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10 Things From Twilight That Haven’t Aged Well | ScreenRant

Ah, Twilight. What a time to be alive when the saga was at its peak. The height of the vampire love story’s popularity had an abundance of young girls swooning over Edward Cullen, aka the 100-year-old who loves to drool over a high school girl as she sleeps… But he sparkles and his hair is all lush, so it’s fine.

RELATED: Twilight: 10 Facts About Edward They Leave Out In The Movies

There are a lot of elements from the Twilight saga that have not aged so well, yet if we’re going to be honest, these movies were never exactly Citizen Kane. Still, it’s always fun to look back and get all nostalgic over the vampire series that has shaped a generation of millennials.  Here are 10 things from Twilight that have NOT aged well.

10 THE UNCOMFORTABLE AGE GAP BETWEEN BELLA & EDWARD

Seriously? You’re going to make Edward over 100 years old and you’re going to make Bella seventeen? We already read Lolita in high school, and we don’t need to re-imagine it with vampires and werewolves.

Sure, Edward looks like a handsome young lad on the outside, but that really doesn’t change the fact that he’s older than the time it took for the Chicago Cubs to re-win the world series. Why couldn’t Meyer just bump up Bella’s age by one year? That would still be incredibly creepy, but at least it would be legal.

9 THE FIXATION EVERY BOY ON EARTH HAS WITH BELLA SWAN

Don’t get us wrong, Kristen Stewart is lovely. But the fact that every boy in the whole world seems to be madly in love with her and only has eyes for this one girl is a bit of an issue. It leads young women to believe this fantasy situation is normal, and if they don’t have their whole town drooling all over them at once, they must not be worthy.

RELATED: Twilight: 10 Facts About Bella They Leave Out In The Movies

The truth is, life doesn’t work this way. Chances are, you won’t be the only beauty in the town and you’re not going to be everyone’s type, which is perfectly okay.  Even Mike still has puppy-eyes for Bella despite the fact that he has the hilarious/badass Anna Kendrick practically tripping over him.

8 RACIST THEMES

Looking closer into the saga, it’s hard to feel comfortable with its negative portrayals of anyone who is not “alabaster white,” as Meyer herself puts it. One of the most glaring issues in Twilight stems from its portrayal of Native Americans as “animals” and “savages” throughout the series. In Meyer’s novels, the non-white characters basically exist as a threat to the “pale faces.”

Jacob’s character may be BFFs with Bella, but at the end of the day, he is simply a plot device used to bring the two “pale-faced” lovers closer together. Plus, the only two black characters in the first film are both the bad guys. One is a bloodthirsty vampire who hangs out with the likes of James and Victoria and the other is a Forks student who’s portrayed as reckless for nearly killing Bella in a car accident. Seriously, not cool.

7 BELLA DEVOTING HER LIFE TO HER BOYFRIEND

It is extremely insulting to women (and the human race) to witness how obsessed with Edward Bella is, to the point where she literally cannot function without him. This is especially evident in the second film when Edward dumps Bella (in the middle of a forest) and leaves her all alone (in the middle of a forest). Total boyfriend material right there, folks.

Her reaction to this break up is extremely painful to watch because it is meant to be romantic when, in reality, it is the aftermath of a toxic and codependent relationship. There is an excruciating scene where an entire montage occurs in dedication to Bella’s post-breakup depression (which goes on for a whole year). We get it, breakups are painful, but nobody suffers quite like Bella Swan.

6 EDWARD’S ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR

It’s honestly ridiculous how more people didn’t pick up on the abuse going on between the most swooned-after couple in pop culture for such an extended period of time. Regardless, the blatant abuse and toxic behavior in the relationship between Edward and Bella is truly unfortunate, considering how many young viewers on the cusp of dating found themselves looking up to Edward and Bella’s relationship as “goals” before “goals” was ever really a thing.

RELATED: 10 Outdated Things From Twilight That Won’t Make Sense to Generation Z

Edward is wildly controlling and insanely possessive. He thinks he knows what’s best for Bella at all times. He isolates her from friends and family. He threatens to commit suicide when he can’t be with her. These are all CLEAR signs of abuse.

5 BELLA & EDWARD’S TEEN WEDDING

Although this is addressed as problematic in the film (in perhaps the only instance in Twilight that is intentionally funny, thanks to Anna Kendrick), Bella as a teenage bride has major creepy vibes. A teen bride gets married to a 100-year-old groom who’s wearing more makeup to their own wedding than she is?

If Edward wasn’t as sparkly and fresh-faced as he is in the films, this would just be another episode of Criminal Minds. Who gets married at 19 or 100 and has a healthy marriage? That’s what we would like to know. Doesn’t Bella have any dreams and ambitions beyond her fangy boy toy? College, perhaps?

4 SPECIAL EFFECTS

We understand that the main visual focal points in Twilight are Jacob’s abs and Edwards overly-gelled hair, but this doesn’t mean the special effects in this film have to be downright laughable. We seem to recall everyone in the theater bursting into laughter whenever the films would attempt special effects.

RELATED: 10 Twilight Fan Tattoos That Sparkle

This is especially evident in the first film, where the budget was obviously a whole lot smaller before the series became a billion-dollar franchise. You could potentially argue that the horrendous effects from the first film only added to its campy charm. Yet chances are the first film spent its entire budget into buying the rights to that Radiohead song in the credits.

3 BELLA’S ENTIRE CHARACTER

Bella Swan has never been what you’d call a complex character. In fact, she is pretty much the definition of a Mary Sue, but even Mary Sue characters aren’t as passive as Ms. Swan. The truth is, we don’t know anything about Bella other than the fact that she’s crazy about Eddy Boy and that she is the queen of clumsy.

“Clumsiness” is one of the worst traits you could give a female character because it’s a poor way of making her seem more “relatable” to audiences when, in reality, this is far from an actual character flaw. On the whole, she is just not the kind of character young girls should be looking up to.

2 THAT WHOLE IMPRINTING THING

Elements in the Twilight saga would be much better suited for horror movies than romance films. Unfortunately, these terrifying elements have nothing to do with vampires and werewolves. The real horror comes from the stalker-like fixations that all these characters keep developing on each other.

The vibes coming from these movies feel a lot more like Fatal Attraction than The Notebook, despite the fact that this is not Stephenie’s intent. In the final film, Jacob Black attempts to make Bella and Edward’s newborn baby his soulmate. You heard that right…

1 THE TWILIGHT HATE

As problematic as Twilight is, the hate that the saga received was for all the wrong reasons. Not many people were actively criticizing Twilight for its portrayal of women and minorities. People were hating on Twilight because it was a series targeted for 12-year-old girls.

Many people argue that the Twilight hate circling the planet back in 2008-2012 was the result of plain old misogyny, considering how anything that young girls would go nuts over must be straight-up trash. Over recent years, many people have come out confessing their secret love for Twilight. Now, liking Twilight is almost considered cool. Oh, how the times have changed…

NEXT: Twilight: The 5 Best Relationships (& The 5 Worst)


2019-07-13 09:07:15

Simone Torn

10 Things From Twilight That Haven’t Aged Well | ScreenRant

Ah, Twilight. What a time to be alive when the saga was at its peak. The height of the vampire love story’s popularity had an abundance of young girls swooning over Edward Cullen, aka the 100-year-old who loves to drool over a high school girl as she sleeps… But he sparkles and his hair is all lush, so it’s fine.

