Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights Movie Casts Jimmy Smits & More

In the Heights, the brainchild of Lin-Manuel Miranda, has added Jimmy Smits, Olga Merediz, and Gregory Diaz to the cast. Hailed as a Broadway sensation, In the Heights will be adapted into a movie musical film by Warner Bros. After a bumpy road to begin production, the Tony-award winning musical inches closer to the finish line with the recent additions to the cast.

Written by Miranda, In the Heights follows residents of a predominantly Latino neighborhood in Washington Heights. Set over the course of three days, darkness consumes the neighborhood when a power outage occurs, and issues of the characters come to light. While In the Heights put Miranda on the map, he became revered in the Broadway world for his composition of Hamilton. Other notable works of Miranda’s includes Moana, Mary Poppins Returns and His Dark Materials. On Broadway, Miranda played Usnavi de la Vega, the lead and narrator of the story. Anthony Ramos (A Star is Born) has been tapped to play Usnavi in the film version. Usnavi is a bodega owner with mixed feelings about closing his store. When the power goes out, Usnavi and the neighborhood residents are thrust into a slew of issues, including financial desperation, love affairs, familial obligation, and the reveal that one resident is a lottery winner. Now, eager fans of In the Heights are starting to see the cast list filled out.

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According to Deadline, Miranda announced the additions of Smits, Merediz, and Diaz via Twitter. Smits has been tapped to play Kevin Rosario and Diaz will be Sonny. Smits has an impressive list of credits to his name, including The West Wing, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Dexter and How to Get Away with Murder. Diaz made his Broadway debut in Matilda: The Musical and recently appeared in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Merediz joins the cast as Abuela Claudia, the matriarch of the barrio who has looked after Usnavi since he was a child. Merediz is already in harmony with her character, as she played Abuela in In the Heights’ entire Broadway run – earning a Tony nomination for her performance.

The three casting choices join the ones already announced, including Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, and Corey Hawkins as Benny. In the Heights is in the creative hands of producers Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, Scott Sanders, and Miranda. Marc Klein is set to pen the script and Quiara Alegria Hudes – author of In The Heights book – is in charge of the musical book. Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), who’s shown interest in the adaptation for years, has been tapped to direct. Warner Bros. previously announced a 2020 release date for the movie musical.

Hollywood has seen a resurgence in the popularity of movie musicals the past five years. Musicals that only appeared from behind a curtain, such as Into the Woods, Wicked and Cats, are now becoming a moviegoing experience. While putting a beloved stage play onto a big screen allows for further preservation of the story, some stage purists often find themselves reluctant to see the film adaption. Adding well-known names from the Broadway world to A-list talent makes fans of the musical more inclined to see the film. With Miranda overseeing the production and casting choices bringing the characters of Washington Heights to life, In the Heights will no doubt resonate with both experts and beginners of the musical world.

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Source: Deadline 

2019-04-15 06:04:11

Bethany Guerrero

Avengers: Endgame Stars Appearing On Jimmy Kimmel Live All This Week

The main cast of Avengers: Endgame will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live every night throughout this week. The press tour for the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame has officially begun, with the cast and crew holding a press conference this week, and some cast members already appearing in some interviews.

With the press tour come a bunch of appearances on TV shows, podcasts, and online media, giving fans a chance to know more about the story (but not too much) and get to know the cast a bit more. It’s also a good opportunity for the cast to let loose and have fun, as not every appearance or interview has to be serious business. Such is the case with late night shows, and there’s one that has become a must for superhero film cast appearances.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live will welcome the cast of Avengers: Endgame all week, beginning today with a reading about the events of Avengers: Infinity War, titled “Twas The Mad Titan Thanos”, by Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Evans. The show will feature cast members from the film each night, so don’t worry if your favourite doesn’t show up today, they will eventually.

Of course, that’s only for the heroes that survived Thanos’ snap in Infinity War. While some heroes such as Spider-Man are confirmed to come back, those who vanished are not taking part in the press tour, with the crew even leaving empty seats for them at the press conference. If you were hoping for Tom Holland to let some details slip during the press tour, that will not happen.

Avengers: Endgame will be the epic conclusion to the narrative that has been building up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man, back in 2008. Plot details remain unknown, but there are a bunch of theories floating around on how the fallen superheroes will come back, how the surviving ones will make that happen, and what the future of the original Avengers will be. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has teased that the ending of Endgame is unlike anything we have seen before, with directors Joe and Anthony Russo hyping the epic conclusion to this shared universe.

Taking into account Marvel’s now legendary level of secrecy, we can’t expect the cast and crew to start dropping details on the plot during the press tour, but we can surely expect some fun moments and features with their many appearances these coming weeks, especially this week-long visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live. Who knows, they could even share one more look at Avengers: Endgame in the shape of a TV spot or short scene.

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Source: Deadline

2019-04-08 11:04:50

Adrienne Tyler

Shameless: 20 Things That Don’t Make Sense About Fiona And Jimmy’s Relationship

In the very first episode of Showtime’s popular comedy-drama series Shameless, viewers got to see Fiona Gallagher meet and quickly fall for Steve Wilton, an attractive and seemingly successful man who had tried to stop a thief from stealing her purse. Fiona spent most of her life raising her younger siblings in a crowded and crazy household, so Steve’s willingness to put her needs first for a change and his incredible generosity made it seem like he was just what she needed.

Over time, Steve revealed that his name was actually Jimmy Lishman, and that his fortune was actually amassed by stealing cars. Jimmy and Fiona’s relationship quickly became rocky, as Jimmy’s lies continued to stack up and Fiona’s tendency to overextend herself and need to focus on her family’s countless issues kept her from ever giving her boyfriend the attention and support he wanted.

Since Ian Gallagher’s character recently earned a relatively happy ending with his Season 1 boyfriend Mickey Milkovich, countless fans hope Fiona will similarly end up with Jimmy before Emmy Rossum leaves Shameless in Season 9 under the belief that they are also soulmates. However, this couple’s history has been filled with drama and unsolvable issues, and it wouldn’t be right for the series’ writers to mindlessly throw them back together for mere fanservice when they’re definitely better apart.

