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Arrested Development: 10 Lucille Bluth Quotes That Are Super Relatable

Could Arrested Development exist without its queen of backhanded compliments, passive-aggressive behavior, and brutal honesty? Nope. Lucille Bluth is problematic in more ways than one, but we can’t help but sympathize with her. It’s just so hard when your money can’t rescue you from all of your problems, right?

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In a way, she holds the family together. Yes, technically Michael does that. But without her, how would her children learn to be critical — ahem, we mean real as they head into life? For that, they owe it to Lucille. Now, the story of a wealthy woman who had no choice but to keep her family together with quotes we all relate to.

10 “I Don’t Understand The Question, And I Won’t Respond To It”

In “Public Relations” (S1E11), while eating dinner at Klimpy’s, Lucille and Lindsay get into a fight while drunk together. Of course, their squabble results in the police showing up. It also may or may not have found its way into the newspaper.

Regardless, Lucille stands her ground. She knows that it’s better to be real and stay silent than dig yourself into a darker hole. If only this momentary wisdom could last the entire series.

9 “I Love All My Children Equally… I Don’t Care For Gob”

Lucille has mastered the fine art of balancing her frankness and her coverups. There are appropriate times to say what mothers are supposed to say, and there are appropriate times to instead be real about your children.

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What did Gob really expect? He’s not Buster. Let’s not pretend there isn’t some honest favoritism going on here. We get it.

8 “It’s One Banana, Michael. What Could It Cost? 10 Dollars?”

While most of us probably have some idea of how much fruit sells for at the grocery store, we do relate to Lucille’s shameless claim of ignorance in “Charity Drive” (S1E5).

Lucille blows up at Michael in her calm and collected way for charging his brother for a frozen banana from the Bluth family banana stand. While her memorable words are outrageous, we feel her unaware attitude to the core. If it doesn’t concern you, what’s the point in knowing about it?

7 “Get Me A Vodka Rocks… And A Piece Of Toast”

Do you ever have those days that you just know are going to be bad? Lucille does.

Let’s put this into context. Lucille only added that she wanted a piece of toast with her alcoholic beverage after Michael reminded her it was breakfast. Mood. At least she knows not to skip the most important meal of the day. She’s clearly doing something right.

6 “You’re Telling Me There’s No Alcohol? What The Hell Are We Supposed To Do For Two Days?”

While spending time with Lindsey at a spa in the desert to avoid rehab, Lucille comes to realize her getaway isn’t as great as it could be. She’s particularly bothered by the fact that there are four saunas, three steam baths, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool at the location, yet no alcohol to be found anywhere.

RELATED: Arrested Development: Gob’s 10 Most Hilarious Quotes

Despite the fact that Lucille does have an actual drinking problem, when you isolate the quote, you feel it. There has to be a time in your life where the lack of beverage options present was rather concerning. Her “Exit Strategy” (S3E12) quote is a little too real.

5 “I Wanna Cry So Bad, But I Don’t Think I Can Spare The Moisture”

Okay, so the context for this joke changes it quite a bit. That being said, even isolated, it’s still pretty great. Hint: It originally has to do with Lucille and George’s private lives. Just go watch the episode—it’s “Prison Break-In” (S3E7).

Paying no attention to what Lucille really means by this, we feel her level of prima donna. Maybe it’s not a good thing to be so blunt, but at least she is her. She makes it look cool to not care.

4 “I Don’t Know Who That Is, And I Don’t Care To Find Out”

Partway through “Out on a Limb” (S2E11), Michael tells his mother about a Michael Moore look-alike who was featured in a bit for Jimmy Kimmel Live, to which Lucille responds the above.

There are too many people in this world to keep track of them all. There are always friends of friends to remember, celebrities to keep track of, extended family members that we have to store way in the back of our brains — so is it really necessary to act like we care about every single one of them? Lucille may be onto something.

3 “Oh, That’s How We Joke. She Doesn’t Even Have A House”

This fabulous quote comes right after Lucille tells her house cleaner, Luz, not to get anything on a coat because it costs more than her house. Now reread the quote. We’ll wait.

Michael is clearly bothered by his mother’s frankness, but who can stop her? She’s rich, she’s powerful, and she doesn’t give a flip. We all have those friends we joke with harshly. Just please don’t say this to the people who clean your house. It’s not exactly a nice thing to say.

2 “She Thinks I’m Too Critical. That’s Another Fault Of Hers”

Lindsey’s mother throws a lot of shade at her. Despite this, there are definitely times people deserve this kind of bluntness.

Lucille says these honest words to Maeby after her granddaughter reveals the real reason she is there: because her mother thought hanging out with Lucille would serve as a solid punishment. If someone thought your presence could be used as a punishment, you might respond the same way.

1 “Here’s Some Money. Go See A Star War”

Lucille’s cluelessness is golden, and we are here for it. Why does it matter if you know how to properly refer to one of the world’s most beloved film franchises? Why should that concern you?

What actually bothers us is the fact that Lucille handed her adopted son, Annyong, only a dollar. Wow. Movies must cost less than frozen bananas in Lucille’s world!