RELATED: Twilight: 10 Facts About Edward They Leave Out In The Movies

There are a lot of elements from the Twilight saga that have not aged so well, yet if we’re going to be honest, these movies were never exactly Citizen Kane. Still, it’s always fun to look back and get all nostalgic over the vampire series that has shaped a generation of millennials.  Here are 10 things from Twilight that have NOT aged well.

10 THE UNCOMFORTABLE AGE GAP BETWEEN BELLA & EDWARD

Seriously? You’re going to make Edward over 100 years old and you’re going to make Bella seventeen? We already read Lolita in high school, and we don’t need to re-imagine it with vampires and werewolves.

Sure, Edward looks like a handsome young lad on the outside, but that really doesn’t change the fact that he’s older than the time it took for the Chicago Cubs to re-win the world series. Why couldn’t Meyer just bump up Bella’s age by one year? That would still be incredibly creepy, but at least it would be legal.

9 THE FIXATION EVERY BOY ON EARTH HAS WITH BELLA SWAN

Don’t get us wrong, Kristen Stewart is lovely. But the fact that every boy in the whole world seems to be madly in love with her and only has eyes for this one girl is a bit of an issue. It leads young women to believe this fantasy situation is normal, and if they don’t have their whole town drooling all over them at once, they must not be worthy.

RELATED: Twilight: 10 Facts About Bella They Leave Out In The Movies

The truth is, life doesn’t work this way. Chances are, you won’t be the only beauty in the town and you’re not going to be everyone’s type, which is perfectly okay.  Even Mike still has puppy-eyes for Bella despite the fact that he has the hilarious/badass Anna Kendrick practically tripping over him.

8 RACIST THEMES

Looking closer into the saga, it’s hard to feel comfortable with its negative portrayals of anyone who is not “alabaster white,” as Meyer herself puts it. One of the most glaring issues in Twilight stems from its portrayal of Native Americans as “animals” and “savages” throughout the series. In Meyer’s novels, the non-white characters basically exist as a threat to the “pale faces.”

Jacob’s character may be BFFs with Bella, but at the end of the day, he is simply a plot device used to bring the two “pale-faced” lovers closer together. Plus, the only two black characters in the first film are both the bad guys. One is a bloodthirsty vampire who hangs out with the likes of James and Victoria and the other is a Forks student who’s portrayed as reckless for nearly killing Bella in a car accident. Seriously, not cool.

7 BELLA DEVOTING HER LIFE TO HER BOYFRIEND

It is extremely insulting to women (and the human race) to witness how obsessed with Edward Bella is, to the point where she literally cannot function without him. This is especially evident in the second film when Edward dumps Bella (in the middle of a forest) and leaves her all alone (in the middle of a forest). Total boyfriend material right there, folks.

Her reaction to this break up is extremely painful to watch because it is meant to be romantic when, in reality, it is the aftermath of a toxic and codependent relationship. There is an excruciating scene where an entire montage occurs in dedication to Bella’s post-breakup depression (which goes on for a whole year). We get it, breakups are painful, but nobody suffers quite like Bella Swan.

6 EDWARD’S ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR

It’s honestly ridiculous how more people didn’t pick up on the abuse going on between the most swooned-after couple in pop culture for such an extended period of time. Regardless, the blatant abuse and toxic behavior in the relationship between Edward and Bella is truly unfortunate, considering how many young viewers on the cusp of dating found themselves looking up to Edward and Bella’s relationship as “goals” before “goals” was ever really a thing.

RELATED: 10 Outdated Things From Twilight That Won’t Make Sense to Generation Z

Edward is wildly controlling and insanely possessive. He thinks he knows what’s best for Bella at all times. He isolates her from friends and family. He threatens to commit suicide when he can’t be with her. These are all CLEAR signs of abuse.

5 BELLA & EDWARD’S TEEN WEDDING

Although this is addressed as problematic in the film (in perhaps the only instance in Twilight that is intentionally funny, thanks to Anna Kendrick), Bella as a teenage bride has major creepy vibes. A teen bride gets married to a 100-year-old groom who’s wearing more makeup to their own wedding than she is?

If Edward wasn’t as sparkly and fresh-faced as he is in the films, this would just be another episode of Criminal Minds. Who gets married at 19 or 100 and has a healthy marriage? That’s what we would like to know. Doesn’t Bella have any dreams and ambitions beyond her fangy boy toy? College, perhaps?

4 SPECIAL EFFECTS

We understand that the main visual focal points in Twilight are Jacob’s abs and Edwards overly-gelled hair, but this doesn’t mean the special effects in this film have to be downright laughable. We seem to recall everyone in the theater bursting into laughter whenever the films would attempt special effects.

RELATED: 10 Twilight Fan Tattoos That Sparkle

This is especially evident in the first film, where the budget was obviously a whole lot smaller before the series became a billion-dollar franchise. You could potentially argue that the horrendous effects from the first film only added to its campy charm. Yet chances are the first film spent its entire budget into buying the rights to that Radiohead song in the credits.

3 BELLA’S ENTIRE CHARACTER

Bella Swan has never been what you’d call a complex character. In fact, she is pretty much the definition of a Mary Sue, but even Mary Sue characters aren’t as passive as Ms. Swan. The truth is, we don’t know anything about Bella other than the fact that she’s crazy about Eddy Boy and that she is the queen of clumsy.

“Clumsiness” is one of the worst traits you could give a female character because it’s a poor way of making her seem more “relatable” to audiences when, in reality, this is far from an actual character flaw. On the whole, she is just not the kind of character young girls should be looking up to.

2 THAT WHOLE IMPRINTING THING

Elements in the Twilight saga would be much better suited for horror movies than romance films. Unfortunately, these terrifying elements have nothing to do with vampires and werewolves. The real horror comes from the stalker-like fixations that all these characters keep developing on each other.

The vibes coming from these movies feel a lot more like Fatal Attraction than The Notebook, despite the fact that this is not Stephenie’s intent. In the final film, Jacob Black attempts to make Bella and Edward’s newborn baby his soulmate. You heard that right…

1 THE TWILIGHT HATE

As problematic as Twilight is, the hate that the saga received was for all the wrong reasons. Not many people were actively criticizing Twilight for its portrayal of women and minorities. People were hating on Twilight because it was a series targeted for 12-year-old girls.

Many people argue that the Twilight hate circling the planet back in 2008-2012 was the result of plain old misogyny, considering how anything that young girls would go nuts over must be straight-up trash. Over recent years, many people have come out confessing their secret love for Twilight. Now, liking Twilight is almost considered cool. Oh, how the times have changed…

NEXT: Twilight: The 5 Best Relationships (& The 5 Worst)


2019-07-13 09:07:15

Simone Torn

10 Things Fans Still Haven’t Found in Conker’s Bad Fur Day

For those gamers that like a little mature content with their platformer games, Conker’s Bad Fur Day hits all the right buttons. Released in 2001 for the Nintendo 64, fans of Banjo Kazooie and Donkey Kong liked it both for its wide-open, immersive environments that focus on adventure gameplay, and for its mature sense of humor.  

Crass, uncouth, and greedy, Conker the squirrel just wanted to get home to his girlfriend after a night tying one on. Instead, he’s being targeted by the Panther King to be used as the..fourth leg of his throne’s side table (it’s missing, and apparently squirrels make good substitutes according to the elite). Aside from evading the Panther King’s goons, Conker dodges Nazi-like teddy bears, battles giant mountains of poo, and collects wads of cash all while cursing up a storm. Though Conker’s gameplay was simpler than other games for N64, there were still some things even true fans may have missed!

