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MBTI Of How I Met Your Mother Characters | ScreenRant

For nine epic seasons, How I Met Your Mother entertained fans with its delightful humor, captivating narrative and melting pot of quirky characters. From Barney’s womanizing escapades to Ted’s quest for true love, this show was packed with symbols, catchphrases and other material that has its place in modern pop culture (think The Bro Code).

Of course, the impact of this hit series on the lives of its viewers would not have been possible without an endearing cast of characters, each of whom made up a piece of the puzzle with their dazzling personalities. So without further ado, here are the Myers-Briggs Personality Types of the characters of How I Met Your Mother.

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10 Ted Mosby-INFJ (Advocate)

Like a typical INFJ, Ted is quietly intense, which is a trait that forms the foundation of the entire show, namely his never-ending search for the right woman. This trait does have its downside, however, as it has often led him into the wrong types of relationships.

He does, however, possess the great INFJ quality of being vision and meaning-oriented, which allows him to persevere in his career as an architect and eventually find his soulmate. Ted’s perseverance is what allowed him to stay positive and keep striving for what he wants, even when others would have thrown in the towel.

9 Barney Stinson-ENTP (Debater)

An inventive playboy, Barney uses his ENTP adaptability to orchestrate many plays in which he successfully managed to court women. He is a novelty seeker who is always up for a party and often attempts to coerce Ted into participating in his elaborate schemes.

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Unfortunately, Barney’s superficial desires result in a lack of self-fulfillment, with much of his insecurity coming out when he interacts with his estranged father. Nevertheless, he remains an energetic person who always brings life into a room and continues to keep audience members smiling.

8 Robin Scherbatsky-ISTP (Virtuoso)

While she may sometimes seem somewhat negative, this impression is mostly due to her ISTP sense of practicality. Robin has her feet planted firmly on the ground, and goes after what she wants, even when it leads her all the way to Japan. While she often remains cool and seems to take a back seat, her hands-on personality comes out when she gets involved in discussions on ice hockey as well as her news reporter career.

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While she may be down to earth, Robin also has a sense of adventure like many other ISTPs, which leads her to act impulsively. We saw this after her second breakup with Ted, when she decided to travel to Argentina as an escape and came back with her rebound boyfriend, Gael.

7 Marshall Eriksen-INFP (Mediator)

With his politeness and strong moral compass, Marshall has a great value system as do many INFPs. He is caring and always willing to listen to the struggles of his friends and wife, even lending a shoulder to cry on when necessary. His soft personality does cause an issue for him in the workplace, however, as he is often taken advantage of by his employers.

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One of Marshall’s defining INFP traits is his pursuit of harmony; he never picks sides in a fight so long as he can help it and often acts as a mediator within the group so as to bring his friends together again.

6 Lily Aldrin-ENFP (Campaigner)

The ever-enthusiastic Lily is always willing to lend a helping hand, even when it may not be welcome. Like many ENFPs, she is insightful and often proves to be a fountain of wisdom when it comes to giving sound advice. She does, however, sometimes cross the line by meddling too deeply in her friends’ affairs; a struggle that many ENFPs face.

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Despite sometimes being overbearing, Lily remains a warm person who will always be there for her friends when times get tough. She is open to trying new things, including moving to San Francisco when her relationship with Marshall was on the rocks.

5 Tracy McConnell-ISFP (Adventurer)

While she is only featured towards the end of the series, it quickly becomes evident that Ted’s eventual wife was incredibly observant, and could pick up on someone’s emotions almost right away. This valuable ISFP trait was evident when she and Robin first met, and Robin was displaying cold feet before her wedding to Barney. Immediately, Tracy told Robin to stop what she was doing and take three deep breaths, which allowed enough time for Barney to convince her to go through with the wedding.

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Apart from her observance and wisdom, Tracy is simply a caring person. When Lily was distraught after her fight with Ted as well as the fact that she missed Marvin, Tracy immediately offered her cookies in an effort to console her.

4 Zoey Pierson-ENFP (Campaigner)

The always-imaginative Zoey sometimes gets ahead of herself and begins to build false expectations, particularly when it comes to protest movements. Although this can be a downfall, it does also lend itself to a common ENFP advantage, namely being a natural-born leader.

As she proved during Thanksgiving dinner, Zoey is a playful and novelty-seeking ENFP, who used her imagination to conceive amusing games for the group to play together.

3 Stella Zinman-ENFP (Campaigner)

While sociable and easy to get along with, Stella often finds herself getting held back due to dwelling on things in the past; particularly her relationship with Tony. This has resulted in her finding it difficult to fully commit to someone else, which was a root cause of much of Ted’s frustration.

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All of her insecurities aside and Stella still retains many positive ENFP qualities such as being enthusiastic and future-oriented, especially during the time in which she and Ted were seriously considering building a life together.

2 Quinn Garvey-ESTP (Entrepreneur)

Barney’s longtime ex and notorious stripper, Quinn is direct and realistic in her goals and does what it takes in order to make a living. She is adventurous and is always up for a risk, particularly if it results in having a good time. While she is efficient as a typical ESTP, she often uses this trait to take advantage of people, such as when she took an excessive amount of money off of Barney on the night they met.

Quinn is very insightful and observant and has a knack for anticipating how someone will behave. She is also a people-person who loves being at the center of attention.

1 Wendy The Waitress-ESFJ (Consul)

While not much is known about her, Wendy had been a waitress at MacLaren’s Pub for the duration of the series. Whenever the group would sit down in their booth, she always greeted them with an open smile, displaying her caring ESFJ personality.

She always appeared welcoming and enthusiastic when assisting the group with whatever they need, however like many ESFJs, she had the tendency to become overly-enthusiastic, which opened her upon to being hurt after briefly dating Barney.

NEXT: How I Met Your Mother: All Of Ted’s Major Love Interests, Ranked


2019-07-20 01:07:05

Mathew Cohen

Jason Mewes Interview: Madness in the Method | ScreenRant

Jason Mewes made his acting debut in 1994 when he first played the character of Jay in Kevin Smith’s Clerks. While he’s amassed several credits in the decades since, Jay remains his iconic role, and he’s reprised it multiple times over the years – most recently in this fall’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. Mewes is having a prolific year, as he’s also making his directorial debut Madness in the Method, which hits theaters and VOD in August. Screen Rant had the opportunity to talk with Mewes about everything at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.

Hey guys! Welcome to Comic Con 2019. I’m here with Jason Mewes. Thank you so much for joining us here at Screen Rant.

Jason Mewes: Thank you.