Here are 20 Things That Don’t Make Sense About Fiona And Jimmy’s Relationship.


Jimmy proves that there really isn’t any honor among thieves. While watching Fiona Gallagher dance at a nightclub, he saw her purse get stolen and immediately chased after the robber. He was unsuccessful in his attempt to stop the criminal, but Jimmy was made out to be a hero for trying and his momentary nobility helped him slide into Fiona’s life and heart.

Unfortunately, Jimmy wasn’t quite the knight in shining armor that he was initially made out to be. He was a professional thief himself, and instead of stealing purses, he actually made a living stealing cars. Jimmy did seem to truly love Fiona and want to help the Gallagher family, but at the end of the day, he was just another criminal who threatened to make their already chaotic lives even more complicated.


Fiona has never been able to maintain a healthy relationship with someone who was actually right for her and good for her family. Mike Pratt was great with her siblings, had a stable job and was exceptionally friendly, but she ruined her relationship with Mike by being with his manipulative brother. Her marriage with Gus was going great, right up until she had a brief one night with Jimmy. She nearly married Sean, even though she knew he was a former addict with a criminal history.

Fiona’s trend of making bad relationship decisions all started with Jimmy Lishman. She wasn’t attracted to him when she thought he was a wealthy businessman, but as soon as he revealed that he makes a living stealing cars, she suddenly wanted to be with him. When he decided to give that life up to become a doctor, they broke up.


Jimmy wasn’t afraid to blow all of his hard-earned car theft money to make Fiona happy. He bought her everything she needed to make life in the Gallagher house easier, and when that still wasn’t enough to satisfy his girlfriend, he spontaneously bought the house next door so she could finally have a bit of freedom and privacy from her siblings. It was an incredibly romantic and thoughtful gesture, but the house sadly didn’t stay in his and Fiona’s possession for very long.

In an attempt to keep Tony Markovich from arresting him for grand theft auto, Jimmy simply gave his rival for Fiona’s heart the house. Tony already said he wouldn’t turn Jimmy in if he just left town, so this was an illogical move that stripped Fiona of a gift he had promised her.


Most people in healthy relationships never doubt whether or not they should be together. Fans seem to think that Jimmy is Fiona’s soulmate and hope they get back together before Emmy Rossum leaves the series, but Fiona herself has never been sure about Jimmy.

When Jimmy returned to Chicago after fleeing the city in the first season, Fiona was torn on whether or not she should give him a second chance. She messed around with him in a bathroom while she was on a date with another guy, but immediately regretted it and led him on for weeks. When she was married to Gus, she slept with Jimmy as soon as he came back to town, but they broke up shortly after.


When Jimmy came back to Chicago, he immediately tried to get Fiona back. She initially refused to resume their relationship because Jimmy was now married to Estefania and she still didn’t forgive him for leaving her in the first place, so Jimmy had to utilize some sketchy tactics to slide his way back into Fiona’s life.

Jimmy tried to help out around the Gallagher house and drive Fiona’s siblings around town, in the hopes that Fiona would become reliant on him and decide she needed him. When that didn’t work, he let Lip stay at his apartment after Fiona kicked him out for dropping out of high school, knowing that this would anger Fiona and force her to finally have a conversation with him. Good boyfriends don’t have to resort to this level of emotional manipulation.


Jimmy’s attempts to get back with Fiona upon returning to Chicago didn’t quite work out, so the Shameless writers had to come up with other ways to force the former couple to interact. That’s when Fiona’s friend Jasmine invited both Jimmy and his new wife Estefania to a party she was hosting on a fling’s boat.

There are countless reasons why this didn’t make any sense. Jasmine knew that Jimmy broke Fiona’s heart when he first left town, knew that Jimmy was now married, and knew that her best friend didn’t want to see him. Jasmine also had a secret crush on Fiona, and kissed her at that same party. She explained that she contacted Jimmy about the party to try to get them back together, but if Jasmine cared about Fiona or wanted to be with her, she shouldn’t have invited him.


When Jimmy first revealed to Fiona that he made all of his money stealing cars, she never really expressed any sort of concern that her boyfriend would get caught one day and find himself behind bars. She was too busy worrying about her siblings and problematic father to really worry about Jimmy or keep tabs on what he was up to.

When she came across Jimmy burning his own clothes in front of the Gallagher house late one evening, she didn’t even think to question why he was doing that. He had just been forced to do endure something awful and looked traumatized as he set fire to his clothes, but Fiona was too focused on other things to notice or ask if he was okay.


Jimmy’s marriage to Estefania was a complete sham. A criminal had forced Jimmy to marry his daughter so she could legally live in the US, and repeatedly threatened to end Jimmy’s life if he didn’t keep up the charade and make their relationship seem real to government officials.

For some reason, Jimmy wasn’t just open about the reasoning for his marriage to Estefania with Fiona, even after they finally started dating again. Fiona had no clue how much danger Jimmy was in from Estefania’s father Nando and his henchmen, so when he disappeared for the second time after being forced onto Nando’s boat, it was a complete shock.


As the primary guardian of all of her siblings, Fiona always had a lot on her plate and she didn’t have much available free time to spend talking to Jimmy or helping him solve his issues the way he constantly consoled and helped her. Jimmy never really expressed any emotions about this neglect until he found out his father was divorcing his mother and was having an affair with Ian Gallagher.

Jimmy desperately wanted to talk to his girlfriend about this surprising revelation, but she was too busy and focused on her own family drama to spend even a few minutes discussing Jimmy’s father issues with him. Jimmy then finally called Fiona out on her selfishness, starting a fight that they never truly resolved.


All couples fight every now and then, but healthy couples definitely don’t react to arguments as poorly as Jimmy always seemed to react to fights with Fiona. When he yelled at Fiona for always only caring about her own problems and never reserving any time to talk about his, Jimmy just tried to pretend the fight never happened and the couple moved on without resolving this glaring issue. When he got especially angry, he chose to get revenge on Fiona by being with another woman.