RELATED: 10 Things We Already Know About The New Nintendo Switch

10 ALL THAT SWEET CASH

From the beginning of the game until the end, cash is everywhere. And it’s not just little sheets of printed paper sprinkled around – it’s big wads wrapped in a bend, with eyes and a mouth. These cash wads are sentient, often calling out to Conkers with a variety of insults until gets close enough to collect them and explain exactly how they’ll be used.

Collecting cash isn’t all just fun and games – you need it to give Mr. Barrell at the end of the game if you want to progress. Unless you hand over $2,100 in acquired bills, you have to go back through all the levels and find it. Some players have never found it all to this day.

9 10 LIFE SQUIRREL TAIL

Squirrel tails are scattered among each level, hanging from trees or hooked on objects. When Conkers enters the Underworld after his first death, Gregg gives him his first tail and explains he’ll want to gather all the squirrel tails he can to gain an extra life.

What some fans don’t know is that some tails grant more than one life. In the “Barn Boys” gaming area, at the cheese ranch, jumping towards the back wall makes a light bulb appear. Pressing B makes Conker become an anvil and smash the rock below the bulb, revealing to him to a hidden cave and a “special tail” that grants 10 lives.

8 ALL THE CONTEXT SENSITIVE ZONES

Most fans of the game like the fact that it presents you with most of the items and weapons you need to keep progressing through it. This happens when you come in contact with context-sensitive zones, indicated by the activation of a B Button Pad and a lightbulb overhead when you press it.

RELATED: Minecraft: 20 Hidden Things Only Real Fans Know How To Find

What some fans may not realize is there are trickier context-sensitive zones to find, and those won’t have a B Button Pad in plain sight. What they will have, if you keep an eye out for them, is a light bulb above where they might be.

7 ACTIVATING THE LASER SIGHT WITH THROWING KNIVES

Though some fans didn’t take to the multiplayer aspect of CBFD, there were ways to make it more fun. One way was finding a cross-bow, activating laser aim and then standing beside some throwing knives. Do this in the multiplayer game “Raptor”, and you’ll be able to surely have your throwing knives always hit their targets.

The laser sight even helps you navigate the map. If you stray too far from base, you can use the laser to find your way back just by aiming at it.

6 BANJO AND KAZOOIE CAMEOS

Conker’s Bad Fur Day, being a popular title for Rare Games, owes some of its success to a built-in fanbase of comical adventure games starring two beloved characters, Banjo and Kazooie. Straight from their own game Banjo-Kazooie, they have cameos in Conker’s Bad Fur Day if you know where to look.

RELATED: Mega Man: The 10 Best Games In The Franchise, Ranked

Unfortunately, the cameos aren’t all fun and games. Banjo’s head is stuffed and mounted above a fireplace in the opening game menu area and Kazooie has been made into an umbrella found in the closet.

5 TORCHING BUTTERFLIES

Conkers doesn’t have the best attention span, so if you stop his movements for more than a few seconds, he’ll find something to occupy his time. Playing Gameboy, doing yo-yo tricks, browsing for bikini-clad girls in magazines, you name it. He’ll even start whistling maudlin showtunes if you take a while.

But if you take a really long time, and happen to be standing next to a bunch of butterflies, you get the unexpected pleasure of watching him torch them all with a flame thrower he keeps around for just such an occasion.

4 BECOME A TRAITOR

If you’re a fan of the multiplayer mode, go ahead and select the “War” game, Colors Mode. If you kill one of your teammates, they’ll begin attacking you, but if you can get into the enemy base, none of them will shoot you. You’ve essentially defected and can now take out more of your team from the sanctity of the base.

Should you feel like being a double agent though, you can feel free to open fire on all of the fighters in the enemy base. Just don’t grab the flag, unless you want to prepare for your “frenemies” to become vicious. This can be done for either opposing side.

3 ALL THREE KEYS

For some, the controls of Conker’s Bad Fur Day are as bothersome as the levels themselves. But for those that can master the curious camera angles and not the gameplay, one level stood out; trying to get the third key at the Bat Tower. After obtaining the first and second key, climb the ladder, and you’ll see it on the left.

Before grabbing for that, jump from the ladder to the left where you’ll find a lever. When you pull that lever, the bookshelf will open. By that measure, you can grab the key, go through the opened bookshelf, and appear at the front door of the castle.

2 DANCE WITH BERRI

In the Rock Solid sequence of the game, Conker goes to find his girlfriend Berri working at a strip club. Being Conker, he has some issues with the patrons, some issues with the bouncers, but it’s all in a day’s work for everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed squirrel. While Berri may be known for dancing in this sequence, Conker gets to bust out a few dance moves as well.

RELATED: Pokémon Sword and Shield: 10 Things We Already Know About The Game

When you locate Berri, don’t just have Conker stand there like a slack-jawed goober. If you make him jump and then stand still, Conker will do the “worm dance” and then dance with Berri after about 5 seconds.

1 THE POST CREDIT SCENE

If you stick around after the conclusion of the game, past the end credits, you get treated to an Avengers-style “post credit” scene involving Conker going on yet another bender, before stumbling out into the dawn, about to begin his “other bad fur day”, which actually was set to be the title of the sequel following Conker’s Bad Fur Day.

Unfortunately for fans of the series, when Microsoft bought Rare from Nintendo, they scrapped that idea and simply repackaged CBFD for Xbox, releasing it as Conker’s: Live and Reloaded, and fans would never know what happened to Conker that day and how he intended to rule his new domain.

NEXT: 10 Most Powerful Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelists, Ranked


2019-04-24 05:04:26

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

Avengers: Endgame Delivers An Ending That We Haven’t Seen In the Genre Before

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige promises Avengers: Endgame will have an ending unlike any other entry in the comic book movie genre, thanks in large part to it serving as the conclusion of one massive saga. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown significantly since it began in 2008, as the solo Iron Man movie led to a set of movies building towards The Avengers. But, even in the mid-credits of a colossal achievement of its own, Marvel teased that Thanos was on the horizon for the future.

It wasn’t until last year, though, that they truly made good on this tease in Avengers: Infinity War, with the Mad Titan framed as the main character of the film. He succeeded in eliminating half of all life across the universe with the snap of his fingers, which included the loss of many major MCU characters. This surprising ending to Avengers: Infinity War sets the stage for Avengers: Endgame to show if the remaining heroes have what it takes to defeat Thanos and reset the universe to its rightful place.

Related: Everything We Know About Thanos’ Role In Avengers: Endgame

This alone is no easy task for directors Anthony and Joe Russo, but their toughest task may be telling the final chapter in the larger MCU story that is eleven years in the making. Feige spoke about this challenge during the Avengers: Endgame press conference and noted that the film’s ending will be something that has never been seen before in the genre due to this. He said:

“Well, what’s special is all the actors on this stage, all the actors who are not on the stage. And as you said earlier, the family that has come together this decade, plus, and the fact that in a… Robert said it so well in the trailer; part of the journey is the end. And about four or five years ago, we all started talking about doing something that every turn – including the first Iron Man film we talked about, ‘How can we do something that’s never been done before? What if a superhero outs his identity at the very last shot of the movie?’ ‘We can’t do that. No one’s done that. We can’t do that. What would we do next time?’ ‘I  don’t know. Let’s do it.’ Four or five years ago we talked about what haven’t we seen in films based on comic characters. We haven’t seen an ending, a definitive conclusion to an overall saga. So that is why it’s called Endgame. And why I think it’s very, very, very, special.”