Congratulations on your directorial debut, Madness in the Method. I’ve got to know: how did this come about? 

Jason Mewes: My buddy Dominic Burns, he’s the producer on the movie, I did an independent movie for him many years ago called Devil’s Tower in London. I went out and did, like, 4 days. I was like a smaller part, but I stuck around because whenever I’m in London, I like hanging out and taking a little vacation. But anyway, my point is, I spend some time with him. He was like, “Dude, I really just want to ask you. You’ve been doing Jay and you did Devil’s Tower, which was not the same character, but similar. What do you really want to do besides that?” I said, “You know, I really, really want to try to challenge myself and play like a Hannibal Lecter type character, American Psycho or something. But I also really want to direct now, I really want to try to direct something.” And he’s like, “Look, if you’re not if you’re okay with it, I’m gonna write a script for you.” I was like, “Sure, sure.”

You know, people say, “I’m going to do this” or “I’m gonna do this.” I was like, “Yeah, yeah.” And I didn’t hear from him for about three, four months. And then all sudden, he’s like, “Hey, man.” He emailed me and said, “Hey, I hope you’re okay with this, but I wrote a script. I told you I was going to do it. I hope you like it.”

And I did like it. But I was like, “Hey, you know, instead of it being this, why don’t we make it this, this and this?” Then he did a rewrite. And then he’s like, “What do you think of this?” And I was like, “That’s great, but how about now this?” Changes, changes. And then we talked on the phone a bunch. He wrote the script, but he and I… He came up with the streamline, but then I came up with the idea of me playing Jason Mewes. And it being an alternate version of Jason Mewes, and this and that. And he was, like, awesome. He sent me the script. We liked it a lot. It got to a good place. And then he’s like, “Look, I’m gonna try to get money for it.” I’m like, “Sure, sure.” And I didn’t hear from him again for like four months, five months.

He called me up one day. He’s like, “Bro, I’m serious. I think I have the money for this movie. And they’re gonna let you direct it.” I was like, “Get out of here.” He’s like, “No, seriously. It’s not 100%, I’m still working and talking to them. They’re a little hesitant on directing, because you never directed, but they’re also excited that you might direct.” So anyway, he came back and was like, “Bro, you know that we got the money and they’re gonna let you direct. And that’s how it sort of came about.

I’m super stoked for him. Dominic Burns, thank you. Because, again, I didn’t think someone would give us money and let me direct. He went above and beyond and reached out and made things happen. So I’m really grateful for that.

What’s been the biggest challenge about directing?

Jason Mewes: Well, for me? For this movie, honestly, one thing I would do different for sure is… Again, the idea of the movie was so much fun. But it was really hard to try to – I get why Kevin way back in the day, the reason Kevin played Silent Bob is he wanted to play Dante. He wrote Dante for himself, and then he realized, “How am I going to memorize all this dialogue, get hair and makeup and wardrobe, and then focus on directing and focus on the character?” So he was like, “But I really want to be on screen and be in the movie. So I’m going to be Silent Bob, where I have no dialogue to remember.” And then he wore what he normally wore back then, that’s what he literally wore. Naturally, it was that overcoat with the hat and all that stuff. But that’s why he did that.

And I see now, being that I directed, and I was in a lot of the scenes. Because the movie’s about me; it’s technically alternate me. I couldn’t focus as much on directing and only directing. I had to sort of try to do both. And luckily, again, Dominic Burns has directed, like, I don’t know how many movies. But he’s directed a Van Damme movie and a few other movies. So, he has directed before. And so, when I was in front of the camera, he would stand behind and I would be like, “Hey, can we watch playback?” And sometimes if I did a bunch of stuff, and I just wanted to do it again. I’d be like, “Alright, I’m gonna do it again. And let me know you think I got what I what I’m saying I want to get.” So he was very helpful in that. But yes, it would have been nice to direct my first feature with me being a small part in it. But again, I’m not complaining about it. I’m just saying it was tougher than expected. But again, the good thing out of that is, now that I’ve done that, where I’m the main character and directing – next time hopefully I get to do it again, [I’ll] direct with me not playing the lead. If I start here, then hopefully next time, I’ll be like, “Wow, this is a lot easier.” And I can really focus and, again, I think it turned out hopefully well.

Did Kevin give you any advice about directing at all?

Jason Mewes: No. I mean, I think he did without really giving it to me. Because over the years, I honestly watched him. And it’s funny. Because when we were doing the scenes, I was on camera and Dominic was giving his directing point of view for certain things, I really realized I would go back to my style, which was sort of based off Kevin’s style. It’s interesting, because Kevin edits his own movies, he’s edited all his movies except for Mallrats. When he does something while he’s shooting a scene, if there’s a storyboard for, say: the character walks up the stairs, then comes to the door and walks out. He might be like, “You know what, we don’t have to shoot that scene. That’ll save us a scene of him walking up the stairs, because I won’t edit. When I’m editing, I won’t cut from him coming out the door and going up the stairs into the door. I’m just going to cut from him walking out the door.” You know what I’m saying? So he could cut stuff in his head while he’s doing it.

I don’t edit, but I would think that way while we were shooting, because I would be like, “Okay, when it’s edited, it’s going to go from this to this.” But I had to realize that there’s someone else editing it, and they needed to have stuff to cut to, so I guess he didn’t give me advice. He wasn’t on set saying, “Hey, do this, do that.” But I definitely feel I learned a bunch. And I definitely stole a piece of my style from him. Like, not even on purpose. It just is the way.

We’re here at Comic Con 2019, and Jay and Silent Bob are coming back. It’s a reboot. I want to talk to you about that a little bit. What brought this on? The trailer just came out, it seems like you’re having every character in it. There’s also a tweet that three Batmen are in this. Is that true? Has Ben Affleck responded to this?

Jason Mewes: I mean, I don’t want to say anything. I’ve been really trying to be cautious. And again, I know the trailer’s out now. So things have been seen, but I’ve been so terrified of giving things away before they wanted to. And that’s because, way back before we even started shooting, when we were doing the Jay and Silent Bob Get Old podcast Kevin and I do – we tour with it all over – Kevin would talk. We would read one of the scenes from the script to the live audience and talk about, “Hey, things are looking good. It looks like we might shoot at the beginning of the year next year. And we’re going to hopefully shoot here, here and here.” And so when we found out when we were shooting, and where we’re shooting, I didn’t know it was a secret. When I was coming out of the Carolinas doing my Jay Mewes & His A-Mewes-ing Stories solo show, TMZ was out there going, “Hey, man. What do you think of…?” You know, they always ask you weird stuff. It’s not weird, but it’s about the footballers having to kneel like, “What’s your opinion on that?” They always ask obscure questions, I feel, but then they wrapped it around to, “I heard about this movie. A Jay and Silent Bob reboot’s gonna happen? What do you have to say?” And I was like, “Yeah, man, I’m super stoked. Things are looking good. We’re going to start shooting in the end of January, beginning of February, in New Orleans.” And I didn’t know that I wasn’t supposed to say that, because they the company, the investors and Kevin wanted to make an official announcement.

