older brother Michael in the movie, and he revealed to Express that a childhood pastime of his helped land him the role. Apparently, E.T.’s screenwriter Melissa Mathison was a huge fan of Dungeons & Dragons and she was always playing it with her then husband Harrison Ford at their house.

This explains the game at the start of the film, where we see Elliott trying to join in playing D&D with Michael and his friends.

MacNaughton revealed that he too was an avid Dungeons & Dragons player, and when asked by Spielberg what his hobbies were, he told the director about his love of the game. Spielberg seemed pleased that MacNaughton’s hobbies fit with his character Michael’s pastimes, and the role became his shortly after.

5 The Film Was Shot From A Child’s Point-of-View

One of the things that you may not have noticed while watching E.T. is the fact that is is filmed from a child’s point of view. According to Filmsite, the movie was deliberately shot from a lower-angle in order to encourage younger audience members to identify more easily with the child characters on screen. It also helps adults put themselves back into the shoes of a child, encouraging them to remember how scary and threatening the taller, bigger world of adults can really be for a kid.

In fact, the only adult we ever see in full is the mother, Mary, who was played by Dee Wallace.

Otherwise, most of the other grown-ups in the movie are seen from the waist down, the way a child would see the world in front of them.

4 Real Doctors And Nurses Were Hired As Actors

E.T. is a very emotional movie. From the burgeoning friendship between Elliott and E.T. to the ending when we face the teary goodbyes between these unlikely friends, the movie is rife with sentiment. One of the most poignant, dramatic scenes is when E.T. and Elliott are lying side-by-side in the makeshift medical facility at their house, both fading away while doctors and nurses try to revive them.

According to People, the medical staff we see looking after these two friends were actually real-life medics. Spielberg contacted the UCLA Center for the Health Services in order to get information on cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and he was referred to a specialist. Wanting the scene to look as real as possible, Spielberg got real-life medical staff to play out the scene in order to simulate the chaos that really happens in emergencies.

3 E.T. was inspired by real children

E.T. is one of the most lovable incarnations of an alien to grace our screens.

Part of this androgynous creature’s charm is the fact that there’s so much goofiness and childlike innocence to it.

Well, this sweet naivete, as well as E.T.’s powers, were actually inspired by the screenwriter’s interactions with children. As Melissa Mathison tells us in The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: “Many of the scenes from the movie come from my own experience being with children. For instance, what children would like [E.T.’s] powers to be. A lot of the children would mention the obvious of telepathy or telekinetic powers but I was struck by the fact that several of them mentioned that they would like this magic creature to be able to heal. And I thought it was such an incredibly poignant idea to come from a child.”

2 Spielberg Didn’t think E.T. Would Make A Lot of Money

According to Business Insider, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time– not too shabby for a low-budget film about a boy and his alien pal. While the movie became a immense success and has been hailed as the most successful film to come out of the 1980s, Steven Spielberg didn’t think it was going to be a hit with audiences.

Speaking in The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the director said: “I think E.T.’s not going to make a lot of money, I think I’m making a movie that is only going to appeal to kids. I said I’m probably making a big mistake, I’m going to make an old-fashioned Walt Disney movie about an alien and a kid and that’s all it’s going to be.”

1 The Movie Was Inspired by Spielberg’s Lonely Childhood

It’s always interesting to find out how some of our favorite movies came about, but no one would ever expect that Spielberg’s tale of a boy and an alien would stem from his own childhood experiences. In an interview with director James Cameron for People, Spielberg admitted that E.T. was “never meant to be a movie about an extra-terrestrial,” but instead about something very personal.

“It was supposed to be a movie about my mom and dad getting a divorce,” he explains.

“So I started a story, not a script per say, but I started writing a story about what it was like when your parents divide the family up and they move to different states.” Eventually, the idea for a boy and an alien friend developed from this, and the rest is E.T. history.

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2018-10-06 04:10:51 – Steph Brandhuber

The Gifted Season 2 Dedicates An Entire Episode To Polaris’ Origin Story

The Gifted season 2 will have an entire episode dedicating to revealing Polaris’ origins, and how her parents died. The second season of FOX’s Marvel Comics-based series, about an underground group of mutants trying to escape capture, premiered this week and concluded with Lorna giving birth to a daughter, whom she named Dawn.

Like her father, Magneto, Lorna has the ability to manipulate metal, and her powers grew dangerously unstable while she was in labor. At the end of season 1 she made the decision to join the Hellfire Club, leaving the Mutant Underground behind. Like many mutants, Polaris has grown tired of living in constant fear and having to make sacrifices in order to survive, and has aligned herself with the Hellfire Club’s goal of fighting back against humanity and seeking a mutant homeworld.