The Russo brothers even doubled down on what Feige said later on during the press conference, teasing that an epic conclusion is in store for fans. They just hope that fans will be satisfied with what they’ve made. They said:

“…And with Endgame, we can get the opportunity to finish off one of the grandest experiments in movie history and bring it to, as Kevin said, an epic conclusion. So, what we’re hoping for is that people feel satisfied with the conclusion.”

Even though there have been other movie franchises that have ended, and even superhero ones at that, none of them have dealt with anything close to the history that Avengers: Endgame has behind it. However, these statements will also bring about certain expectations with fans about what the ending of Avengers: Endgame will actually hold. Saying that this is a definitive conclusion could be read a number of different ways, and one of the biggest is the assumption that many of the original Avengers will die before the movie concludes. This is expected to be the final appearances of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and maybe more in the MCU, and killing off their characters is a major way to make sure that this is a definitive conclusion.

That said, Feige has also referred to the first eleven years of the MCU as the Infinity Saga, so one way that it can be a conclusion to this saga is by how it wraps up the story of the Infinity Stones and Thanos. Both have been central to the MCU for a number of years, but especially over the last two Phases. Avengers: Endgame could come to a close with Thanos being killed by the Avengers or even the Infinity Stones being destroyed altogether. But, with Downey saying the film is the most unpredictable MCU movie ever, that sentiment could be true for how this saga concludes. This was already one of the burning questions fans had, but Feige’s statement could result in even more intrigue ahead of Avengers: Endgame‘s release.

MORE: Avengers: Endgame Special Look Trailer Breakdown


2019-04-07 07:04:12

Cooper Hood

This Is Us Finale: 4 Things That Gave Us Closure (And 6 Things They Still Haven’t Addressed)

The season three finale for This is Us aired Tuesday night, offering a whole roller coaster of emotions for fans. As per usual when it comes to the NBC series, we laughed and cried with the Pearson family as we impatiently waited for our burning questions to be answered. Who is “Her” that they keep referring to? Is baby Jack going to be okay? What the hell is a “corn sandwich”?

RELATED: This Is Us: 10 Things You Never Knew About Toby

Some of these questions have been answered while others are yet to be determined. There is a lot that is left up to interpretation that we are waiting on the edge of our seats to get answers for. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until the next season to figure it all out.

Until then, let’s uncover 4 things from the finale that gave us closure (and 6 things they still haven’t addressed).

10 Closure: Beth And Randall’s Relationship

Beth and Randall seemed like the perfect couple until recently when the two began to experience a major bump in the road. Beth’s dream to pursue her career as a ballet teacher and Randall’s hectic role as city councilman in Philadelphia clash, and Beth doesn’t seem to think they will be able to resolve their issues. She compares the situation to a time when their family went to an escape room and the girls started to “freak out” until Beth and Randall found the door to get out of the bad situation. Now she claims she’s “not seeing the door here.” This line leads us to believe they won’t be able to solve their issues until Deja gives Randall a whole speech about how he won the lottery twice in his life. Once when he was adopted, and then when he met Beth.

RELATED: This Is Us: Jack & (Mostly) Rebecca Are To Blame For Randall’s Marital Issues

He considers resigning in an effort to solve his marriage until Beth makes the decision for the family to move to Philadelphia where she can open her own dance studio and Randall can still take on his role. Beth ended up “finding the door”, and we are so relieved.

9 Closure: We Finally Discover Who “Her” Is

Fans have been guessing who this mysterious “Her” character is that The Pearson Family kept referring to since the end of season two. Is “Her” Beth? Is it Kate? Is it Rebecca? Turns out it is Rebecca, who appears to be on her death bed in the flash-forward scenes. The saddest part is her lack of memory with her son Randall, who has introduced himself to her with the line: “It’s Randall. Your son, Randall.”  This is Us is known for causing its viewers to burst into tears, yet nothing brought on the waterworks quite like this scene.

8 Needs Addressing: What Is Nicky Doing At Rebecca’s Bedside?

For the first couple of seasons on This is Us, we assumed Jack’s brother Nicky was dead. We recently discovered that he is still alive and in a very bad state. Nicky tells Kevin he can’t be around The Pearson’s because it is too painful. It looks like they were all able to reconnect and mend their issues in the flash-forward scene because Nicky sits by Rebecca’s bedside. Randall mutters “Hey Nicky,” to an older version of Jack’s brother in a casual way that suggests he has been around the family for quite some time. Why is this? Could it be that Rebecca and Nicky are now married? Which leads us to our next unanswered question…

7 Needs Addressing: Where Is Miguel?

Miguel seems to always receive the short end of the stick on This is Us and it makes us wonder what happened to him when he doesn’t appear at Rebecca’s bedside in the flash-forward scene.

RELATED: This Is Us: 20 Storylines The Writers Want Us To Forget

Did he and Rebecca get divorced? Did Rebecca leave Miguel for Nicky? Is Miguel still alive? We sure hope so, but we will have to wait until next season to find out.

6 Closure: Jack Is Alive And Seemingly Healthy

Kate and Toby’s baby is alive and seemingly well as we can tell from the flash-forward scene. Now we know that touching the baby’s foot really works! Toby comes to Kevin’s house and announces that Jack will be on his way over. We are so pleased that he is alive and healthy.

5 Needs Addressing: Why Does Toby Arrive Alone At Kevin’s?

Clearly, something happens with Toby and Kate’s marriage (or lack thereof) because Toby arrives at Kevin’s house solo. It also appears as though he is no longer wearing a wedding band. Fans have been speculating their divorce for some time now, and now more than ever it seems to be confirmed.

RELATED: This Is Us: 10 Things You Never Knew About Toby

But was it a divorce? How do we know that Kate is still around? Toby says he talked to his son Jack and that “they’re” on their way, but who does “they” refer to? Is it Kate? Is it perhaps a new woman? We will have to wait and see. 

4 Needs Addressing: Where Is Kate?

Kate doesn’t show up to see her mother. What’s up with that? It is possible that she is on her way to Kevin’s house with Jack, but nothing is certain. From where the show last left off with Kate and Rebecca, the two were on great terms and Kate really appreciated her mother’s help when it came to baby Jack. It wouldn’t make sense for her not to show up at Kevin’s to see Rebecca unless there is something more to it that we don’t know about yet.

3 Closure: Kevin And Zoe’s Relationship

We do get our closure when it comes to Kevin and Zoe’s relationship. Zoe decides to sacrifice their love story so Kevin can be a father. She is adamant in the fact that she doesn’t want to have kids yet she can see how much Kevin wants them. He is clearly amazing with kids as we can see in the scene where he gives his speech to Tessa. We think Zoe made the right choice by letting Kevin have that opportunity to be a father. Which leads us into our next question…

2 Needs Addressing: Does Kevin Get Married?

As we can see in the flash-forward scenes, Kevin has a son that is exactly like a young Kevin! It’s a precious sight to see, yet it makes us wonder- who is the mother of Kevin’s son? Did Kevin get married? Perhaps it was to his childhood sweetheart Sophie? Or maybe it’s with someone totally new. It also could be that he is a single parent. Only the future will tell, but we’re glad Kevin could get exactly what he wanted by raising a kid.

1 Needs Addressing: What Is Wrong With Rebecca?

When we see the matriarch of the family appearing quite sick on the hospital bed, it makes us wonder what exactly her condition is. Many speculate she has Alzheimer’s because she can’t seem to remember who Randall is. Mandy Moore says in an interview that her character does not suffer from Alzheimer’s so we are left to wonder what her condition is that’s leaving her with little memory.