I was like, “No one’s going to see this anyway.” But TMZ put it up, and then Kevin sees it, and he got a little bummed. Not too bummed, but a little bummed. So my point is that sort of made me shell-shocked about giving any info. I’m like, “Oh my gosh, what if I say Batman’s in it and frickin… He’s like, ‘You’re not supposed to say that. It’s a secret.’” So, again, even if things are said in the trailer that I could probably talk about now, I still will play it safe till the movie comes out.

Let’s switch gears for a second. Now that you’ve directed your first film, Kevin has a great history of directing CW DC superhero shows. Do you have any interest in doing that? I know you were in The Flash last season, I believe.

Jason Mewes: Yeah, Kevin I got to be in it. Well, I got to be in at twice. One time. I was a customer at the Big Belly Burger. And I came out, I was on a date. It was the zombie Girder. Zombie Girder… Greg? What was his name? It was the steel dude. But anyway, it was that episode by myself. And then, yes, the season after Kevin and I got to come out as the security guards. So yes, that was amazing. Do I have interest in directing a CW show? Is that what you were gonna ask it, I think? Right now, I feel like I would need a little more… experience to feel comfortable going on a show as awesome and popular as those shows. But I’d love to be in [one]. We got to be in The Flash twice. I’d love to be in Supergirl, and I’d love to a cameo even in Supergirl or Arrow before it ends or the new Batwoman. I mean, who knows? I mean, I think I should come out as a security guard. Kevin I should be the security guards in all the different shows.

You talked to me about your love for the Vigilante, and he’s been in the Arrowverse, if we shall say. And here at Comic-Con, I saw you at the Hasbro breakfast earlier. What are some of the things that you’re hunting down?

Jason Mewes: There’s a Vigilante statue that is an exclusive. Hasbro always has the best, most awesomest exclusives every year. I feel like it’s the one thing I always – even if I don’t get to walk the floor a bunch or buy a bunch of things, I always go to Hasbro and pick up. There’s always something. I always love the double packs that they have. Like, this year I saw they’re going to have… I forget what it’s called exactly, but they had the year before that, the Marvel’s Vault or whatever. And then the year before that, they had the like the 8-pack of the Thunderbolts. All the packs like that. This year, I think it’s called like the Season of Marvel or something like that. And then I saw they have the Hawk 80th anniversary. There’s so many cool things I get, I don’t even know them all. I usually look at the websites, try to find San Diego exclusive Hasbro stuff. But until you get there, you’re like, “I didn’t see that. I didn’t know they had this.”

They usually always have like some kind of Transformers mix. It looks like they have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Ghostbusters crossover. Optimus Prime or something, yeah. I mean it’s pretty fantastic. So yes, I’ll be picking up some of them. I usually stop over, as well. I usually peek, there’s a couple more places, like Mattel and a couple of other places have at least one or two exclusives that I fancy. So I definitely am going to go the floor. Lego, a huge fan of Lego. I love Lego. Last year, they had the Ninjago Lego City Docks. The year before that, they had Ninjago City. And it’s awesome, because Lego. I’m a big fan, so.

Last question. I know you’re a big comic book fan, and I know you’re a big DC fan. So Warner Bros. isn’t here this year. Just a curious question for you: for Warner Bros. to get their DC movies back on track, what do you think it’s going to take?

Jason Mewes: I don’t know. That’s a pretty [deep question]. I don’t know if I can handle that. I honestly don’t know. If they could just start over and really try to take something from the Marvel Universe, and try to copy their recipe format. But I don’t know. I don’t know, really. But wait a second, you’re saying Warner Brothers isn’t here? The big Warner Brothers [panel]? Oh my goodness gracious. What do you – Why? No, I’m just kidding. That’s pretty crazy. Yeah, I didn’t even know that. I’m so like, we have so much stuff. We just came from the IMDb boat, and all this press. I guess I’m more focused this year on my movie, and then the Jay and Silent Bob movie. I think Kevin would give a great answer to that, so hopefully you’ll get to talk to him, and he’ll answer for me.

More: Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Trailer


2019-07-19 01:07:16

Joe Deckelmeier

The Office: All Of The Holiday Episodes, Ranked | ScreenRant

The Office is known for many things including its famous holiday episodes. Most of these had Dunder Mifflin’s employees celebrating the true meaning of Christmas through participation in some sort of dysfunctional holiday party. Let’s also not forget that one Season 7 episode that nodded Thanksgiving.

We’re here to see how every holiday episode of The Office stacks up, so get ready for one wild sleigh ride through Scranton: here is a ranking of The Office‘s most festive episodes.

8 WUPHF.com (S7E9)

We’re kicking it off with an honorable mention: The Office’s unofficial Thanksgiving episode.

WUPHF.com follows Ryan’s attempt to get his co-workers invested in his internet company. While Thanksgiving isn’t the main theme of the episode, it first aired near the autumn holiday, and Dwight turns the office parking lot into a hay bale festival.

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Thanksgiving is mentioned once during a chat between the senator and Angela. Even if it’s not a true Turkey Day episode, it’s the closest thing we’ll get.

7 Christmas Wishes (S8, E10)

“Christmas Wishes” sees Andy attempting to make everyone’s Christmas dreams become a reality. However, after introducing the gang to his new girlfriend Jessica, Erin becomes upset and drinks too much at the Christmas party. Robert California similarly mourns his divorce, and Andy becomes concerned about the pair bonding over their frustrations.

Meanwhile, Dwight and Jim are told by Andy that if they pull any more pranks on each other, they’ll lose their Christmas bonuses. Wanting to end up with twice as much as cash, they continuously frame each other by pranking themselves.

While “Christmas Wishes” is funny, it’s nothing outstanding and lacks some of the charm in earlier episodes.

6 Moroccan Christmas (S5E11)

“Moroccan Christmas” sees Phyllis throwing the annual holiday bash instead of Angela for the first time as the new head of the Party Planning Committee. She blackmails Angela into doing what she wants, holding Angela’s affair with Dwight over her head.