NEXT: Arrested Development: 10 Most Memorable Quotes From Tobias Funke


2019-07-11 01:07:45

Brooke Bajgrowicz

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Outsells Wii U Console; Switch Outsells N64

Nintendo has updated its sales data, showing that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has actually outsold the lifetime sales of the Wii U, and the Switch has surpassed the Nintendo 64’s sales. Smash Ultimate has been available since December, and the Switch launched in early 2017.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released on Dec. 7, 2018 to critical and commercial success. It broke Halo: Reach’s record of being the most successful exclusive console title during launch month. The game continues to be a massive hit, and now with the latest update, fans can play as Joker from Persona 5, and create their own stages for battle. Of course, Ultimate’s success is owed to the overall popularity of the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo’s console is the first of its kind, focusing as both a home console, as well as a handheld. With a strong current library, and more to come in 2019, the Switch is going to remain in the spotlight for a long time.

Related: 10 Must-Own Switch Games That PS4 & Xbox One Owners Can’t Play

Now, Nintendo has released its latest financial earnings report, showing how far Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the Switch have come in sales. As of March 31, Ultimate has sold 13.81 million copies worldwide. The Wii U’s lifetime sales are 13.56 million copies sold, meaning that in just a little under four months, Ultimate has outsold a whole modern console. Meanwhile, the Switch has moved over 34 million units, surpassing the Nintendo 64, which sold 32.93 million.

The Wii U was released in late 2012. This means that the console had been available for a number of years, and yet Ultimate surpassed its lifetime sales in under four months. That speaks volumes on how Nintendo bounced back after the Wii U’s commercial failure. Now, 2019 is going to be a strong year for Nintendo, with releases like Super Mario Maker 2Pokémon Sword and Shield, and more. The Switch’s sales aren’t likely to stop anytime soon.

It is interesting to compare the sales between Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The Wii U game was popular, but sold under six million units. Ultimate doubled that in a short amount of time. Thanks to those sales, Ultimate has become a pop culture phenomenon. At its present pace, it should outsell Super Mario Odyssey, but it remains to be seen if it can surpass Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the highest selling title on Switch with over 16 million units sold.

It isn’t surprising that the Switch outsold the Nintendo 64. The N64’s game library was notably smaller in comparison to other consoles. It will be very interesting to see where the Switch’s sales are one year from now.

More: 20 Things Only Experts Know The Nintendo Switch Can Do

Source: Nintendo


2019-04-25 01:04:09

Daniel Alvarez

Super Mario Maker 2 Release Date For Switch Revealed

The release date for Super Mario Maker 2 has finally been announced. The sequel to the popular Super Mario Maker on Wii U was originally announced in February during a Nintendo Direct.

The first Mario Maker released in 2015, and quickly became one of the Wii U’s most popular titles. The game allowed players to create their own Mario platforming stages. You could create in the style of the original Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U. The tools were expansive, featuring all sorts of blocks, enemies, platforms, and more. Many players began successful YouTube and Twitch streams thanks to Mario Maker, thus helping the game to become a pop culture phenomenon. Even now, new stages are still being uploaded.

Related: 20 Greatest Super Mario Games Of All Time (And 10 Of The Worst)

Nintendo confirms the highly awaited Super Mario Maker 2 will be released on June 28, 2019 for Nintendo Switch. Nintendo already confirmed a June release date in the announcement trailer, and now we know the game will launch during the last week of that month.

Although Nintendo has only showed one trailer for the game, a lot of new features were confirmed. Of course, it’ll have the highly requested slopes. There will even be a new theme to create in: Super Mario 3D World. Another new feature will be adding water to ground stages. In the first Mario Maker, you couldn’t combine water and ground in a single section. This adds another layer to the creation process. All of this just scratches the surface of new content, as there are new enemies (such as Bully from Super Mario 64, and the Angry Sun from Super Mario Bros. 3), new platforms, and much more. The amount of new things almost makes the first game look like a prototype.

With Nintendo having distanced itself from the Wii U, it makes sense that the video game company would want to quickly get a new Mario Maker released. Being able to create challenging stages and share them online for the world to play is a fantastic concept. Even if one is not into making levels, there are going to be an endless amount of stages to play, making Mario Maker 2 a worthy pickup either way. It’s surprising that there’s been no footage since February, as there are still plenty of things that have yet to be unveiled. We’ll likely get at least one big overview trailer before release day. With Super Mario Maker 2, the Link’s Awakening remake, Pokémon Sword and Shield and more, Nintendo may have the best 2019 exclusive lineup.

More: 20 Switch Games Confirmed Coming In 2019 (And 5 That Are Possibilities)

Super Mario Maker 2 will be released on June 28, 2019.

Source: Nintendo



2019-04-24 07:04:30

Daniel Alvarez

24 Hidden Things In Back To The Future Only Super Fans Caught

The story behind the creation of Back to the Future happened by accident. While on a promotional tour for the film Used Cars, Bob Gale, who would become one of Back to the Future‘s writers and producers, made a stop in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. He decided to visit his parent’s old home and for some reason, wound up flipping through his father’s old yearbooks.

Bob ended up learning that his father was the president of his graduating class. He then started thinking about different scenarios and whether or not he would have been friends with his father back in the day since Bob himself does not consider himself to be the type of person to run for class president.

When he returned to Hollywood, he got together with his friend, Robert Zemeckis, and the two started brainstorming and coming up with ideas for a film. It did not take long before they came up with a story to pitch to Columbia Pictures. Their pitch was given an instant greenlight and the birth of one of the most iconic film trilogies of all time happened.

After working hard at creating a script for the film, the next step was casting. Both Zemeckis and Gale wanted Michael J. Fox from the start but were forced by Universal to use Eric Stoltz, who was fired after six weeks of shooting. When they finally worked out a deal to get Fox, the film was ready to go and the rest is history.

