Avengers & X-Men Join Forces for Massive Animated Endgame Trailer

This Avengers: Endgame animated trailer sees Earth’s Mightiest Heroes come together with the X-Men. It’s going to be a huge year for Marvel fans on the big screen with the Phase 3 finale rolling out later this month, marking the end of MCU’s The Infinity Saga and subsequently beginning a brand new chapter in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Other than that it’s unknown what the future holds for the franchise, but there’s no scarcity of possibilities now that the mutants are back with Marvel.

Following Dinsey’s acquisition of Fox’s TV and movie assets, the film rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four and all tie-in characters have reverted back to Marvel. That means that Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige can now use these heroes in the MCU however they see fit. While there’s no official word yet as to what fans can expect of from the mutants joining MCU, many are already excited for what’s to come – some of them even hoping that the X-Men will somehow join the ongoing fight against Thanos. This idea is brought to life in a brand new fan-made trailer for Endgame.

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Courtesy of YouTube content creator Darth Blender comes an animated Endgame trailer imagining what the Joe and Anthony Russo film would be like if the mutants were in the mix. Using footage from three different animated series – 2010’s The Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, 2009’s Wolverine and The X-Men, and 2015’s Guardians of the Galaxy TV series – the clip runs for two and half minutes and incorporates the mutants in the Avengers’ upcoming battle against Thanos. Fans are digging the mash-up, and some are even expressing their eagerness to watch the aforementioned animated series after watching the fan-made trailer video. Watch the full video below:

Fans’ anticipation for seeing the X-Men in the franchise is understandable considering that for the longest time, the two pockets of Marvel live-action media have been separated, hindering people from seeing faithful adaptations of certain comics stories on the big screen. However, bringing them into the MCU also means saying goodbye to the former and present crop of actors playing these heroes, with X-Men: Dark Phoenix being the final movie in the X-Men saga. Initial reports suggest that only Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool franchise will be carried over to Disney – and even that still poses a lot of questions considering his R-rated films. This is a bummer for those who genuinely loved Fox’s take on the mutants, not to mention the brilliant ensemble they current have with actors such as James McAvoy playing Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto.

Chances of the X-Men rubbing elbows with the Avengers in Avengers: Endgame is very slim, which is why many are just hoping for a tease of their arrival in the film’s post-credit scene. While that’s definitely exciting, it’s probably for the best that the film skip anything related to the mutants so as not to take away the focus on everything that Marvel Studios has built over the last 10 years. The focus should be on the MCU’s heroes, particularly its founding members. The X-Men and Fantastic Four will definitely have their own time to shine in the universe soon.

More: Dark Phoenix Star Doesn’t Want a Storm & Black Panther Romance in the MCU

Source: Darth Blender

2019-04-07 11:04:07

Ana Dumaraog

Bond 25 Will Film A Massive Action Sequence in Southern Italy

Bond 25 is reportedly headed to Southern Italy to film a massive action sequence. The next installment in the long running 007 series sees Daniel Craig returning for his fifth go-around as British super-spy James Bond. True Detective season 1 helmer Cary Fukunaga has jumped aboard as director after Danny Boyle exited the film.

Full casting details on the next Bond adventure are not yet known, but it has been reported that Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek is up for a villain role in the film. In fact, Malek reportedly has worked out a way to appear in Bond 25 while still filming on the fourth and final season of Mr. Robot. It was also recently revealed that the film is going under the working title “Shatterhand,” leading to speculation that Christoph Waltz’s villainous Blofeld will be back in some way (Shatterhand being one of the character’s aliases) even though Waltz has indicated he will not return.

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The latest bit of Bond 25 news reported by Variety reveals one of the filming locations for the upcoming movie. In typical globe-trotting Bond fashion, the movie will head to the Southern Italy town of Matera to shoot an action sequence. The scene is described as being similar to the opening segment of Spectre, which was set in Mexico City during the the Day of the Dead. It is of course traditional for every Bond film to begin with a prologue action sequence that is not necessarily directly related to the rest of the movie. Shooting in Matera is expected to happen in July, with 500 production people involved.

Italy has in fact become a favored location of Bond films in recent years, with Spectre featuring a boat chase on the Tiber River in Rome and Quantum of Solace a car chase through various locales including the town of Siena. The Bond tradition of shooting in Italy actually started way back with 1963’s From Russia Which Love, which was partly set in Venice. Bond would return to Italian territory in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me for a sequence set in Sardinia, then would return to Venice for 1979’s Moonraker. 1981’s For Your Eyes Only featured the Italian village of Cortina. Bond would not return to Italy again until Daniel Craig’s first go-around in 2006’s Casino Royale, which again featured Venice as well as Lake Como.

Bond movie producers seemingly love squeezing an Italian vacation into their shooting schedule, but of course there will also be a lot of hard work done as the production mounts what will no doubt be a huge and elaborate action sequence as part of Bond 25. Few details about the film are known, but it’s clear the movie will continue the tradition of globe hopping adventure that has been a hallmark of Bond since the very start.


Source: Variety

2019-03-09 01:03:24

Dan Zinski

12 Christmas Movies That Completely Flopped (And 13 That Were Massive Hits)

Every December, millions of families around the country like to sit down and watch a Christmas movie. It’s a way of spending time together, while also doing something to get into the mood of the season. For many, heading out to the cinema on Christmas itself is an annual tradition. December 25th is actually one of the biggest movie-going days of the year, believe it or not. There are, of course, also dozens of holiday films available on DVD and Blu-ray. Some cable channels even run 24-hour marathons.

Each year brings at least one or two new titles designed specifically to draw crowds of people who are ready to get fully into the holiday spirit. The cinematic marketplace is crowded between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, though, so for these Christmas movies to survive, they really need to deliver the goods. Over the years, some of them were huge blockbusters that played to sold-out crowds and reaped impressive grosses. The ones that couldn’t pass muster ended up playing to a few lonely theater patrons before quickly being shuttled off to home video.

We’ve got a breakdown of Christmas movies that were smash hits and others that were busts. In each case, we’ll provide some context to explain why they hit or missed. The financial totals listed are domestic grosses from Box Office Mojo, the leading website for such data and statistics. They keep track of such things from 1982 on, so all the titles on this list were released after that year.

Here are 12 Christmas Movies That Completely Flopped (And 13 That Were Massive Hits).

25 Massive Hit: Bad Santa (2003)

Most Christmas movies are nice, wholesome family affairs. There traditionally hasn’t been a whole lot for viewers who actively try to be on the “naughty” list. Perhaps that’s why Bad Santa caught on so well.

Billy Bob Thornton stars as Willie, a con artist with a substance abuse problem who poses as a department store Santa in order to commit robberies. His life changes when he meets an outcast little boy who won’t leave him alone. The film is packed with profanity and crude humor. Bad Santa made $60 million, and spawned a 2016 sequel that bombed at the box office.

24 Flopped: Prancer (1989)

Prancer is about a young girl who stumbles across a wounded reindeer that she thinks might belong to Santa Claus. She nurses it back to health, helping to spread Christmas cheer to everyone around her in the process.

The idea of making a movie about a reindeer other than Rudolph was relatively clever. Unfortunately for Prancer, the studio opted to open it the same weekend as two other high-profile family movies — All Dogs Go to Heaven and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. With so much competition for the same audience, something had to tank, and this was it. Prancer only grossed $18 million.

23 Massive Hit: Jingle All the Way (1996)

In the 1980s, parents literally fought each other in the aisles of stores, trying to get their hands on Cabbage Patch Kids dolls for their children. This scenario was horrific, but also darkly funny. It provided the basis for the comedy Jingle All the Way.

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a dad determined to get an elusive Turbo Man action figure for his son. This means running all over town and trying to outsmart other parents also struggling to get one. Sinbad co-stars as a fellow father desperate for a present. Jingle All the Way‘s satire of consumerism led it to a cheery $60 million gross back in ’96.

22 Flopped: Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

Five years before his directorial breakthrough, Bridesmaids, Paul Feig made a Christmas family comedy called Unaccompanied Minors. It’s the story of a bunch of kids snowed in at an airport on Christmas Eve. They get into all kinds of wacky shenanigans as they attempt to amuse themselves.

Although there’s some potential in the premise, the movie’s reliance on slapstick comedy makes it feel like a bad Nickelodeon sitcom at times. The situations the kids get into are also so implausible that they inspire more eye rolls than laughs. Unaccompanied Minors consequently earned a weak $16 million.

21 Massive Hit: Scrooged (1988)

The story of Ebenzer Scrooge has been told time and again on the big screen. Scrooged, which brought in a healthy $60 million in 1988, put an original twist on the idea by making it a hip comedy.

Bill Murray plays Frank Cross, a cynical television executive whose life is changed after being visited by three entities on Christmas Eve. One of them, the Ghost of Christmas Present (played by Carol Kane), literally beats some sense into him at one point. Murray’s hilarious performance and a sharp satiric screenplay made Scrooged a must-see for people who wanted edgier yuletide fare.

20 Flopped: Black Christmas (2006)

Bob Clark’s 1974 horror film Black Christmas has become a cult favorite over the years. It’s the story of a maniac tormenting a bunch of sorority sisters on Christmas Eve. In 2006, X-Files writer/producer Glen Morgan remade it with a hip cast of up-and-coming actress, including Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Michelle Trachtenberg.

In a major blunder, the studio released Black Christmas on Christmas Day in 2006 — a time when people are feeling warm and happy, and not especially in the mood for bloody horror. A slightly earlier date probably would have helped it make more than $16 million.

19 Massive Hit: The Nightmare Before Christmas (2003)

The makers of The Nightmare Before Christmas would probably tell you it’s a Halloween movie, not a Christmas movie. The truth is that it works as both. This stop-motion animated masterpiece tells the tale of Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town, trying to “upgrade” by taking over Christmas.

The Nightmare Before Christmas earned a respectable $50 million in 1993. After home video turned it into a holiday classic, five theatrical re-releases occurred between 2000 and 2009, four of which were a 3D-converted version. They boosted its lifetime take to an awesome $75 million, not adjusted for inflation.

18 Flopped: All I Want For Christmas (1991)

All I Want For Christmas tells the story of two kids, Hallie (Thora Birch) and Ethan (Ethan Embry), who try to get their divorced parents back together with the help of a department store Santa, played by Leslie Nielsen.

Divorce is kind of a downer subject for a Christmas movie, which likely diminished the interest of the young audience at which it was aimed. Lousy reviews didn’t help either. All I Want For Christmas has an abysmal 0% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. It limped away from theaters with just $14 million.

17 Massive Hit: Four Christmases (2008)

Unlike most of the other hits on this list, Four Christmases hasn’t really taken on the status of modern holiday classic. It was a massive success upon its initial release, though, raking in $120 million and staying in theaters from November to February.

Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn play a married couple trying to visit their respective divorced parents in one day. All kinds of crazy things take place. The two stars were at the height of their popularity in 2008 and audiences loved seeing them together.

16 Flopped: One Magic Christmas (1985)

It’s rare for Disney to have a flop with a Christmas movie, yet they had a big one with 1985’s One Magic Christmas. Mary Steenburgen plays a woman who wishes she had never been born. Guardian angel Harry Dean Stanton shows up to help her see how bad things would be if she never existed.

The problem with this movie is that it’s a great big downer. Among other things, it involves a bank robbery shooting, some stolen children, and a car accident. No one wants to be depressed at Christmas time. The somber tone of One Magic Christmas caused it to stall out at $13 million.

15 Massive Hit: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

When National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation came out on Dec. 1, 1989, the general assumption was that the series had run its course. The less-than-satisfying European Vacation seemingly wore out everyone’s goodwill toward the Griswold family. That assumption was wrong.

An in-his-prime Chevy Chase earned major laughs, while the screenplay recaptured the sharpness of the original Vacation. Audiences identified with the spoofing of yuletide stress. The movie revitalized the franchise, becoming its highest earner, at $71 million. Christmas Vacation was also the 15th biggest hit of 1989, and evolved into an annual must-watch in many homes.

14 Flopped: I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1998)

There was a period in the ’90s when Hollywood worked overtime to make Jonathan Taylor Thomas a movie star. None of his film work came even remotely close to matching his TV success on Home Improvement, though. That includes his starring vehicle I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

The actor portrays a college student stranded in the desert and trying to make his way home in time for the holiday. Bad reviews, which cited the story’s plot contrivances and weak dialogue, doubtlessly contributed to the poor box office performance. Even JTT’s fan base stayed away, resulting in a $12 million gross.

13 Massive Hit: Die Hard (1988)

There’s a long-standing debate among movie fans as to whether or not Die Hard is considered a Christmas movie. For the record, it absolutely is.

Bruce Willis earned a then-record $5 million payday to play John McClane, a cop who tries to save his wife after the office Christmas party she’s attending is hijacked by criminals. Packed with wall-to-wall action and a plot that continually makes you ask yourself what you would do in McClane’s situation, Die Hard sucked viewers in to the tune of $83 million, launching an entire franchise in the process.

12 Flopped: Surviving Christmas (2004)

Surviving Christmas has an utterly preposterous plot. Ben Affleck plays a millionaire who returns to his childhood home and pays the people now living there to spend the holiday with him. James Gandolfini co-stars as the new owner, who can’t stand his rich houseguest.

It’s not hard to understand why Surviving Christmas didn’t appeal to audiences. It’s ninety minutes of people being mean and spiteful to each other, followed by an unearned “heartwarming” message at the end. Not even the star wattage of Affleck and Gandolfini could propel this cynical mess beyond $11 million.

11 Massive Hit: Elf (2003)

If Old School was the movie that opened the door to Will Ferrell’s movie career, Elf is the one that kicked that door right off its hinges. This $173 million-grossing blockbuster opened in second place behind The Matrix Revolutions, but significantly out-performed it in the long run.

Ferrell plays Buddy, a human raised as an elf at the North Pole. He goes in search of his true identity, only to have a hard time fitting in to the real world. Buoyed by Ferrell’s hysterical performance and a ton of quotable lines, Elf turned into one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time.

10 Flopped: Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

Nothing Like the Holidays centers around a family living in Chicago. They assemble for a Christmas celebration during which mom (Elizabeth Pena) drops the bombshell that she’s divorcing dad (Alfred Molina), and everyone flies into a panic.

It’s rare for a major studio movie to feature an almost exclusively-Latin cast. Given the overall lack of representation, there’s something a bit surprising about the fact that Nothing Like the Holidays couldn’t get beyond $7 million. Then again, it was from Overture Films, a small distributor that didn’t have a ton of marketing muscle.

9 Massive Hit: The Polar Express (2004)

Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis adapted Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book The Polar Express in 2004. He used innovative motion capture technology to allow Tom Hanks to play a computer-generated version of himself. The story finds a young boy hopping conductor Hanks’ train to the North Pole.

Although some complained the CGI people fell into the “uncanny valley” — meaning they were just realistic enough to be kind of creepy — the majority of audiences bought into the movie’s sense of fantasy. Multiple re-releases, including some in IMAX and 3D, helped propel The Polar Express to a lifetime gross of $186 million.

8 Flopped: Miracle on 34th St. (1994)

The late film critic Gene Siskel used to say that Hollywood should never remake a classic, they should remake movies that didn’t get it right the first time instead. The makers of Miracle on 34th St. should have heeded that lesson.

The 1947 original is considered one of the definitive Christmas classics. Nevertheless, writer/producer John Hughes put together a remake of the story in which a little girl ends up in court, trying to prove that a guy claiming to be Santa Claus is the real deal. The paltry $17 million take indicates that people preferred to just stay home and watch the old black-and-white version.

7 Massive Hit: The Santa Clause (1994)

What turned The Santa Clause into a smash hit that amassed $144 million (or the equivalent of $315 million in today’s dollars)? The presence of Tim Allen, whose Home Improvement was one of the hottest TV shows at the time, is a likely factor. An even bigger one is its ingenious premise.

Allen plays a guy who accidentally eliminates Santa and is then forced to take over his job. The Santa Clause devises answers for the classic questions of how Santa visits all the homes in the world in one night and how he fits down chimneys. That was an irresistible hook. Two less-inspired sequels followed.

6 Flopped: The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

Unlike most of the Christmas flops on this list, The Man Who Invented Christmas is considered a good movie. It boasts an 80% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, yet it made just $5 million at the box office. Dan Stevens plays Charles Dickens in this movie which details, with some embellishments, how the author devised and wrote A Christmas Carol. 

A crowded marketplace is the obvious culprit for the failure of The Man Who Invented Christmas. The distributor opened this small picture on Thanksgiving weekend, when bigger movies like Justice League and Pixar’s Coco dominated moviegoers’ attention.

5 Massive Hit: Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins made $148 million in 1984. That’s the equivalent of $403 million today. Add in a 1985 re-release, and the latter total jumps to $415 million. That’s big money for a Christmas-set movie, especially one that opened not in December, but at the beginning of June.

Director Joe Dante’s film about furry little creatures run amok over the holiday appealed to both adults and children, although the graphic nature of its violence helped usher in the creation of the PG-13 rating, following reports of youngsters frightened by the sight of a gremlin in a microwave.

4 Flopped: Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas (2014)

After his ’80s TV show Growing Pains went off the air and his attempt at mainstream movie stardom failed, Kirk Cameron turned his attention to Christian entertainment. He’s found success there, Saving Christmas notwithstanding.

The actor essentially plays himself. When his brother-in-law becomes disillusioned by the over-commercialization of Christmas, Kirk steps in to argue that all the pomp and circumstance of the holiday is Biblically-inspired. Critics found that message bizarre, and even a bit hypocritical. Apparently audiences did, too. Saving Christmas, which has 0% at Rotten Tomatoesbottomed out with only $2 million.

3 Massive Hit: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas was a landmark animated TV special that millions of children grew up watching each year. In 2000, director Ron Howard made a live-action version of it, with Jim Carrey in the lead role. The novelty of that idea worked. The movie dominated the end-of-year box office, making an astonishing $260 million.

Although it featured real people, the whole look of the film was cartoonish. Carrey, of course, fit right into that. Desire to see him as the Grinch helped the film stay stop the charts for four straight weeks and play through the end of February 2001.

2 Flopped: The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has long been associated with Christmas. Director Andrei Konchalovsky’s film The Nutcracker in 3D, on the other hand, has been forgotten, except by aficionados of bad movies.

This misguided film is aimed at children, yet contains some truly creepy content. The villain, known as the Rat King, is surprisingly fearsome. His uniformed troops throw living toys into a furnace and generally frighten people. Another problem was the retrofitted 3D, which made the film look murky. Critics warned parents away, and The Nutcracker in 3D earned a pathetic $195,435.

1 Massive Hit: Home Alone (1990)

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the highest-grossing Christmas movie ever made is Home Alone. Its $285 million take in 1990 would amount to $619 million today.

As an indicator of just how big Home Alone was, consider that it held the #1 spot at the box office for twelve straight weeks — an almost unheard of run. Additionally, it stayed in theaters until the end of June 1991. The film also spawned two theatrical sequels, one that went straight-to-DVD, and one made for the ABC Family Channel. More than twenty-five years later, families continue to enjoy the film’s mix of slapstick humor and holiday cheer.

What’s your favorite Christmas movie? What’s your least favorite? Give us your choices in the comments.

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2018-12-04 02:12:20

8 Prequels That Completely Flopped (And 22 That Became Massive Hits)

It’s become more and more common that movies are being set up to have sequels during their development stages. Larger, connected universes are becoming more and more of the norm. This is nothing new, but it’s fascinating when you realize that there are a large number of prequels currently in development.

Sequels are always going to be popular, since they continue a story after it’s ended, but sometimes looking back to the origins of different characters can be an even more worthwhile experience. Even now, there are prequel movies for the Kingsman series, SpongeBob SquarePants, and even The Sopranos in development. The Transformers prequel spinoff, Bumblebee, is also fast approaching.

Prequels may have a lot of appeal, but they also face a lot of pressure, since fans tend to have high expectations. Prequels are often created because sequels can’t be done or because the original cast isn’t interested in returning. Prequels can be tough, but when they’re given the proper opportunity, they can sometimes shed light on crucial parts of a story that fans wouldn’t have otherwise known about.

With that said, here are the 8 Prequels That Completely Flopped (And 22 That Became Massive Hits)!

30 Massive Hit: Amityville II: The Possession

The original The Amityville Horror became a pillar of the haunted house subgenre of horror, and so it didn’t come as a surprise when a slew of sequels followed in the wake of the original’s success. Amityville II: The Possession adopts an interesting approach, as it actually explains the events around the first family that perishes in the infamous house, the Montellis.

It’s not a bad concept, but the movie is incredibly dark and hopeless. The movie doesn’t have the best reputation in the franchise, but it still turned a profit of $7.5 million off of its modest $5 million budget.

29 Massive Hit: Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

Some prequels dig into unanswered questions from the original movies that demanded answers, while others can be just blatant crash grabs that take advantage of a property’s popularity. There was no need to tell the origin story for the fun, lowbrow comedy, Dumb & Dumberer, and yet a prequel was made anyway.

Without Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, these dopey characters don’t connect nearly as well. The movie even feels a little less relevant now that an actual to Dumb & Dumberer has been made. In spite of these concessions, When Harry Met Lloyd turned out a legitimate profit. The movie doubled its budget at the box office.

28 Completely Flopped: The Thing (2011)

John Carpenter’s The Thing remains a horror classic to this day, so people were rightfully suspicious when a remake was announced. The year 2011’s The Thing doesn’t hold a candle to the original movie, but it deserves some credit for how it functions as both a remake and a prequel to the original. It even subtly connects some dots from the 1982 film.