Related: Why The Gifted Season 1 Didn’t Mention Magneto By Name

Speaking to during a set visit, Polaris actress Emma Dumont revealed that The Gifted season 2 will delve deep into Lorna’s past. “Later on in the season, there’s an entire episode dedicated to Lorna’s background, how she gets the way she is, how she grew up,” Dumont said. “There are even references to how her parents passed in the plane crash, which we know, comic book readers know, that that was because of Lorna… It was her fault. So that’s very tragic.”

Dumont is referring to the revelation in X-Factor #243 that Polaris was responsible for the plane crash that killed her parents. Polaris was the product of an affair between her mother, Suzanna, and Magneto. When Suzanna’s husband found out about the affair, he took the family up in an airline so that he could confront his wife, even threatening to deliberately crash the plane. However, it was ultimately Polaris who brought the plane down: frightened by the shouting and too young to properly control her powers, she unleashed a wave of electromagnetic energy that tore the aircraft apart.

This won’t be the first time that we’ve seen a mutant on an X-Men-adjacent TV show trying to learn the truth about their famous father. FX series Legion follows Charles Xavier’s son, David, and cleverly explored David’s heritage (without the need for a Patrick Stewart cameo) by showing Xavier’s battle with the series’ big bad via an animated chalkboard drawing. It’s similarly unlikely that Magneto himself will actually appear in The Gifted, or even be named. Showrunner Matt Nix has explained that the show is avoiding mentioning Magneto by name because “we don’t want to stumble into movie territory.” That said, Magneto is canonically Polaris’ father in the show, and it will be interesting to see The Gifted handles that fact.

More: The Gifted Season 2 Review

The Gifted  airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on FOX.


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2018-09-30 06:09:14 – Hannah Shaw-Williams

The Gifted Season 2 Review: Family Drama Takes A Backseat To Comic Book Intrigue

For better or worse, season 1 of FOX’s Marvel mutant drama, The Gifted, put family drama first and X-Men-related super heroics second. It told the story of the Strucker family and the lengths they went to keep their mutant children, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White), safe from a world that actively hunts their kind down. The premise stretched the usual thinly veiled metaphors of what was once Marvel’s most popular property to the breaking point, turning Reed (Stephen Moyer), his wife Kate (Amy Acker), and the kids into fugitives and members of the Mutant Underground. But as the season moved on, the metaphor’s potency waned, the narrative lost steam, and it became apparent changes would be necessary to keep interest alive in season 2. 

Those changes became evident in a surprising season finale that saw the Mutant Underground split in two, as Polaris (Emma Dumont) sided with the Hellfire Club, taking several mutants with her, including Andy. That left the rest of the Strucker clan, as well as Eclipse (Sean Teale), Blink (Jamie Chung), and Thunderbird (Blair Redford) in a tricky war of ideologies with their friends and family, while still being on the run from the folks at Sentinel Services. But as the season 2 premiere, ‘eMergence,’ demonstrates, although the composition of the two sides of the mutant equation have changed, and the show is leaning more on comic book action than family drama, The Gifted isn’t taking Marvel’s mutants anywhere they haven’t been before.

More: Magnum P.I. Review: An Action-Packed Reboot Without Much Personality

What it does is shift the point of view around so that the series can better explore both sides the mutant drama. Again, this is nothing new, not really. The X-Men films all made a point trying to understand and relate to characters such as Magneto, painting them as atypical villains, someone whose actions, though extreme, were understandable and came from a place that revealed their humanity. That is, in essence, what The Gifted is trying to do by pitting Polaris/Lorna and the father of her unborn child, Marcos/Eclipse, on opposite sides of the mutant conundrum. The result is a storyline that feels more in line with the source material (tangential though its relationship may be), but it comes at the expense of both the Sentinel Services story and that of the Strucker (or von Strucker) clan. 

What that means for the new season is anyone’s guess, as ‘ eMergence’ spends most of its time reacquainting viewers with the main characters and explaining the new status quo. As it turns out, it’s been months since the showdown that ended season 1. Kate’s desperate to find her son, but Lauren and Reed aren’t too sure chasing him down is the best way to get him to come home. Andy, meanwhile, seems to have settled into his new digs just fine, having found a bottle of peroxide and a leather jacket to better suit his place in the Hellfire Club, alongside Esme (Skyler Samuels) and Reeva Page (Grace Byers). What’s left of the Mutant Underground has been driven further underground, forced to settle for rescuing what few mutants they can from Sentinel raids and setting them up with new identities. 