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2019-04-06 03:04:11

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Why Punisher & Jessica Jones Haven’t Been Canceled (Yet)

The partnership between Marvel Television and Netflix is clearly coming to an end – but why hasn’t the streaming giant already canceled The Punisher and Jessica Jones? The last two months have seen shocking news for fans of the popular Marvel Netflix streaming shows. In October, Netflix canceled Iron Fist just a month after the release of a much-improved second season. Only a week later, they also pulled the plug on Luke Cage. The latest disappointing news is the cancellation of the Marvel Netflix flagship series, Daredevil.

It’s clear that the relationship between Marvel and Netflix has deteriorated over the last year or so. Although Netflix is notoriously shy of revealing viewing figures, third-party analytics have suggested that audiences are tuning out of these shows. What’s more, it’s believed the cancellation of Luke Cage was due to major creative differences between the partners; there were reports of “behind-the-scenes turmoil” that even led Netflix to call for a change in that series’s creative regime. The cancellation of Daredevil is symbolic, suggesting that the age of Marvel Netflix is drawing to a close.

Related: EXCLUSIVE: Agents of SHIELD Is More Popular Than Any Marvel Netflix Show

There are still two Marvel Netflix shows that haven’t been canceled yet, though; Jessica Jones and The Punisher. At this stage, it’s safe to say that it’s only a matter of time before Netflix shut these last two series down as well, but for now they’re holding off. There’s a simple enough reason; production has already been completed on The Punisher season 2, and Jessica Jones season 3 is currently being filmed. Netflix has already invested money in both shows, which are expected to drop in 2019. Presumably The Punisher will be released early in the year, with Jessica Jones towards the middle or end. Given Daredevil was known to be one of the stronger-performing brands from the Marvel Netflix slate, it’s safe to assume that these will be the final seasons of their respective series.

Looking beyond 2019, what does the future have in store for DaredevilLuke CageIron FistJessica Jones, and The Punisher? It’s doubtful that these shows would transition easily to the Disney Plus streaming service, given they’re hardly PG-13 in tone and style. What’s more, when they canceled Daredevil, Netflix took the time to remind everyone that they permanently own the distribution rights to every season so far. “The three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come,” the streaming giant pointed out. That said, there’s nothing to stop Marvel trying to sell seasons to another network, and they may even be well-suited to Hulu, which Disney reportedly plan to stream more mature content on going forward.

All this is sad news for Marvel Netflix fans, but at least there are still two more seasons to look forward to next year.

More: Marvel TV Is More Successful Than You Think – And We Can Prove It



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on HBO in 2019.

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

Harry Potter: 20 Crazy Details Only True Potterheads Knew About Wormtail

For a lot of reasons, Peter Pettigrew, AKA “Wormtail”, may be one of the creepiest characters in all of the Harry Potter series. First and foremost, is the rather strange decision on the part of author J.K. Rowlings, to make Pettigrew’s animagus form hang around so closely with a preteen Ronald Weasley. With that particularly large elephant out of the room, we can get into some of the more unnerving, crazy, and interesting facts about this Voldemort supporter.

Everyone knows Wormtail to be the man who betrayed Lily and James Potter’s location to Voldemort, who sought to destroy them and their newborn son after finding out that Harry may one day defeat him. Although Voldemort’s attempt on Harry’s life backfired (quite literally), this moment it did cement Wormtail as one of Tom Riddle’s most famous supporters. In addition to this, Wormtail also got away with it all by blaming Sirius Black for that horrible night.

In many ways, Wormtail was the most unlikely member of Voldemort’s inner circle. He didn’t have the dedication to Voldemort’s evil agenda that Lucius Malfoy did. Nor did he have the obsessive nature of the deranged Bellatrix Lestrange. At the end of the day, Wormtail was a coward, and that why he let betrayed his friends to become part of one of the darkest cults of all time. Despite all he has done, Wormtail was still a far more engaging character than most fans may recall.

Without further ado, here are 20 Crazy Facts About Wormtail.

20 He Was Almost Not Sorted Into Gryffindor

When Peter Pettigrew arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he lined up with the rest of the First Years to await The Sorting Hat’s decision on which House he would join. While in line, he met both Sirius Black, who uttered his contempt for Slytherin House, and James Potter. Immediately, Pettigrew took a liking to these boys and longed to be Sorted with them.

When he finally was placed under The Sorting Hat, Pettigrew waited a whole five minutes to be placed in Gryffindor.

This is what was called a “Hatstall.” The Sorting Hat clearly saw that this character was suitable for more than one house. Although Slytherin would be the obvious alternative choice, Hufflepuff was one as well.

19 He Was A Member Of The Order Of The Phoenix

Due to Peter Pettigrew’s friendship with James, Remus, and Sirius, he joined The Order of the Phoenix after his time at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Order of the Phoenix was a secret society founded by Albus Dumbledore to combat Voldemort and his sycophantic followers during the First Wizarding War. This was the time when Voldemort returned from traveling abroad and sought to overthrow the Ministry of Magic and persecute Muggles and Muggle-born magical folk. Although Pettigrew wasn’t a fan of Voldemort’s ideology, he was part of the Order purely because his friends were. It was a community for him. He did not have the same passion for the cause as the other members did.

18 He Wasn’t A True Believer In Voldemort

Much like Peter Pettigrew wasn’t a true believer in the Order of the Phoenix, he wasn’t one of Voldemort’s dedicated followers either. He did not share the same lust for dominance over the Wizarding World, nor the same level of intolerance.

When Pettigrew became a spy for Voldemort, it was purely out of fear.

Wormtail, at the end of the day, is an opportunist. He is someone who will do just about anything to survive, and that included betraying his best friends in order to remain on the powerful dark wizard’s good side. In many instances, especially in the books, Wormtail even couldn’t bear Voldemort’s violence and occasionally attempted to suggest alternative measures to achieve his dark desire.

17 McGonagall Didn’t Like Him, even as a kid

If there’s one thing that Minerva McGonagall has never done, it’s mince words. First and foremost, this Transfiguration professor and Gryffindor Head of House is brutally honest. In the books, she was honest about how she felt about Peter Pettigrew during his time at Hogwarts.

Of course, McGonagall taught him Transfiguration as well as watched over him as the H.O.H. She claimed that Pettigrew “hero-worshipped” both James Potter and Sirius Black. In fact, she even described him as a “lump of a boy” who constantly followed Sirius around like his lap-dog. She even claimed that Peter was “stupid” as well as “foolish.” However, Minerva clearly grew to have some respect for him once he joined the Order. She even spoke sadly about him before she learned that he was the one responsible for the betrayal and not Sirius.

16 He Lived As A Rat For 12 Years

As most fans know, Peter Pettigrew was one of the Mauraders, the small group of friends that consisted of James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin. Peter even decided to become an animagus in order to make Remus feel more comfortable with the fact that he was tragically turned into a werewolf. The fact that Pettigrew could turn into a rat at will was something that came in handy after he was forced to fake his own demise in order to properly frame Sirius Black.

Due to his fear of being caught, Pettigrew lived as a rat for a solid 12 years.

He was eventually discovered by Sirius and Remus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

15 He Chose The Weasleys As Owners To Avoid The Death Eaters

After Pettigrew faked his demise, he chose to live as a rat in order to both keep up his lie as well as to avoid the Death Eaters. At this stage, many of Voldemort’s followers were unknown to the authorities and lived amongst the common-folk. Due to the fact that Voldemort’s apparent demise happened due to Pettigrew’s information, the Death Eaters believed that Pettigrew was a traitor and therefore sought to destroy him.