This modern take would go on to lose $6.5 million, since it only made $31.5 million at the box office off of its $38 million budget. The funny thing is that this movie technically made more money than the original, but the budget on John Carpenter’s movie was a lot smaller ($15 million).

27 Massive Hit: Hannibal Rising

Hannibal Lecter has been at the top of “Best Villains” lists for decades. Anthony Hopkins gave the character horrifying life, and ever since Silence of the Lambs, there’s been a real desire for more of this cannibalistic monster.

Thomas Harris was pressured to write more Hannibal Lecter stories, and the result was Hannibal Rising, an unnecessary prequel that looks at the character’s formative childhood years. Naturally, a movie followed suit, and even though it made a profit off of the public’s morbid fascination with the idea, critics attacked the movie and it was not considered “good.” In spite of the negative reviews, though, the $50 million movie would make $82.2 million at the box office.

26 Massive Hit: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

The 2003 remake of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre turned out to be such a success that they were eager to monopolize on this popularity and build a new franchise. This led to the release of a prequel in 2006, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, that looks into the grimy, developmental years of the twisted Hewitt family, specifically the young Leatherface.

The movie mixes morbid backstory with a conventional slasher tropes that are set against the events of the Vietnam War. The film isn’t seen as a high mark in the franchise, but the movie tripled its budget at the box office and was a commercial success.

25 Completely Flopped: Mallrats

Mallrats is Kevin Smith’s second movie, but it actually takes place a day before the events of Clerks and is technically a prequel to Smith’s previous movie. Mallrats follows Quint and Brodie, two slackers who go through a number of schemes at the local mall, all in the name of love. Mallrats shows Smith continuing to refine his style and slowly develop his growing “Askewniverse.”

Smith made Mallrats on a meager budget of $6.1 million, but it only brought in $2.1 million at the box office, which was a considerable hit for Smith following the success of Clerks. Smith would properly regroup and deliver a critical and commercial winner with his next movie, Chasing Amy.

24 Massive Hit: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Snow White and the Huntsman got a lot of attention due to the behind-the-scenes drama involving the movie’s director, Rupert Sanders, and the movie’s star, Kristen Stewart. The film turned out to be a hit, but to avoid more drama, the future of the franchise instead decided to focus on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character. The prequel would also be set before Snow White ever enters the picture.

Accordingly, The Huntsman: Winter’s War takes a very Game of Thrones approach to its story and capitalizes on the royal politics and power plays that take place within the kingdom. This angel appeared to work, but barely, as the $115 million movie made $165 million at the box office.

23 Massive Hit: The Scorpion King

Before Tom Cruise attempted to breathe new life into The Mummy, the Brendan Fraser-led franchise saw a huge amount of success. The quirky movie turned into a huge franchise that explored many different characters.

For instance, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s turn as series villain, the Scorpion King, proved to be so popular that he was even given his own prequel movie and parallel series. This was an early glimpse into just how much star power Dwayne Johnson has, since the movie brought in $165.3 million on a budget of $60 million. Clearly a lot of people wanted to watch The Rock lead an action movie.

22 Completely Flopped: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

After the cancelation of David Lynch’s television phenomenon, Twin Peaks, he decided to follow-up the series with a feature movie. However, rather than answering the many lingering questions that remained, Lynch instead opted to tell a melancholy prequel story that looked at the final week of Laura Palmer’s life and the events that lead into the television show.

The movie delivers a crushing character study that’s pure Lynch, but it’s not what mainstream fans of the show were expecting. This translated to a small box office return and the movie lost over $5 million. Fire Walk With Me may technically have been a failure when it was released, but it has only become more popular over time.

21 Massive Hit: Red Dragon

The sequel to Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, had a spotty reception with critics and audiences alike, but viewers still seemed hungry for more of Hannibal Lecter. As a result, Thomas Harris’ first novel in the Hannibal Lecter saga, Red Dragon, was adapted with Ed Norton in the lead as Will Graham.

The results were an awkward, uneven movie that tries to find excuses to inject Lecter into the narrative (granted, Lecter was also growing older at this point). The film may be a weak final product, but it made $209.1 million at the box office, which was more than double of its $78 million budget.

20 Massive Hit: Alien vs Predator

Fans had been clamoring for a crossover epic between the Alien and Predator series for ages, so it surprised a lot of viewers when Alien vs Predator actually came out. Due to the excitement that was built up around this showdown, it was pretty clear that this movie was going to make money, even if it was a complete disaster.

While Alien vs Predator isn’t a complete failure, it is a giant mess that largely squanders its potential and angers two fervent fanbases in the process. It even had a PG-13 rating. In spite of the negative reception, though, the movie made a whopping $172.5 million on a $60 million budget.

19 Massive Hit: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name Trilogy remains a high mark of the Western genre. The movies all feature breathtaking cinematography, incredible scores, and minimalist performances from Eastwood that helped make him famous.

The concluding chapter in the saga, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly is often considered to be the strongest of the three movies, but many don’t realize that it’s also a prequel since it’s set during the Civil War. The movie made $25.1 million in North America, but the film’s budget was only $1.2 million.

18 Completely Flopped: Butch And Sundance: The Early Days

It’s always a little disheartening when a classic movie gets a lazy prequel that cheapens the original movie’s legacy. George Roy Hill’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a beloved piece of cinema. Ten years after its release, this prequel was put together, and both of the movie’s iconic roles were recast.

The film looks at the outlaws’ exploits before they become notorious, but it never really justifies its existence. Audiences responded accordingly and the movie only brought in around $5 million on a budget of $9 million, effectively making it a dud.

17 Massive Hit: Paranormal Activity 3

The whole reason why the Paranormal Activity franchise became such a huge hit was due to the fact that the movies could be made with a very small, micro-budget due to their found footage-look. With each new film, the franchise became increasingly intricate.

When it came time for Paranormal Activity 3, thoughthe franchise decided to go back to 1988 to look at the initial paranormal events that roped in Kristi and Katie. It’s a smart approach that respects the series’ continuity and takes place before the series is running on fumes. Paranormal Activity 3 made a profit of $202 million off of its $5 million budget.

16 Massive Hit: X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class began as Matthew Vaughn’s attempt to reboot the franchise and get away from the fallout of X-Men: The Last Stand. Vaughn’s work with First Class would prove to be so impressive that it would not only reinvigorate the public’s interest in the series, but also incorporate and re-frame the original movie trilogy in a brilliant way.

­X-Men: First Class looks at the genesis of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr’s friendship and the actions they take that will eventually define the ­X-Men series. The movie, which is set during the Cold War, effectively puts the series back on track. The film brought in $353.6 million off of a budget that was somewhere between $140-160 million.

15 Completely Flopped: Pan

Joe Wright’s Pan is an ambitious, flashy spectacle, but it’s interesting to note how audiences weren’t completely onboard with the new story. Pan functions as an origin story for the whimsical Peter Pan and depicts his induction into the fantasy land and his early friendship with Hook as they take on the enemy pirate, Blackbeard.

Pan cost $150 million to make and it was panned by both critics and audiences alike. The movie still brought in $128.4 million, but that amounted to a loss for the studio and no other Peter Pan adventures would be pursued after.

14 Massive Hit: The Godfather Part II

The Godfather Part II is widely heralded as one of the best sequels of all time, but due to the movie’s bifurcated narrative, it also functions as a prequel that explores a young Vito Corleone as he takes up a life of crime. The Godfather Part II wisely plays with Michael Corleone’s present and his father’s past, and juxtaposes the similar paths that the two took and their many differences.

It’s a great character study, and because of this, the movie made somewhere between $47.5-57.3 million in North America off of its modest $13 million budget. Audiences learned that it’s important to never go against the family and to trust in this prequel.

13 Massive Hit: Annabelle

The Conjuring connected cinematic universe has turned into one of the most profitable horror series of all time, and after the runaway success of James Wan’s two Conjuring movies, the series began looking at strong directions for spin-offs series.

The creepy doll, Annabelle, that made a strong impression in The Conjuring, was the first to get its own series. Annabelle turns back the clock and looks at the doll’s evil roots and the family that she plagued before the Warrens gained possession of her. Overall, many fans saw it as one of the weaker Conjuring movies, but it was still a huge success at the box office, making $257 million off of a budget of $6.5 million. 

12 Massive Hit: Prometheus

There was a lot of excitement when Ridley Scott announced that he’d be returning to the Alien franchise, albeit with a series of stories set far before the events of the original movie. Prometheus certainly has ties and makes references to Alien, but it’s much more cerebral and spiritual than the outright horror film Alien.

Prometheus digs into mankind’s very existence and answers some very heady questions, while also establishing a deep mythology. Prometheus connected with critics and audiences alike for the most part, and because of this, the movie brought in $403.4 million at the box office from a budget that was somewhere between $120-130 million.

11 Completely Flopped: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For operates as both a prequel and a sequel and weaves a complicated timeline. The first Sin City proved to be a colossal success and fans were eager for a sequel. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller eventually gave the viewers what they wanted, but it happened nearly a decade after the original movie’s release.

What was once cutting edge was now no longer impressive and the magic of the first movie had largely worn off. The film only brought in a little over half of its $65 million budget at the box office, and it became clear that there’d be no third Sin City movie.

10 Massive Hit: Oz The Great And Powerful

Properties like Wicked helped show that prequels to The Wizard of Oz can work under the right circumstances. There were some reservations in place when Sam Raimi announced that he’d be tackling a prequel with James Franco set to play Oz, however.

The creative filmmaker really latched onto Baum’s rich world and created a loving companion piece to the original classic. Oz The Great and Powerful isn’t perfect, but it has fun with its characters. The movie received a mixed reception, but it still saw impressive box office returns. It made over double its $200 million budget at the box office, bringing in $493.3 million.

9 Massive Hit: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

For all intents and purposes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is meant to be a reboot of the famous Planet of the Apes franchise. That being said, it could also be argued that this movie works as a prequel to the original franchise, since the movie is set before apes take over the planet.

The film takes the boiled down approach to look at one ape, Caesar, and his development, hinting at how apes will grow to take over mankind. Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ new direction proved to be a tremendous success, as it made $481.8 million at the box office and would go on to spawn its own trilogy.

8 Massive Hit: Puss In Boots

The Puss in Boots character from the Shrek franchise proved to be so popular that he was given his own series of movies that would allow the unscrupulous character to meet his full potential. Puss in Boots is set before the feline character ever encounters Shrek, but the movie is a mostly self-contained caper that comes down to friendship in the end.

Puss in Boots proved that the character could survive on his own, and much like the Shrek movies, it  immediately found commercial success. The $130 million film made $555 million at the box office, bringing in a profit of over $400 million.

