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Reservoir Dogs Ending Explained: What Happened To Mr. Pink?

The ending of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs wraps up numerous character arcs, but remains somewhat cryptic about Mr. Pink’s fate. As a whole, the highly-influential crime film underlines the camaraderie that emerges from pulling off a big heist, but also pinpoints the egocentric behavior of the main players. Reservoir Dogs concludes with a Mexican standoff; a bloody moment of misunderstanding that opens the door, both literally and figuratively, for Mr. Pink to escape. Reservoir Dogs ends with retribution and justice for a murdered cop, along with a cryptic bit of sound design connected to Mr. Pink’s fate.

With Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino sets himself apart from other first-time feature directors with an unorthodox narrative structure. The movie begins with an iconic diner scene that introduces the titular dogs, thus establishing their motivations and personal quirks. From there, Reservoir Dogs jumps back and forth with time, creating a sense of confusion for the audience while the subjects attempt to piece together the facts themselves. The objective: to execute a diamond heist in Los Angeles. A gangster named Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) organizes the job, with the assistance of his son “Nice Guy” Eddie (Chris Penn). The Cabots recruit various men, and Joe makes it blatantly clear that no real-life names or personal details should be revealed. The crew includes Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), Mr. Blue (Edward Bunker), Mr. Brown (Tarantino), Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), and Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), the last of whom is revealed to be an undercover police officer.

Related: 15 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About Reservoir Dogs

Through slick editing, Reservoir Dogs implies certain information without showing the specifics. The heist escape goes horribly wrong, and the crew meets up at a warehouse. Mr. Pink hides the diamonds and walks out after the Mexican stand-off, leaving Mr. White to process Mr. Orange’s revelation about his real identity. Reservoir Dogs features an all-star cast, and the gritty tale shows what happens when greed and deception override tactical strategy. Here’s a breakdown of Tarantino’s blood-soaked Reservoir Dogs finale, including what happened to Mr. Pink.

Mr. Orange & Why Reservoir Dogs’ Robbery Failed 

Despite careful planning, Reservoir Dogs’ focal heist was doomed from the start, evidenced by a late-movie sequence that details Mr. Orange’s backstory. For narrative clarification, Tarantino includes graphics to underline the character focus. For the section entitled “Mr. Orange,” Roth’s character prepares to infiltrate the Cabot clan; he learns to act like a gangster and – more specifically – how to tell a joke like a gangster. It’s all in the details. In terms of filmmaking, Tarantino initially presents Mr. Orange as one of the guys. The opening diner conversation is full of pop culture references, and specifies character traits for each individual. After the stylized open, which includes a famous wide shot of the crew, Tarantino jumps ahead to the heist’s aftermath. Mr. Orange panics in the back of a car, shot in the belly and thoroughly shook up. Similarly, Mr. White struggles to keep his cool as he attempts to not only drive but also calm his partner. There’s a noticeable bond between the two men; they hold hands and hope for the best. There’s a father-son dynamic between the characters, thus making the finale even more tragic.

In Reservoir Dogs, the heist escape fails because the police were tipped off by Mr. Orange. Crucially, the heist itself was indeed successful, albeit with some major setbacks. At the warehouse, the titular dogs seal their own fates by failing to trust each other. It’s revealed that Mr. Blonde killed numerous civilians, and Mr. Pink is purely convinced that the police not only knew about the job, but that they were waiting for them to leave as well. A brief flashback moment shows Mr. Pink running for his life, and a subsequent car scene ends with Mr. Orange taking a bullet to the gut. On the surface, Mr. Orange’s deception connects the narrative dots. But Reservoir Dogs is fundamentally about what takes place after the fact – all the contrived bravado and confusion.

When stripping Reservoir Dogs down to its core, the robbery and escape failed because of the heightened male machismo and pride. Wisely, Tarantino removes himself from the equation, but only after a memorable opening sequence that depicts the director as someone worthy of hanging with the crew. By the middle section, Tarantino shifts focus to character motivations, along with the fact that the Cabots and Mr. Blonde have an existing relationship. Crucially, Mr. Blonde has been in the clink. In Reservoir Dogs, he presents a cool and collected image, evidenced by the famous torture scene, in which the character cuts off a cop’s ear while dancing to Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle with You.” But even though Mr. Blonde may be reliable, he proves to be a major piece of work during the heist’s aftermath. This character pushes the story forward; Mr. Blonde’s actions function as the narrative foundation for the climactic showdown.

More: All Of Quentin Tarantino’s Screenplays (Including The Ones He Didn’t Direct), Ranked

Reservoir Dogs’ Final Showdown

Reservoir Dogs establishes each of its characters as calculated and accomplished criminals, but there’s a clear power structure in place. At the top, there’s Joe Cabot, portrayed coldly by the aforementioned Tierney, an actor who made a career by playing mobsters. In contrast, Cabot’s son, Eddie, is portrayed loosely by Penn. If he’s the eyes for the operation, then it’s not hard to see why Mr. Orange aka Freddy Newandyke could infiltrate the system. As the father of a gangster, Eddie seeks validation. Most importantly, he seeks validation from his peers. Interestingly, Eddie’s wardrobe contrasts with the rest of the more authentic gangsters.

In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. White’s sense of humanity contrasts with Mr. Blonde’s aloof behavior. At the warehouse, Mr. White looks after Mr. Orange and screams at Mr. Blonde about his killing rampage during the heist. Then, Mr. Blonde delivers a classic line: “Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?” Once again, Tarantino reinforces the power dynamics; a character’s manhood is questioned. Ironically, Mr. Blonde’s suit-and-tie persona doesn’t make him a slick character – that’s Mr. Pink, who is staged in the background during this particular scene. Suddenly, he inserts himself into the conversation and talks about being a “professional.” Mr. Pink then uses a racial slur, thus making him even less of a sympathetic figure, this coming after his opening act rant about his refusal to tip waitresses. Just as the Reservoir Dogs’ editing shuffles the narrative, Tarantino’s character dialogue shuffles the power dynamics as well.

Later in Reservoirs Dogs, when Joe shows up to the warehouse, he knows exactly what’s going on. Joe names Mr. Orange as the rat, and Tierney’s character ultimately function as the inciting incident for the climactic Mexican standoff. Joe’s dialogue further heightens the chaos and finger-pointing. Just like Eddie, he keeps everyone on edge rather than calming them like a… “professional.” And so Eddie winds up pointing a gun at Mr. White, who points a gun at Joe, who in turns points a gun at the bleeding Mr. Orange. Meanwhile Mr. Pink cleverly hides and avoids and flying bullets. All of these men speak forcefully and serve as strong male characters, but their poor communications skills and lack of polish lead to their collective downfalls. The shots ring out quickly; Mr. Orange takes a bullet, then Mr. White, then the Cabots.

What Happened To Mr. Pink At The End Of Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs ends with Mr. Pink’s escape. He survives because of his intellect, and manages to secure the diamonds. Throughout the film, Mr. Pink speaks practically and muses about how people panic under pressure. He understands the game but doesn’t feel inclined to present a specific persona. Even when he complains about being named “Mr. Pink,” he quickly brushes it off and moves forward like a professional, at least in terms of the job itself. In Reservoir Dogs, everything points towards Mr. Pink’s survival; however, he doesn’t quite walk off into the sunset.

After Mr. Pink leaves the warehouse during Reservoir Dogs’ ending, the attention shifts to a moment of truth between Mr. White and Mr. Orange. The camera pans across the building, showing all the dead bodies, all the dead tough guys. Mr. White, who initially shows compassion for Mr. Orange in the heist’s immediate aftermath, once again reveals his humanity and embraces his newfound friend. Mr. Orange admits that he’s an undercover cop, thus completely destroying Mr. White’s psyche. The camera lingers on the two characters until the end, with Mr. White presumably murdering Mr. Orange while being killed in the process by police officers.