Jimmy and Estefania were only together on paper, but whenever he and Fiona had issues, he messed around with his wife to release some of his stress and anger. He always maintained that he solely loved Fiona and expressed some remorse for his infidelity, but if he truly cared about her, he wouldn’t have done that in the first place.


Before Jimmy was forced to leave Fiona for the second time, he considered putting an end to his life of crime and going back to medical school in Michigan. He asked Fiona if she and the other Gallaghers would like to leave Chicago with him, but Fiona soon found out that he submitted an application for a studio apartment. He never actually wanted Fiona’s siblings to come along and join them in their fresh start.

Fiona was happy for Jimmy when he revealed his plans to get his life back in order, but once she discovered the truth about his desire to take Fiona away from her family, they got into a huge fight. Fiona pointed out that they never made decisions together, and Jimmy was unable to argue against that fact.


The second time Jimmy reappeared in Chicago after months of no contact with Fiona, he decided against immediately approaching her and begging her to take him back. Instead, he asked his mysterious friend Angela to spy on Fiona for him to see whether or not she was happy or entered into a new relationship since his disappearance. Angela repeatedly appeared at Fiona’s restaurant to keep tabs on her until Jimmy finally decided to reveal that he was back.

Jimmy never really explained why he waited so long to approach Fiona, or why he continued to pursue her after he found out she was married to Gus. If he really cared about her, he would have just stayed out of her life upon discovering that she was finally moving on and in a good place in life.


Throughout Fiona and Jimmy’s off-again, on-again relationship, they expressed a variety of issues with each other that never actually got fixed. Fiona was absolutely right that Jimmy failed to ever include her when making big decisions. Jimmy was right that Fiona only seemed to care about her own problems and couldn’t be there for him when he wanted to vent about his father.

They always seemed to get right back together after major arguments, but none of the problems that were brought up during their major arguments ever got resolved. Good couples are able to forgive and forget their partners’ minor indiscretions and failings, but they don’t just ignore glaring issues in their relationships they way Fiona and Jimmy always do.


Shameless fans were surprised when Fiona damaged her amazing relationship with Mike Pratt beyond repair to sneak around with his rebellious and manipulative brother Robbie, but that wasn’t the last time she’d sabotage her own love life. A few years later, she spontaneously married Gus Pfender and the two of them seemed to be very happy and in love until Fiona decided to be with Jimmy again.

Jimmy had already broken Fiona’s heart and abandoned her without warning twice, but whenever he came back to town, Fiona just couldn’t help but jump right back into bed with him. She immediately regretted cheating on Gus and told Jimmy that she wanted to be with her new husband, but the damage was done and Fiona found herself alone once again.


Jimmy has lied to Fiona ever since the very first day they met on the first episode of Shameless. He introduced himself as Steve when he was really Jimmy and he let Fiona believe he was a successful businessman when he was really a car thief. Later in the relationship, he hid the truth about his dealings with Estefania’s drug lord father from Fiona for reasons unknown. When he returned to Chicago several months later, he had taken on yet another new identity, and his friend Angela knew him as “Jack.”

Jimmy seems to be a habitual liar, as he also let his family believe he was away at medical school when he was actually back in Chicago stealing cars. There’s really no reason to believe he’ll ever change.


When Debbie Gallagher saw a suggestive text on Steve’s phone from another woman, she took it upon herself to investigate and see if her sister’s boyfriend had a secret second relationship. Her sleuthing took her to Candace Lishman’s home, where she found out that Steve was actually Jimmy Lishman, Candace’s son.

Candace had no clue that Jimmy had taken up a new identity and was living in Chicago. When Jimmy walked into his childhood home and found Debbie there waiting for him, he immediately begged her not to tell Fiona who he really was. For weeks, he forced Debbie to lie to her own sister and gave her gifts in exchange for her silence.


It’s important for couples to treat each other like partners. Couples are supposed to run financial decisions by each other, even when one individual in a relationship makes more money than the other. They’re supposed to make plans for the future together, and they’re supposed to be there for each other during both the good times and the bad.

Jimmy and Fiona may have been a fun couple to watch, but they never treated each other like true partners. Jimmy always bought whatever he thought Fiona needed without asking her first. He applied for a studio apartment in Michigan before asking Fiona if she’d leave her brothers and sister to be with him. When Jimmy finally needed Fiona to support him emotionally the way he was always there for her, she failed to do so.


Fiona always claimed that she was able to handle taking care of herself and her siblings all on her own, but deep down, she really enjoyed the way Jimmy constantly pampered and provided for her. She eventually accepted the washing machine he gifted her after their first night together, she never turned down Jimmy’s offers to help out around the house, and she was more than happy to accept the house he gave her. Yet for some reason, she never properly thanked Jimmy for his constant generosity.

Thanking Jimmy would have required Fiona to admit that she could use some help, and Fiona always refuses to rely on anyone other than herself. So she opted to seem unappreciative whenever Jimmy did something to try to make her happy.


In recent seasons of Shameless, Fiona has finally started to get her life together. She made a big gamble buying an old laundromat, but she quickly made a significant profit on that purchase and was able to use the money she made to buy an entire apartment building.

After years of struggling to find a good job or way to support her family, Fiona got her life on track. That never would have happened if she was still with Jimmy, because Jimmy’s constant pampering kept her from having the drive to hustle to make money. Without Jimmy in her life, Fiona was forced to push herself to her potential. She just seems to be at her best when he’s not in the picture.


Jimmy Lishman just can’t seem to figure out what he wants. He resented his parents’ dream of him becoming a wealthy and successful doctor, but he asked Fiona to move with him to Michigan so he could go back to medical school. He loved the chaos of the Gallagher house and enjoyed providing for Fiona and her siblings, but in a moment of anger, he called her home a slum and implied that he deserved better. When he returned to Chicago for a second time to win Fiona back, he spied on her for weeks before announcing his arrival.