In honor of the massive fan base that Back to the Future has created over the past 30 years, we put together a list of 25 hidden things only super-fans caught.

24 Did He Say Red?

During the original Back to the Future film, Marty McFly returns to Hill Valley in 1985 by crashing into the old movie theater, which is now called Assembly of the Christ. When he gets back, he yells out to a bum that was sleeping on a park bench. He did not yell anything random, he yelled, “Red!”

This was a line that was added by Michael J. Fox during the filming and had very little significance in the overall plot of the film. It did, however, cause a ton of debate by the super-fans who began arguing that this was actually Red Thomas, the city’s mayor.

Bob Gale would later correct this and clarify that this was not Red Thomas, and just an actor playing a bum in the film.

23 The Atomic Kid

The Atomic Kid was a science-fiction comedy film starring the late Mickey Rooney, who played a uranium prospector. He ends up coming across an atomic test site and survives an atomic bomb detonation, gaining super powers in the process.

This film was fitting because it was playing at the cinema in the Town Theater during Marty McFly’s original trip to 1955. It was an Easter egg referencing the original script which involved Marty going to an Atomic test site in search of enough power to get back home.

22 Battle Of The Bands Rockstar Cameo

Besides the fact that Back to the Future has become one of the most iconic movie franchises of all time, the movie was also popular because of its’ amazing soundtrack including the film’s theme song, “Power of Love,” by Huey Lewis and the News.

Not long after Mary gets to school, do we get introduced to his band, The Pinheads, who are trying out to perform at the school dance. They are cut short of their audition by an angry man with a megaphone screaming about them being, “too darn loud.” The man who played the angry teacher was none other than Huey Lewis himself.

The song they were playing? It was, of course, “The Power of Love.”

21 Sierra No. 3, Hollywood’s Most Famous Train

Becoming a star in Hollywood can happen to just about anyone, or anything. Many people do not realize that there is a locomotive train called the Sierra No. 3 that has been starring in films since 1897. It is one of the most iconic trains in cinema history and was used in Back to the Future Part III.

The train is destroyed in the end of the film after running off the rails and into a ravine. But fortunately for locomotive fans, that was just a quarter-scale model. The actual Sierra No.3 was only used for shots where the actors were needed in close. There was too much history with the train to destroy it after having been around for nearly 100 years.

20 Who Is Joseph Glidden?

Since we are talking about Back to the Future Part III, let’s stay with the same film for a moment and talk about the scene where Doc goes into the local saloon after having his heart broken and was preparing to drink. He is approached by a random man who tries to help him get through this tough time.

The old man who appears to be just a random character put in place to help carry the scene is actually supposed to be Joseph Glidden, the man who invented barbed wire and turned into one of the richest men in America. He even makes a mention of it by telling Doc, “…peddling this barbed wire across the country.”

19 The (Edward) Van Halen Cassette Tape

Since this film has many memorable scenes, it was very hard to pinpoint the most important ones that most people missed the first time it came out. One of the important scenes was when Marty put together this entire scheme to scare his father George into asking out Lorraine, his mother. Marty dressed up in a hazmat radiation suit and called himself Darth Vader while blasting music on a walkman.

The cassette he used had Edward Van Halen written on it, with the Edward looking as if it was added later and shoved onto the tape. The reason is because Van Halen did not give the film permission to use their music or name, but Eddie Van Halen did. He even created the guitar sound and did not tell anyone until many years after.

18 The Cubs Win The World Series

The most famous prediction the second film ever made was not really missed by anyone. They predicted that the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series in 2015, over a team from Miami, which there was not in 1989. Shortly after the film, the Florida Marlins emerged from Miami and began playing in the MLB.

But what they did miss was how the Chicago Cubs won 97 games in 2015 and lost in the NLCS, one series away from the World Series. They would then go on to win the World Series in 2016. Although the film was off by one year, the fact that they predicted a team that has not won a World Series since 1907 would win one in 2015, a year off the actual results, is pretty impressive.

17 Nixon In The Headlines, Vietnam War Continues…

In Back to the Future Part II, when Doc and Marty return to Hill Valley in 1985 after going into the future to 2015, they return to their homes thinking they are going back to their normal lives. However, when Marty enters through the window of his home, he ends up breaking into someone else’s house and quickly takes off running down the street.

This alternate version of 1985 is a very dangerous place that has completely changed after Biff got the sports-book and took over the town. This new version of Hill Valley was so dark that they even made sure the newspaper headlines were just as dark. In one scene that most people missed, one of the headlines on the newspaper states that Richard Nixon is seeking a fifth term for President while the Vietnam War continues.

16 Predicting Mobile Payments

When Back to the Future Part II first came out, it was November of 1989 and technology was on the verge of a revolution. However, many of the things that we saw in the film were nothing more than a bunch of crazy ideas that the writers came up with just for fun. They had no clue it would change the actual future of technology.

One of the devices most people missed was when Marty makes a remote payment on his credit card by scanning it on a machine. The payment instantly goes through and the film continues. But the idea that we can make payments this way was many years away.

15 The Future Of The McFly Family

Although this has become a very popular Easter egg over time, when the film initially was released, there were not very many people who noticed that the 2015 version of Marty McFly had a daughter that looked eerily similar to Michael J. Fox, who we get to meet when we are introduced to the family. That was because it was Fox, in dressed as his own daughter. He also played himself and his son too.