Reservoir Dogs’ final, dramatic moments completely shift attention from Mr. Pink’s escape. As the Mr. White/Mr. Orange sequence plays out, the sound design makes it blatantly clear that something dramatic is also happening outside. Mr. Pink can be heard conversing with the police officers, but just barely. But whether he lives or dies is another matter. Tarantino ends Reservoir Dogs with a telling visual featuring Mr. White and Mr. Orange, and masks another sequence about Mr. Pink’s fate through cryptic sound design.

Next: All Of Quentin Tarantino’s Final Scenes, Ranked


2019-07-14 01:07:40

Q.V. Hough

Star Trek: What Happened To The Original Series Enterprise

Here is what happened to Star Trek‘s original Starship Enterprise. One of pop culture’s most iconic vessels, the U.S.S. Enterprise is synonymous with the Star Trek franchise and Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner). And although there has been a long line of starships bearing the name “Enterprise,” the original is still the best known and arguably the most beloved.

Designated NCC-1701, the Constitution-class U.S.S. Enterprise was commissioned by Starfleet and launched in 2245 under the command of Captain Robert April. The Enterprise’s second Captain was Christopher Pike, who commanded her for 15 years, from 2250-2265. With Mr. Spock (Ethan Peck) as his Science Officer, Pike’s voyages were legendary; the captain and his starship were deemed so important by Starfleet that they were prevented from fighting in Star Trek: Discovery season 1’s Klingon War. Even when Pike temporarily took command of the U.S.S. Discovery, the Enterprise played a key role in the events of Star Trek: Discovery season 2. Finally, in 2265, James T. Kirk became Captain of the Enterprise and led her on his historic five-year mission with Spock (Leonard Nimoy) by his side. Kirk would go on to be command two different versions of the Enterprise throughout The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, and the first six Star Trek movies (as well as the three rebooted films by J.J. Abrams).

Related: Star Trek: Discovery Redesigned The Enterprise’s Bridge 

With its twin warp nacelles, saucer section, and radar dish, the original Enterprise is the most recognizable starship in Star Trek. Under Pike and Kirk, the Enterprise encountered dozens of alien species and took part in some of the most pivotal conflicts of the 23rd century. The Enterprise was badly damaged battling Control’s Section 31 fleet during the Star Trek: Discovery season 2 finale and received a major refit. Prior to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the Starship Enterprise received an even more expansive refit that completely redesigned its warp core and interiors, including the bridge, and removed the infamous radar dish. Through it all, the beloved starship continued to serve Kirk and his crew until its destruction in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock.

The Original Enterprise Was Destroyed In Star Trek III

The original Enterprise was destroyed by Admiral Kirk in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. Following Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan‘s fateful battle with Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban) that led to the death of Spock, Kirk and his crew committed an insurrection by stealing the Enterprise; their goal was to return to the Genesis Planet and eventually reunite Spock with his katra (his Vulcan soul).

The Enterprise battled a Klingon Bird-of-Prey commanded by Kruge (Christopher Lloyd), who wanted the secrets of Genesis for himself. With only his rogue skeleton crew aboard, the Enterprise was mostly running on an automation program designed by Montgomery Scott (James Doohan) which wasn’t designed for combat. When the ship’s systems overloaded, Kirk activated the auto-destruct sequence so that the Enterprise wouldn’t fall into Klingon hands. Kirk and crew beamed to the Genesis Planet and, as they watched the Enterprise detonate and crash to the ground in flames, Kirk sadly remarked, “My God, Bones. What have I done?”

Star Trek IV Introduced The Enterprise-A

Instead of facing court-martial for stealing and destroying the Enterprise, Admiral Kirk and his crew were instead rewarded after they saved the Earth in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. All charges against them were dropped and only Kirk was ‘punished’; he was demoted to Captain and was given back his starship command. Expecting to be put in charge of the U.S.S. Excelsior, Captain and his loyal crew instead “came home” to the newly-commissioned U.S.S. Enterprise-A.

Kirk commanded the Enterprise-A from 2286, when they encountered ‘God’ in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier until the starship was decommissioned in 2293 following the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. It’s worth noting that in Star Trek Beyond, the Enterprise was also destroyed and the film ended with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) taking command of the Enterprise-A, so that events in the Kelvin timeline echoed those of Star Trek‘s Prime Universe.

Next: Which Enterprise Is In Star Trek: Picard’s 25th Century?


2019-07-13 01:07:33

John Orquiola

Game Of Thrones: 25 Strange Things That Happened Before The First Episode

The last Game of Thrones season is right around the corner. In fact, fans have been patiently waiting for its return. They’re eager to see how the show will end. On the other hand, fans are sad to see the show go. Of course, fans watch the show closely and don’t miss a thing. They catch each hint and clue. A lot has gone on in the show. At the same time, a lot happened before the first episode. The show has a rich history that impacts current events.

The show has a loyal and large fan base. Since the start, there have been many questions. Indeed, there have been many strange events. For instance, Jon Snow coming back to life or Bram time traveling. It sometimes feels that things can’t get any stranger. Of course, anything can happen in the show. Nobody is safe. Well, there were many strange events before the show. In fact, those past events help explain a lot.

The history of Westeros and Essos is vast. It includes great wars, peaceful kings, dragons, giants and mad kings. The history is dark and sad at times. It also has some brighter moments of peace and happiness. The show’s myth and history are just as interesting as the show itself. In fact, it’s crucial to the show. It’s time to take a closer look at the Seven Kingdoms, The Free Cities, The Wall, and beyond. Here’s Game Of Thrones: 25 Strange Events That Happened Before The First Episode.

25 The Dawn Age

The Dawn Age goes back roughly 8,000 years. During that time, no humans lived on Westeros. Living there were only the non-human Children of the Forest and Giants. A small number of Giants still exist. The Children of the Forest were small creatures with magic skills. The prayed to the Old Gods and carved their images in the woods. In fact, they built small hidden villages in the trees. There is very little information from the Dawn Age. Soon the First Men arrive and start a war with The Children.

24 The Regin Of Aegon The Unworthy

There have been many kings in the history of the Seven Kingdoms. Some kings had a peaceful reign that brought happiness to the world. Then there’s King Aegon IV or Aegon The Unworthy. He’s the worst Targaryen king in the history of the world. He was king from 172 to 184 AC. In fact, he might be the worst of them all. He was mean, vindictive, and petty. He could have treated his people and family better. His time as king is a low point in history.

23 The Tales Of Dunk And Egg

The Tales of Dunk and Egg is a prequel series that takes place before the show. In fact, it takes place 90 years before the show itself. The tale also exists in the show. It follows the adventures of Ser Duncan The Tall and his Squire Aegon “Egg” Targaryen. Egg later becomes King Aegon V or Aegon the Unlikely. They go on many adventures during a time of great tensions in the Seven Kingdoms. Dunk and Egg meet during a tournament and begin their adventures. Eventually, Aegon becomes King and Dunk becomes the Lord Commander of the Kinghtsguard. Their story ends at the Tragedy of Summerhall.

22 The Great Spring Sickness

The Great Spring Sickness was a plague that swept across Westeros. The sickness wiped out a good portion of the Seven Kingdoms. King’s Landing lost the most amount of life. The only two areas that avoided the sickness were the Vale and Dorne. They were able to keep people and the sickness out. Dunk and Egg go on many adventures during that time. They’re able to avoid the sickness by hiding out in Dorne. Unfortunately, the rest didn’t have that choice. The sickness features in the Dunk and Egg story.