Outside of knowing that he wants to be with Fiona, Jimmy doesn’t know much else about his future or what roads he wants to take in life. Even if he and Fiona are meant to be together, they have a lot of self-exploration to do before they can be in a healthy, stable relationship with each other

What other aspects of Jimmy and Fiona’s relationship don’t make any sense on Shameless? Do you think they’re destined to be together? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-12-08 04:12:44

20 Storylines Shameless Wants Everyone To Forget

With the announcement that Emmy Rossum and Cameron Monaghan will leave the series following the ninth season of Shameless, the Gallagher household is prepping for a major shake-up on the casting front. The creator of the Showtime series John Wells has remained open about a future Fiona return, though he has also stated that there are many more dysfunctional tales left to be told for the Gallagher clan.

For eight seasons, Shameless has remained consistent in the deplorable decision-making skills of its characters, though the series’ depiction of a low-income family living below the poverty line has always been at the forefront. As the strong matriarch who single-handedly raised her siblings while her father wasn’t around, Fiona’s absence is sure to shift more focus towards the show’s younger stars as writers hope fans will soon forget her. Ian’s storyline in season 9 drove much of the action, so Monaghan’s exit will surely leave a whole as well.

Whether they’re dealing with the changing gentrification of their community or watching as another beloved character takes their leave, the Gallaghers have proven time and again that they can adapt better than anyone. From the show’s debut back in 2011 until now, the stars of the series have been forced to mature, sometimes faster than they wanted to. Along the way, there have been many entertaining or even head-scratching subplots which have since been left behind. Although the changes are nothing new to the Gallaghers, they have left many questions up in the air for fans.

Join us as we take a look back at 20 Storylines Shameless Wants Everyone to Forget.

20 Frank and Bianca

After Sammi shoots Frank in the arm to teach him a valuable lesson about courtesy, she forces him to visit the hospital to have his wound checked. During his stay, he begins bonding with his distraught doctor Bianca, whose diagnosis of stage three pancreatic cancer has left her with a new lease on life. Attempting to persuade her to live life to the fullest, Frank offers to teach her how to live carelessly, which includes a copious amount of substance abuse.

Although Frank’s time with Bianca was intended as a heart-wrenching moment which left him reeling the following season, it was never clear why the successful, young doctor would choose to spend her remaining days with him. With her money, she could seemingly spend her days anywhere. There’s little reason to believe Frank would appear as an enticing option.

19 Lip’s Sports Gambling Internship

With an exceptionally high IQ, Lip isn’t the standard member of the Gallagher household, though his self-sabotaging personality has prevented him from achieving a legitimate career. Accepted into the University of Chicago, he threw away his future after an assault on a campus guard led to his expulsion. Following a stint in rehab, Lip secured an internship with a tech start-up, thanks to his friend, Professor Youens.  Soon, however, he discovered the truth behind the company. His co-workers were using proxy servers to hide illegal sports gambling activities.

Although the crooked start-up appeared as a perfect match, nothing would come of it.

He temporarily used a wire fraud scheme to steal cash from the company, but in due time, the start-up went under and Lip was left without a career goal once again.

18 Kevin Discovers His Kentucky Heritage

Season eight concluded with a strange hodgepodge of storylines for Kevin, which included a search for self-identity as he tracked down his biological parents and found himself in Kentucky. Once he arrived, he was introduced to Aunt Ronnie and the rest of the family, immediately settling in and recalling his past as Little Barty. Unfortunately, V immediately sensed something wrong about the group, apart from their offhanded racist remarks.

As a small child, the low-income family struggled to properly raise Kev, resorting to abandoning him at a roadside gas station. He eventually learned to accept his heritage, although he seemed to quickly forget all about it soon after. Kev would have other moments of a self-identity crisis in season eight, including exploring his possible attraction to men, but his Kentucky lineage would ultimately become an afterthought.

17 Fiona Marries Gus, Then Immediately Cheats on Him

Speaking of his character on Shameless, star Steve Kazee said Fiona’s former husband Gus Pfender “got a really raw deal” over the way his storyline ended. After meeting the eldest Gallagher sibling, the two went from strangers to married seemingly overnight.

When Jimmy’s return visit catches Fiona off guard, she’s faced with an ultimatum.

Either run away with Jimmy or stay with Gus, whom she’s known for a few days. Her reaction is to throw away her newfound relationship for the temptation of her ex-boyfriend. She cheats on Gus then immediately regrets it, but by then it’s too late. Her marriage to Gus is over and any remnants of it are completely forgotten by the writing staff.

16 Debbie Steals a Baby

Before Debbie was doing crazy things like stealing expensive baby strollers to support Frances or having Liam amputate her toes to avoid undergoing a pricey surgery on her crushed foot, she was just a lonely girl looking for a playmate.

In the episode “Casey Casden”, Debbie grows tired of playing with a sack of potatoes decorated to look like a baby.

Rather than asking for a new doll, she takes matters into her own hands when she lures a three year old boy back to the Gallagher residence. The Gallaghers then spend the episode concocting a plan to call in false sightings of the child with the cops finally finding him with Debbie, who acts like she found him wandering around Chicago. Needless to say, it was a crazy storyline that the show’s producers haven’t attempted since.

15 Anything Involving Sammi or Chuckie

Frank’s estranged daughter Sammi is first introduced in season four after Frank discovers his liver in failing. Posing as a Good Samaritan, he begins dating her to grow closer before dropping the devastating bombshell. Oddly enough, however, she’s not disgusted at all by the news and even embraces her new father figure, despite his countless shortcomings.

By season five, Sammi has acquainted herself enough with the Gallaghers to move into the household, though she was never invited. When her son Chuckie is later arrested and sent to juvenile detention for possession, she blames Carl, later ratting him out to the authorities. As a result, a dispute breaks out which ends with Mickey locking her inside a shipping container and Sammi later shooting at him, presumably leading to her arrest and the end of her story.

14 Fiona Cheats on Mike with His Brother

With her recent investments in Patsy’s Pies as well as a laundromat and an apartment complex, Fiona’s newfound entrepreneurial spirit has only recent become a central part of her storyline. Prior to becoming a property owner, she was a down on her luck South Side girl who constantly found herself in failing relationships.