Meanwhile, Meredith gets drunk and sets her hair on fire at the party, which leads Michael to stage an intervention for her alcoholism and trick her into entering a rehab center. The last storyline has Dwight buying out the most-wished-for doll of the season, “Princess Unicorn,” so he can up-sell the toy for a profit.

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While some criticized the Michael-Meredith and Angela-Phyllis plots for feeling out of character, the episode is full of fresh humor when considered on its own.

5 Dwight Christmas (S9E9)

When the party planning committee doesn’t come through with their annual Christmas bash, Dwight gathers everyone around to celebrate a traditional Schrute Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas. He dresses up as the gift-bringer Belsnickel, who determines if Dunder Mifflin’s employees are impish or admirable: the equivalent of Santa’s naughty or nice.

The episode’s side plot sees Pete teaching Erin about his favorite film, Die Hard.

“Dwight Christmas” provided lots of laughs, returning with a feel more similar to earlier Office Christmas episodes. Rainn Wilson’s acting is also spot-on in this one.

4 Classy Christmas (S7E11/12)

This two-part Christmas collective saw Michael throwing a classy holiday party to celebrate Holly’s return to Dunder Mifflin. He believes that she will be single again, even though the last time he saw her, she was dating A.J. When she shows up and is still in a relationship, Michael decides to vandalize her Toy Story Woody doll and frame Toby.

Other storylines in the episodes include Darryl growing concerned that his daughter doesn’t want to spend the holidays with him and Dwight challenging Jim to an intense snowball fight.

“Classy Christmas” is all around funny and memorable, as it continues Micahel’s quest for love while containing gags familiar to the holiday-themed episodes before it.

3 A Benihana Christmas (S3E10)

“A Benihana Christmas” saw Pam and Karen teaming up to compete against Angela’s holiday party after they tire of her bossy antics.

Additionally, Michael’s girlfriend Carol breaks up with him after he sends her a family picture card with his head photoshopped over that of her ex-husband. This leads him to go to a Benihana restaurant, at which he and Andy meet waitress they bring to the holiday parties. Unfortunately for Michael, he gets the two girls confused and finds himself trying to figure out who is whom during the festivities.

The two-part episode is filled with the kind of conflict that’s so uncomfortable you can’t help but laugh. Jim’s two romantic partners scheming alongside each other additionally adds a fascinating and funny dynamic to the mix.

2 Secret Santa (S6E13)

In “Secret Santa,” Michael becomes upset when Phyllis walks in as Santa Clause because he’s used to dressing up as the big guy. In spite, he tries to out-do her by dressing up as Jesus. When Jim puts an end to his antics, Michael calls CFO David Wallace and learns that everyone might lose their jobs: news he uses to take back control of the Christmas party.

Pam meanwhile tries to push Oscar and the new warehouse worker into a relationship, and Dwight tries to determine what the mysterious pieces he’s receiving in the mail will build. Additionally, Erin asks her Secret Santa (Andy) to stop sending her actual “Twelve Days of Christmas” gifts after she gets attacked by the live birds.

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The episode features a ton of incredible one-liners and the cast’s various conquests kept it going strong.

1 Christmas Party (S2E10)

Topping off the list is the inaugural “Christmas Party” episode, in which Michael changes “Secret Santa” into a more competitive white elephant gift exchange. This causes all sorts of problems, with Dwight ending up with a teapot Jim filled with memorabilia for Pam — Ryan ending up with a flowery nameplate that says “Kelly” — and Pam ending up with the iPod Michael had originally intended for Ryan.

While most of the office is upset by the results, Michael decides to lighten the mood by breaking the company’s policy on alcohol and turning things up. In the end, Pam decides to trade with Dwight, ending up with teapot Jim had bought her.

While the dry jokes made this episode hilarious, the sweet twist ending makes it just as heartwarming as it is funny.

NEXT: 5 Things The Office Did Better Than Friends (& 5 Things Friends Did Better)


2019-07-17 03:07:22

Brooke Bajgrowicz

Twilight: The 10 Worst Things Edward Has Ever Done | ScreenRant

While Twilight might have been a huge phenomenon, and it’s easy to see why in some ways, there are also some things about the series that give pause. While the idea of having a super hot vampire boyfriend is definitely appealing, Edwards wasn’t nearly the romantic, respectful boyfriend he was made out to be. While the books were marketed mainly to teenagers who might not notice the red flags, there are definitely a lot of things Edward did that weren’t so great. Many of these things have to do with how he treated Bella.

We’ve put together a list of ten of the worst things Edward Cullen has ever done.

10 HE TRIES TO SCARE BELLA

During Twilight, Edward isn’t sure how to handle his feelings for Bella. He makes her uncomfortable by sending many mixed messages. When Edward reveals to her that he is a vampire, he goes out of his way to feel uncomfortable and scared in an effort to push her away. While this might have been done in a weird attempt to keep her safe and away from him, maybe he really just should have left town for good if he was serious about not messing with her life.

9 WATCHING BELLA WHILE SHE SLEEPS

This is definitely one of those romance tropes that need to just go away fast. While if you’re dating someone and consensually sharing a bed with each other, watching someone fall asleep next to you isn’t weird, doing so without their consent is creepy. Edward spent many nights watching Bella sleep without her knowing that he was doing it. While he might think he was doing it to protect her, it’s a really creepy move and not romantic at all.

8 HIS LACK OF INTEREST IN HAVING FRIENDS

This is kind of a complicated point because on the one hand, staying at a certain distance from humans was to keep them safe. Also, given the fact that the Cullens never age and have weird traits about them, being close friends with humans could alert people that something strange was going on.

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However, it’s kind of problematic that Edward really doesn’t seem to have any friends outside of his Cullen family. He doesn’t really have human or vampire friends and is kind of a loner.

7 HOW OBSESSED HE IS WITH READING BELLA’S THOUGHTS

Edward’s special gift as a vampire is being able to read minds. Edward is unable to read Bella’s mind, however. He often feels frustrated with his fact and expresses his desire to be able to read her thoughts. Although sometimes we would all like to be able to read the minds of others around us, it’s kind of a problem that Edward doesn’t see how violating this can be. He isn’t so great at sharing any of his own thoughts with Bella but seems to think every thought she has should be fair game.