7 Completely Flopped: The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas

The first Flintstones live-action feature movie was a weird example of lightning in a bottle, since the fun setting and sublime casting turned out to be a success. The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas came out six years later, and even though it retained the original movie’s director, the entire cast was changed and the energy wasn’t as electric the second time around.

The movie tells the story of how Fred and Wilma first meet and begin their romance. It’s a fun angle, but it wasn’t enough for audiences. The film made just under $60 million off of its $83 million budget, which meant that it took a significant hit.

6 Massive Hit: Monsters University

Pixar sequels are always wildly successful, but Monsters University decided to buck the norm by delivering a prequel adventure instead. Monsters University looks at how beloved monsters Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became friends in the first place, with the entire thing set against a frat comedy that’s somehow the perfect fit for a kids’ movie.

Monsters University doesn’t disappoint and finds a worthwhile, engaging story for the return of these characters. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the $200 million movie would make $744.2 million at the box office, leading to a profit of over half a billion dollars.

5 Massive Hit: Casino Royale

The James Bond series has been an institution for decades, but Casino Royale turned out to be a formative movie for the franchise. Not only did it introduce the world to Daniel Craig’s take on the character, but it also went back to James Bond’s roots and examined his origin story, which is something that the previous movies had never done before.

Casino Royale marks a more mature Bond film that’s carried the same momentum to this day and is still felt. Casino Royale made a big impression on audiences and brought in $600 million at the box office off of its $150 million budget.

4 Massive Hit: The Hobbit Trilogy

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy became touchstone movies for the fantasy genre, so many people were excited when it turned out that he’d also be adapting Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Reception became a little more mixed, though, when it was revealed that The Hobbit would span a trilogy of films and that these movies would use an abundance of CGI.

Despite their mixed reception and the drop in quality after Lord of the Rings, the movies still collectively brought in nearly $3 billion at the box office on a combined budget of $782 million. The movies were huge commercial successes.

3 Completely Flopped: Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist

The story behind the prequel to The Exorcist is a sad case of overbearing studio meddling. Paul Schrader began work on an Exorcist prequel, but when the studio thought that it wasn’t overtly scary enough, they hired Renny Harlin to take over and do his own version of the project.

Harlin released Exorcist: The Beginning, which made money, but was a critical failure. Accordingly, the studio decided to finish and release Schrader’s movie to try and recoup losses, putting out Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist. However, the film had an extremely limited theatrical release, as it was only played on 110 screens, so it only made $251,495 at the box office on its $30 million budget.

2 Massive Hit: Star Wars Episodes I-III

The Star Wars prequel trilogy has a very negative reputation both among the Star Wars community and the general public. It was undeniably exciting when George Lucas announced this trilogy, but the movies are plagued with issues and seem to have frustrated fans more than genuinely pleased anyone (though they were not without their strong moments and performances).

Even though the movies are mocked in present day, it’s hard to deny their box office appeal. The films collectively brought in nearly $2.5 billion at the box office, while the combined budget of the trilogy was only $343 million. Lucas clearly knew how to turn out a profit.

1 Massive Hit: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

Steven Spielberg struck gold with Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, and it was clear that more exciting adventures with Harrison Ford’s suave archaeologist were imminent. The next movie in the series, The Temple of Doom, is an undeniably pulpier film that really lays on the serial-inspired action tropes.

The movie also happens to be a prequel, as it technically takes place before the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s not a crucial detail that’s fundamental to enjoying the movie, but it’s interesting to note its chronology. Temple of Doom had a modest budget of $28.2 million and would make a staggering $333.1 million at the box office.

Are there any other prequels that became massive hits or flopped? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-12-03 01:12:41

Black Panther 2 Moving Forward With Ryan Coogler Set to Write & Direct

Ryan Coogler is confirmed to return to write and direct Black Panther 2. Marvel Studios found massive success earlier this year with the launch of Black Panther. It was the first MCU movie to star a person of color in Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. The movie featured almost an entirely black cast and wound up receiving rave reviews, in addition to earning over $1 billion at the box office.

Due to the success, there’s been heavy speculation about the status of a sequel. There’s been no official word from Marvel Studios about where the movie stood, let alone the status of the film’s cast. However, the biggest focus for many was whether or not writer-director Ryan Coogler would return.

Related: Michael B. Jordan Open to Black Panther 2 Return

THR has now confirmed that Ryan Coogler is indeed returning to Wakanda. They’ve confirmed that he’ll write and direct Black Panther 2 for Marvel Studios. Production is currently expected to get started in late 2019 or early 2020.

Coogler returning to direct Black Panther 2 has been expected for some time, but now it is nice to finally have the confirmation that he’s returning. He’d signed up for other projects since Black Panther hit theaters, so he took his time deciding to return to Wakanda. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously said he wanted Coogler to make the sequel. They’re doing just that with this announcement, as they may have wanted to get the sequel moving even quicker because of just how big of a hit the original was.

Now that Coogler is locked in for Black Panther 2, the hope to shoot the sequel in late 2019 or early 2020 will depend on a few things. The first will be Coogler finishing the script and getting it into the proper place to actually start production. Feige previously said they have a “pretty solid direction” for the sequel’s story, so this may just be a matter of Coogler putting pen to paper. The other major step that will need to be completed is actually aligning the franchise’s multiple stars’ busy schedules. Boseman is continuing to take on new projects, while breakout cast members like Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira have also continued to book future movies.

Although Marvel has yet to confirm Coogler’s return or even that they’re making Black Panther 2, the longterm planning on their part clued many in on this timetable for the sequel. They previously dated untitled Marvel movies into 2022, and the February 2021 release date was quickly pointed to by many as Black Panther 2‘s likely landing spot. This reported production schedule should only reaffirm that belief. Of course, Marvel doesn’t plan on announcing any of their future projects officially until after Avengers 4 hits theaters, so it may still be several months before Coogler’s involvement and Black Panther 2‘s release date become officially official. But for now, his involvement has been confirmed by several sources and is a great step forward for the sequel.

MORE: Letitia Wright Wants Shuri to Become Black Panther

Source: THR

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2018-10-11 01:10:10 – Cooper Hood

Showtime Orders Season 2 Of Jim Carrey’s Kidding

Just a few weeks after its series premiere, Showtime announces that it has renewed Kidding, the fascinating tragicomedy starring Jim Carrey. In addition to Carrey, the series also features the likes of Catherine Keener, Judy Greer, and Frank Langella as members of the Piccirillo family, ostensibly the people caught in the orbit of the national treasure that is Carrey’s Jeff Pickles, aka Mr. Pickles, the beloved children’s entertainer who happens to be going through a massive existential crisis at the moment, as he struggles with the grief over losing a child and seeing his home life disintegrate as a result. 

While that might not sound like the typical kind of comedy Carrey is known for, it does strike a chord similar to his work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with acclaimed director Michel Gondry, who is an executive producer on Kidding and also directed the pilot episode. The result is a show with a lot of emotion, a dark sense of humor, and that takes place in a slightly heightened world. It all adds up to one of the more unique series on Showtime right now. 

More: The Man In The High Castle Season 3 Review: More Sci-Fi Action Refocuses The Series

Showtime announced the news today in an official press release that included a statement from Gary Levine, the network’s president of programming. Levine said: 

“KIDDING has established itself as one of the most endearing and inventive shows on television. I feel like I have been watching Mr. Pickles my whole life, and I look forward to being entranced by his unique blend of hilarity and heartbreak in season two.”

The news comes shortly after the network axed I’m Dying Up Here, the ’70s-set stand up comedy drama, on which Carrey served as an executive producer. With that series lasting only two seasons, and with the continuation of network’s long-running Shameless now in question, following the planned departures of both Emmy Rossum and Cameron Monaghan (Gotham), Showtime is in a position where a series like Kidding – i.e., one with big stars – could become a key part to the network’s future success. While it’s questionable whether or not the fates of those other two series played a role in Kidding being renewed for season 2 or not, it certainly seems as though the fascinating, melancholic series could be an important part of Showtime’s lineup for quite some time. 

Next: Titans Premiere Review: Mature Content Doesn’t Make For Mature Storytelling

Kidding continues this Sunday with ‘The Cookie’ @10pm on Showtime.

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2018-10-10 02:10:38 – Kevin Yeoman

Assassin’s Creed: 20 Things Only Experts Know How To Do In Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – the latest installment in Ubisoft’s wildly popular video game franchise – has finally landed on shelves. Set in Ancient Greece, Odyssey gives players the opportunity to assume the role of a mercenary from either Athens or Sparta, and to take part in a mythology-infused recreation of the Peloponnesian War.

The game features an even greater emphasis on the RPG elements first introduced in its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and boasts multiple endings that are triggered by the player’s actions. Odyssey also sees the return of the controversial Hitbox combat engine which debuted in Origins – albeit in a significantly enhanced form. Thanks to these and other challenging core mechanics – not to mention the daunting size of the game’s virtual environment – Odyssey should prove suitably tough for more casual gamers. But for seasoned veterans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise? Not so much.

Indeed, gamers who have followed the series since the very first entry way back in 2007 aren’t likely to struggle. On the contrary, we expect them to flourish, putting to good use the skills and knowledge they’ve gleaned from the past 11 games in the series – not to mention the six spin-off entries – to finish the main quest in record time.  This will leave them free to start focusing on tracking down Odyssey’s hidden Easter eggs, secret areas, and other bonus content clueless rookies don’t have a chance of tracking down unaided.

Here’s a list of 20 Things Only Experts Know How To Do In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

20 Find The Legend Of Zelda Easter Egg

Of all the many classic video game franchises, few are as unanimously beloved by both gamers and developers alike as The Legend of Zelda series. The team at Ubisoft clearly rank amongst this iconic Nintendo series’ admirers – as the easter egg they tucked away in Odyssey proves.

In a tip of the hat to the most recent Zelda instalment, Breath of the Wild, a Korok – a small humanoid figure made out of clay, flower petals and twigs – can be found on the Pandora’s Cove coastline. Although this hidden tribute is now the most well-known Easter egg in the game, experts had no trouble tracking it down on their own within mere days of Odyssey’s release!

19 Achieve The Secret Ending

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey marks a dramatic change in direction for the franchise – from purely action/adventure outings to something closer to an action/RPG hybrid. This is reflected in how important the player’s actions are to the game’s overall narrative, and in particular, how that narrative reaches its climax.

Indeed, what the player decides to do – or just as importantly, say – will determine how events unfold next, and ultimately determine which of the game’s multiple endings they achieve.

Most players should be able to reach at least one ending.

If you complete every side quest and make all of the right decisions to unlock the secret, ultra ending, ensuring the best possible finale for your mercenary.