In season four, Fiona’s downward spiral of relationships hit another low.

She was in desperate need of a rebound following Jimmy’s disappearance. After securing a job at Worldwide Cup, she began having a fling with her boss Mike. When Mike’s brother Robbie comes into the picture after his release from rehab, Fiona’s attraction to danger takes ahold. Putting her career in jeopardy, she has an unwise affair which culminates in her arrest at the end of the season.

13 Frank Uses Liam as Collateral

Scouring Chicago for enough money to support his many dirty habits, Frank has attracted the attentions of enough bad guys that it’s a miracle that he’s manage to run around carelessly for so long. In the season two premiere, he again backed himself into a corner when he drunkenly bet a bar patron at the Alibi Room that he couldn’t remain conscious after two taser blasts. After the customer manages to remain on two feet, Frank’s $10,000 gamble comes at the expense of the Gallagher household.

Unable to come up with the dough, the patron threatens Frank with a blowtorch, to which he responds by offering up Liam as collateral. Luckily, the Gallagher clan rallies together to get him back. Frank would later develop a bonding relationship with his youngest son, completely erasing all memory of the incident.

12 Kevin and Veronica’s Foster Child

With twins Amy and Jemma, Kevin and Veronica finally settled down to have children of their own after V became pregnant in season four. Prior to having their own kids, the couple were experimenting with parenthood in the form of a money scheme which saw them taking in a foster child in order to collect money from the government.

In season one, Kev and V welcome Ethel, a teen saved from a polygamist colony where she was married to an elderly man named Clyde.

They also took in Ethel’s son Jonah, who was born as a result of the marriage. Over the course of her stay, she struggles to grow accustomed to the modern world, but eventually settles in, until she runs away with her boyfriend Malik in season two, disappearing forever.

11 Anything Involving Sheila

Remember Sheila? The agoraphobic housewife with a proclivity for cooking was a former love interest of Frank’s, who welcomed him into her home to take advantage of her disability checks. For five seasons, she played the picture-perfect example of a housewife, though her repressed emotions would occasionally rear their ugly head.

Throughout the series, Joan Cusack would receive considerable acclaim for her turn as the wacky, subservient Sheila, earning an Emmy nomination for each season she appeared in. Although she would never receive more than a guest credit, her most memorable storylines would include dealing with her troubled daughter Karen, having an affair with Karen’s boyfriend Jody, and marrying Frank. Her storyline came to a rather abrupt end after her house exploded in season five, resulting in her driving off in an RV, never to be seen again.

10 Frank Hires a Hitman

Always the deadbeat father, Frank experienced a slight morality check when he wasn’t invited toFiona’s wedding to Sean in season six. As a way to make up for all his shortcomings, he offered to pay for all of Fiona’s wedding expenses. Everything came to a head, however, when Sean began sleeping over at the Gallagher residence, resulting in a brutal confrontation between Fiona’s fiance and the lousy patriarch of the household. After days of Frank wearing Sean’s underwear and drinking his milk, Sean’s frustration boiled over, resulting in a fight between the two.

Frank is seen on a train attempting to pay a random guy to dispose of Sean permanently.

Although nothing would come of the exchange, the attempted assassination was out of the ordinary, even for the lowly Frank.

9 Debbie Purposely Gets Pregnant

The third youngest Gallagher, Debbie began the series as the well-intention, younger sister who still held high hopes for Frank and cared for her family, though she often found it difficult to socialize in school. In due time, she transformed from the innocent girl wise beyond her years to one of the most troublesome characters on the show, using her hardened attitude to deceive her way to whatever she desired.

In season five, Debbie’s manipulative personality crossed a line when she became enamored with Derek, a boy who taught her how to box. Wanting a perfect life with her newfound boyfriend, she purposely lies to him about being on birth control in order to become pregnant and force him into a marriage. Unfortunately, her plans fall through when Derek leaves to live with his grandmother, leaving Debs a single mother.

8 Frank Tells Carl He Has Cancer

As the delinquent troublemaker whose interests include weapons, explosives, and various money-making schemes, Carl has proven to be the most like his dear deadbeat father Frank. As a faithful member of the Gallagher family, he’s the unfortunate product of a dysfunctional upbringing, but none of his regrettable actions were deserving of the scare Frank gave him in season five.

After seeing a cancer patient receive an autographed Bulls basketball on television, Frank decides to extort the Make-A-Wish Foundation by giving them a sob story.

Shaving Carl’s head, he convinces him that he has cancer and tries to get him an autographed basketball of his own, that he can later sell for a profit. Instead, Carl is offered a free summer away at a camp for cancer patients, ruining Frank’s plans and giving Carl his own mini vacation.

7 Carl Marries Kassidi

As a way of coming up with enough cash for military school in season eight, Carl sets up his own rehabilitation center in the basement of the Gallagher home, hosting neighborhood addicts for days of withdrawal. It’s here where he first encounters Kassidi, a seemingly sociopathic teen who concocts a plan to extort money from her rich father to pay Carl’s expenses.

Soon after sparking a relationship, Kassidi’s wildly chaotic personality begins threatening Carl’s career goals. As she wanders about Chicago’s South Side doing things like Snapchatting drive-by shooting victims, Carl becomes more wary of her actions, which makes it all the more confusing that he marries her at the end of the season. The season nine premiere seems to have ended her story, however, as the character’s recent disappearance suggests that she may now be deceased.

6 Mandy Hurts Karen

As the manipulative former girlfriend of Lip, Karen was the incessantly rude daughter of the agoraphobic Sheila, who would go to extreme lengths to get her way. After she stops seeing Lip due to her marriage to Jody as well as the birth of her down syndrome son Hymie, Karen decides to start things back up with her former lover, only for Lip rejects her for Mandy.