6 WHEN HE BROKE BELLA’S TRUCK SO SHE COULDN’T SEE JACOB

One of the biggest red flags about Edward is how he tries to control what Bella does. He often thinks he is doing so in her best interest, but it isn’t up to him to make decisions for her. He has a very patronizing and infantilizing tone with her. While he might be a lot older than her, which is kind of creepy in its own way, he should respect her more. This problem is most clear when he literally breaks Bella’s truck to try and keep her from going to see Jacob. Controlling much?

5 STALKING BELLA

Similar to the fact that Edward would watch Bella sleep, Edward also stalked her all the time. In the first book in the series, Edward follows Bella as she goes out with her friends for the night. He follows her to Port Angeles.

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While Stephanie Meyer tried to make this into a positive thing as Edward saves her from men who had bad intentions with Bella, it’s really strange to set up a story where a woman is so helpless without a man around that she can’t go to a small city for the evening with a group of friends.

4 THE WAY HE DUMPED BELLA IN NEW MOON

So many of Edward’s horrible choices and things he does relate to him trying to do what is best for Bella. After the party at the Cullens were Bella is almost attacked after getting a paper cut, Edward decides he has to leave her behind. He literally takes her to the woods to dump her, which is just a weird and creepy thing to do. This is a pretty traumatic way to break up with someone especially considering how he makes his entire family up and move away with him.

3 THAT WHOLE MURDERING BAD GUYS THING

Vampires are obviously undead creatures who need to drink blood to survive. As vampires who don’t kill humans, Edward deciding to break away from that Cullen rule was pretty shocking. While he might have justified this by having the people he ate be bad guys, it’s still kind of problematic.

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This makes him somewhat of a vigilante, and while this’ understandable in many ways, it’s also violent and bad.

2 HOW JEALOUS HE ACTS OF JACOB

Edward is overall really controlling, possessive, and jealous. Not traits you really want your romantic partner to have. He was so jealous and threatened of Bella’s relationship with Jacob, even though he had literally abandoned her and put her in a situation where she needed to make new friends. He sets up a situation where it’s like Bella disobeys him by keeping up a friendship with Jacob. This controlling kind of relationship is not admirable in any way.

1 WHEN HE ALMOST KILLED BELLA

While the idea of having a vampire or other beautiful but scary creature as a significant other might be appealing, it really wouldn’t be so great. Edward is so unable to cut himself out of Bella’s life that he puts her at risk many times. This is especially true at the end of the first book when he is almost unable to stop drinking her blood after he has to suck the vampire venom out of her. It would have been best for Bella if Edward had left the picture before they ever started dating.

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2019-07-17 03:07:03

Amanda Steele

My Hero Academia: 10 Most Powerful Quirks, Ranked | ScreenRant

The world of My Hero Academia is full of amazing, useful, and silly quirks. But when it comes to being a superhero, some quirks are better than others. For example, All Might would never have become the hero we all know him to be, should the quirk handed down to him have been anything else (say having the ability to create bubbles).

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Here we’re going to look at 10 of the most powerful quirks in the series. And we’re going to take it a step further and rank them while we’re at it. Because why not?

This article pulls quirks that haven’t made it into the anime yet.

10 Copy

Neito Monoma has a unique quirk; he has the ability to copy other quirks. Now, thankfully he can’t actually copy all quirks. Imagine if he tried (and succeeded) to copy One For All. He would have torn himself apart!

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However, even with limitations on what he can mimic, this ability is extremely useful. It allows Monoma to be fairly versatile in any given situation. He can even combat an enemy with their own quirk – depending on what it is.

9 Bloodcurdle

Stain had what is quite possibly the most brutal combination of quirk and personality. His quirk–blood curdling—gives him the ability to freeze anybody whose blood he ingests. Since blood is involved in this manner, it’s already a given that the blood came from a fight. He then takes advantage of the person being frozen to maim or slaughter them.

In the hands of a killer like Stain, this quirk is incredibly powerful. And incredibly dangerous. The famous fight of him versus three UA students is indication enough of that fact. One has to wonder, how would this quirk have looked, had it been used for good?

8 Half-Cold Half-Hot

Most of the elemental quirks seem like they would be useful, depending on their situation. However, many of them are in fact limited by their environments (as evidenced in the series). That’s what makes Todoroki’s quirk standout among the rest.

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Todoroki has the quirk of both cold and hot – meaning ice and fire are under his control. And it’s a strong quirk too – you’ve seen the amount of ice and fire he can create. Todoroki is a versatile fighter thanks to his quirk (and his ability to stay clear-headed during a fight… usually). He will become an even bigger threat, as he learns more control over his quirk.

7 Mental Control

Shinso has a quirk that the UA criminally undervalues. Based on the way they test for new students, it’s no surprise that Shinso failed. But that doesn’t mean much about the strength of his quirk. The ability to control minds is not one that should be underestimated. Especially when he can mimic other’s voices, and gain a higher chance of getting a response from his targets.

So far we haven’t really had a chance to see Shinso go all out – but we can be sure that it’s coming. His quirk and his mentor more or less guarantee those facts. And it’s going to be explosive when we see it happen.

6 Black Hole

Thirteen is sort of an overlooked hero, due to their focus on rescue instead of combat. But do not make the mistake of looking down on their quirk. The ability to create black holes is no mean feat. And it makes Thirteen extremely dangerous in a fight (as long as they’re not surrounded).

One can understand why Thirteen has dedicated the use of their quirk to rescue instead of harm. Any fight they join in on significantly reduces the odds of bringing in the enemy alive, and killing is not a thing a hero should do lightly.

5 Disintegration

Tomura Shigaraki has one of the more disturbing quirks out there. Not only is it dangerous, but it’s painful and quite frankly, it just looks alarming. Shigaraki has the quirk of disintegration. We saw it get used against Aizawa in the first season.

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Shigaraki doesn’t seem terribly interested in using his quirk in excess. Perhaps there’s a cost to it. More likely there are other reasons he doesn’t want to rely on the quirk (pride, a reminder of his family, who knows).

4 Overhaul

Overhaul, aka Kai Chisaki, has one of the most terrifying quirks out there. His villain name is based off the quirk itself – Overhaul. With this quirk, he can deconstruct and reconstruct matter (including people) on a whim. He can also alter any item or person during this process – healing or damaging as he sees fit.That makes him an extremely dangerous person to try and fight against, as our heroes learned. The end of the most recent season showed just how lethal he can be – taking on a group of antagonists without a moment’s hesitation – and winning.

3 Rewind

Eri is a character that hasn’t yet made an appearance in the anime (though if you’ve watched the trailer, then you know what she looks like). Eri’s quirk is unique among the others. It can rewind a person’s state to any time of her choosing. Meaning, if a person is hurt, she can reset their body to a time when it wasn’t damaged — and vice versa.