21 Slaves Rebel And Found Braavos

To the east of Westeros is Essos. It now consists of the nine Free Cities but at a time was under Valyrian control. In 500 BC, slaves rebel against their Valyrian master and take over the fleet. They sail to the furthers point and end up in a lagoon. Large mountains and trees hide the area. It’s a series of connected tiny islands. The slaves create the secret city of Braavos. Eventually, they come out of hiding. The city also includes the Iron Bank.

20 Old Ghis’s Burned To Ashes By Dragon Fire And Never Rebuilt

The Ghiscari Empire ruled over Essos some 5,000 years ago. They built many great structures and were firmly in control. The city of Old Ghis was the center of their power. Of course, that all changes when the Valyrian find dragons. They soon defeat the empire and take control of Essos. In fact, they even burn Old Ghis to the ground. They poison the soil and sea to ensure it never raises again. The empire crumbles and the city fades away. It simply becomes a memory.

19 Aegon V Arranges Marriages For His Kids

King Aegon V had his good and bad times. He was good to his people but it didn’t always work out. For instance, he planned a series of arranged marriages for his kids. Of course, it was really about politics. He was trying to secure his power. Well, his kids had other plans. Instead, they all marry for love. In fact, he also married for love so was powerless to stop his kids. Clearly, he was happy for his kids. At the same time, it weakens his rule.

18 Aegon V Lowers Taxes

Turns out that it doesn’t take a big betrayal to start a war. In fact, Westeros is just like any other place. Indeed, dragons and giants aren’t the problems. The real issues are taxes. Aegon V’s reign was a good time for the Seven Kingdoms. However, there was a conflict. At one point, Aegon lowered taxes on the poor and raised taxes for the rich. It only made him more popular with the poor. Of course, the rich didn’t like that. Eventually, it turned several rich nobles against him.

17 The King Of The Wall

During the Age of Heroes, The Lord Commander of The Wall proclaims himself King of The Wall. In addition, he fell in love with a woman from beyond the wall. History implies that it might have been a white walker. He soon earns the title the Night’s King, which is not the same as the Night King. The Night’s King and Queen held strange rituals and sacrifices. Eventually, people began to fear them. The King Beyond The Wall and the Stark King in the North teamed up. They defeat the Night’s King and restore order.

16 The Tale Of The Rat Cook

The tale of the Rat Cook is a myth in the Seven Kingdoms. It’s a story of a king that visits the then main castle of the Wall, the Nightfort. Somehow, the King offended the cook so he decides to get revenge. He bakes the King an alarming pie that really hits home. The gods punish the cook by turning him into a big white rat. To be clear, the gods did not turn him into a rat for baking that disgusting pie. In fact, it was because he was a terrible host. Arya Stark bakes a similar pie in the show.

15 The Dance Of Dragons

The Dance of Dragons is the first full-scale civil war in the history of the Seven Kingdoms. In fact, it’s the first war that has dragons on both sides. It took place from 129 to 131 AC, which is about 170 years before the War of the Five Kings. It was a war between two rival Targaryan factions. Rhaenyra Targaryen was the only heir to the throne but the Kingdoms never had a Queen before. Instead, King Aegon II took control with a coup. Eventually, he let his dragon take care of the would-be Queen.

14 A Stark Won Bear Island In A Wrestling Match

There have been many great wars in the Seven Kingdoms. Not all wars have dragons and giants. The Stark’s have always been a powerful family in the North. At times, they’ve even been the Kings of the North. Of course, they’re also loyal when there’s one ruling King of the Seven Kingdoms. The Starks always end up in interesting situations. During the Age of Heroes, Rodrik Stark beat an iron-born for control of Bear Island in a wrestling match. The Starks then gave Bear Island to House Mormont. There are worse ways to win an island.

13 Nagga The Sea-Dragon

The Iron Islands are like a separate world from the Seven Kingdoms. In fact, they have their own culture and religion. They pray to the drowned god and are the only ones too. Of course, dragons are part of almost every myth and story. As a matter of fact, the Iron Islands have sea dragons. Nagga The Sea-Dragon is the first sea dragon in the Iron Islands history. According to legend, the Grey King beat Nagga and built a great hall out of the bones. Indeed, he uses her fire to warm the hall.

12 Aegon III Dislikes Dragons

The Targaryen’s are famous for using dragons in battle. In fact, dragons are a big part of the culture. At one point, they were the only ones to have dragons. Indeed, they used three dragons to conquer Westeros. Turns out not all of them liked dragons. In fact, King Aegon III disliked dragons. As a young boy, he witnesses a dragon end his mother’s life. Therefore, he disliked and was afraid of dragons. The last remaining dragons didn’t survive his reign. In fact, he gets the blame for dragons becoming extinct. He attempted to hatch the last dragon eggs but failed. He earned the title Aegon The Dragonbane.

11 The Targaryen’s Can’t Conquer Dorne

From 2 BC to 1 AC, the Targaryen’s conquered Westeros and created the Seven Kingdoms. They would rule over the Seven Kingdoms for three centuries. At first, it was just the Six Kingdoms. That’s because they couldn’t conquer Dorne. The area’s hidden behind mountains and giant trees. Therefore, the Dornish were able to win using guerilla tactics. In fact, they were never able to defeat Dorne, even with dragons. In the end, they joined in through marriage. When dragons don’t work, marriage will.

10 Peaceful Shepherds Discover Dragons

In 6,000 BC, The Ghriscal Empire ruled over peaceful shepherds. Of course, that would soon change. Shepherds were busy working when they made a startling discovery. They found dragons lairing in the 14 Fires Volcanoes. Soon the shepherds would use magic to tame the beasts. This was the birth of the Valyrian Freehold. They use the dragons to rise up against the Ghriscal and destroy the empire. They went on to conquer all of Essos. The myth of dragons became very real only to become a myth again.

9 Lann The Clever

Lann The Clever is an infamous trickster during the Age of Heroes. According to legend, he tricked House Casterley out of their castle. To be fair, there are different tales of how he really did it. For example, one story claims he infested the castle with rats or lions. Another story claims he snuck into the castle and caused mayhem. He turned the members of the house against each other through pranks. It’s also possible that he simply marries into the family. He’s also the founder of House Lannister.

8 The Long Night

In 8, 000 BC, The Long Night hit the world. The winter season lasted an entire generation and destroyed all the fields and crops. In fact, most of it was all buried in snow. Of course, that wasn’t the worst of it. The white walkers emerged and attempted to bring a permanent winter. They also put an end to life. This resulted in the War of the Dawn. The Children and the First Men joined to defeat the white walkers. They were able to send them to the north most part of the world.

7 Children Of The Forest Disappear

As noted, there was a time when the Children of the Forest were the only ones living in Westeros. However, they were still a small population. The war with the First Men and later the White Walkers cost The Children a great deal of life. Eventually, they started to disappear and became extinct. In fact, in the show, there is only one in the world. Aside from the wars, there isn’t an explanation to why they disappeared. Initially, they simply went into hiding and become a myth.

6 The Doom Of Valyria

In 200 BC, The Targaryan’s took control of Dragonstone. They were a powerful family in the Valyria Freehold. They move to Dragonstone to run it for the Freehold. Aenar Targaryen moved his family because of a vision he had. He saw a horrible event that would cause a great deal of destruction. His vision ends up right. In 100 BC, The Fourteen Fires Volcanoes erupt destroying Valryia and the Freehold. The Targaryans are the only surviving family of the Valyrian Freehold. In fact, they’re also the only ones with dragons. This leads to the conquest.