The other detail people never realized about this scene was that Marty McFly Jr. was a millennial long before that word was ever invented. It was a sad reality that we saw coming back in the late 80s and yet could not stop the children of this world from growing into millennials.

14 Statler Toyota

The first scene of the trilogy is stacked with Easter eggs including a radio commercial for Statler Toyota. It was actually the first line of dialogue in the film franchise. This would be the first, of many, Statler references throughout the films.

The Statler family sold horses back in 1885 before changing into a DeSoto dealership in 1931, a Studebaker dealership in 1955, and finally, a Toyota dealership in 1985. The ranch owned by Mr. Statler was also the place where Doc Brown worked growing up.

13 Selling Out For The Money

Do you know why Steven Spielberg’s net worth is estimated at $3.7 billion dollars?

Because he has always been ten steps ahead of everyone else when it comes to making money. A prime example was how he sold an ad tie-in for E.T. for $1 million dollars to Hershey’s to use their Reese’s Pieces in the film, and it became iconic. They also had several others in place throughout the film. It was not the first time a film used product placement, it was just one of the most obvious times.

He would then kick it up a notch for Back to the Future Part II with several deals in place including one with Pizza Hut that ended up being so lucrative, Pizza Hut sent a pizza designer to the set to make sure their pizza looked perfect.

12 Biff’s Alternate World Has No Clock Tower

No one enjoys watching the alternate universe where Biff has used the sports-book to become a billionaire who owns the town. His version of Hill Valley was so dark, even Marty had trouble avoiding a crime scene that was fresh with two chalk outlines of bodies.

As Marty continues walking through the town, he ends up in the center of town where the old clock tower used to be. However, in this alternate reality, there is no clock tower to enjoy. It is the only time in all the alternate universes where the clock tower does not exist.

11 The Fridge & Nuclear Blast Connection To Indiana Jones

The original idea for the time machine was not a DeLorean. It was actually a refrigerator that needed the power of a nuclear blast to send it into the past. The first scene of the film delivers a memorable newscast where the first mention of a nuclear research facility is mentioned.

The beauty of this reference is that Steven Spielberg would later use it in the fourth Indiana Jones film when Indy finds himself in a house inside a nuclear testing facility. He quickly jumps into the fridge and closes the door, only to be blown away to safety before emerging from the wild ride.

10 Eastwood Ravine

When Doc Brown saves the day in Back to the Future Part III‘s epic conclusion, he crashes the train to help get Marty back to 1985 while remaining in 1885 to be with Clara. As the train is heading towards the end of the track, Doc and Clara escape on his hover board and Marty gets up to speed to be able to get back home. But no one knew that Doc escaped the train.

Earlier in the film, Marty said his name to the people in the town was Clint Eastwood, and it stuck. So when the train crashed, and the town believed that this random man who they had known for maybe a couple weeks, had perished in it, they changed the name from Shonash Ravine to Eastwood Ravine.

9 Marty Never Gets His Drinks

In each of the three Back to the Future movies, Marty orders himself something to drink. This recurring gag happens in the same corner restaurant that was a saloon, diner, and cafe over the course of the three films.

In the first film, he orders a coffee but never gets to drink it. He orders a Pepsi in the second film and ends up fighting Biff instead of being able to drink it. By the time we get to the third film, the drink has turned into an alcoholic beverage when he orders whisky and, again, does not get to enjoy it.

8 Legendary Guitar Player References

Not only was Michael J. Fox a very skilled actor loved by millions of people all over the world, he was also a pretty good guitar player. He is actually the person playing Johnny B. Goode in the movie after having learned it not long before they started filming.

Besides that, one of the things people missed from the famous guitar scene was the many references he gave to legendary guitar players. He honors Eddie Van Halen with the tapping guitar technique he made famous while also playing the guitar behind his head like the great Jimi Hendrix and kicking the amp as only Pete Townshend of AC/DC could do.

7 Jaws 19

In 2015, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future film’s release, Universal Pictures decided to make fun of their own classic film, Jaws, by creating a very funny trailer for the fictional film we are teased about when Marty goes into the future in the second film.

The piece that everyone missed from the Jaws 19 scene was that it was directed by Max Spielberg, who just so happens to be the real life son of the original Jaws director, and creator, Steven Spielberg.

6 Doc’s Train Shirt

One of the most missed details in the entire Back to the Future franchise was the shirt Doc Brown was wearing in the beginning in the second film. Since the film was stocked full of information, most people were not paying attention to the details in his yellow button up shirt.

However, upon further examination, you might notice that his shirt is covered in trains that are being chased by men on horses, an easy glimpse into the future of the franchise and the final film’s epic finale.

But it does not stop there. In the third film, Doc goes on to turn that shirt into his bandanna, just in case you were not paying attention.

5 Inside Cafe 80s

The second film in the trilogy, Back to the Future Part II sent Marty McFly into the future, to the year 2015. Although the film was released in 1989, it featured many cool glimpses into the future but one of the coolest moments was when he entered Cafe 80’s, a 1980s themed nostalgia cafe.

The interior of the cafe was covered in things from the 80’s and even featured specific items like the classic arcade game, Pac-Man. If you look up on the wall, it has everything from a Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Champion t-shirt to a poster of the Royal Wedding. They also have old issues of Sports Illustrated, three different electric guitars, a row of famous political masks, some tennis shoes, a sticker wall that includes pennants, and cash.