After brazenly attempting to meddle with Lip and Mandy’s relationship, Karen receives a rude awakening when she receives a text from Lip, which is later revealed to be Mandy using Lip’s phone. Showing up to a park to meet, Karen is struck by an SUV driven by Mandy, leaving her permanently brain damaged, effectively ending her story on the series.

5 Frank Has a Twin Brother

With so many siblings running around and Frank constantly inviting himself in with his various trouble-making shenanigans, it’s impossible for the Gallaghers to keep track of everyone’s comings and goings. That’s why the existence of more Gallaghers seems completely absurd, but as the early seasons have shown, there are more family members out there.

Of all the odd Gallagher members forgotten from the early seasons, none were crazier than Jerry, Frank’s twin brother.

Ian and Lip visit Jery after their grandmother Peggy claims he owes the family $5,000. Looking just like Frank, he threatens to shoot his nephews shortly after realizing they’re after money. Since his appearance, little mention has been made of Frank’s twin or of Frank’s other siblings Clayton and Wyatt.

4 Jimmy’s Return

First appearing as Fiona’s love interest in season one, Jimmy introduced himself to the Gallagher household as Steve, a hotshot businessman who comes from money. Soon afterward, his real personality begins to shine through as Fiona discovers that he makes his money through various illegal activities. In due time, he gets engaged to the daughter of a crime lord, which leads to his supposed demise in the season three finale.

Jimmy returns at the end of season four, becoming a recurring cast member for a brief time.

In an attempt to flatter Fiona, he tries to persuade her to leave her husband Gus for him. Although his return answered questions about his fate, it still left his future up in the air, leaving many to believe his story should have ended with the season three cliffhanger.

3 Frank Lies to Butterface About Her Heart Transplant

Of all the lowdown plans Frank has concocted, perhaps nothing is more despicable than the time he began hanging out with Dottie, a former good-time girl with a heart condition. Nicknamed Butterface for her less than stellar looks, Frank discovers that Dottie is in serious need of a heart transplant, rewarding him the opportunity to weasel his way into her good graces and work his way into her will before she passes away.

Although Frank’s decision proves to be flawed, he fully commits to the scheme. While Dottie is in the shower, she gets a phone call telling her a new heart has arrived which could save her life, only Frank decides to tell the hospital that Dottie has already passed away. Later, Dottie loses her life during an intimate moment with Frank, making his actions even more awful.

2 Kev has a Baby with Veronica’s Mother

As the Gallaghers’ longtime friends, Kevin and Veronica are often the supporting comic relief of the series, though they have also proven to be the strongest lasting couple. In season three, after repeatedly failing to have a baby, V enlists her bubbly mother Carol to act as a surrogate. When Carol also fails to become pregnant, Veronica to suggests her mom and Kevin actually get intimate with each other to possibly improve their results.

In due time, Carol warms up to the idea, becoming pregnant with Kevin’s child. By happenstance, Veronica soon discovers that she too is pregnant, with twins. Nine months later, the couple are the proud parents to three newborns, only Carol decides to single-handedly raise her child on her own. After a few brief appearances, Kevin and Carol’s child is forgotten and never shown again.

1 Everything Positive About Ian and Mickey’s Relationship

As a violent street thug, Mickey Milkovich is the antithesis of the gay stereotype. Ian, whose storied history with Mickey makes up a large portion of his story in the early seasons, is the more sensitive of the couple, but his rebellious nature and struggles with bipolar disorder make him an equally multi-dimensional character.

As one of the best-written gay relationships on television in recent memory, Ian and Mickey’s story was at times chaotic. 

After his imprisonment at the end of season five, Mikey escaped from prison and fled to Mexico, tearfully leaving Ian behind. Since then, the positives of their relationship have been largely dismissed and Mickey’s absence has left a void on the show which has yet to be filled.

What other storylines does Shameless want to bury? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-09 03:10:17 – Turner Minton

Better Call Saul Season 4 Finale Ending Explained

This post contains SPOILERS for Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul’s fourth season ended with “Winner,” an exciting finale that inches the spinoff closer to its Breaking Bad roots. This year, AMC’s acclaimed drama had to followup the jaw-dropping cliffhanger of season 3, where Chuck died in a horrifying fire. That tragedy is what truly spurred Jimmy McGill’s transformation into Saul Goodman as he dealt with the consequences and aftermath of not only his brother’s death, but also his bar suspension. Over the course of the fourth season, Jimmy became more involved with the criminal underworld of Albuquerque, launching his “get-rich-quick” scheme of selling prepaid cell phones to unsavory individuals.

Elsewhere in the Saul universe, Gus Fring looked to expand his cartel operations, commissioning the construction of the famous “super lab” Walter White and Jesse Pinkman cooked in during Breaking Bad. Entrusting Mike Ehrmantraut to oversee the operation, Gus hired a group of German nationals led by Werner Ziegler. While the project was taking longer than originally planned, the crew was working diligently and hoped to have it finished soon. Of course, things hit a snag at the end of last week’s “Wiedersehen” when Werner went AWOL, leaving only a note with detailed instructions for his team. These storylines (Werner’s disappearance and Jimmy’s bar reinstatement appeal) are the crux of the finale’s narrative, with both resolving in powerful ways.

The Tragedy of Werner Ziegler

Throughout the season, Werner’s team were recurring players, frequently interacting with Mike. Early on, it looked like Kai would be the troublemaker of the group, especially after his incident with the nightclub. However, Kai turned out to be a red herring, and Werner caused the biggest headaches for Gus and Mike. Werner, of course, is far from home and dearly misses his beloved wife. Wishing to see her again, Werner pitched Mike the idea of going home for a weekend, but was denied. Since he couldn’t get his superiors’ approval, Werner took matters into his own hands and hatched a plot for a loving reunion.

“Winner” reveals Werner ran off to a resort where he planned to spend time with his wife. He made travel arrangements that would see her fly over to America for a weekend and go back home. Sadly for Werner, he never gets to see her again. Mike tracks him down and after a discussion with Gus, realizes there’s only one resolution for this setback. Allowing Werner the opportunity to call his wife and tell her to return home before Gus’ people do anything to her, Mike then (reluctantly) kills Werner. Ehrmantraut says Werner’s death will be covered up as a tragic accident and his men will be sent back. As one might expect, Gus is angered by the lack of progress on the super lab (cutting a conversation with Gale short), which he thought would be completed by now.