5 Aegon The Conqueror Invades Westeros

As noted, from 2 BC to 1 AC, Aegon The Conqueror invades Westeros. He flew in on three dragons with his wives and unified six of the seven kingdoms. They would go on to rule for three centuries. However, Aegon did this instead of helping the Free Cities in Essos. The Valyrian Freehold lost all of its power and the people were in need of help. Aegon put Essos behind him and began a new quest. They defeated the most powerful families and even the Starks fell in line. It’s a bit odd that Aegon wouldn’t help the Free Cities.

4 The Building Of The Wall

The Wall is one of the most famous structures in the Seven Kingdoms. It’s 700 feet tall and stretches 300 miles along the Northern border. The Wall consists of solid ice.  It separates the Kingdom from the wildlings beyond the wall. Of course, the original intent was to keep the White Walkers out. Bran The Builder built The Wall in 8,000 BC after the Long Night. According to legend, he built the wall using magic, giants, and manual labor. This leads to the creation of The Night’s Watch to maintain and protect The Wall. Bran went on to found House Stark and build Winterfell. However, The Wall is his greatest achievement.

3 The Legend Of Azor Ahai

Azor Ahai is a mythical figure in history. According to legend, he led the army to defeat The White Walkers and put an end to The Long Night. He’s one of the greatest heroes to live. With his famous sword Lightbringer he was able to defeat the enemy. As the story goes, Azor Ahai is to be reborn and once again save the world from the White Walkers. It’s also possible that he’s the Prince That Was Promised. As a matter of fact, there’s a good chance this myth will come true.

2 The Children Create White Walkers And Lose Control

As noted, the first true war was between The Childen and The First Men. It was a costly war for both sides but The Children were clearly losing. With no options left they create the first White Walker. The idea was to use the White Walkers to defeat the humans. However, The Children lost control of the White Walkers and they turn against them. The Children and the First Men came together to defeat the White Walkers. They agreed to a pact when they realized they had a common enemy. It wouldn’t be until much later that Bran Stark discovers The Children create The White Walkers.

1 The Reign Of The Mad King

King Aerys II is the final Targaryen to sit on the Iron Throne. They had ruled the Seven Kingdoms for three centuries. His reign as king started on a positive note but soon it fell apart. He became so paranoid that it earned him the nickname The Mad King. He began making irrational decisions and trusted nobody even the Hand of the King. Then his son Rhaegar Targaryen apparently stole Lyanna Stark. This set off Robert’s Rebellion. Of course, Rhaegar and Lyanna were in love and secretly marry. At the same time, The Mad King lost complete control. He set in motion a plan to burn King’s Landing to the ground. However, Jamie Lannister stopped him. The Mad King’s only surviving heirs is his daughter Daenerys and grandson, Jon Snow.


2019-04-25 06:04:56

Dave Bath

Glass Honest Trailer: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Welp, That Happened’

M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass has gotten an official Honest Trailer. The film opened in theaters earlier this year and served as a finale to Shyamalan’s so-called Eastrail 177 trilogy, which started with Unbreakable in 2000. A modest hit upon its release, the latter is now regarded as a clever predecessor to the late 2000s and aughts’ comic book superhero movie renaissance. Eventually, and unexpectedly, Shyamalan returned to the Unbreakable universe in 2017’s Split – a film that was marketed as a standalone thriller, before its final scene revealed the truth.

However, where Split was a critical and commercial success, Glass earned mixed to negative reviews and disappointed financially compared to Split (though it still turned a hefty profit). Among other things, audiences and critics were left grumbling about the movie’s third acts twists (some of which were deemed predictable, others of which were arguably just nonsensical), and its generally muddled attempts to pay-off the narrative threads left dangling by Unbreakable and Split alike. Suffice it to say, it’s a prime candidate for Screen Junkies‘ famous Honest Trailers treatment.

Related: Glass Deleted Scene: Casey in Art Class

SJ released its Glass Honest Trailer online today, in order to coordinate with the film’s arrival on Blu-ray. You can watch the video in the space below.

Naturally, the Honest Trailer hits on most of the common complaints about Glass. For starters, the video takes Bruce Willis to task for his mopey turn as an older David Dunn from Unbreakable, while simultaneously poking fun at James McAvoy for going even more over the top with his portrayal of Kevin Wendell Crumb’s various personalities than he did in Split. As for Samuel L. Jackson: he’s back as Elijah Price, but (as the Honest Trailer points out) it’s hard to appreciate the actor’s performance when Elijah’s stuck pretending to be comatose for nearly half the film. Beyond that, the trailer recognizes that Shyamalan was trying to make a deconstructive and broody superhero movie here, but argues that he mostly ended up delivering one that’s visually static and far less intelligent that it fancies itself to be.

That being said, the trailer also takes a moment to commend Shyamalan for making “an original, self-financed project from a true auteur” here, in an era of moviemaking that’s all about franchises, reboots, and IP adaptations (be they superhero-related or not). It’s a perfectly fair point and one that several critics even included in their own reviews of Glass, back when the movie hit theaters. He might not always stick the landing (well, okay, he frequently doesn’t), but nobody makes films quite like Shyamalan, and it’s hard to not respect the guy for seeing his artistic visions through to the end, even when he has to finance them himself.

NEXT: Glass is Shyamalan’s Star Wars Prequels (And That’s Not a Bad Thing)

Source: Screen Junkies


2019-04-16 03:04:59

Sandy Schaefer

Game Of Thrones: 5 Worst Things That Have Happened To Sansa (And The 5 Worst Things She’s Done)

Sansa Stark has had one of the most complicated journeys of any character on Game of Thrones. She’s been both a (near) princess and a prisoner, suffered awful abuse and turned the tables on her enemies more than once. That she’s survived this long feels like something of a miracle, given everything she’s been through and all the things she’s lost.

By the conclusion of Season 7, Sansa certainly seems to have grown into a competent, thoughtful leader who puts her family and her people first. But the eldest Stark daughter wasn’t always so wise, and she had to go through a lot of pain and punishment to get to the place she is now. And she didn’t always makes the best choices.

Related: Game of Thrones: Why Sansa Stark Should Be Queen in the North

We take a look at five of the worst things that have happened to Sansa – and run down five of her worst decisions along the way.

10 Worst Experience: Lost Her Direwolf

Sansa Stark’s trials – or bad luck if you want to call it that – start pretty early on. In Season 1, she loses her beloved direwolf, Lady, thanks to the awfulness of the Lannister family. After Arya’s wolf attacks Joffrey, Cersei demands the animal be put down. But when Nymeria goes missing, Cersei happily settles for the death of a different direwolf – Sansa’s.

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Despite his daughter’s protests, Ned executes Sansa’s beloved pet himself, insisting that as she’s from the North, she deserves a death with dignity. Given the deep connection between the Starks and their wolves, Lady’s death is a massive loss for Sansa, and one that the show itself has never really addressed in full.

9 Worst Decision: Didn’t Leave Kings Landing

During the first season of Game of Thrones, Sansa is often torn between the Starks and the Lannisters. Sure, she loves her family. But she also wants to marry a prince, and this dream often clouds her better judgment.

But even after it’s obvious King’s Landing is a dangerous place, Sansa refuses the chance to flee – not once, but twice! The Hound offers to take her north in the aftermath of the Battle of the Blackwater, but Sansa foolishly puts her hopes in the rumored arrival of Stannis Baratheon’s army. And when Petyr Baelish offers to smuggle her to safety a season later, Sansa once again refuses to go. (Yes, yes, Littlefinger is creepy. And clearly too interested in the daughter of the woman he loved. But a chance to escape is a chance to escape!)