There are several other items, but it is just too easy to break it down for you. Instead, spend a day going over it, frame by frame, and see how many of the items you can discover.

4 Twin Pines Mall Changes to Lone Pine Mall

If you can recall, the original Back to the Future movie was much darker than the other two sequels. There was even the infamous Libyan scene that took place in the empty parking lot of the Twin Pines Mall. The terrorists showed up looking for Doc, who had stolen their plutonium and replaced it with junk. They wound up shooting him, leading to Marty jumping into the DeLorean and going back to 1955.

In the first film, that scene took place in 1985 at the Twin Pines Mall. But when Marty travels back to 1955, he crashes into Mr. Peabody’s ranch, running over one of his two pine trees that were sitting near his house. The ranch was even named Twin Pines Ranch.

When Marty returns to 1985, he runs past the mall sign and it was now called Lone Pine Mall, a clue of how things are different in this future.

3 Flying Drones

Over 20 years after the release of Back to the Future Part II (1989,) if a consumer wants to purchase a drone or quadcopter for personal use, they just have to go to Best Buy or Amazon.com to find an affordable one that even a four-year old can figure out. They have become a part of mainstream technology and more and more people are starting to buy them for both commercial and consumer uses.

But that has come a long way since we were first introduced to them in the movie. Bob Gale has been asked many times over the years how they came up with the idea and he does not know. He has spoken about how the were trying to figure out ways to add technology to things we used in the late 80s and somehow that came up.

The flying drone used in the film remains one of the best future predictions in the film.

2 Thank You Tom Wilson!

After having spent most of his acting career interviewing about the Back to the Future trilogy, Tom Wilson, who plays the meathead Biff, did something that many people considered unusual at the time but was actually brilliant. He did an interview by typing up a one-page story about some of the behind the scenes details everyone wanted to hear about.

One of the best parts of his entire story was that there was many improvisations made during the filming of the three films. But the biggest revelation was that he improvised two of the best lines in the film. He claims he improvised calling people butthead, as well as “Make like a tree and get out of here.”

1 Opening Scene Foreshadowing

Without knowing much about it, the film presents fans with a massive foreshadowing moment within seconds of the film’s opening scene. Right away, we are shown an impressive amount of clocks in Doc Brown’s house. One of which showed a man hanging from a clock tower. It was silent film star Harold Lloyd and it gives away the ending without anyone ever noticing.

We also get a few other hidden gems including a newspaper article hanging from the wall that explains what happened to Doc Brown’s mansion (It burned down.) Then, on the television, a news report opens up with a story about a nuclear research facility denying the rumors that any plutonium had been stolen from their site. A few seconds later, Marty McFly enters the room and lays down his skateboard, only to watch it roll right underneath a chair, hitting a box of plutonium.


2019-04-20 07:04:22

Thomas Delatte

Walking Dead Season 1 Cast Photo Highlights Dead Characters (& Is Super Sad)

A resurfaced cast photo from The Walking Dead’s first season makes sadly clear just how many memorable characters have died on the series to date. One of The Walking Dead’s claims to fame since its very first season has been a willingness to suddenly and shockingly kill off characters, even characters that are beloved or otherwise important to the plot. The Walking Dead likely sports the biggest body count on TV today, with the possible exception of HBO’s soon to end Game of Thrones.

It’s no secret that The Walking Dead isn’t quite the mass media pop culture juggernaut it once was, with the recently finished airing ninth season sporting drastically smaller ratings numbers than seasons 5 and 6, the show’s popularity peak. That said, the show – and the overall franchise it’s spawned – remain big business, and AMC has made it clear that they have no plans to stab The Walking Dead in the brain and put it down for good anytime soon.

Related: Walking Dead: Steven Yeun Doesn’t Blame Daryl For Glenn’s Death

Should The Walking Dead survive long enough to reach season 15 – and there’s no reason to believe it won’t – one wonders just how different the cast will look compared to that of this fall’s season 10. As it is, a newly resurfaced season 1 cast photo posted by user eilandbushxxvi on Reddit has served to starkly remind fans just how many characters have been lost in the ensuing nine seasons. Check it out below.

As is readily apparent when looking at the photo, every character in it but Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon is no longer part of The Walking Dead cast. Some might be quick to point out that Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes isn’t technically dead like the rest of the greyed out characters above, but he’s presumed dead by the rest of the current Walking Dead roster, and Lincoln has said Rick will never appear on the flagship series again, so he might as well be deceased in this context. The absence of Melissa McBride’s Carol – also still alive heading toward season 10 – is also readily noticeable, although it’s possible she took the photo, or just ended up cropped out of this version.

The really sad thing about the season 1 photo above is that it doesn’t scratch the surface of Walking Dead’s total character body count. Many major characters introduced since season 1 have also met their makers, such as the late Scott Wilson’s Hershel Greene, Michael Cudlitz’s Abraham Ford, and Tom Payne’s Jesus. Season 9 alone played host to many shocking deaths, the ramifications of which will surely continue to be felt in season 10. Down the road, it’ll be interesting to look at a cast photo for season 9, and see just how many characters are now gone.