18 Visit Atlantis

As soon as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Ancient Greece setting was announced, fans immediately began speculating over whether the fabled lost city of Atlantis would be part of its virtual environment. The good news is that Ubisoft hasn’t missed a trick, and Atlantis does indeed count among the many sunken locations scattered across the game’s humongous map. The bad news? It’s highly likely that only experts will be capable of uncovering the most eagerly anticipated (not to mention coolest) secret area in Odyssey.

The steps involved are extremely taxing, requiring players to traverse treacherous terrain, solve fiendish riddles posed by the Sphinx and dispatch a bevy of mythological horrors like Medusa, the Cyclops and the Minotaur!

17 Recruit Legendary NPCs Early

Over the course of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, players can enlist NPCs to serve as crew members aboard their ship, the Adrestia. Recruiting a high calibre crew is a great way to upgrade the Adrestia – so the trick is to bring legendary NPCs into the fold. Casual gamers will wait until they unlock these characters by completing quests, however experts are aware of a hidden mechanic that speeds up the whole process.

There’s a less publicized gameplay mechanic which enables you to recruit legendary NPCs by defeating them in combat using non-lethal takedowns.

Better yet, once your ship’s roster is made up entirely of legendary NPCs, you unlock the “Argonauts” trophy, too!

16 Regain The Cyclops Eye

One of the most frustrating moments in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey arrives early on, when you’re forced to give up the Cyclops’ Eye during Sequence 1. It’s not exactly the most classy of disposals, either: to put it bluntly, you squeeze it up the rear end of a poor, unsuspecting goat. If you’re scratching your head over this last revelation, then just trust us: it makes sense at the time!

Rookies will write off the Eye as a lost cause, but experts up to speed on the game’s secrets won’t give up so quickly. By engaging in an exhaustive goat-hunting expedition in Kephallonia, they’ll recover this valuable artifact, earning the dubious “Stink Eye” achievement, as well.

15 Change Their Ship’s Figurehead

Long-time fans of the series will recall that in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, you could easily customize your ship’s decorative figurehead as part of the normal upgrade process. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that carries over to Odyssey – and only expert players are likely to work out the secret method of doing this.

For starters, you need to defeat a boss – not exactly a walk in the park itself, by the way – and then behead them.

Once this has been take care of, if you scroll through the inventory of ship upgrade options, you’ll see your new souvenir listed. Select it, and voila! The Adrestia will have itself a brand new (and rather creepy) figurehead!

14 Track Down All Of The Cultist Clues

The underlying mythology of the Assassin’s Creed franchise incorporates several shadowy organisations – and Odyssey is no exception. The latest entry in the series introduces the nefarious Cult of Kosmos, and players aiming to get the most out of game’s story need to track down and eliminate key members of the group. In order to do so, they’ll have to swap their mercenary’s helmet for their detective’s cap, as the cultists’ whereabouts are only revealed by clues sprinkled through Odyssey’s sprawling Ancient Greece setting.

Some of these hints can be uncovered with little effort, whereas others will prove elusive to all but the most seasoned of gamers!

On the plus side, all of this running around pays off, as only players who chase down every single cultist will get to experience the game’s whole story.

13 Unlock Evie Frye

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – the ninth video game in the main series – is headlined by twins Jacob and Evie Frye. Of the two siblings, Evie is arguably the more memorable – which is probably why she’s an unlockable character in Odyssey. Now, before you get too excited, bear in mind that Evie is a legendary NPC, so you won’t get to play as her directly.

Still, it’s incredibly cool to recruit her as a crew member on your ship, provided you’re an Ubisoft Club member with enough XP to afford her. See, unlocking Evie requires players to part with 7,500 XP in exchange for the “Master Assassin” badge, which only long-time fans of the franchise will have amassed!

12 Access Battle Royale Mode

Battle royale games like Fortnite and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds are currently the hottest thing on the block. Making the most of modern online multiplayer capabilities, games in this genre pit a pack of players against each other in thrilling, last-man-standing contests.

Obviously, this stands in stark contrast to the single-player, open world experience offered by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – until experts stumble across the “Call to Arms” sidequest. Found by scouring the island of Melos, this mission – which requires skilled players to wipe out 99 consecutive enemies – represents a thinly-veiled attempt by Ubisoft to acknowledge (or should that be “cash in on”?) the popularity of the battle royale genre!

11 Find The Black Panther Easter Egg

Black Panther is currently the second highest grossing film of 2018, and with that success comes a considerable fanbase, too. At least some of the developers at Ubisoft fall within that category, if the Black Panther Easter egg included in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is anything to go by. As experts will have no doubt already discovered, the game contains a fairly faithful recreation of Black Panther’s two most notable scenes: the duels that occur at the base of a waterfall.

This is staged at the Gortyn Waterfall, where players can first spectate on the melee using Eagle Vision.

That’s not all, though: it’s also possible to clamber up the cliff where the fight is going down, and actually confront the pair of brawlers yourself!

10 Discover Sam Fisher’s Goggles

So far we’ve focused solely on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Ancient Greece setting – which disregards the fact that certain sections of the game are set in a present day safe house. Anyone unfamiliar with the franchise’s convoluted (some would say downright insane) science fiction elements, just trust us when we say that this does make sense.

Regardless of whether or not you buy into this more far-fetched aspect of the Assassin’s Creed mythology, there are multiple Easter eggs to dig up during these segments. Not all of these relate to the franchise either – just ask the experts who’ve unearthed the iconic, three-lensed night vision goggles worn by Sam Fisher, the protagonist of Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell games!

9 Stumble Across The Sword In The Stone

The team at Ubisoft has done a remarkable job of recreating an utterly convincing (albeit wildly fantastical) rendition of Ancient Greece in Odyssey. This awesome attention to detail is reflected in almost every aspect of the virtual environment, particularly the character and weapon design. We say “almost”, because at least one item experts will undoubtedly come across whilst roaming the game map definitely does not fit the time period depicted: the Sword in the Stone from Arthurian legend. Fortunately, this gag is an intentional mistake on the developer’s part.

Unfortunately, you can’t remove this legendary blade from its Lakonia resting place.

That’s a real shame: historical accuracy be damned – there’s always a place for Excalibur in our armory!

8 Locate The Rabbid Figure

Another easter egg squirrelled away in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s modern era safe house setting, the Rabbid figure is hard to spot if players blitz through these sequences. However, experts tend to favor a more methodical approach – even when confronted by the franchise’s moments of less than engaging gameplay.

These long-time campaigners will cast their eyes over every inch of the safe house, which means snooping around each room, no matter how empty it appears to be. This will eventually lead them to the shelves of a particularly untidy room. Here, they’ll spy the Rabbid toy – a cute shout-out to Ubisoft’s all-ages Rayman franchise, accompanied by a line of dialogue (“Bwaah?”) associated with these bunny-like characters.

7 Acquire The Epic Unicorn Skin

It doesn’t matter what mythology we’re talking about: unicorns are invariably treated as an incredibly rare species. Certainly, this carries over to the world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, where players can indeed transform their horse into one of these awe-inspiring creatures – provided they can get their hands on a unicorn pelt.

They sport an eye-watering 6,400 Drachmae price tag!

Rookies who are feeling flush will plump for either the Black Unicorn or undeniably amazing (though sadly, non-flying) Pegasus skins, purchased with real-world cash from the Ubisoft Store. On the other hand, genuine experts prefer to earn their keep, and will trawl merchant stalls for the appropriately named, randomly-spawing Epic Unicorn skin, which leaves rainbow hoof prints.

6 Home Town Pride

The developers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey hail from Ubisoft’s Montreal headquarters, based in Quebec. Like the citizens of any city or town, these guys and gals are proud of the place they call home – so much so that they managed to sneak a Quebec-related easter egg into the game!

It’s something that will almost certainly go unnoticed by less observant gamers, but experienced players – the type of people who scan the entire game environment for secret material – will discover a travel magazine whilst rifling through the safe house. The destination this mag is promoting? Why, Quebec, of course! True, it’s not exactly the most exciting bonus content in Odyssey, but it’s a nice touch all the same.

5 Put The Arena Spikes To Good Use

A key trait which separates veteran Assassin’s Creed players from newcomers is the willingness of the former to experiment with their surroundings. Take the spikes that dotted around the Arena in Odyssey.

Rookies will probably dismiss these as mere set dressing and completely ignore them once the fighting breaks out.

Don’t expect experts to make the same mistake, though. Already clued up on just how interactive the game worlds in the franchise can be, these gamers will immediately identify the potential for the spikes to deal damage to their opponents. The next thing you know, the edges of the Arena will begin to resemble a shish kebab vendor who trades in skewered would-be gladiatorial champions!

4 Reminisce About The Frye Twins

It turns out Assassin’s Creed Syndicate isn’t the only instalment in the franchise to take place in London – Odyssey does, too. True, the vast majority of the game is set in Ancient Greece, but its modern era sections unfold in London, something that won’t come as a shock to more attentive players.

After all, just by gazing out of the safe house windows, you can take in a decent view of London’s famous skyline, with what tourists would recognize as Big Beg especially prominent. What’s more, if you allow yourself a moment to properly contemplate the sight before your eyes, you’ll even trigger a line of dialogue that references Jacob and Evie Frye, the lead characters in Syndicate!

3 Discover All Of The Underwater Locations

As you might expect from a virtual environment that recreates the entire Aegean Sea, Atlantis isn’t the only submerged area on the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey map.

The ocean floor of Ubisoft’s vision of Ancient Greece is littered with dozens of hidden locations brimming with valuable treasure.

Anyone prepared to embrace their inner Jacques Cousteau will be in for a real treat. That said, given the sheer amount of exploration required to pinpoint all of these sunken locations – fun fact: at 130km², Odyssey’s map is 62% bigger than the already massive world of Origins – we’d wager only experts will visit all of them.

2 Get All Of The Other Endings As Well

Sure, everybody wants to get the best possible Assassin’s Creed Odyssey ending – you know: the super secret, totally awesome one we mentioned earlier. Even so, part of being an expert is also having a completist streak, which is why we think they’ll figure out how to achieve Odyssey’s eight other possible endings, as well.

This might not sound like much, but it’s actually quite a feat, for two main reasons. First of all, this game is absurdly long – the main quest alone clocks in at 40 hours of gameplay – so repeating it again and again is no picnic. Secondly, they’ll need to ensure they get every single word and deed right, in order to arrive at their desired conclusion!

1 Climb Up The Naked Statue

Full disclosure: this entry is unashamedly juvenile in nature, given it revolves around players scaling up a male statue and dangling from part of its anatomy (three guesses which part). Regardless, we’re positive that even the most mature expert will decide to do just that, when they pass by this landmark early on in Odyssey – honestly, it’s just too hard to resist.

You’ll be rewarded for your childish antics if you do.

Performing this act initiates a wry line of dialogue from the player’s mercenary, which just goes to show that Ubisoft definitely predicted this becoming a thing. Although to be honest, they hardly needed the talents of one of Ancient Greece’s oracles to foresee it!