Related: How Better Call Saul’s (Unseen) Breaking Bad Character Connects To Jimmy

Werner clearly had no ill intent (Mike knew he was jut homesick), but when he ran off, his fate was essentially sealed. This was the second transgression Werner committed against Gus – the first being his friendly chat about construction work with bar patrons. These two incidents back-to-back made it very difficult for Gus to trust Werner moving forward, and by now, fans are well aware of Fring’s ruthlessness. Mike mentions multiple times in the episode there are other ways to go about things, but he can’t convince Gus to spare Werner’s life. No amount of begging or pleading has any effect on Gus when he’s made up his mind about something. Unfortunately for Werner, he never completely understood what he got himself into and crossed the wrong people.

Lalo also factors into this storyline, with the mysterious member of the Salamanca clan tailing Mike and trying to locate Werner for his own reasons. Lalo does discover which resort Werner is staying at and briefly speaks to the Russian over the phone, posing as one of Gus’ employees. Not knowing any better, Werner begins to tell Lalo the first couple of basic instructions for the super lab construction, before Mike arrives in person and interrupts the call. Near the end of the episode, Mike tells Gus about what happened, and it’ll be fascinating to see how this continues in season 5. Of course, Fring does not get along with the Salamancas, and despite Lalo’s cheeky offer of a peace treaty in last week’s episode, the two warring sides will continue their power struggle. Lalo is clearly curious about what Gus is up to and wants to get an upper hand for himself.

Page 2: Jimmy McGill Becomes Saul Goodman

Jimmy McGill Is Finally Saul Goodman

Jimmy’s arc in season 4 is dealing with the fallout of his felony from season 2 (tampering with Chuck’s documents) as he tries to get by in life with his one-year suspension. Picking up lawful employment at CC Mobile, he does everything he’s supposed to do to work himself back in the graces of the committee. However, last week’s episode ended with the shocking twist that Jimmy was denied reinstatement – after he was found to be insincere in his comments. Kim, as she always does, stays by Jimmy’s side to help him win the appeal. In Kim’s mind, the sincerity issue stems from Chuck and Jimmy needs to show remorse for what’s transpired.

The two forge ahead with another one of their brilliant schemes. Jimmy spends the one-year anniversary of Chuck’s death mourning at his brother’s grave. An “anonymous” donation is made to HHM to name the legal library after Chuck, with members of Jimmy’s go-to video team telling people in attendance they heard the gift was from Jimmy. It all builds up to another hearing in front of the committee, where Jimmy uses the letter Chuck left him as a weapon in his favor. After (faking) being unable to read it in place of an opening statement, Jimmy launches into a nostalgic monologue where he reminisces about his brother, talks about wanting to make Chuck proud, and credits Chuck with influencing his interest in a law career. In their celebration afterwards, Kim feels some it was truthful, but Jimmy’s reaction makes it painfully apparent it was all a show for the committee so he could get his law license back. As he prepares to sign the necessary documents, Jimmy states he’ll no longer be practicing under his legal name. Turning to a clearly shocked Kim, he closes out the season by saying, “S’all good, man.”

Related: Bob Odenkirk Responds to Fan Theory About Chuck’s Letter

At a certain time in his life, Jimmy probably aspired to be an honest, hard-working lawyer like Chuck, but the events of Better Call Saul have rendered that impossible. During a key sequence of the episode, Jimmy (as part of his sincerity scheme) sits on the board awarding scholarships in Chuck’s memory. He vouches for a student named Kristy Esposito, who received only one vote (from Jimmy) because she was found guilty of shoplifting. In that moment, Jimmy realizes that the law community at large will never accept someone with a prior record, and clearly sees himself in the young Kristy. Because of his actions in season 2, the most prominent firms in the country will always consider Jimmy a liability, no matter how much he swears he’s changed. Chasing down Kristy after the scholarship meetings, Jimmy basically lays out the Saul Goodman playbook, telling his favorite student to cut corners and to not worry about what others think (because she’ll never “make it” the traditional way).

Instead of conforming to fit within the perceived standards of the field, Jimmy gamed the system to his own advantage. He told the reinstatement committee what they wanted to hear – even though he has no intention of following through on it – and is now set to play by his own rules. In his argument with Kim on the rooftop in “Wiedersehen,” Jimmy went on the defensive about how Kim views him as “the kind of lawyer guilty people hire” and is unworthy of sharing an office with her (while she thrives at a large firm in New Mexico). Jimmy is embracing his reputation. Saul Goodman, as Breaking Bad fans know, is exactly the type of lawyer criminals hire. Howard Hamlin wouldn’t touch Walter White and Jesse Pinkman with a 10-foot pole, but Saul went into business with them, doing whatever he could to protect his clients’ rights and help them avoid jail time.

The beauty of this is how it all traces back to Chuck and recontextualizes the character of Saul Goodman. When he was introduced in the second season of Breaking Bad, he was nothing more than an entertaining side player; a riff on the “sleazy lawyer” archetype who came up with elaborate schemes to win his cases. Now, the persona is revealed as a last resort for a man who once upon a time looked up to his brother, only to have his hopes and dreams destroyed by that very same sibling. Chuck went out of his way to block Jimmy from getting a position at HHM, fearful of what “Slippin’ Jimmy with a law degree” would be capable of. He wasn’t willing to give Jimmy the benefit of the doubt, and ended up unknowingly launching the career of Albuquerque’s shadiest criminal defense attorney. Maybe if he was more accepting and loving towards Jimmy, things would have turned out differently.

It’ll be exciting to see how the confirmed fifth season picks up on this. There were already hints the Jimmy/Kim relationship was fraying (the wonderfully constructed cold open of “Something Stupid”), and the former’s new career path might be the final straw. Kim is never mentioned in Breaking Bad, so obviously something happens there. Better Call Saul correctly took the long road to get to this point, and now the possibilities for its future are wide open.