8 Worst Experience: Forced To Watch Her Father Die

Young Sansa Stark, she believes in the rules. In her world, courtesy always carries the day and everyone’s expected to follow the established rules of honor. Her Game of Thrones journey completely disabuses her of her childish naivete. And that’s largely thanks to the behavior of the monstrous Joffrey Baratheon. He terrorizes her both physically and emotionally, breaking every rule of courtesy and decorum in the process.

After Ned is arrested for plotting against the Lannisters – he’s discovered that all three of Cersei’s children were the products of incest and not heirs to the throne at all – Sansa begs for her father’s life. She literally gets on her knees and cries and pleads with Joffrey for mercy. He promises to spare Ned, if he confesses his crimes and swears allegiance to his throne. Ned does all these things, and Joffrey kills him anyway,violating every rule of honor. He even has him beheaded right in front of a screaming, hysterical Sansa, who can do nothing to stop it. (Bonus awful points here for the fact that Joffrey later makes Sansa go stare at her dead father’s head on a pike.)

7 Worst Decision: Lied About Her Aunt’s Death

At the end of Game of Thrones Season 4, Littlefinger murders his new wife – and Sansa’s aunt – Lysa Arryn by pushing her through the Eyrie’s famous Moon Door. Sansa witnesses everything at the time. But when asked about what happened by Lord Royce and Lady Waynwood, she lies about Lysa’s fate. Rather than turn Littlefinger in, she covers for him instead. Sansa says her aunt was mentally unstable and that she took her own life.

On some level, you could argue this is a smart move. After all, as Sansa herself explains, at least she knows what to expect from Littlefinger. That’s not necessarily true for the Lords of the Vale, even though they might have protected her better, in the end. Either way, knowingly allowing your aunt’s murderer to go free (at least for several seasons’ worth of time) is a cold, cold move.

6 Worst Experience: Held Prisoner By The Lannisters

Following the murder of her father by Joffrey, Sansa becomes a virtual hostage in Kings Landing. Her family connections to the North make her a valuable pawn. And none of the Lannisters want her building relationships with anyone else.

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Sansa finds herself trapped by Joffrey’s whims, as he debates whether to marry her, murder her, or something much worse. As a result, she must sit through endless dinners and court functions in which her family’s deaths are mocked and her own safety threatened. Eventually, Joffrey forces her to marry his uncle, making her more of a Lannister prisoner than ever before. (And the fact that Tyrion is generally kind to her doesn’t actually make the situation any less horrible, just saying.)

5 Worst Decision: Turned Down Brienne of Tarth

While Sansa and Littlefinger are on the road north together, they unexpectedly run into Brienne of Tarth at an inn. Brienne declares herself loyal to Sansa, since she swore to her mother, Catelyn Stark, that she would protect her.

Unfortunately, Sansa heeds Littlefinger’s warning that she probably doesn’t particularly need or want a sworn sword who’s managed to let her two previous charges (Renly and Catelyn) die. She stubbornly refuses Brienne. What might have happened to Sansa had she accepted this offer of protection? Would she still have ended up in the hands of the Boltons? Or gone somewhere safer? Would Brienne have tried to take her to her sister? We’ll never know.

4 Worst Experience: Nearly Killed By A Family Member

For a girl who has lost so much family already, it’s obvious that Sansa was hoping to find something like a home and safety with her aunt Lysa Arryn after all her horrors in King’s Landing. Unfortunately, however, Lysa views her niece as a rival and a threat as much as anything else.

While in the Eyrie, Petyr Baelish’s obvious interest in Sansa stokes the ire of her aunt, who’s just married him herself. (And really enjoys it, if their late night chorus is anything to go by.) Lysa’s jealousy quickly grows out of control, as she accuses her niece of sleeping with Littlefinger, threatens to have her killed and almost pushes her through the Moon Door during a struggle.

3 Worst Decision: Kept An Army-Sized Secret From Her Brother

During the infamous Battle of the Bastards, just when it looks like everything is lost for Jon Snow, Sansa arrives on the scene, backed by Littlefinger and the Knights of the Vale. These additional forces completely sway the battle their way, and the Starks reclaim Winterfell at last. Great, right?

Well, mostly. The thing is, is that Sansa didn’t exactly tell Jon that she was sending her sketchy mentor off to fetch them more soldiers. And since she had multiple opportunities to do so, that had to be a purposeful decision. Was she really afraid the promised reinforcements wouldn’t show up? Or was she worried she wouldn’t get the credit when they did?

Related: 10 Facts About the Starks Game of Thrones Leaves Out

We have to assume that many Northerners died in the first part of the battle – likely needlessly – while waiting for Sansa’s army to show up. Did she use their lives for leverage? It kind of looks that way.

2 Worst Experience: Raped And Abused by Ramsay Bolton

Just when you think Sansa’s relationship track record can’t possibly get worse, Ramsay Bolton enters the picture. An abusive psychopath with an enormous chip on his shoulder over the fact that he’s illegitimate, Ramsay engages in every horrific action you can think of. He rapes Sansa every night, beats her regularly, keeps her prisoner in her own bedroom and murders anyone who treats her kindly.

Sansa’s treatment at his hands is so bad that she appears to contemplate ending her own life at one point – or at least comes to value it so little that leaping off one of Winterfell’s walls seems no great risk. And, as subsequent seasons progress, it’s easy to see from Sansa’s demeanor and clothing choices that she still carries the scars from her abuse with her.

1 Worst Decision: Fed Her Rapist To His Own Dogs

Sure, Ramsay Bolton was a monster whose death was extremely deserved. And there is a certain symmetry to his death. A terrible fate for a terrible person, delivered by the hand of the one he most wronged. But deserved or not, feeding someone to their own dogs feels a bit over the top, even for Game of Thrones.

Especially since, for much of the series, Sansa is presented as a sheltered, innocent girl. This list alone proves that’s not true, but the fact that she commits such a shocking act does feel like a line is crossed that the character may not be able to come back from. (It’s such a Littlefinger thing to do.)

Yes, it’s fun to talk about how satisfying this moment of revenge feels. But what does this choice mean for Sansa herself? When it comes to total Game of Thrones body count, she’s still at the low end of the scale, but it’s still a big, scary step for her. Maybe, in the end, it’s justice. But it also kind of looks like the kind of moral mistake that comes back to bite people later on.

Next: 25 Unresolved Mysteries And Plots Holes Game Of Thrones Still Needs To Answer


2019-04-15 09:04:50

Lacy Baugher

Captain America: Civil War Happened Too Early In The MCU – But Marvel Had No Choice

Many Marvel fans complained that Captain America: Civil War should have happened after a lot more heroes had been established in the MCU – but in truth it couldn’t have happened any later. The film is based on a classic Marvel Comics story from 2006 that saw the entire superhero community divided over a Super Human Registration Act.

There’s a sense in which the Civil War comic set the scene for the modern comic book industry. It was the first Summer Event of the 2000s, and it genuinely did transform the Marvel Universe for years to come. Although it starred Captain America and Iron Man, every single superhero not gifted powers by a mutant gene was drawn into the Civil War; from Carol Danvers’ (then Ms. Marvel) to Spider-Man, from the Punisher to the Fantastic Four. When the dust settled, Captain America had been arrested as a criminal – and he was executed by a sniper before he could stand trial. Tony Stark was placed in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D., while several major heroes were left as fugitives from justice, a so-called “Secret Avengers” team. The scale of it all was absolutely staggering, and – even more impressively – it was possible to chart the course of the event through all the main issues and the countless tie-ins. No other Marvel Comics event has matched it in terms of consistency and careful plotting.