Did we miss out any other things that only experts know how to do in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-09 06:10:21 – Leon Miller

Grey’s Anatomy: 20 Things That Make No Sense About Meredith

Grey’s Anatomy is the longest running scripted primetime ABC television show of all time. Ellen Pompeo is the highest-paid actress on television, banking twenty million dollars each season. Grey’s is poised to surpass ER as the longest primetime medical drama, as it waits for its sixteenth season renewal, and it has received thirty-eight Emmy Award nominations during the nearly two decades it has been on the air.

Meredith Grey has gone from a damaged intern having an affair with a resident and caring for her ailing mother to a widow with three children who runs the general surgery department at Seattle Grace. More characters have passed away on Grey’s Anatomy than most shows introduced during their entire runs, and the show is nearly unrecognizable now when compared to its first season because of its revolving cast of characters.

With twenty-nine principal cast members during its fifteen seasons, the writers of Grey’s Anatomy have so much history to contend with that maintaining continuity is an uphill battle that they often lose. As such, there are some details about our favorite dark and twisty surgeon at Seattle Grace that don’t make much sense at all. The confusion goes deeper than the debate on her hair color or who the next romantic lead of the show will be. Everything from her age to her internal motivations have been altered, forgotten and recreated during the show’s epically long run, and viewers are struggling to keep up.

Here are the 20 Things That Make No Sense About Meredith In Grey’s Anatomy.

20 Her Half-Sisters

When a show has been on the air for nearly two decades, it’s understandable that a few plotlines may get recycled. After all, who’s really going to notice if four of the show’s leads are revealed to have massive tumors in a principal cast of over twenty-five characters?

However, it’s hard to believe that Meredith Grey would have two half-sisters who she knew nothing about and that both of those women would come work as surgeons at her specific hospital in Seattle.

This is not even mentioning Lexie Grey’s questionable medical timeline – she started her medical internship program when most students are finishing their undergraduate studies – or Meredith conveniently forgetting her mother’s pregnancy before Maggie Pierce was born in the ’80s.

19 She Doesn’t Contact Derek’s Sisters When He’s About To Pass

Derek Shepard’s sisters were extremely important to him – so much so, that during the second episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Shepard explicitly states that if he were ever to be in a coma, he’d want all four of his sisters with him.

Meredith forgets this not-so-tiny detail when actually faced with a comatose Derek Shepard and takes him off of life support without giving his sisters a chance to say goodbye, including Amelia Shepard, who is her coworker and is easily reachable by phone. Meredith ignoring a key aspect of her husband’s personality, his love for his sisters, is more than an example of Meredith’s selfishness. It’s a lack of continuity and a disappointing, out of character oversight.

18 Getting Together With George

George O’Malley’s unrequited love for Meredith was well-chronicled during the show’s first season, enforcing the characters’ friendship, as O’Malley’s feelings for Meredith led him to provide emotional support when Derek Shepard chose to stay with his wife. Meredith never saw O’Malley as anything more than a friend, even after her break-up with Shepard.

Meredith getting together with O’Malley came from a desire to be wanted and treated well after Shepard had broken her trust, and O’Malley was clearly in denial about Meredith’s lack of interest. Still, it’s hard to believe that O’Malley would take advantage of Meredith in her vulnerable state or that Meredith would choose O’Malley as a physical rebound rather than an emotional one.

17 She Failed Her Intern Exam… And Still Became A Resident

The year 2007 was a rough one for Meredith Grey. Her stepmother passed away from a case of the hiccups, her father blamed her for the loss of his wife, her mom passed away, and she literally passed, and understandably, she cracked under pressure. Meredith didn’t answer a single question on her intern exam.

The logical next step here would have been to see Meredith repeat her intern year like George O’Malley does after failing that same exam.

Meredith would have been able to explore new dynamics with her peers while sorting through her many issues, and the show wouldn’t have to suffer through too drastic of a change. Instead, through some nepotism and a large suspension of disbelief, Meredith is allowed a do-over and breezes through to her residency, while poor O’Malley is given the short end of the stick yet again.

16 Her Inconsistent Pregnancies

After miscarrying her first child due to apparent stress from the Seattle Grace active shooter situation in season six, Meredith is told that the real reason for the loss of her child was actually a “hostile uterus.” Medically, in the real world, this means that it is difficult for a woman to become pregnant due to a variety of factors, including hormonal imbalances. It is treatable through synthetic estrogen or certain bypass techniques and does not necessarily cause miscarriages.

Meredith is able to conceive multiple times during the show, and she even manages to have a fairly normal pregnancy and gives birth to a healthy baby girl. A medical drama probably could have come up with a more realistic plotline for Meredith after writers’ decided that they wanted to complicate her family planning.

15 She Modeled Her Life After Ellis

After hating her mother, Ellis Grey, for most of her life, Meredith follows in her footsteps, as she becomes a mother while still chasing her medical aspirations. Meredith places the blame for her issues on her mother’s workaholic tendencies while raising her daughter, then still chooses to start her family just as her medical career is gaining momentum.

She falls in love with a married man, has his children, raises them alone, and wins a Harper Avery Award, just like her mother. Her professional life causes a rift in her relationship, like Ellis’ Harper Avery nomination leading to the termination of her relationship with Richard Weber. Instead of learning from her mother’s mistakes, Meredith has done something that she swore she’d never do: she has become Ellis.

14 Her First Marriage Wasn’t Legal

In a touching display of friendship, Derek Shepherd and Meredith Grey gave their perfect wedding to their dear friends Alex Karev and Izzie Stevens so that the couple could be married before Stevens possibly succumbed to her advanced brain cancer.

Shepherd and Meredith then have their own, private marriage ceremony in the comfort of their own home, where they write their vows on Post-It notes and promise their lives to each other.

This was all romantic and dramatic, but why on Earth would they not bother going down to City Hall and legalizing the marriage at any point before they tried to adopt their daughter? They most likely already had a marriage license, and the tax benefits alone would have been incentive enough to go through with the final step of their marriage – actually getting married.

13 She Tried To Hold Derek Back

It isn’t easy having a family with two working parents. Nannies help, and Seattle Grace has shown its daycare center on Grey’s multiple times, but Meredith’s frustration with being a mother first and a surgeon second rang true as it was depicted onscreen. Asking Derek Shepherd to take a year off from his practice to give Meredith the opportunity to work was brave and fair, considering the time that she had taken off up until that point.

However, expecting Shepherd to turn down the opportunity of a lifetime at the White House was out of character and unreasonable. Shepherd staying at Seattle Grace meant accepting a demotion, while Meredith could have kept her seniority in DC. Staying behind without Shepherd ran contrary to Meredith’s character development, especially since she expected Shepherd to make himself smaller rather than thriving with him.

12 She Ran Away To San Diego

A large factor in Meredith’s reluctance to move to Washington D.C. came from a fear of airplanes that developed after the plane crash that ended the lives of multiple doctors at the end of season eight. This makes sense, considering the circumstances. What doesn’t make sense, however, is how Meredith fled from Seattle to San Diego following her husband’s loss, telling no one of her location or her miracle pregnancy.

Her decision to choose Seattle over her husband indirectly lead to his passing, but once he’s gone, she immediately leaves. Her love for him wasn’t enough to keep her with him, but his loss was enough for her to ignore all of the reasons she had fought to stay. It’s confusing, upsetting, and utterly heartbreaking.

11 She Stayed At Seattle Grace

During season eight’s plane crash, Cristina Yang keeps asking why all of the doctors at Seattle Grace lose their lives. It was a tongue-in-cheek joke anticipating a question that all Grey’s viewers have at least once during the series. There are shootings, bombs, car crashes, drownings, a flood, a power outage, a bus explosion, and an earthquake during the twenty years that Meredith has worked at Seattle Grace.

At least fourteen doctors and family members have passed away under unusual circumstances at the hospital, filling it with horrible, PTSD-inducing memories.

Somehow, Meredith still works there. After losing parents, a sibling, a husband, best friends, and coworkers, she never thought to just go across town to the other, better-ranked hospital and leave a hospital that is so unlucky it might be on top of the Hellmouth.

10 She Still Has Her Medical License

In order to help Richard Webber’s wife Adele, Meredith enrolls her into her clinical trial for patients experiencing rapidly progressing Alzheimer’s. She tampers with the trial to give Adele the experimental drug rather than the placebo, even after Derek Shepherd’s warnings that doing so would ruin both of their careers.

Of course, because this is Meredith Grey, once her wrongdoing was exposed, no one suffered any long-term consequences. Richard takes the fall for Meredith to protect her job, but neither one loses their medical license. Richard eventually becomes the head of the residency program, while Meredith is the head of general surgery. Shepard had no real backlash for being involved. Everyone was just fine and still eligible to perform surgeries in a respected hospital, somehow.

9 She Considered Herself The Other Woman

After learning that Derek Shepherd was a married man, Meredith halted her physical relationship with him, only being intimate with him one time after learning of his marital status. She legitimately felt guilt for unknowingly dating someone’s husband and didn’t actively try to home-wreck Addison Montgomery’s marriage.

Despite the fact that many of her actions during this complicated time were respectful of Montgomery and her marriage, she still bonded with Mark Sloan when they realized that they both considered themselves homewreckers. Meredith’s characterization centers around her “dark and twisty” tendencies, so her pessimistic framing of the situation would make sense in her own mind, but there’s logically little to support her enduring belief that her relationship with Shepard began with any wrongdoing on her part.

8 She Is Still Alive

Meredith’s self-destructive and occasionally life-threatening tendencies put her in many dangerous situations. She has nearly escaped passing away so many times that its statistically improbable that she would still be alive. Setting aside the fact that she briefly drowned while helping at a ferry boat crash site, Meredith’s life makes no sense because anyone else who’d had this many close calls would not longer be with us.

Meredith held a bomb inside of a patient’s body and barely handed it off before it exploded in the hands of the bomb technician.

She also had prolonged exposure to toxic blood, she drowned for a long time, she asked an active gunman to shoot her, and her plane crashed. Yet here she is, waiting for the next ridiculous trauma that life throws at her.

7 She Barely Talks To Cristina

Cristina Yang was Meredith’s person. More than a best friend, a husband, or a family member, Yang was the one person who Meredith always relied on and trusted. Since Yang left Seattle Grace for Switzerland, all we’ve really heard from her was that Meredith didn’t tell her where she had run away to after Derek Shepherd’s car crash.

There was no confirmation that Yang came to Shepherd’s funeral, as she didn’t stay with Meredith after his passing or visit her newborn child and nary a text has been sent between the two onscreen. Long-distance friendships are hard, but with modern technology like Skype, FaceTime and texting, completely dropping off of the face of the Earth is a cause for confusion.