Eri’s quirk is dangerous, a fact that Overhaul was well aware of. He used her body and her quirk to hurt and control others. Eri’s quirk is powerful for another reason as well – her ability to support other heroes and keep them upright during a fight. Think about that. Intense, right?

2 One For All

Naturally, we had to include One For All on this list. This quirk is technically a few quirks merged together, but since they’ll never be separated, we’re counting them as one. One For All combines immense strength and power with the ability to hand the quirk to somebody else. Thus it creates a lineage of heroes, handing the quirk down through the ages. It has some unusual side effects, as readers of the manga are well aware of.

One For All is an exceptionally powerful quirk. All Might and Midorya can both prove that fact for us. Both heroes have been capable of amazing feats, with All Might being the number one hero for years.

1 All For One

If One For All is going to make this list, then so should All For One. All For One is the quirk that allows our main villain to take any quirk he wishes. It’s basically the polar opposite of One For All. And it allows All For One to get more and more powerful with time – picking and choosing the quirks he desires.

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To make matters worse (or better, depending on how you want to look at it), this quirk can also transfer quirks. Allowing All For One to take quirks and give them to his followers. It’s a smart way to ensure loyalty, at the very least.


2019-07-16 01:07:35

Cat Wyatt

Amazon Developing New Jack Ryan TV Series | ScreenRant

Months after it was announced that Lee Child was bringing his Jack Reacher character to television, the series is officially in development at Amazon, with Scorpion creator Nick Santora on board as executive producer and showrunner. The news that the title character of Child’s series of novels would no longer be played by Tom Cruise in feature films was delivered last year, with the author stating he had regained the rights to his work and would be shopping it around to various networks and streaming services, in an effort to deliver an ongoing series with an actor who more closely resembled the character as he was depicted on page. 

It’s an interesting step for the author to take, as although both films, Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, were only modest hits (they roughly grossed a combined $400 million worldwide), they benefitted greatly from the name of their star, as well as the presence of Mission: Impossible writer-director Christopher McQuarrie. Nevertheless, Child has been adamant that the character of Reacher should be someone well over six feet tall and, as described in the books, has “hands the size of dinner plates.” Though the casting search is presumably on, it would seem the Jack Reacher series will have the full weight of Amazon Prime Video, as well as Skydance and Paramount Television, behind it. 

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As reported by Variety, the series will make for a one-two punch of testosterone-driven action fare, featuring dudes named Jack, as Reacher will be well positioned alongside the recently rebooted Jack Ryan series, starring John Krasinski. That series is also produced by Paramount and Skydance, making the acquisition of Reacher something of a no-brainer and a solid addition to the streamer’s growing lineup of action-oriented original programming. 

The question now becomes what sort of series Jack Reacher will be under the stewardship of Santora and Child, who also comes on board the project as an executive producer. Because Child was so invested in recasting the character to fit his description in the books, it stands to reason that he’ll be angling for the series itself to hew closer to the kind of storytelling seen in the novels as well. How that will differentiate the series from the Tom Cruise films remains to be seen, but an obvious angle might be for the show to push the envelope further than the PG-13 rated movies with regard to its content.

As for now, the process of finding the new Jack Reacher will likely take precedence for Santora and Child, as the new series will likely be marketed at least partially on the chosen actor’s physical resemblance to the wandering hero. Until then, it looks like it’ll be a good time to speculate as to who best can walk in Reacher’s shoes. 

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Jack Reacher does not yet have a premiere date on Amazon Prime Video. 

Source: Variety


2019-07-15 02:07:29

Kevin Yeoman

The Bachelorette: All About The Hometown Dates | ScreenRant

Fans have been waiting all season to see who the final four lucky suitors would be for the hometown dates on The Bachelorette. Here’s everything you need to know about The Bachelorette star Hannah Brown’s hometown dates.

So far on this season of The Bachelorette, Brown has had a hard time keeping the contestants from fighting with one another. Many group dates and cocktail parties have devolved into petty arguments between the men. Now, fortunately for Brown, it’s down to just four guys, and things have started to calm down a bit – for the most part. Compared to the Fantasy Suites episode, which involves drama with contestant Luke Parker after the 26-year-old self-proclaimed “entrepreneur” sex-shamed Brown, the hometown dates could be smooth sailing for the bachelorette.

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In the hometown dates episodes, the four remaining contestants – Luke Parker, Jed Wyatt, Tyler Cameron, and Peter Weber – took Brown home to meet their families. Per The Bachelorette rules, none of the contestants are allowed to speak to their families prior to their visits. Brown had to communicate with her family members via the producers to coordinate the televised date. Check out the teaser below:

Producers apparently ask the final four contestants to choose an activity that “means something” to them. The point is to allow the bachelorette to have some one-on-one time with the contestant before meeting their family. It also probably goes without saying, but the former bachelorette stressed that these hometown dates are deeply uncomfortable for everyone involved, but particularly for the families.

This season, things have been tense between Brown and Parker, who has been a source of frustration for other men in the house, which paved the way for an interesting visit. Then there’s Wyatt’s hometown, which fans will be especially interested to watch considering his ex-girlfriend revealed that the two were still dating when he left to film the show. Even the seemingly perfect Weber has been accused on social media of allegedly being in a relationship before the show – so it sounds like Brown isn’t in the clear just yet.

The hometown dates bring with them plenty of drama, followed by the even more dramatic Fantasy Suites when Brown can choose to spend the night with any of her remaining bachelors. Viewers will then get a behind-the-scenes look at the season during the “Men Tell All” special, which airs the following week. During the special, former contestants from this season confront Brown and each other about what went down on the show. Then, it’s just another week before fans will know for sure who Brown chooses as her future husband, and whose family she will be getting to know a lot better.

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New episodes of The Bachelorette air Mondays at 8 pm EST on ABC.

Source: Hannah Brown



2019-07-15 02:07:26

Sarah Beauchamp

Star Trek: 10 Times Voyager Broke Our Hearts | ScreenRant

Star Trek: Voyager, the first spin-off of Star Trek: Next Generation (itself a spin-off of sorts from the original series) began with a dismal premise. The captain and crew of the Federation starship Voyager gets hurtled into the Delta Quadrant, considered the frontier of the Star Trek Universe, a relatively unexplored place beyond Federation arbitration. To reach home, it will take 75 years, in which case most of the crew would be dead before they ever saw the Alpha Quadrant.