More: Better Call Saul Fills In Breaking Bad Gaps

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2018-10-08 07:10:07 – Chris Agar

Mark Ruffalo Fake Spoils Avengers 4 Title; Directors Fake Fire Him [Update]

Update: Mark Ruffalo’s bleeped Avengers 4 title is The Last Avenger

It looks like Mark Ruffalo has trolled Marvel fans with by having his Avengers 4 title spoiler bleeped out of his appearance on The Tonight Show. Ever since it was announced that the 2019 Avengers movie would no longer be titled Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 and, instead, be an entirely separate story that exists apart from 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, fans have continuously speculated what the title could be. Since Marvel plans on straying away from titles used in the comics, that leaves the door wide open for whatever the title may ultimately be.

Shortly before Infinity War released, it was reported that the reason Marvel hadn’t revealed what the Avengers 4 title was yet was that they didn’t want to spoil what happens in Infinity War. However, that notion was walked back by Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige. Furthermore, directors Anthony and Joe Russo put to rest several title rumors by saying the title wasn’t spoken at all in their 2018 Avengers movie, which shut down fan hopes that Avengers 4 would be called Endgame, thus referring to Doctor Strange’s final words before disintegrating.

Related: Rumor Says Avengers 4 Title Is Annihilation… But Is It?

It finally looked like Marvel Studios was going to reveal the title today during The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. To start with, Mark Ruffalo tweeted at Fallon this morning, asking him to remove the Avengers 4 spoiler that he “accidentally” leaked. Then, the Russo Brothers chimed in on Twitter, telling Ruffalo, “Mark, you’re fired.” Things came to a head when Ruffalo was actually going to reveal the title… but he didn’t. Instead, it got bleeped out. As it turns out, it was expert-level trolling by Ruffalo (and Marvel).

Update: Ruffalo responds to the Russos firing him, asking for a second chance.

Sure, it’s possible that people could try to make out what Ruffalo is saying, but it’s clear that this was all planned from the get-go. Marvel Studios has their marketing plan laid out, and they are merely getting people excited for that to kick off. A teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated movie is expected to debut sometime in late November (or possibly early December), but the title should release sometime before then.

Given Ruffalo’s appearance and the apparent trolling on behalf of Ruffalo/Marvel, it seems like the studio acknowledges the importance of the title itself and is willing to potentially reveal it separately. Until the Avengers 4 title is revealed, though, MCU and comic book fans will have plenty to discuss and plenty of possibilities to sift through.

Next: Chris Evans Finishes Filming On Avengers 4 Reshoots… And The MCU?

Source: The Tonight Show

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2018-10-05 10:10:44 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

How Better Call Saul’s New (Unseen) Breaking Bad Character Connects To Jimmy

This post contains SPOILERS for Better Call Saul

At long last, Better Call Saul introduced a previously unseen Breaking Bad character, and he has major connections to Saul Goodman. For the most part, AMC’s acclaimed spinoff has operated in its own corner of Vince Gilligan’s Albuquerque, primarily revolving around James McGill and his relationship with new characters like his brother Chuck and close friend/romantic partner Kim Wexler. At the same time, the creative team knows what universe they’re operating in, and haven’t been averse to throwing in some ties to Breaking Bad over the past four seasons. The one mandate is that they must feel organic to the Better Call Saul narrative, which is why we’ve yet to see Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul show up.

As viewers saw earlier in this fourth season, now that the Saul timeline is getting closer to the beginning of Breaking Bad, the connections between the two shows are becoming (slightly) more overt. We previously looked at how Saul could answer one of Breaking Bad’s most enduring mysteries, and while the past couple of episodes haven’t revealed all the minute details, they’ve definitely put Saul on the right track – setting the stage for a fascinating future.

Related: Better Call Saul Fills In More Breaking Bad Gaps

The character in question is Eduardo Salamanca, who goes by the nickname Lalo. Longtime Breaking Bad fans will recognize the name from the season 2 episode called (coincidentally) “Better Call Saul.” When Walt and Jesse kidnap Saul to intimidate him into taking a bribe, the lawyer pleads for his life, mistaking his two abductors as cartel members. Saul blames an Ignacio (who viewers now know as Nacho Varga) for whatever happened and expresses relief when he finds out Walt and Jesse weren’t sent by the mysterious Lalo. For the rest of Breaking Bad’s run, Lalo is never mentioned again.

Viewers finally have gotten a chance to meet Lalo, though his role has been quite minor so far. He made his first appearance in last week’s “Coushatta” in a last-scene cameo where he’s cooking at El Michoacáno. He informs Nacho he’s been sent by the Salamancas to keep an eye on the family business following Hector’s health issues. Lalo is featured in two scenes in this week’s “Wiedersehen.” Early in the episode, he visits Hector at the assisted living center, presenting the elder Salamanca with the famous bell he used for communication in Breaking Bad (revealing the terrifying origin story behind it). Later, Lalo goes to Los Pollos Hermanos to talk with Gus Fring, thanking Gus for saving Hector’s life and discussing the relationship between Fring and the Salamancas. It feels like Gilligan is setting the table for bigger things to come, and it’ll be interesting to see if Lalo factors into the season finale.

Since Saul knows Lalo and Nacho by name, it stands reason to believe he gets crossed up in cartel activities at some point during Better Call Saul. However, specific details will likely have to wait until the confirmed fifth season airs. In a twist, Jimmy was denied bar reinstatement, and he is going to appeal the committee’s decision. That storyline is definitely substantial enough to carry next week’s episode on its own, with Jimmy and Kim working together to iron out a strategy. Fans know Saul is practicing the law in Breaking Bad, so Jimmy gets his license back sooner or later. Perhaps then, he’ll become aware of the infamous Lalo.

More: Better Call Saul’s Flashforwards May Be Set Before Walter White’s Death

Better Call Saul airs Mondays on AMC.

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2018-10-01 07:10:01 – Chris Agar