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The MCU version of Civil War, told as part of Captain America 3, was different. Each side had just a handful of heroes; Iron Man had Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, Spider-Man, and Black Panther, while Captain America had Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Falcon, Winter Soldier, and Hawkeye. The Airport Battle may have been a franchise highlight, but it didn’t really begin to compare to the comic book climax, when vast numbers of heroes slugged it out in Times Square. Comic book fans cried foul, insisting that Marvel should really have waited for a bigger line-up before doing this plot.

Lovers of the comics tend to forget that there’s a crucial difference between the comic medium and the movies. In the comics, thanks to a sliding timeline, no superhero ever really ages or retires; the Fantastic Four were introduced in 1961 and are still Marvel’s First Family to this day. In contrast, the movies are restricted by the fact that actors age and contracts expire. What’s more, in a shared cinematic universe, it’s much harder to recast the franchise stars; the MCU pulled it off with the likes of the Hulk and War Machine back in Phase 1, but they just couldn’t do it now, when their stars have become household names. The MCU creates phenomenal storytelling possibilities for Marvel Studios, but it also imposes restrictions.

Marvel visionary Kevin Feige understood that any adaptation of Civil War simply had to include both Captain America and Iron Man. In actual fact, that reportedly became something of a bone of contention in Marvel back in 2015, with Marvel Entertainment’s Ike Perlmutter reluctant to sign off on Robert Downey Jr.’s pay-check for the film and proposing using another character for the pro-registration side instead. This was only one of many issues between Feige and Perlmutter, and matters became so acrimonious that Disney intervened and forced a corporate restructure. Marvel Studios was separated out from the rest of Marvel Entertainment, Feige was placed in charge, and he promptly signed up Downey for Captain America: Civil War. That internal Civil War shows just how important Feige felt Iron Man was to the story, regardless of who was on his team.

Given the contracts of both Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. are believed to be coming to an end with Avengers: Endgame – an fact Evans talked about as early as 2014 – the truth is that this plot could only happen in Phase 3. Granted, that means a smaller cast than the comic book version of Civil War, and a less spectacular final battle, but it’s better that than losing the main characters from the story and abandoning their arcs altogether.

More: Joss Whedon’s Avengers Films Never Understood Captain America


2019-04-15 05:04:18

Thomas Bacon

What Happened To Ellie Sattler After Jurassic Park (& Will She Return)

What happened to Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) after Jurassic Park and will she return for a future sequel? The original Jurassic Park was based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton, who also wrote and directed the original Westworld. The 1993 movie version would prove to be a groundbreaking blockbuster, and in addition to featuring a great cast and setpieces, it pioneered the use of CGI effects.

Steven Spielberg would return to direct The Lost World: Jurassic Park, based once again off a Crichton novel. Unfortunately, the sequel suffered in comparison to the original and Spielberg later admitted he felt bored making it. Jurassic Park III was helmed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger), which started filming with an unfinished script and was met with mediocre reviews. The series went into hibernation for a period while numerous scripts were developed until Colin Trevorrow co-wrote and directed the enormously successful Jurassic World. Trevorrow would return as writer and executive producer on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

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Ellie Sattler was introduced in Crichton’s original novel, with Laura Dern (Twin Peaks: The Return) playing the character in Spielberg’s adaptation. The movie changes her relationship with Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) from the novel, with the two now being romantically involved. After being invited to inspect the park by owner John Hammond, Ellie becomes part of the group stranded on the island when the dinosaurs break loose. After run-ins with the T-Rex and being stalked by Velociraptors, she, Alan and the others are rescued.

Jurassic Park ends with the suggestion Grant has overcome his aversion to having a family after saving Hammond’s grandchildren Lex and Tim. Sadly, Jurassic Park III reveals things didn’t work out between Ellie and Alan, with Grant remaining committed to his work. Instead, Ellie married someone else and had two children, though she and Alan remained friends. The movie also reveals she became a children’s author, and in the finale, she’s responsible for sending the Marines to rescue Alan and the group stranded on Site B.

While Ellie Sattler was once rumored to make a return for Jurassic Park 4 during its decade-long development process, the character hasn’t reappeared since the third movie. Colin Trevorrow has spoken of resisting the urge to include characters from the original trilogy since he couldn’t picture Ellie or Grant returning to dinosaurs under any circumstances. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) briefly returned for Fallen Kingdom to testify before the Senate on the ethics of leaving the cloned dinosaurs to die, but he wasn’t involved in the main action.

Jurassic Park fans hoping for an Ellie Sattler return may get their wish, however, since Fallen Kingdom featured the dinosaurs escaping captivity. Jurassic World 3 will feature the world having to deal with the fallout of their escape and the rise of cloning technology, and Trevorrow has spoken of including original trilogy characters to close out the final Jurassic World film. Trevorrow has even spoken of Laura Dern never having a Jurassic Park adventure where she was the focus, and Chris Pratt mentioned during a February 2019 interview that he’d spoken with her about the upcoming third movie.

While nothing has been confirmed, it feels very likely Ellie Sattler, and perhaps Ian Malcolm and Alan Grant will play some kind of part in Jurassic World 3. The team behind the film want it, the fans definitely want it and it feels like the best way to round off the series.

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2019-04-08 08:04:27

Padraig Cotter

The Highwaymen True Story: What Really Happened With Bonnie & Clyde

Netflix’s new movie The Highwaymen tells the story of Bonnie and Clyde’s final days from the perspective of the men who killed them – but how does it compare to the true story? Directed by John Lee Hancock, The Highwaymen stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as former Texas Rangers Frank “Pancho” Hamer and Ben Maney Gault, respectively, who are brought out of retirement and commissioned to hunt down and kill the celebrity sweethearts terrorizing the central United States.

The Highwaymen‘s cast also includes Kathy Bates as Governor Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, the first female Governor of Texas, who was first elected to the position after her husband, James E. Ferguson, was impeached. Following Ma Ferguson’s re-election in 1932, 40 Texas Rangers quit in protest of political corruption and the rest were fired; the Rangers would remain disbanded until 1935, when they were incorporated into the Texas Department of Public Safety, and it was during this period of dormancy that The Highwaymen takes place.

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Hancock’s movie is a blend of truth and fiction, with color and embellishment added to build a narrative of two old-school lawmen butting up against modern times. For example, the movie plays up the incompetence and hostility of Hoover’s FBI and even has them botching Hamer and Gault’s planned ambush of Bonnie and Clyde at their family homes, which didn’t actually happen. Similarly, there was no dramatic car chase through a dusty field that allowed Bonnie and Clyde to escape Hamer and Gault’s clutches. Let’s separate the fact from the fiction in The Highwaymen, and take a look at what we know about the real story of Bonnie and Clyde.

  • This Page: The Prison Break, Hamer and Gault, and The Real Bonnie and Clyde
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The Highwaymen opens with a major event from towards the end of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker’s crime spree: a planned jailbreak of several criminal associates from Eastham prisoner farm, where Clyde himself had once been an inmate. Though many of the details in this sequence are taken from the true story (Barrow’s associates left weapons to  aid in the escape, and one prison guard was killed while another was wounded), there are also some creative liberties taken that set the tone for how The Highwaymen blends fact with embellishment.

According to My Life With Bonnie & Clyde – a memoir written by Clyde’s sister, Blanche Barrow – it was actually Clyde, not Bonnie, who fired a machine gun into the treeline while the men made their escape. While he did that, Bonnie stayed in the car and leaned on the horn to signal the men which way they should run. Moreover, Wade Hampton McNabb was not one of the attempted escapees, so the scene where he is dramatically left behind is fictionalized. Wade McNabb was eventually kidnapped and murdered while on furlough, but he was killed by Barrow gang member Joe Palmer as revenge for McNabb’s behavior in prison, not for ratting the gang out to Hamer and Gault. It was Palmer, not Hamer and Gault, who arranged for McNabb’s furlough.