Some of the changes here are largely superficial and temporary. The series is going to have to push Marcos and Lorna together again if it’s going to develop any kind of meaningful drama from their conflict. The premiere gets away with keeping them apart by focusing on the actual birth of their child. If you’ve seen one child being born on television you’ve pretty much seen them all, but The Gifted attempts to create a uniquely mutant situation with the idea that Lorna’s labor pains are causing her magnetic powers to go haywire. Presumably that’s a significant enough threat that Reeva commissions some sort of chamber for the expectant mother to give birth. It’s all a very circuitous way of giving Lorna the appropriate motivation to follow in her father’s footsteps, creating a future fit for mutant kind, by any means necessary. 

The rest of the hour is spent developing a similar but smaller rift between Kate and Reed, mainly over Andy and his decision to abandon the family to partake in some Draco Malfoy cosplay while hanging out with a pregnant woman. There are some inklings that The Gifted will spend more of its time this season exploring these potential divisions and how ideological divides can break families apart, whether they’re just starting out or have been a functioning unit for years. That Reed appears to be developing powers of his own should be an interesting wrinkle to the show’s narrative going forward, but for now it’s put on the back burner along with the rest of the Strucker family drama. 

In all, it’s a middling premiere that doesn’t quite address some of the pacing issues that plagued the series through much of its first season. Character threads seem to begin with fits and starts only to peter out after too long, like the chase sequence to find Lorna while she was in labor. With any luck The Gifted has definite plans to pit the Hellfire Club agains the Mutant Underground, and that the show will find a way to incorporate the family drama back into the fold in a way that satisfies its many character needs as well as the audience’s desire for more mutant action. 

Next: Manifest Review: NBC’s New Mystery Fails To Generate Much Intrigue

The Gifted continues next Tuesday with ‘unMoored’ @8pm on FOX. 

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2018-09-25 06:09:49 – Kevin Yeoman

The Gifted Season 2 Villain Aims To Establish Mutant Nation

The Hellfire Club is ascendant in The Gifted season 2, and it seems they have one goal in mind; to establish a mutant nation, where the mutants can live free from human persecution.

The first season of The Gifted introduced viewers to a dystopian world where the X-Men had long since vanished, and mutants were hunted down for any use of their powers. By the season’s end, a dangerous new force had emerged; the Hellfire Club, mutants who pulled no punches in the defense of their race. Battle lines were drawn between the Hellfire Club and the Mutant Underground, setting up an action-packed season 2 in which friend and family are set to be turned against one another.

Related: The Gifted: Every Marvel Comics Character In Season 1

But what is the Hellfire Club’s endgame? Speaking to CBR, Grace Byers – who plays the Hellfire Club’s leader, Reeva Payge – discussed her motivations. According to Byers, there’s one simple idea at the heart of Reeva’s schemes:

“So the vision that she has is that — and I mean, it’s no secret — she fully believes that it is impossible for humans and mutants to live peacefully in the same world. Her experience has told her that. The present has told her that. She has lost lots of people and lots of things due to that. So it has been proven to her time and time again that it’s just not possible, and so she is working for a world and a nation where the mutants can live unharmed and at peace and free.”

In the comics, Reeva Payge was recruited into the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club by Shinobi Shaw. She actually only appeared in a single issue back in 1994, and has never been seen since. This gives Byers a remarkable freedom when it comes to portraying the character; she can essentially create her from the ground up, not needing to worry about comic book accuracy. The Gifted season 1 had a reputation for making amazingly deep cuts into X-Men lore – even in terms of choosing the main villain, Dr. Roderick Campbell. It’s exciting to see that trend continue.

Payge’s plan will be familiar to any fans of the X-Men comics. The idea of a mutant nation is one that has been pursued by several different mutants, most notably Magneto himself. Magneto’s first attempts were orbital satellites, usually referred to as “Asteroid M” but once as “Avalon.” That was a radical approach, an attempt to literally take mutants off the face of the Earth, where they would live in peace under the Master of Magnetism’s care. He ultimately graduated to taking over an entire island nation himself, the country of Genosha, which he forced the world’s government to grant as a sanctuary for mutants.

As any comic book reader will know, the fundamental problem with the idea of a mutant nation is that it’s inevitably seen as a threat to humanity. As more mutants relocate there, the power levels grow exponentially, until no country’s armed might could possibly stand against it. The United States Government is certain to unleash its Sentinel program against the Hellfire Club’s plan.

More: All 10 Superhero Shows Returning Or Premiering In Fall 2018

The Gifted season 2 premieres September 25 on FOX.

Source: CBR

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2018-09-14 03:09:11 – Thomas Bacon