More: Walking Dead Season 9 Made Some Shocking Choices – But They Fixed The Show

Source: eilandbushxxvi/Reddit


2019-04-19 06:04:17

Michael Kennedy

Dragon Ball Super: 10 Things Fans Don’t Know About Jiren

When it comes to the powerhouses of Dragon Ball, a fairly predictable crop of characters tends to come to mind. Goku, of course, is the protagonist, with OVER 9000 different transformations (each more powerful than the last). Then there’s one of his best-known enemies, Frieza, the little space-mutant with the audacious golden form. These are characters we’ve known, loved and marveled at it action for decades.

RELATED: Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission Review — Only For The Fans

More recently, Jiren has arrived on the scene and turned our understanding of everyone’s power levels on their heads yet again. This mysterious warrior debuted in Dragon Ball Super and he’s a real force to be reckoned with. Hold on to your Kamehamehas, here come ten incredible facts about Jiren.

10 He’s Stronger Than A God

Well, that’s a doozy of an entry to kick off with. As Dragon Ball fans will know, the Gods of Destruction are… well, as Ron Burgundy of Anchorman fame once said, kind of a big deal. Heck, you don’t even need to be a fan to know that a being called a God of Destruction isn’t going to be someone you want to mess with.

The Destroyers, as they’re also known, work with the Supreme Kais (Gods of Creation) to maintain the balance of the various universes of Dragon Ball. Needless to say, they’re also incredibly powerful fighters. Nevertheless, they’ve previously been forced to acknowledge that Jiren is one of very few mortals that have been able to best one of their number in combat.

9 But He’s Not Stronger Than *EVERY* God

While it’s a heck of a thing to be deemed stronger than God of Destruction, let’s not get carried away here. As we know, there’s a different Destroyer for every universe, each from different species (unlike the Supreme Kais) and boasting wildly different power levels. There’s a sort of unofficial hierarchy among them in that sense. When we say that Jiren is more powerful than the Destroyers, then, there’s actually a piece of small print there: he’s more powerful than one specific God of Destruction: Belmod, Universe 11’s Destroyer.

As reported previously over on TheGamer, Beerus is said to be stronger than Belmod, so it’s tough to say where Jiren would stand with the Gods of Destruction in general.

8 He Gets By With(out) A Little Help From His Friends

As we know, Goku is a formidable fighter in his own right, felling opponents that seemed to outclass him on countless occasions. He’s performed incredible feats alone, but oftentimes, he’s supported by super-strong allies like the Z-Fighters. By contrast, Jiren does not believe in teamwork or relying on allies. Traumatized by the losses he sustained in his past, Jiren sees companionship and togetherness as a sign of weakness, believing that the only person upon whom he can rely on is himself.

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While this lends further credence to his personal abilities as a fighter, it’s a bleak world view that holds back his true potential.

7 He Puts Honour And Justice Above Everything

When Jiren made his Dragon Ball debut during the Tournament of Power, he was a real enigma. Over a little time, though, we were able to piece together his story. One defining characteristic of Jiren’s is that he’s a member of the Pride Troopers (hence his distinctive black-and-red outfit, their uniform). The Pride Troopers are a heroic band of fighters from Universe 11, committed to protecting their galaxy from threats. It’s a cause that Jiren takes super seriously, as he is nothing but an honorable fighter.

When Goku exhausted himself trying to hit Jiren with his ultimate power, Jiren refused to take him down while he was debilitated, indicating that he respects worthy opponents. Perhaps more than potential teammates.

6 But There’s One Thing That Means More To Him Than His Morals

While Jiren can be arrogant and distant, he’s also an inherently moral man who fights with honor. Interestingly, though, he’s prepared to put all of this aside for the one thing most important to him. As Vermoud tells Cae in “The Man Named Jiren:”

“Jiren is a man who is completely devoted to justice. He never acts on any of his own desires or interests. And no matter how evil a villain he’s up against, his absurd conviction is such that he won’t ever kill them. But there is one thing… He has a wish that he’d even be willing to set aside his convictions to have come true.”

What is this wish? Well, as Comic Book reports, his greatest desire (and Super Dragon Ball wish) was to bring his lost master (one of the many tragic losses of his past) back to life.

5 He’s Not The Quiet, Composed Fighter He Appears To Be

On the surface, then, we’re looking at another of those godly, justice-driven, unshakable warriors. That’s not a character trope we’re exactly short on in manga and anime, is it?

Scratch the surface, however, and you’ll discover that there’s much more to Jiren. You will not like him when he’s angry.

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While he’s been seen to truly revel in a challenging battle, against an opponent worthy of his strength, he’s not above getting rattled. When winning is everything to you and losing is unthinkable, the prospect of defeat is too much to bear. When he feels himself struggling in battle (as rarely as that happens), he enters a fierce, unrelenting, barbarian-like state. In Marvel terms, he Hulks out.

4 He’s Very Different In The Manga Than In The Anime

When video games are ported or movie adaptions of books are made, the same old question arises: how does it stand up to the original? With something like Harry Potter, it was inevitable that the movies would have to cut all kinds of content that featured in the books. Who’d want to sit through a fourteen-hour movie that was absolutely faithful to the source material?

Well, just about every Harry Potter fan. Sorry, that was a bad example. The point is that things are always going to be a little different, and that’s certainly true of Jiren’s conversion from the manga to the anime. In the manga, he’s a lot more outspoken, fleshing out his own backstory and motivations in a way that the anime simply didn’t have time to do.

3 He Loved Humiliating Goku

Well, maybe that’s doing Jiren a bit of a disservice. As we’ve already seen, the Pride Trooper is a proud and honourable fighter, but he does have one trait that contradicts all of this a little: his arrogance.