The Highwaymen offers some stories about Hamer’s heyday as a Texas Ranger that are in fact lifted from real life, if embellished in places. The story that Hamer tells Clyde’s father – about being shot as a teenager by a rancher who tried to pay him to ambush his business partner – is true, and Hamer really did return to kill the rancher after he healed. The “manos arriba” story that Gault tells is also based on truth, though in reality it was bootleggers smuggling alcohol during the Prohibition that he killed, and there were only six of them, not sixty. Moreover, Gault himself was not actually present during this incident.

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Hamer and Gault were indeed old acquaintances before they were commissioned to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde together. Before joining the Texas Rangers, Gault had worked undercover for Hamer, as he had a talent for insinuating himself into criminal rings – a talent that’s showcased in The Highwaymen, when Hamer sends Gault out to sweet-talk residents of the migrant camp. The two families became close, and Hamer did indeed specifically choose Gault to be his partner after being approached for the Bonnie and Clyde job.

Though Hamer and Gault experience several frustrating near-misses of Bonnie and Clyde in The Highwaymen, in real life they didn’t actually catch up to the couple until the ambush on the morning of May 23, 1934. As depicted in the movie, Hamer refused lucrative offers from the media to spill the gory details of the Bonnie and Clyde shootout, and both he and Gault were said to have disliked the attention that the case brought upon them. Hamer said that he was “sickened by the sight” of the shootout’s aftermath.

Bonnie and Clyde themselves are not the central focus of The Highwaymen, and actually appear very little – glimpsed mainly from far away, with their faces only clearly shown in the moment before their death.

Perhaps the biggest change that The Highwaymen makes to the real story of Bonnie and Clyde is playing up Bonnie Parker’s role as a femme fatale – not only firing a machine gun into the trees to cover the prison break, but also stalking over to downed patrolmen and turning them over so that they could see their deaths coming as she shot them in the face. This is based on the account of William Schieffer, the farmer shown witnessing the Easter Sunday killings of patrolmen Wheeler and Murphy in The Highwaymen. However, other witnesses contradicted this claim and it was ultimately discredited – though not before inflaming public outrage against Bonnie.

Aside from Schieffer’s claim, there’s no evidence that Bonnie actually killed anyone, or even that she ever fired a gun, though she was obviously complicit in the Barrow gang’s crimes. At the time of her death, she had never actually been charged with a capital crime. The detail that she dragged her left heel after badly burning her leg in a car accident is based on real life, as is the bunny rabbit (called Sonny Boy) that Bonnie managed to successfully gift to her mother, despite being intensely pursued by the law in the final months of her life.

Page 2: The Shootout and the Aftermath

As seen in The Highwaymen, Bonnie and Clyde were eventually ambushed by a posse of six lawmen: Hamer and Gault, Texas officers Bob Alcorn and Ted Hinton, Bienville Parish Sheriff Henderson Jordan, and Jordan’s deputy, Prentiss Oakley. Notably, all three of these duos characterized the ambush differently with conflicting testimony, and historians have speculated that each account was embellished by the storyteller’s own agenda. The Highwaymen sticks with the broader details that are consistent across all accounts: that Ivy Methvin, father of Barrow gang member Henry Methvin, agreed to help in the ambush, and that his truck was planted in the road so that Clyde would slow down.

Though in The Highwaymen there is a dramatic moment where Hamer decides to step out into the road to be the first to confront Bonnie and Clyde, and Gault steps out after him, the conflicting reports make it difficult to determine if this is actually what happened, or even if Bonnie and Clyde were given fair warning before the shooting began. Here is Bob Alcorn and Ted Hinton’s account of the shooting, from a newspaper report at the time:

There must have been a signal given, but who it came from is another thing. We just all acted together, stepped out into the road and raised our guns. We all yelled “Halt!” at once. They didn’t halt. The car was going slowly and Clyde let go of the wheel. We could see him grab at a gun in his lap. Bonnie was going for something on the other side.

Then all hell broke loose. There were six men shooting at once… You couldn’t hear any one shot. It was just a roar, a continuous roar, and it kept up for several minutes. We emptied our guns, reloaded and kept shooting. As we jumped into sight, I could see Clyde reaching as if to get his gun. But he never had a chance to fire a shot. Neither did Bonnie, tho we learned a few minutes later that they both were carrying rifles across their laps.

After shooting the shotguns, we emptied the pistols at the car, which had passed us and ran into a ditch about 50 yards on down the road. It almost turned over. We kept shooting at the car even after it stopped. We weren’t taking any chances.

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One of the difficulties that Hamer and Gault face in The Highwaymen when trying to track down Bonnie and Clyde is the couple’s celebrity, with many people viewing them favorably as modern-day Robin Hoods. In the film’s most sobering scene, the adoring crowd that formerly thronged around the living couple with proclamations of love and praise returns when they are did, to try and take photos and collect “souvenirs” from the bodies.

This is, disturbingly, based on what actually happened – except that the crowd didn’t wait for the car to be towed back before descending. One man tried to cut off Clyde Barrow’s trigger finger, and another tried to cut off his left ear. A woman cut off bloody clumps of Bonnie Parker’s hair, and bits of blood-stained clothing were cut away from both of their bodies. Meanwhile, less daring members of the crowd gathered up fragments of glass and shell casings. After the car was towed back to Arcadia, thousands of people descended on the town, hoping for a look at the car and the bodies.

Thousands attended the funerals of Bonnie and Clyde, with as many as 20,000 estimated onlookers at Bonnie’s. The “death car” itself is still on display at Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino in Primm, Nevada.

More: Read Screen Rant’s Review of The Highwaymen


2019-03-29 10:03:14

Hannah Shaw-Williams

What Happened To Sam Witwicky In The Transformers Films?

What happened to Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) in the Transformers franchise, and is he likely to return in a future entry? Michael Bay was drawn to the original Transformers on the simple, relatable hook of the movie being about a boy and his first car; the fact the car was a transforming alien robot was simply a bonus. Shia LaBeouf was later cast as Sam Witwicky, the somewhat nerdy kid who gets unwittingly drawn into an intergalactic battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons.

Witwicky was the lead character of the first three movies, exiting after Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. This was due to LaBeouf’s desire to move on from blockbuster movies, and the series received a soft reboot with 2014’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Mark Wahlberg was introduced as the awesomely named Cade Yaeger, a struggling inventor who – like Sam – is unwittingly drawn into the Autobot struggle. Cade later returned for Transformers: The Last Knight, but like LaBeouf, both Bay and Wahlberg decided to call time on their involvement with the franchise after that entry. While the answer may not please fans, the movie also somewhat explains what happened to Sam Witwicky.

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Bay’s Transformers movies introduced increasingly convoluted mythology into the franchise, with The Last Knight really going for broke. The movie reveals King Arthur and Merlin teamed up with Transformers in the distant past to win a battle, with the Transformer’s gifting Merlin with an alien staff. In the present day, professor Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins) explains the Transformers have been helping humanity for centuries, and that Vivian Wembley is the last “Witwiccan,” a line descended from Merlin himself. This means only Wembley can weld Merlin’s staff and stop an impending Cybertron attack.

Burton also explains the Witwiccan Order are a secret society of adventurers tasked with protecting this alternate history, and he shows photos of members of this society, including Witwicky himself. Burton proclaims himself the last surviving member of this order, implying Sam died at some point between Dark Of The Moon and The Last Knight. This would be a pretty abrupt ending for the character, who previously survived death in Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.