6 She Gives Thatcher Part Of Her Liver

The last viewers had seen of Thatcher Grey, he had drunkenly, publicly blamed Meredith for his wife’s passing and uninvited her from the funeral. This comes after he abandoned her and started a shiny new family that allowed him to forget about the daughter he left behind.

Even if Thatcher treating Meredith horribly wasn’t enough to dissuade her from saving his life, a complicated position to navigate, Thatcher had multiple daughters and presumably many other family members. Even if Lexie and her sister weren’t matches, how was there no other family member able to donate their liver other than his estranged daughter? There’s no reason it should have been Meredith except as an opportunity to inflict more unnecessary pain on our protagonist.

5 She Had A Busy Two Years

Everything that happened over the first five seasons of Grey’s Anatomy occurred during a two year period. Because the intern year occurs during seasons one through three and Meredith’s first year of residency is seasons four and five, there are many plotlines that happen in a short timeframe.

Plotlines such as George’s marriage and divorce with Callie, Denny Duquette’s storyline with Izzie Stevens, and Christina’s doomed engagement to Preston Burke all happen over the course of less than twelve months.

Meredith and her friends have known each other for only two years by season six, and so much crazy drama has occur in the midst of eighty hour work weeks and eight hour surgeries that it’s almost like they could fill half a decade’s worth of life experience.

4 She’s Always Drinking

Meredith drinks a lot of tequila for a doctor. While she’s shown abstaining from drinking while on-call, Meredith spends most of her down time getting drunk at Joe’s Bar or at home, and even had to be hooked up to an IV during a massive accident to sober herself up for work.

The state of near-constant hangover that she must be functioning in would make her workdays impossible, and the likelihood that she’s be called in during her downtime to work during a disaster situation at Seattle Grace, the grand mecca of disaster, is fairly high in the world of Grey’s Anatomy. How she manages to drink so often without a sponsorship from Pedialyte or AA is a mystery to us all.

3 Her Age

In the script for Grey’s pilot, Meredith is supposed to be thirty-two years old. After taking time off to travel through Europe with Sadie and to care for her ailing mother, it’s understandable that Meredith would be older than the average medical intern. It’s clear that the Grey’s writing team put some thought into Meredith’s backstory in the early years of the show and realized that between taking the MCAT and helping Ellis, there’s no way that Meredith could have started her internship at the median age of twenty-seven.

Meredith’s birth year is confirmed as 1978 multiple times during the course of season eleven, retconning her initial age to be twenty-eight. The writers probably weren’t too concerned about continuity ten years after the fact, but Meredith’s original age made much more sense than her current one.

2 Her Disappearing Children

After a hullaballoo regarding who should watch the children and how to be an active parent and a surgeon, Meredith’s children have completely disappeared from the show after Derek Shepherd’s passing. The children are occasionally referenced, but haven’t been shown in the hospital daycare, her home, or her carpool.

Her children have become an afterthought, despite the fact that they were the main source of conflict between Shepard and herself before he passed away.

Some of these children should be starting school, while others are still in infancy, but having Meredith completely forget that she chose to give birth and adopt multiple children erases multiple seasons of character development geared towards family and motherhood.

1 She Has Gone Through An Improbable Amount Of Trauma

As mentioned multiple times, nothing seems to go right for long in the life of Meredith Grey. Meredith’s mother passes away while Meredith was unconscious, she lost her husband, her boyfriend had a wife, she nearly passed away multiple times, she couldn’t have children, and everyone she knows left or passed away.

Every aspect of her life, from family to spouses to friends, ends with a major trauma and loss. She’s still continuing on with her life and career, while most people would be deep in therapy and rarely leaving their homes if faced with the same amount of sorrow. Meredith is a strong woman, but what she has been through could drive even the most optimistic individual to depression.

Are there any other aspects of Meredith’s character that make no sense in Grey’s Anatomy? Sound off in the comments!

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2018-10-09 01:10:23 – Kristy Pirone

New York Comic-Con: 26 Biggest Announcements (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities)

It might not be as big as San Diego Comic-Con, but New York’s pop culture celebration is just as eventful. This year’s New York Comic-Con was littered with scoops. Whether it’s juicy rumors or brand new trailers, there was plenty to see and talk about. Of course, the convention weekend can get a bit overwhelming — the onslaught of news, panels, and footage seems endless. Thankfully, we’ve collected all of this biggest topics for those of you who are lost amidst all of the comic book news.

For this list, we’re going to cover the most important stories of this year’s New York Comic-Con, including some big ones that just happened to drop during the week rather than at the convention itself. The list will even feature a few big rumors that have come out of the con for some good measure — or for those of you who just like some gossip. Even those who attended the convention might have missed some of the major stories, so use this as your post-NYCC guide to recap the weekend as things begin to wind down.

We know it’s difficult to keep track of all this news, especially after the convention weekend. This list should make things a bit easier. Even if you didn’t attend, the bombardment of news is probably still filling your news feed. So after you’re finished watching trailers all day and unpacking your NYCC hauls, settle in and we’ll break everything down for you.

Here are the 26 Biggest Announcements From NYCC (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities).

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

The new Aquaman trailer was the highlight of the weekend for many. It revealed a surprising amount of footage — some would say too much. The extended look — roughly five minutes long — featured a plenty of unseen footage.

Audiences were treated to a sequence involving Arthur and Mera in desert ruins, another look at Atlantis, and even an extended action sequence between the two leads as they are chased by Black Manta. Perhaps the biggest spoiler in the trailer was the reveal of Aquaman’s iconic orange and green outfit.

29 Hellboy First Look

While no footage from the Hellboy panel has been released to the public, convention-goers were treated to a poster reveal and an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The panel footage wooed many fans in attendance and featured a tone that balanced the movie’s violence and gore with humor. It saw Hellboy receive his iconic handgun and show off the Hand of Doom, and it highlighted his especially shaky relationship with his ally Ben Daimio.

The trailer’s money shot had Hellboy in all-out demon mode, rising out of a pit sporting a flaming sword and crown.

Hopefully it won’t be long before this footage is released to the public.

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil’s new trailers suggest a return to the grounded crime-noir tones of the first season with some big new developments. The first trailer reveals that not only is Kingpin out of prison, but he appears to design a smear campaign to turn New York against Daredevil.

One of the ways this may be happening is through a Daredevil impostor, who is none other than the hero’s most famous villain, Bullseye. Bullseye is the subject of the second new trailer, exploring his life as a government agent-turned-assassin under the employ of Kingpin.

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

Titans has already received flak for the marketing’s seriously dark tone. Now, after the first two episodes were screened for viewers at NYCC, it is getting the same criticism.

Not only does Titans sport the DCEU’s same dark tone, but apparently the show is even more violent than the films.

The footage featuring Robin displayed some extremely violent and lethal combat, complete with the same amount of gore and disrespect for human life one might find in — well, anything but a comic book show. With that said, the show did receive a warm reception from the audience, so maybe Titans has potential after all.

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

The Walking Dead is losing its lead character this season, with the confirmed departure of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln. His impending exit has been talked about for months now, but fans still don’t know how his character will be written out of the show. In a new rumor, it seems that Rick Grimes might meet a brutal end.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Andrew Lincoln joked that he might not “make it through the credits sequence” teasing Rick’s potential demise. Fans don’t want to say goodbye to Rick, but it will be even harder to do so if he is torn apart by walkers. Can’t somebody get a happy ending on this show?

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans weren’t left out of the fun this year, with a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The trailer promises a ride that might be just as intense as the first season, with plenty of action, character beats, and visuals so gorgeous that one would think the show had the budget of a feature-length film.

Amidst the sizzle of the trailer is a big reveal — the inclusion of a young, bearded Spock.

The character is supposedly connected to the “Red Angel” visions that Burnham is experiencing, though details on his appearance in the season are still under wraps.

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few months out but panel attendees were treated to the first 35 minutes — and apparently what they saw was incredible. Reactions to the NYCC footage is overwhelmingly positive, citing the stylish animation and and lighthearted tone as some of the film’s standout elements. These early reactions come off the back of a new trailer for the film, which shows off several more of the alternate universe versions of Spider-Man.

Of course, this was only the first 35 minutes. Much of the movie is still under wraps and it has a long road ahead of it, being only one of many tentpole releases hitting theaters this December.

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

SYFY’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Deadly Class comic series made a big showing this year. Between the close collaboration with series writer Rick Remender, the promise of intense action, and the Russo brothers at the helm (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers Infinity War), this long-awaited series has the potential to be a household name.

Not only does the show seem like a contender for the “next big thing” in comic book television, but it finally has a release date.

This was revealed to be January 16 in a new trailer that focuses on the coming-of-age aspect of the anarchic action series.

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

The first image of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was released on Thursday, getting fans hyped for the first real TV show in a galaxy far far away. The photo was released alongside new details about the show, namely its title: The Mandalorian.

Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensThe Mandalorian centers on a warrior from Mandalore travelling across the galaxy. The title character wears the iconic armor that the planet is known for — a costume shared by fan-favorite character Boba Fett. Plenty remains unknown about the series, though it is set to premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

Marvel fans will rejoice if this rumor comes true — during all of the Daredevil buzz over the convention weekend, Vincent D’Onofrio made a very reassuring tweet.

When a fan tweeted that the world will never see the him as Kingpin in an MCU film, D’Onofrio responded with “Who says?”

Marvel’s Netflix shows have been especially vague in their references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Kingpin show up in a Tom Holland Spider-Man film would be the perfect connection. The chances are slim, but at least there’s hope.

20 Bane On Gotham

Gotham‘s fifth and final season was revealed in a trailer this weekend, promising quite the grand finale. The trailer hints that Gotham will be adapting the classic No Man’s Land comic book story this season, and also teased another big bad.

Actor Shane West has been cast as Bane, one of Batman’s greatest adversaries and one of the only major rogues that the show hasn’t yet adapted. Bane’s appearance so early in Bruce Wayne’s life has been met with mixed reactions among fans, but at least that suggests a bombastic end to the pre-Batman series.

19 The X-Men Go To Space

New York Comic-Con got an extended look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, despite being subject to what seems like endless delays. The exclusive footage, which still has not been revealed to the public, gave fans a look at the fully-formed X-Men team and their upcoming cosmic adventure.

Highlights of the footage included an argument between Mystique and Professor X, Jean Grey absorbing a solar flare, and the team going on a rescue mission in space.

While most of the movie likely takes place on Earth, it’s nice to know that the movies aren’t above digging into the spacebound shenanigans that the comics do.

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

Among the many DC Universe announcements this weekend was the trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series, which has taken many fans by surprise. The show looks like a quirky adult comedy with Harley breaking the fourth wall and using foul language.

The show is already being compared to the likes of Deadpool, with positive reactions coming out of NYCC. It also features a great cast, with Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes among the voice talent. It is set to release late in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s superhero darling The Umbrella Academy came to play during NYCC, with a handful of new images and even a trailer exclusive to the folks at Comic-Con. An Umbrella Academy movie has been in the works for many years, but after the switch to television and some time in development freefall, it finally seems right around the corner.