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Introducing a new ship and crew under these circumstances seemed like a set-up for truly tragic storylines, which seemed natural given the inherent despondency of their situation. Voyager had some of the saddest episodes in Star Trek, compounded by the fact that the crew seemed unable to escape an inevitable fate. Better replicate yourself some tissues, because here come ten of the most heartbreaking storylines.

10 KNOWING HARRY KIM WAS NEVER THE “REAL” HARRY KIM

In one of the most brutal and suspenseful episodes of Voyager’s second season, the ship encounters a spatial rift in a nebula, and suffers massive damage from unknown proton bursts. There are heavy casualties, including Ensign Harry Kim and a baby, Naomi Wildman. The rift also creates a “quantum double” of Voyager, allowing the two crews to view each other at the same time like a mirror.

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Soon the “undamaged” Voyager is in the same trouble as its damaged double, as Vidiians board it and start harvesting vital organs from the crew. Its Captain Janeway at the last moment orders her Harry Kim, and baby Naomi, through the rift to complete the other crew. Harry spends the series wondering if he’s really aboard his Voyager.

9 THE SAD FATE OF ICHEB

Without a doubt, the Borg are a species that must be stopped. Their quest for efficiency and perfection by assimilating everyone they came in contact with would have meant galactic destruction. Starfleet thought of many ways to take them down, including infecting their Collective with a virus.

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The virus came in the form of an adolescent, a boy named Icheb, who befriended Seven of Nine. He came to find out that the only reason for his existence was to deliver a virus to the Borg by being assimilated and making sure it infected all of them. Seven of Nine’s goodbye to a boy who just wanted to be normal is gut-wrenching.

8 TUVOK TRYING TO SHAVE AFTER GOING BLIND

“Year of Hell” is often cited as one of the top 10 Voyager episodes of all time, and for good reason. When the crew is faced with repeated shelling bombardment  by the ships of the Krenim Imperium with dwindling weapon capabilities, their already desperate situation becomes even more desperate.

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Voyager stands up to weeks of battle after drifting into Krenim-occupied space, and with each new hit, circumstances become more bleak. There is a quiet moment where Tuvok, now blind from a torpedo blast, attempts to shave with a straight razor unassisted, to prepare for his “morning rounds” amidst a rubble-strewn ship.

7 WHEN SEVEN OF NINE RELIVES ASSIMILATED MEMORIES

As a Borg, Seven of Nine was part of the hive-mind of the Collective, with the voices and thoughts of the hundreds of thousands of species the Borg assimilated in their pursuit of galactic domination. In one disturbing episode, she starts taking on the personalities of these individuals.

There’s an old woman whose son has recently joined Starfleet. She wants Voyager to pass on the message that she’s alive (the real woman has long since been assimilated and would sooner assimilate her son at this point). She also assumes the personality of a girl that was assimilated, at an age similar to when Seven herself was taken, now reliving a childhood she was robbed of.

6 WHEN THE E.M.H.’s DAUGHTER DIES

In an effort to experience all the happiness and sadness, trials, and tribulations of the human experience, Voyager’s holographic doctor writes himself a holodeck program that gives him a real family. He has a wife and two children he comes home to every day, allowing him to experience some level of human normalcy.

His daughter has an accident, shattering his bucolic existence. When her brain is hemorrhaging faster that he can save her, he faces the reality that she will die. He desperately wants to end the program but Tom Paris warns that to truly understand what it means to be human, he has to face the emotional burden.

5 WHEN TUVIX BEGS FOR HIS LIFE

An unfortunate transporter accident merges Tuvok and Neelix together into a single entity, who decides to be called “Tuvix” for the remainder of the episode of the same name. With aspects of each man in his personality and appearance, the crew adjusts to his presence as Captain Janeway decides how to reverse the accident.

When it comes time for the ship’s doctor to perform the procedure, Tuvix refuses, calling it an “execution.” He declares his right as an individual, which has been a central focal point for many Star Trek series. His pitiful attempts to get a single crew member on the bridge to defend him in his right to life is truly heartbreaking.

4 WHEN JANEWAY FINDS OUT HER HUSBAND MOVED ON

Being stranded in the Delta Quadrant with her crew, it’s natural for Captain Janeway to think that life has moved on for the rest of the world as she knows it. It’s been four years by the time “Hunters” takes place, but the crew are given a spark of hope when they find a way to communicate with loved ones back home.

Janeway receives a letter from Mark, her fiance on Earth, who explains that while he held out as long as he could, he’s recently married someone else. Janeway compartmentalizes the devastating news and collects herself as a sterling Starfleet officer.

3 WHEN NEELIX LEAVES THE SHIP

Though some viewers may have found Neelix’s boundless enthusiasm and goofy humor annoying, his cheer in the face of adversity did more for the crew of Voyager than they realized. 

When it’s time for Neelix to leave the ship and join a colony of his people, he thinks he can slink quietly to a turbolift. He doesn’t expect the entire crew to create a gauntlet, at the end of which is Captain Janeway, who greets him as “Ambassador.” 

2 WHEN THE CREW OF VOYAGER DIES

In “Course Oblivion” during Season 5, the crew of Voyager is cloned by a life form on a demon planet that presents as a silvery substance. The “fake” crew develop a highly advanced warp drive and leave for Earth, now able to get there in a matter of weeks. They celebrate Tom and B’Elanna’s wedding below decks, until unexpected turbulence stops the ceremony.

The advanced warp core of the ship destabilizes, and they discover by trying to repair it that they aren’t the real crew. As they run out of time, each crew member dies one by one, desperately trying to preserve even the memory of their existence, and the schematics for the advanced warp core. When the original Voyager answers their distress call, they find nothing but a massive collection of silvery debris.

1 B’ELANNA TRYING TO SURGICALLY REMOVE HER BABY’S CRANIAL RIDGES

Growing up half human and half Klingon, B’elanna Torres didn’t exactly have a traditional or normal upbringing. She felt isolation from both human and Klingon communities.

When she finds out she’s pregnant with Tom Paris’s child in the last season of Voyager, and knowing that Klingon genes are dominant, she tries to do everything in her power to have the ridges surgically removed from her baby’s forehead. She breaks down in Sickbay telling Tom she doesn’t want to drive him away like she did her father.

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2019-07-15 01:07:56

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

RuPaul’s Drag Race Readying for Season 12 in 2020 | ScreenRant

RuPaul’s Drag Race, the iconic drag queen competition show, will return for Season 12 in 2020, featuring a new cast of queens from all over the country. While VH1 has yet to release much new information on the upcoming season, fans know they can expect the show to return next winter.