That said, LaBeouf has been somewhat outspoken about the quality of the series since his departure, making it unlikely he would ever return to the role. The Last Knight at least provides some closure for the character, while leaving enough wiggle room for fans to argue he could still be alive. The movie doesn’t even attempt to explain what happened to Sam Witwicky or how he died, but with Bumblebee officially rebooting the Transformers series, his presumed death is likely canon.

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2019-03-01 01:03:15

What Happened To Marvel’s New Warriors TV Show?

Has Marvel’s New Warriors show been canceled? Back in August 2016, there were reports that Marvel and ABC were developing a half-hour comedy series, centered on Doreen Green a.k.a. the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Two years on, though, news about this series seems to have petered out, and sadly it’s increasingly looking as though New Warriors may have been quietly canceled.

Marvel Television has had something of a rough year. Although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was renewed for both a sixth and seventh season, they’re only going to run for 13 episodes apiece. Netflix has pulled the plug on no less than three of their Marvel shows; even the flagship Marvel Netflix series, Daredevil, has been canceled. Moreover, Marvel Studios is preparing to launch their own range of big-budget limited series on the Disney Plus streaming service, which has the effect of making the existing TV shows feel like even more of an afterthought to the MCU.

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The TV arm of Marvel Entertainment could really do with a big win, and New Warriors could well be it. A pilot was said to have tested extremely well with audiences in 2017 (according to The Hollywood Reporter it even caught the eye of Disney executives). Unfortunately, there’s been no news about this series for quite some time. So what’s happened to Marvel’s New Warriors?

  • This Page: What Happened To The New Warriors Show?
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What We Know About The New Warriors TV Show

New Warriors was originally picked up by Freeform in 2016, with Kevin Biegel (ScrubsCougar Town) recruited to write the first episode and serve as a potential showrunner. The official synopsis teased that it would consist of characters “with powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers,” who were struggling to work out just how to become the superheroes they desperately want to be. At the time, Freeform was focused on a demographic group they described as “becomers” – those experiencing a series of firsts in life, including first loves and first jobs – and a superhero TV comedy exploring the journey to adulthood seemed like a smart bet. Freeform was clearly excited about the show, and Executive VP of Programming and Development at Freeform Karey Burke declared that it was “tailor-made for spin-offs.

Cast and characters were officially announced in July 2017, with Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us) signing up as series lead Squirrel Girl. The character was created by Will Murray and the legendary Steve Ditko in 1992, and was designed as a throwback to the Silver Age of comics. Cheerful and enthusiastic, Squirrel Girl was an improbable hero who successfully beat up even the likes of Doctor Doom and Thanos. She came back into vogue in 2005, when Dan Slott made her a part of the Great Lakes Avengers. She’s since gone from strength to strength, and currently stars in her own ongoing series. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is one of the books at the heart of a deal between Marvel and Scholastic, which sells graphic novels to young-adult readers.

The rest of the cast was a blend of the comic book New Warriors and the aforementioned Great Lakes Avengers: Derek Theler (Baby Daddy) as Mr. Immortal, whose body can recover from any injury; Jeremy Tardy (Dear White People) as Night Thrasher, a potent Batman-esque vigilante who funds the team in the comics; Matthew Moy (Steven Universe) as Microbe, a shy hypochondriac who can control germs; Kate Comer (The Comeback) as Debrii, a low-level telekinetic; and Calum Worthy (Austin & Ally) was brought on board to play Speedball, Squirrel Girl’s big crush, who generates powerful energy fields around himself.

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New Warriors Was Supposed To Premiere In April 2018

Freeform commissioned a New Warriors pilot, which reportedly tested well. They originally planned to premiere the series in April 2018, but then something went wrong. There were reports that Freeform had been unable to find room in its 2018 programming slate for the comic book-based TV series – but these seemed rather odd, given the same reports claimed Freeform was keen enough to fight hard for the Marvel content in the first place. Whatever the truth may be, apparently Freeform offered Marvel a spot in 2019, but the House of Ideas was keen to see New Warriors hit the small screen a lot sooner than that. So the New Warriors partnership between Marvel and Freeform came to an end.

Unfortunately, it’s believed that these plans were complicated by decisions made at an executive level in Disney. The parent company was in the early stages of planning out content for their streaming service, and was no longer keen on competitors acquiring their content. There were reports that Marvel Television was no longer allowed to shop outside of Disney; although these have been denied, it’s worth noting that no new Marvel TV series have been approved outside of Disney since New Warriors was pulled from Freeform.

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The New Warriors TV Show Seems To Be Dead

When Marvel pulled New Warriors from Freeform, there were initial reports that they hoped to secure a platform for the show on a streaming service. That was generally viewed as unlikely, though, and indeed nothing came of any of Marvel’s efforts in this regard. In December, there were reports that ABC was interested in New Warriors; the cast clearly hoped this would be the case, and in May they even publicly campaigned for their show to replace Roseanne. There was some strange speculation that ABC was considering canceling Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in favor of New Warriors, although it was difficult to identify any concrete sources to these rumors. Whatever the truth may have been, though, nothing came of these efforts; ABC didn’t cancel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but they also didn’t pick up New Warriors. That’s the last time there’s been any mention of New Warriors in relation to any channel, network, or streaming service.

Naturally, this has concerned fans, and in a Reddit AMA back in June Marvel’s Jeph Loeb was asked the status of the project. He gave a simple, brief response: “We’re working on it.”  That was unexpectedly confirmed by comic book writer Ryan North, who conducted a Q&A at LibraryCon in November. North is the current writer of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and he faced a number of audience questions about the possibility of seeing a live-action adaptation of the young hero. According to Bleeding Cool, North confirmed that Marvel was still looking for a network. “‘I haven’t seen the whole [pilot] episode,” he explained, “Just secret clips I can’t share… there’s a moment with Doreen I wish I’d put in a comic, such a sweet moment.

Related: Marvel’s New Warriors: Who Is Squirrel Girl?

Aside from these two statements, though, there’s been no news about New Warriors for over a year. What’s more, Loeb’s comment is just the kind of noncommittal response you’d expect, while it’s doubtful that North would be as up to speed. The sad truth is that Marvel can try all they want, but they can’t keep the actors in limbo forever.

Could New Warriors End Up On Disney Plus?

There’s been a lot of speculation that New Warriors was pulled from Freeform because Disney wanted it for their upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus. It’s easy to understand why this theory gained traction; there are apparent inconsistencies in the public reports, such as the fact Freeform was apparently keen enough to compete for New Warriors and yet couldn’t find a slot for the show. Meanwhile, the accounts that Disney execs were impressed with the pilot seem to add credence to this theory. There is a significant problem with this idea, though. Marvel has consistently insisted it wanted New Warriors to air in 2018, and indeed even the cast seem to have been hoping for that. Disney Plus, however, has always been expected to launch next year – which would make this ambition seem rather odd. Far from resolving any inconsistencies, this idea simply creates a new one.

That doesn’t mean New Warriors can’t end up on Disney Plus, of course – but, right now, that too seems unlikely. Jeph Loeb’s Marvel Television is conspicuously absent from Disney Plus announcements to date; in fact, the streaming service will launch short TV shows produced by Marvel Studios instead. According to industry figures, the personal animosity between Marvel Television and Marvel Studios execs has bled through to Disney Plus. Thus the new shows on the streaming service are all being made by Marvel Studios figures, “who do not like or get along with the Marvel TV execs.” Of course, if New Warriors isn’t even going to end up on Disney Plus, then frankly it’s difficult to think of a network or streaming service that will be available to it. Right now, it looks far more likely that this series is dead.

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