The series — which consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes — seems to be maintaining its gothic comic book aesthetic.

The show looks like surreal than its counterpart on the pages, but it already has people excited. Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15, 2019.

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

Those who attended the Doctor Who panel were in for quite the event. The attendees got to see the premiere of the new season as well as have an in-depth talk with the season’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The audience’s response to the episode was ecstatic to say the least, and that sentiment seems to be shared by viewers around the world.

Not only was the show a critical hit, but its viewer ratings were record-breaking. The premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” peaked at 9 million viewers, which the highest the show has ever had! Sounds like the new season of Doctor Who is off to a fantastic start.

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

Last year’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was a massive hit and the trailer for the new season looks just as enticing.  Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday are back on their surreal fantasy roadtrip, accompanied by even more colorful characters and bizarre, unsettling visuals.

The footage teases a war between Mr. Wednesday and Mr. World, with an especially striking shot of Wednesday in his true form: Odin. 

American Gods is a trippy, gorgeous series that many may have missed last year, and with such a great-looking sequel on the way, now might be the time to go back and binge. The second seasons drops in 2019.

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

A full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the web early last week, revealing a spooky-yet-fun adaptation of the comics, as well as a revival of the late ’90s sitcom. Sadly, Archie fans will be disappointed to hear that Sabrina is not currently attached to the hit CW series, Riverdale.

While the Sabrina was originally set to appear on the CW as Riverdale’s companion show (much like CW’s Arrowverse), the move to Netflix seems to have stifled the idea. Still, Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is holding out hope for a potential crossovers so that the original plan can come to fruition.

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

Those of you eagerly awaiting Game of Thrones… well, we don’t have any good news for you. But, if you want more content from the mind of George R.R. Martin, an adaptation of his book Nightflyers has received a new trailer and a first-episode premiere at New York Comic-Con.

The sci-fi thriller follows a crew they struggle to survive on their space mission.

Not everything is as it seems on the vessel, as the show promises some solid horror scares as well as a character-driven story. The show doesn’t officially premiere until December 2nd, but at least sci-fi horror fans have something to look forward to.

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

Dreamworks Animation has been launching hit after hit lately — between shows like Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender, their work has earned them much success on Netflix. The newest series from the studio, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, dropped a poster and teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con that looks like promising fun for young viewers.

The reboot of the ’80s television show sports new cartoony visuals, witty humor, and a diverse cast of characters — even including a same gender couple. While the show’s initial reveal was met with some backlash, the trailer seems infectiously pleasant and fun.

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

While Titans got plenty of attention at NYCC, the next DC Universe original series got a brief first look. Doom Patrol is set to release next spring, but panel attendees were show some exclusive photos of Brendan Fraser’s character, Robotman. Fraser appeared at the panel and talked through the first look.

Seeing as Doom Patrol is currently filming, it shouldn’t be long before official footage hits the web.

The Robotman design look remarkably accurate to the comics, which has gotten many fans even more excited for the obscure property’s TV adaptation. Supplementing this news was the casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man — another big name

10 The Spawn Trilogy

Fans hoping for a Spawn trailer at NYCC were out of luck this weekend, but series creator Todd McFarlane spoke at length about his plans for the newly rebooted movie. McFarlane explained that he envisions an ambitious trilogy of Spawn movies, with each one visually and tonally distinct from the last.

The first film might be described as a kind of existential horror-superhero film, with characters wondering if what they see is even real. While the project is still a ways off, the Jamie Foxx-led vehicle is going to emphasize the dark tones of the book with a hard R-rating, as well as cater to the now-older readers of the comic series.

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

DC Comics and Warner Bros wanted to spotlight their DC Universe streaming service at this year’s NYCC, several small news breaks on he various related properties. Not only did they show footage of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn, but they also revealed the service’s content release schedule over the coming year.

While no specific dates were given, the timeline depicts various release windows for the service’s different original series.

While Young Justice: Outsiders seems to have been split into two parts, Doom Patrol will drop next spring followed by Swamp Thing in the summer, with both Stargirl and Harley Quinn dropping next fall.

8 Pet Sematary First Look

Horror fans might not have had much to talk about at Comic-Con, but during the convention some promo images dropped for the reboot of a Stephen King classic. The first images of the Pet Sematary remake were released, featuring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

The best image of the bunch comes in the form of the Creed family cat, Church, looking meaner and mangier than ever.

While an evil cat may not be the scariest thing you’ll find in Pet Sematary, it’s a nice preview of the Stephen King spookiness to come, especially after the success of 2017’s It. Pet Sematary is set for release on April 5, 2019.

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

A new trailer for the second season of Runaways shows that the series has moved way past high school drama, and further into superhero action territory. The trailer features the Runaways’ comic book hideout, huge action set-pieces, and plenty of superpowers to go around.

Highlights of the trailer include a kiss between Nico and Karolina, a battle on an airport runway, and a glimpse at Gert’s pet dinosaur Old Lace. The first season of the show was a quiet hit among the newer Marvel properties, but this season promises a much deeper dive into the superhero genre that fans of the series are have been waiting for.

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

One reveal snuck in towards the end of Comic-Con — a very short trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Although very brief, the trailer is made up of all-new footage.

The trailer consists of baby Hiccup in his father’s arms as he is told about the legendary world of dragons.

During his father’s narration, the titular Hidden World is given a brief tease as hundreds of dragons flutter across a cavernous landscape. It ends with a shot of Hiccup and Toothless overlooking a town covered in dragons. It’s not as extensive as the film’s last trailer, but it might hold fans over until the film’s release on February 22, 2019.

5 Good Omens Trailer

It’s a great year for Neil Gaiman lovers as they got not one, but two different Gaiman projects revealed at NYCC. First was the second season of American Gods, and now Amazon’s adaptation of Good Omens. 

The trailer for the new series pits Michael Sheen and David Tennant against each other as an angel and a demon who must join forces in order to prevent the apocalypse. The dark subject matter is contrasted by the show’s whimsical tone and David Tennant’s devilish charisma. It sets up what looks to be a very fun buddy comedy about he end of the world.

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

Fans of director Peter Jackson were treated to the first 25 minutes of his next project, Mortal Engines, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Mortal Engines is another expansive world, like the Tolkien material that Jackson has worked with before, but with a post-apocalyptic twist.

The most talked about elements of the footage were the massive scale of the world and the jaw-dropping visuals.

The Mortal Engines footage introduces viewers to Hester, a girl who lives in a world that was ravaged by the “60 Minute War” that destroyed civilization. Now the world consists of giant cities on wheels that fight each other. Audiences won’t see it for themselves until December 14.

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s hyper-violent superhero comic The Boys has finally been revealed with a brief teaser trailer . The teaser features a public service announcement from Vought International, a company that facilitates the operation of the Seven, this world’s league of superheroes. At the end of the PSA, the titular Boys can be seen sitting on a couch, rudely gesturing to their televisions.

The Boys is already setting itself apart from the traditonal superhero fare, and with good reason — the series is about a team of people who keep out-of-control superheroes in check– by blackmailing them, stealing from them, and beating them up. It’s extremely adult-oriented and it already looks like fun.

2 Voltron Ends in December

The release date and synopsis for the eighth and final season of Voltron was revealed at New York Comic-Con, finally bringing the critically acclaimed Netflix series to a close.

The last season will feature the final battle between the Paladins and Witch Haggar.

A few promo images were released as well — one featuring the villain Honerva and another depicting the Voltron Paladins in a control room with Shiro commanding the gang in a background role. While no footage was shown at NYCC, the release date was confirmed to be December 14. The show’s final season will premiere on Netflix.

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

This rumor went viral during the weekend of NYCC — “Avengers: Annihilation” may or may not be the name of the still untitled Avengers 4. Speculation over the film’s name has driven fans mad in recent months, with “Annihilation” being yet another choice amidstthe rumored titles titles like “Avengers: Forever”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “The Last Avenger”.

Annihilation comes from the name comic storyline of the same name, though it bears few similarities to the Infinity Gauntlet story that the films are adapting. Seriously, Marvel, just call it “Avengers: Assemble” and get it over with already. Don’t keep us waiting!

What announcements from New York Comic-Con excite you the most? Make sure to leave a comment before you go to share your thoughts!

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2018-10-08 07:10:26 – Jonathan Figueroa

Star Wars 9 Filming Change Forces Adam Driver to Cancel College Appearance

Star Wars: Episode IX actor Adam Driver is forced to postpone a university appearance due to a scheduling change on the film. Director J.J. Abrams began production on the Skywalker saga’s grand finale earlier this year, after the project had gone through substantial behind-the-scenes changes. Abrams, of course, came in to replace Colin Trevorrow as helmsman, penning an all-new script alongside Chris Terrio after numerous stabs at the screenplay failed to impress Lucasfilm higher-ups.

Abrams’ arrival late in development meant things needed to be moved around. Originally, Episode IX was supposed to start principal photography this January in order to meet a May 2019 release date. However, it was pushed back to December 2019, meaning filming started later in the year. This caused some of the cast members to cancel previously arranged obligations, and now Driver is the latest to do so.

Related: What We Know About Star Wars 9’s New Cast Members

The user Riri19911 shared a statement from Driver’s management on the Star Wars Leaks subreddit, where the actor’s team announced Driver needed to postpone an appearance at a university. You can read it in full below:

Star Wars has just had a massive schedule change, and given what they need to shoot next week they need Adam to rehearse all day tomorrow. He feels terrible letting everyone down and doing this last minute, but has been left with no choice. This will be rescheduled at a later date.

It’s unknown exactly what circumstances led to the change, but right now, fans shouldn’t be too concerned. There are always a lot of moving pieces on something as massive as Star Wars, and it’s possible Abrams saw a window to shoot a specific sequence – which obviously involves Kylo Ren. It’s possible this is some kind of action set piece, given that it’s required Driver rehearses for an entire day. Lightsaber battles always involve high-end choreography that the actors need to learn. On the Last Jedi director commentary, Rian Johnson noted how Daisy Ridley and Driver performed their own stunts during the throne room fight, and odds are someone as method and committed as Driver wants to handle the action bits himself for Episode IX.

The Star Wars films of the Disney era haven’t always had the smoothest productions, with Solo being an obvious example. Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like this situation on Episode IX is nearly as dire. While it’s certainly an inconvenience to have to switch things around at the eleventh hour, it sounds like it’s a matter of scheduled shoots getting moved around and won’t be a major setback. And fortunately for the university students, they’ll still have an opportunity to see Driver another time, once Star Wars 9 is all taken care of.

More: When We Think Lucasfilm Will Announce The Star Wars 9 Title

Source: Riri19911

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2018-10-08 07:10:22 – Chris Agar