Wormtail knew that he stood a better chance at staying alive if he picked a “good” family to stay with. Eventually, he came to be Percy Weasley’s possession and was handed down to Ron. Presumably, Wormtail (as “Scabbers”) stayed with the Weasleys because he knew that the family would treat him right as well as shield him from Voldemort’s secret followers.

14 He Almost Ruined Ron And Hermione’s Relationship

Although Wormtail didn’t mean to, he almost completely ruined Hermione and Ron’s friendship in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Throughout the book and the film (to a lesser extent), Ron was constantly trying to save Scabbers (AKA Wormtail) from Hermione’s carnivorous new cat, Crookshanks. When Wormtail heard that Sirius Black had escaped from Azkaban and was poking around the Hogwarts grounds, he decided to flee, faking his demise a second time.

In the book, he bit himself in order to leave blood that suggested that Crookshanks had finally taken him out.

It completely convinced Ron, and the pair’s relationship nearly ended until the truth was revealed. This is just another instance of Peter Pettigrew doing anything necessary to remain alive.

13 Rats helped him find Voldemort

A lot of fans of Harry Potter who haven’t paid close enough detail to the books wonder how Wormtail and Voldemort were reunited before the events of The Goblet of Fire. Well, the truth is Wormtail learned from fellow rats that a dark force was living in a forest in Albania. This force ended up being Voldemort himself, who was living off the animals in the forest. However, Voldemort was just clinging to life in his shriveled-up form.

Wormtail lured a prominent ministry witch, who was on vacation in Albania, into the forest and then proceeded to force information out of her that helped persuade Voldemort to take him back into his good graces.

12 He Fed Voldemort Nagini’s Milk to Save Him

Aside from finding Lord Voldemort in a forest in Albania and giving him some vital information about the upcoming Triwizard Tournament from the ministry official he lured into the forest, Wormtail also stayed in Voldemort’s good graces due to the fact that he kept him alive. At this point, Voldemort was simply a shriveled up humanoid creature who barely had any power at all.

With Wormtail’s help, he managed to stay strong enough to last until the end of The Goblet of Fire when he was “reborn.”

Wormtail was able to do this because he milked the venom out of Nagini, Voldemort’s giant snake who will appear in human form in Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This venom provided Voldemort with the rudimentary body we see in Goblet of Fire.

11 He Helped Capture Mad-Eye

When Wormtail traveled to Albania to seek Voldemort, he ran into a ministry official who he forced into telling him legitimate information about the goings on at Hogwarts. This included the upcoming Triwizard Tournament that they would get Harry Potter to take part in, as well as the fact that Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody would be the next Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.

Another piece of information this ministry official gave was that there was a Voldemort supporter hiding out in England. This ended up being Barty Crouch Jr., who, with the help of Wormtail, tracked down Mad-Eye Moody and captured him. Crouch then famously continued to take locks of Mad-Eye’s hair in order to brew a Polyjuice Potion that turned him into Mad-Eye.

10 Snape Got His Revenge On Pettigrew

As we found out through various flashbacks during Harry’s time learning legilimency from Severus Snape, Severus was teased and pushed around by Harry’s father, Lupin, Sirius, and Peter Pettigrew as a child. Pettigrew probably wouldn’t have been the one to instigate this, but he was happy to play along with what the “cool kids” were doing. That, after all, was sort of his M.O. However, in their later years, Snape got his revenge on Wormtail after Voldemort ordered Wormtail to live with Snape at Spinner’s End in order to help him with various things.

Wormtail ended up being Snape’s punching bag and personal servant.

In fact, Snape treated him quite poorly, which, without a doubt had more to do with Wormtail betraying Lily Potter than anything else.

9 Voldemort Loathed Him

Lord Voldemort may not have had the ability to love anything except for himself, and even that is arguable, but he certainly had some appreciation and respect for certain members of his cult. At one time, he had immense respect for Lucius Malfoy, but that went away after Lucius continued to fail him. Bellatrix and Snape seem to be in his good graces constantly as they appeared to be his most ardent supporters. Snape, specifically, was the one he thought was infiltrating Dumbledore and the Order.

Wormtail is a different story entirely. Voldemort never liked Wormtail at all. He put up with him because Wormtail helped to keep him alive. But even before Voldemort’s first downfall, the villain knew that Wormtail was only around out of fear, not out of duty or respect.

8 He Wasn’t Skilled At Magic

Throughout the course of the Harry Potter series, two very different powerful magical folk made comments on Wormtail’s lack of power. The first was Wormtail’s old Transfiguration teacher, Minerva McGonagall, who claimed that he was far less talented than his friends when it came to magic. Then there’s Voldemort, who always regarded his servant as particularly weak. The truth is, they were mostly right about him.

He was a hopeless dueler, only besting opponents when catching them off-guard.

However, there are a couple of instances where he’s shown more potential than even he believed. One of these moments was when he caused an explosion that ended the lives of twelve Muggles and allowed him to get away from Sirius Black.

7 He Was Surprisingly Intelligent And An Opportunist

You can say a lot about Peter Pettigrew, including his cowardly demeanor, but one thing you can’t say is that he was dumb. On the contrary, Wormtail was actually pretty intelligent. This cunning helped him frame Sirius for the crime that he committed, as well as search out Voldemort.

Wormtail’s intelligence also allowed him to be quite the opportunist. This trait perhaps sums him up the most, as from the start of things he knew how to get in with the “right” crowd. When the tides changed and there was a better group to be associated with, that’s exactly where Wormtail would end up. A fool wouldn’t be able to navigate situations like this, let alone stay on Voldemort’s good side.

6 The Other Death Eaters Didn’t Like Him

Being an opportunist didn’t quite go over well when it came to Voldemort’s closest servants. First of all, many of them, including Bellatrix Lestrange, were there because they either believed in Voldemort’s cause or Voldemort himself.

Many of these Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a clinger; someone who was merely there to survive and never truly fought for what they believed in.

Another major source of the dislike the Death Eaters had for Wormtail had to do with Voldemort’s first downfall. This event happened on Wormtail’s information. When Voldemort was seemingly annihilated after attacking Harry Potter, many Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a traitor who purposefully led Voldemort to his grave.

5 His Hand Was Cursed

Although the filmmakers behind the Harry Potter movies didn’t explore Wormtail’s silver hand, it was certainly talked about in detail in J.K. Rowling’s novels. Wormtail first got this magical silver hand after he severed it from his body while resurrecting Voldemort in The Goblet of Fire. However, it came with a catch.

The catch with Wormtail’s replacement hand was that it was cursed. Sure, the hand had magical properties, including being impervious to certain jinxes, but it also led to his downfall. Though Wormtail didn’t receive a proper final scene in the films, his demise in the books occurred when he was planning to do good on his “life debt” to Harry. Wormtail’s magical hand turned on him, wrapped around his neck, and took his life.

4 He was insecure about his body

Every single person on the planet has their own set of insecurities. This is true of all of the characters within J.K. Rowling’s masterful series. For Wormtail, it was his stature. Not only was his short height an issue for him, but his weight and shape particularly bothered him. He no doubt compared himself to the more traditionally handsome James Potter and Sirius Black while growing up.

Due to actor Timothy Spall’s height, Wormtail was portrayed a taller than he was in the books.

However, when he first appeared in Prisoner of Azkaban, he was around the same height as a 13 and 14-year-old Harry and Hermione. Both Harry and Hermione would grow to be taller, while Pettigrew remained the same height.