Since 2009, the Emmy-winning show has won over America, teaching viewers about the world of drag, while also breaking barriers for the acceptance of the LGBTQ community. On RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag queens compete in a series of different challenges based off of performance, makeup, and style. The winner takes home $100,000, a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics, and the endless love and approval of RuPaul herself. During Season 11, Yvie Oddly took home the crown. She won out against some incredible queens, like fan favorites Brooke Lynn Hytes and Nina West. Now that Season 11 is over, however, super fans are experiencing withdrawal and have already begun to piece together what they can expect from next season.

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Fans definitely know the next season is happening because there’s already been a casting call. According to the call, put out by RuPaul’s Drag Race’s production company, World of Wonder, Ru is looking for a “showgirl,” “drag queen,” or “girl with a cha-cha heel and a pussycat wig” to appear on Season 12 of the show. Unfortunately, if you’re a drag queen looking to compete, casting is already closed, which is a good sign for fans as it means the network must be close to narrowing down who the next cast of queens will be. While VH1 hasn’t officially announced the next season or its air date, viewers are pretty confident it’s happening, especially based on the success of this last season.

Generally, RuPaul’s Drag Race airs early on in the year, usually by January or February, which means fans will have to possibly wait half a year for their drag race fix. The usual judges will likely return, including Ru, Michelle Visage, Ross Matthews, and Carson Kressley. None of the upcoming celebrity judges have been announced yet, but based on this past season, they most likely won’t disappoint. On Season 11, fans saw guest judges like Lena Waithe, Miley Cyrus, and Adam Rippon.

The good news is that fans may not have to wait until the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race to see their favorite queens. There’s a strong possibility Season 5 of All Stars, a spinoff of RuPaul’s Drag Race featuring iconic cast members from former seasons, will air a month or two before Season 12 premieres. In the meantime, viewers can stream the previous seasons of both shows on VH1 online and start getting their heels and wigs ready for 2020.

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 Source: World of Wonder


2019-07-15 01:07:38

Sarah Beauchamp

No, Lashana Lynch Isn’t the New James Bond | ScreenRant

Reports allege that Lashana Lynch will play the new 007 in next year’s Bond 25, but that doesn’t mean she’s the new James Bond. It didn’t take long for the internet to erupt in its usual fashion when it was reported that Bond 25 will not only include a brand-new 007 agent for the MI6 but that the person taking on the job will be a black woman.

Production on the newest James Bond movie has been fraught. Danny Boyle originally stepped down from directing Bond 25 before production began, after alleged fights with the producers over the direction the franchise should go in. He was replaced by Cary Fukunaga, who’s now the first American to direct a Bond film, something that stuck in the throat of many who believed the franchise should remain stridently British (although non-Brits like New Zealander Martin Campbell have taken on the job before).

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Then Daniel Craig got injured and there was calamity on-set and people began to joke that the movie was cursed. But the show must go on, as will talks of where the series can go after Craig steps down from the role of James Bond. Now, a new report about Bond 25 has given us hints of what could be on the horizon.

According to the report, the start of the film will include a scene where M says, “Come in, 007,” and, rather than Daniel Craig, Lashana Lynch will walk in. So while Craig is still Bond, and James Bond is still very much James Bond, Lynch is the new 007 agent.

English actress Lashana Lynch had her breakthrough role in America on the Shonda Rhimes series Still Star-Crossed, but most people will probably recognize her for her turn as Maria Rambeau, Carol Danvers’s best friend in Captain Marvel. At the moment, Lynch’s Bond 25 character’s name is currently listed on IMDb as Nomi, though no official details have been given on her character or role in the movie. Lynch joins Rami Malek, Billy Magnussen, and Ana de Armas as newcomers to the series, alongside returning favorites Craig, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear, and Léa Seydoux.

Primarily, this announcement revealed two major things: one, that the notion of a James Bond who is something other than white or male is still depressingly shocking and unacceptable to large swaths of the population; and two, that a lot of people were too busy getting outraged over the headlines to read the actual story. No, Lashana Lynch is not taking over from Daniel Craig as James Bond. If these rumors are true, then all she is doing is becoming the new 007, the spy to take on the number after Bond. It’s a key difference but one that still caused a lot of drama. The new 007 inclusion was reportedly a decision made by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the Fleabag star/creator who is doing much-publicized rewrites of the script.

The Bond franchise has had to deal with the fact that Daniel Craig is ready to leave. Many were surprised that Craig had even chosen to return for a fifth film (despite still being contracted for five installments). This is the actor who said in an interview that he would rather slit his wrists than do another Bond movie. He quickly walked that infamous quote back but that’s still a tough situation for the franchise’s producers to deal with.

Major movie stars can notoriously get away with a lot of bad behavior, as the history of Hollywood can attest to, but it can be particularly difficult to have an unwilling or openly unenthused actor in the leading role of your multi-billion dollar franchise who has said, seriously or otherwise, that they wouldn’t want to continue with the series. Craig is at least popular enough and charming enough to get away with it, although he’s also clearly got one eye on the exit (following a substantial payday for Spectre and Bond 25). That means the franchise will eventually need a new Bond but it will also need a life beyond what many viewers see as a dated character trope and narrative.

Lashana Lynch may very well be the new 007 – remember, this is still an unconfirmed report – but that doesn’t mean she’s going to be the new James Bond or that the franchise will follow her in the future. The Bond name is incredibly valuable and a major part of film history, and the Broccoli family who produce the franchise are unlikely to retire the character when Craig steps down. That’s why we have the endless cycle of casting speculation for Bond. It’s almost as proud a part of the Bond tradition as the gadgets.

As long as this franchise keeps making money – and Spectre did make over $880 million worldwide – then they will keep making Bond movies with James Bond front and center. It’s a dream role for many an actor, and hopefully, it won’t be one exclusively limited to white men. If this franchise wants to remain relevant in an expanded universe age, where competition is tougher than ever, then it has to move forward with the times. There’s a reason fans spent years wanting to see Idris Elba play Bond: It’s a role that means something to a lot of people and to Hollywood at large.

If Lashana Lynch gets to be part of the franchise in the long-term and they do indeed commit to her as a new 007 or some sort of leading character, that would be an undeniably big deal. But it’s still early days and that rumor remains just a rumor for now. Besides, even if it’s true, there will probably be at least a three-to-four-year gap between Bond 25 and its follow-up, As with most things Bond, all we can do is wait and speculate.

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2019-07-15 01:07:34

Kayleigh Donaldson