3 He Was Made More Rat-Like For The Films

J.K. Rowlings described Peter Pettigrew has had some of the qualities of a rat, especially after living as one for a solid twelve years. These traits included watery eyes, grubby skin, a pointed nose, and even a squeaky voice that followed him after he revealed himself in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron wanted to make sure audiences absolutely knew that Pettigrew would have maintained some of his rat-like qualities after his twelve-year stint. These added details included extra nostril hair, knuckle hair, two big teeth, and a consistency between Scabbers’ fur and Wormtail’s locks. Hiding his neck with the right coat also made Wormtail’s rat-like look more believable. These details also came in handy for Wormtail’s visual transition back into his animagus form as he escaped.

2 He Took Voldemort’s Wand

Wormtail didn’t keep his distance the day after Voldemort’s downfall in Godric’s Hollow. He made sure he was nearby as he hoped his information would be useful. Voldemort, of course, wanted to take out a young Harry Potter due to the prophecy that stated that the boy could lead to his demise. Unfortunately for Voldemort, his attempt on Harry’s life backfired and he was practically disintegrated.

Wormtail deduced this once he came across the rubble of the house. He then found Voldemort’s iconic phoenix-feathered wand and took it for safe keeping.

He later gave it back to Voldemort once he was strong enough to use it once more.

There’s no telling where exactly Wormtail stored the wand while living as a rat for twelve years.

1 His Demise Was Connected To The Marauders

Wormtail’s connection to the Marauders, Lupin (Mooney), Sirius (Padfoot), and James (Prongs) was fully realized the day that he met his end. This is because Wormtail’s demise (at least in the book) was very similar to those of his three classmates.

All four of them, in one way or another, passed away while trying to protect or save Harry.

James met his end at the hands of Lord Voldemort that day in Godric’s Hollow. Sirius was protecting Harry when he was struck by Bellatrix’s curse. Lupin fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, giving Harry a moment to escape from Dolohov, who was later revealed to have taken Lupin out. Finally, Wormtail’s cursed hand turned on him the moment he was about to let Harry go, honoring his life-debt.

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2018-10-10 06:10:32 – Dylan Parker

15 Rules The Cast Of Counting Cars Is Forced To Obey

The guys working at Count’s Kustoms may not seem like a the type who are keen on rule-following, and, for the most part, that is true. There really aren’t all that many stated rules in the domain of Danny Koker and crew, but everyone has lines that they would prefer remain uncrossed.

That said, Danny and the crew of Counting Cars do have a few unstated laws that must be adhered to on the set. While the History network may not be as interested in staging dramatics and scenarios as their competitors, that isn’t to say that they haven’t laid out a few orders which need to be followed in order to keep the show interesting for the viewer. It may betray the tough guy bravado of the show, but rules are rules, no matter how many hot rods you’ve restored.

Some of these rules are relatively petty and simple, while others might raise an eyebrow or two and hint at a darker history behind these Las Vegas-based body shop workers. Danny, Mike and company haven’t caused all that many controversies when compared to some other big-name reality TV stars out there, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a couple of skeletons in their closet. Again, there don’t appear to be all that many hard-and-fast rules on the set of Counting Cars, but there are at least a few things that cast members know to keep an eye out for.

Here are the 15 Rules The Cast Of Counting Cars Is Forced To Obey.

15 Only Approach Certain People About Their Cars

A major focal point of many Counting Cars episodes is Danny’s frequent run-ins with random car owners. He’s often been filmed approaching people on the street or following someone home in order to track them down and make a deal for their car. These moments are, as most viewers may have guessed, almost always staged.

This is a pretty important rule for the cast to follow, however, as following hot rod owners home and offering to buy their cars is a pretty good way to creep out your clientele and make viewers think you’re a huge weirdo.

While Danny may have done something like this once or twice in his private life, these instances are commonly pre-arranged for the show. Stalking someone with the intent of bartering for their car is probably illegal anyway, though it does make for some interesting TV. Most of the Counting Cars guys aren’t actors by trade, either, and their performance sort of ruins the facade at times.

14 Get Every Fact Straight

If there’s one rule that Danny Koker does his best to follow, it is this one. Danny and the rest of the Counting Cars crew have frequently been called out and ridiculed by trivia-loving car aficionados for small mistakes they have made on air. Event the smallest of inaccuracies get pointed out, and it may call the integrity of Count’s Kustoms into question for the hardest of the hardcore.

For instance, Danny was once noted to have been incorrect about the year in which Chevy first started producing the Corvette: he said it was 1954, but it was actually 1952. It is a mistake he has yet to live down in some circles, and he’s since been sure to get his facts straight when he’s on camera.

13 Keep an Eye Out

Again, this isn’t necessarily a written rule, and it may seem like common sense for most business owners, but Danny and the rest of the guys working at Count’s Kustoms need to do their best to make sure burglary and theft aren’t taking place under their noses. This may sound like a no-brainer, but these things have happened more than once in the autoshop’s history.

From stolen trailers to ransacked houses and full-on employee embezzlement cases, Counting Cars hasn’t had a totally spotless run.

As a result, the guys at Count’s Kustoms need to keep an eye on their surroundings as well as on their co-workers, which doesn’t exactly create grounds for a healthy work environment.

12 The Customer is Always Right

The guys at Count’s Kustoms have taken on some pretty ludicrous jobs over the years, and this is partially because, as a rule, they try not to refuse any customization requests. This definitely isn’t something that’s been set in stone, as Koker and his employees have certainly turned some people away over the course of the show’s history, but it rarely ever happens.

Though they specialize in motorcycles and cars, the Counting Cars crew has accepted vans, busses, and even boats in the past, which certainly made for some interesting TV. It probably isn’t in Danny’s best interest to take on literally every project which comes through his door, but they certainly seem to try.

11 Keep Them Coming

Time is money, and the crew working behind the scenes at Count’s Kustoms sure like to keep busy. Though Counting Cars never really gets into the inner workings of the shop, Danny has said that they never have fewer than fifteen projects going at one time.

Given that each project is a pretty hefty investment in terms of time and resources, this is a pretty major commitment.

As a result, Count’s Kustoms has taken on a bunch of new employees over the years, and they don’t seem to show any signs of slowing down any time soon. Though the show’s popularity may eventually fade, Danny and his employee’s work probably won’t.

10 Stick to the Budget

Danny Koker is known to be very conservative both politically and fiscally. He is extremely protective of his money despite the fact that he has plenty of it to spare, and he never overspends except in very particular situations. Though it may not be an explicitly laid out rule in his shop, Danny’s employees are doubtlessly aware of the fact that they really need to stick to a budget.

The Count himself has shown his financially conservative nature when haggling, and he has been known to walk away from deals he finds unfair. This doesn’t show up all that often in the show, of course, because most of the drama is scripted and most of the bartering has already been pre-arranged. Those close to Danny, however, will know the truth.

9 Don’t Rush It

Count’s Kustoms may take on no fewer than fifteen projects at a time, but most of these projects take quite a while to complete. This is never really shown on the show, though, as the Counting Cars producers like to expedite things for the sake of viewer interest, but customization jobs are known to take 12 to 24 months to complete on average.

This may sound like an insane amount of time, but there really aren’t many places in the world that offer customization options like Count’s Kustoms.

Though some projects cruise through the shop in as little as ninety days, most employees know not to rush things.

8 Don’t Mention Danny’s Dad

Danny Koker’s father, a well-respected man who taught Danny everything he knows about autobody customization, bequeathed his extensive collection of rare cars to his son when he passed away. These vehicles hold an incredible amount of sentimental value to the Count’s Kustoms owner, and, though he has shown parts of the collection off in recent years, he doesn’t like to work on them.

Danny has said that his father’s passing is still a tough subject for him, and, as a result, most of his employees know better than to bring it up. In fact, even Counting Cars regulars should know better than to mention those cars or suggest working on them. While this may one day change, it remains a point of contention in Danny’s garage.

7 Don’t Bring up the Bandana

This really isn’t an unspoken rule, as Danny’s look has been the subject of occasional workplace antics over the years, but it should be said that Danny doesn’t seem all that keen to reveal what’s going on underneath his iconic bandana.

Many have speculated that he is covering some sort of facial deformity or unsightly tattoo, while others believe that he is abnormally committed to his rock-and-roll look.

The most likely explanation is that he isn’t eager to show off his receding hairline. Though this is little more than speculation, it does explain why Danny is often pretty defensive in regards to his dress. Those close to him might poke fun, but fans may want to avoid the subject.

6 Be Careful When Haggling

Danny Koker has stated on multiple occasions that the success of his show has made haggling at car shows much more difficult. As a typical enthusiast, the Count never seemed to have a problem getting his way on the showroom floor.

However, once his profile was raised, sellers began recognizing him more often and attempting to upsell him. This has become a major headache to the penny-pinching autobody overhauler, and anyone working with him should ensure that they don’t overpay when bartering. Danny is most likely very grateful for all of the good that the show has done his business over the years, though he could almost certainly go without this one annoying quirk.

5 Don’t Mention Danny’s Family

In keeping with his conservative values, Danny Koker typically doesn’t like to reveal all that much about his family or his private life. This is completely fair, and most Counting Cars fans will understand that his reality TV star status doesn’t require him to relay all of his personal matters to the public.

That said, Danny is abnormally protective of his loved ones, and very little is known about his wife and kids.

His wife, Korie Koker, co-owns Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill with her husband, though her private life remains largely undisclosed. Counting Cars cast members should almost certainly know better than to go prying into Danny’s personal life while the cameras are rolling.

4 Don’t Break The Fourth Wall

The guys on Counting Cars may seem like larger-than-life celebrities at times, but it is important to remember that they are actually people, and Count’s Kustoms is an actual business that will continue to operate independently of the show once the production crew heads home.

That said, though it may be an actual business, much of the situations covered on the show aren’t genuine. Whether played up for the sake of drama or totally fictional, much of the on-air hijinx covered on Counting Cars is dramatized. The Counting Cars cast is careful not to break the illusion, though, and everyone seems pretty eager to play along. There seems to be a rule against fourth wall breaks while on set, and it seems to have gone pretty much unbroken over the years.

3 Politics Are a No-Go

In today’s radically partisan climate, few shows are all that eager to take sides or show any sort of political bias at all. That said, Counting Cars star Danny Koker was an avid supporter of the current leader of the United States during his campaign in 2016. This should come as no surprise given his conservative background, but it remains a major point of contention among many viewers.

Rather than bring up a potentially costly political debate on-air, the Counting Cars crew is pretty careful to keep their lips sealed concerning the subject.

The time may well come when things of that nature can be discussed more freely, but Count’s Kustoms is better off free of political drama for the time being.

2 Forget About Scott Jones

Scott Jones, the ornery store manager featured in the first and second seasons of Counting Cars, isn’t brought up all that much these days. He was hardly mentioned at all in the third season, and he seems to have been totally absent from every subsequent episode since then.

Fans have speculated that he was actually fired as a result of an embezzlement scheme, while others believe he simply grew tired of the daily grind and returned to his hometown. It’s tough to know exactly what happened to Jones, though none of the Counting Cars cast members seem all that eager to bring it up. This probably isn’t an explicitly stated rule, but most will know better than to bring up Scott on camera.

1 Don’t Deal With Vince Neil

Show lead and shop owner Danny Koker has met quite a few celebrities through his business, and his rock-and-roll band side project has also put him in contact with some pretty interesting characters. Koker has, in one way or another, come to be pretty good friends with ex-Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil.

Though it started out as a pretty lucrative relationship for Koker and his show, the Counting Cars cast soon decided that their relationship with Neil was detrimental to the show’s good standing.

After that, they by-and-large disbanded any professional connections to the singer, though Koker and Neil are said to have remained friends. Even so, it isn’t likely that the ex-rocker will be making any appearances on the show any time soon. The bottom line is that Vince is bad news, and the cast can’t mention him anymore.

Are there any other rules that the cast of Counting Cars has to follow? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-09 05:10:54 – Tanner Fox

Sony’s Kraven Movie May Include Spider-Man, Will Adapt Last Hunt Story

Richard Wenk, writer of Sony’s Kraven the Hunter movie, has revealed he’s currently working on the script – and that the film could even feature Spider-Man. It seems Sony intends to draw upon the famous Kraven’s Last Hunt comic book arc.

Venom was something of a gamble for Sony Pictures; could their Spider-Man spinoffs possibly work? Although the critics haven’t been kind, the film’s box office performance has been even better than anticipated. It shattered October’s box office record, grossing $80 million domestically and a staggering $205 million worldwide in its opening weekend. So it’s hardly a surprise that Sony is now pushing full steam ahead with further spinoffs.

Related: All The Spider-Villain Movies Coming After Venom

The Discussing Film podcast posted an interview with Wenk, who’s dropped what may well be something of a bombshell for Marvel fans. Wenk has revealed that he’s playing around with the concept of Kraven’s Last Hunt – and that he’s currently envisioning a story in which Kraven “comes face-to-face with Spider-Man.

It’s an interesting world, a great character… it’s in the Spider-Man universe. I’m going to adhere very closely to the lore of Kraven the Hunter, and he’s going to come face-to-face with Spider-Man. I think that where we’re all circling is that this is Kraven’s Last Hunt, and whether this is the precursor to that movie, whether it will include it, we’re talking about those things. And even the idea that maybe Kraven could be like Kill Bill, basically a two-part movie. It’s all in the mix.

This is a pretty remarkable statement, as it suggests Spider-Man could yet be considered part of Sony’s Spider-villains universe. It’s important to stress that Wenk is pretty early on in the writing process; he’s at the stage where, as he puts it, “you just kind of throw everything at the wall” to see what sticks. And yet, not only does Wenk explain that he’s been enjoying a collaborative relationship with other Sony (and Marvel?) figures, but he also sounds very confident indeed when describing the plan to have Kraven face off against Spider-Man. Even his references to Kraven’s Last Hunt should be seen in that light; that arc focused on the relationship between Kraven and Spider-Man, and on Kraven’s desperate desire to prove himself the wall-crawler’s equal before he passed away. It’s very hard indeed to imagine a version of Kraven’s Last Hunt without Spider-Man in it.

Assuming Wenk is right, there are two possible ways this could play out. Venom was deliberately designed to be easily retconned into the MCU, and its director Ruben Fleischer has openly said he believes a crossover between Hardy’s Venom and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is “inevitable.” Given that’s the case, Marvel and Sony could have agreed to incorporate the Sony films into the wider MCU, with Tom Holland serving as a bridge between the franchises. The other possibility is that Sony is looking to cast their own version of Spider-Man, so viewers would get two distinctive big screen Spider-Mans at the same time. That approach would surely cause some problems between Marvel and Sony, though. Only one thing is certain; right now, the writer of Kraven the Hunter believes that his film will feature Spider-Man. It’ll be fascinating to see if he’s right.

More: Venom Ignoring Spider-Man is MORE Faithful To Comics

Source: Discussing Film



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2018-10-09 04:10:30 – Thomas Bacon