Being a fighter who values only victory, he doesn’t just want to triumph over his opponents. He wants to establish him dominance over them. During the tournament, he revelled in the opportunity to toy with Goku. First, he shrugged off Super Saiyan Goku’s attacks, which was not a good sign for our hero at all. Goku’s Super Saiyan God form even proved useless, and Jiren actually hoisted him out of the area by his hair (in a classic Frieza-like move).

2 He’s A Living Spacecraft

Now, this one’s a bit of a grey area, granted. Over the course of Dragon Ball, we’ve seen several Saiyans demonstrating their ability to survive in the vacuum of space. Generally, that’s not an effortless thing (they can’t actually breathe out there, and can only survive briefly, depending on Ki and such), but it’s a handy talent to have in a pinch.

Jiren is no Saiyan, of course, but he’s also demonstrated this ability. Heck, he’s gone one better: as the Dragon Ball Wiki reports, he’s able to fly at tremendous speeds and survive in space for protracted periods, rendering any sort of spacecraft largely unnecessary (especially as he’s not going to have any friends to take along for the ride).

1 He’s One Of Very, Very Few Characters Who Could Withstand A Spirit Bomb

Let’s be frank, here: what’s a major anime/manga character without a beautifully OTT ultimate move? From Kid Buu’s Planet Burst to Legendary Super Saiyan Broly’s Omega Blaster, there are a whole lot of these sorts of attacks in Dragon Ball, and they are for only the most melodramatic moments. We’re talking Top 10 Anime Battles material only.

Goku, being the star of the show, also has his own ultimate attack: the Spirit Bomb (actually devised by King Kai). During their encounter, he uses the technique against Jiren, who is not only unharmed but actually reflects the attack back at Goku. This makes him the only foe to ever bounce the attack back, and only the third who has ever survived it at all (the others being Frieza and Vegeta).

NEXT: Dragon Ball: 20 Facts Only True Fans Know About Jiren


2019-04-19 05:04:41

Chris Littlechild

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Version 3.0 Update Trailer



Persona 5’s Joker joins the playable roster, and updates in Ver. 3.0 include additional functionality, such as a stage builder, video editing, and Smash World integration.

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2019-04-17 17:39:22

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Biggest Leak Debunked By Joker DLC

It appears as if a seemingly credible leak has been debunked following the arrival of Joker in Smash Bros. Ultimate, leaving gamers to once again begin speculating on who will make the final cut as DLC. Super Smash Bros. is the ultimate gaming crossover, and its scope seems to grow every other month as more characters are added via downloadable content. The latest fighter to join the battle is none other than Persona 5‘s Joker, but fight aficionados have been preparing for his arrival since December 2018—lessening the impact as a whole.

The other four fighters joining Smash Bros. Ultimate as part of the game’s Fighters Pass are still unknown, although a few rumors and reports have ousted Erdrick from Dragon Quest as a likely Smash newcomer. Despite this, the arrival of Joker has appeared to have cast doubt upon and possibly even debunked another widely circulated “leak” in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Are fans finally able to begin hoping for the inclusion of their favorite characters to join the fray again?

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The DLC characters previously mentioned in the Smash Bros. Ultimate leak included the aforementioned Edrick from Dragon Quest, Steve from Minecraft, Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden, and Doomguy from DOOM. The thing that made this leak unravel, however, was earlier details associated with Joker that never materialized in the final content for the game – namely, the appearance of Jack Frost appearing on screen with a skill. Source Gaming’s PushDustin highlighted the leak and its current status on Twitter.

So where does this leave fans of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Well, it opens up a lot of possibilities when it comes to characters that could make the cut. Characters like Banjo and Kazooie could appear in Smash Bros. now, while other highly-requested characters once again have the opportunity to join the fray. Even just recently, the official Halo Twitter account suggested that Master Chief would be a great addition to Smash Bros. Ultimate, which would turn all kinds of heads for fans—however unlikely it may be as of this writing.

It’s important to keep in mind that just because Erdrick was part of this leak doesn’t mean that he’s completely off the table. The character has been hinted at by some credible leakers in the past and one of the developers working on Super Smash Bros. posted Erdrick’s shield from Dragon Quest on his Instragram account as a teaser of sorts. As much as the arrival of Joker in Smash Bros. has seemingly debunked this major rumor, it’s important to note that development plans change often and the lack of Jack Frost could be a result of just that. Nothing is quite so concrete as it would seem, but this has cast a lot of doubt on the legitimacy of the original claims.

Next: Smash Ultimate’s Leaked DLC Characters Are Good – But Entirely Disappointing

Source: @PushDustin – Twitter



2019-04-17 10:04:04

Riley Little

10 Things Super Fans Want From The Lord Of The Rings TV Series

The Lord of the Rings is returning to live-action in a big way with Amazon’s upcoming series. We already know that it’s taking place during the Second Age of Middle-Earth, but there’s not much else. Amazon has been playing it close to the chest when it comes to this show, leaving fans hungry for more information.

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With the knowledge that the series will be in the Second Age, there has already been talk about what could happen. Drawing from many of Tolkien’s books, there are a lot of possibilities in this series. Here are 10 things super fans want from this show.

10 SILMARILLION CONTENT

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have both been properly adapted into movies. That means the next massive story on the list would be The Silmarillion. This book contains various stories and tales from Middle-Earth’s history, which would make a direct adaptation quite difficult.

However, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to pepper in content from the story throughout Amazon’s show. It could detail more about the creation of Middle-Earth, building on the worldbuilding elements already present in the movies. It could even give more backstory on who Gandalf is and the class of beings that were related to him.

9 YOUNGER SAURON

Sauron was the antagonist of The Lord of the Rings, but he was more of a looming presence rather than a direct adversary. We saw him as a warlord in the prologue, but that was it.

With Amazon’s show taking place during the Second Age, that gives us the opportunity to see what Sauron was like as a moving figure, taking over after the defeat of his master. Sauron was known as a tempter who seduced many people to his side. He was also known for having all sorts of witchcraft at his disposal, being able to alter his form.

8 GANDALF

There aren’t many characters from The Lord of the Rings that could realistically return for Amazon’s series with it being set thousands of years in the past. However, characters like Gandalf, Treebeard, and Galadriel could easily be integrated.

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While we’re not sure that Ian McKellen would return to the role, it would be great to see such an iconic character present in the series. That would cement it as a story that takes place in the same world as Peter Jackson’s movies. It’s probably a long shot at this point, but it would be such a powerful addition for fans.

7 FORGING OF THE ONE RING

In the prologue for Peter Jackson’s films, we learn about the forging of the Rings of Power and how Sauron made the One Ring to rule them all. Apart from that, we don’t get much information about the One Ring or how it specifically grants power.

Sauron forged the One Ring during the Second Age of Middle-Earth, which makes it ripe to be portrayed in the upcoming movie. If that were the case, hopefully the show would go into more detail about how the Ring holds so much power and what Sauron’s reasoning was behind creating such a weapon.

6 BATTLING NUMENOR

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were both known for their epic battles in massive locations like Erebor, Helm’s Deep, and Minas Tirith. During the Second Age, there were numerous impressive battles as well.

The Numenoreans, the ancestors of Aragorn, were moving to Middle-Earth. They faced opposition from Sauron, which led to many battles. Sauron was even taken as their prisoner for a time, but he used it as an avenue to persuade many to join him. Showing this ongoing conflict could be interesting and show Sauron as more than just a force of power.

5 AGE OF THE ELVES

In The Lord of the Rings, Middle-Earth is predominantly inhabited by men. The Dwarves are hiding in their mountains and the Elves all leave to Valinor. With the Second Age being a focus of the show, it would be an opportunity to show what Middle-Earth was like when Elves were the dominant race.

The Elves were known for their great deeds and skills in battle. With impressive and glorious cities across Middle-Earth, they were the ones doing much of the fighting. Having Elves so primarily featured could also lead to characters like Galadriel, Celeborn, and Elrond appearing for a time.

4 RISE OF THE NAZGUL

The Nazgul were the primary lieutenants for Sauron. Also called the Ringwraiths, they were the creatures sent to find the One Ring and return it to him. They were once kings of men, though, who were seduced by the Rings of Power Sauron gave them.

This change happened in the Second Age of Middle-Earth, which means that it could be included in the show. Imagine getting to know some of the kings of men while watching them slowly changed into the dreaded Nazgul that we know from The Lord of the Rings. It could serve as a major plot point.

3 BIRTH OF GONDOR

Gondor was a powerful city in the movies. Home to iconic locations like Osgiliath, Minas Tirith, and Ithilien, it was heavily defended by the men of Middle-Earth. However, even Gondor has its origin. In the Second Age, it was the Numenoreans who established Gondor and constructed its massive cities.

Seeing the birth of such an iconic land would be a great thing to see in the show. It would also give the opportunity to showcase more characters, like Isildur or Elendil beyond their minor appearances in the movies. It would flesh out their characters much more than how we remember them.

2 ARNOR

Gondor and Rohan were the major cities of men in the Middle-Earth movies. However, there was one more outside of those: Arnor. The realm of Arnor was in the west and covered a great piece of territory. Weathertop is part of Arnor’s ruins after it was destroyed by the Witch-King.

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Arnor was also established by the Numenoreans, which could make it a crucial part of the show. Seeing this new kingdom of men could be a great way of making Middle-Earth feel like a much bigger place. We could see more impressive sets and structures, just like the feeling of witnessing Minas Tirith for the first time.

1 CONSTRUCTION OF BARAD-DUR

Barad-Dur is the dark tower in The Lord of the Rings that houses the Eye of Sauron. It’s there that the darkest deeds in Middle-Earth were done. That tower was also incredibly old, as it was built in the Second Age by Sauron himself.

If the show is more connected to the films than the books, it would be cool to see how Sauron figured out the magic to become a flaming eye that saw all of Middle-Earth. Furthermore, any chance to see the inner workings of Mordor would be a nice touch. It was just a dark place in the movies, but the show could make it something more.

NEXT: 10 Storylines from the LOTR Books That Should Be Made Into Their Own Movies


2019-04-17 07:04:09

Joshua Olivieri

The Perfection Trailer: Netflix’s Horror Film Looks Super Creepy

Netflix releases the trailer for The Perfection. Directed by Richard Shepard, the horror thriller stars Get Out actress Allison Williams. From 2012 to 2017, the pair collaborated on Lena Dunham’s Girls, as Shepard directed 12 episodes of the HBO series. Last September, The Perfection premiered at Fantastic Fest and was then acquired by Netflix. 

In The Perfection, Williams stars as a musical prodigy named Charlotte. The narrative takes a dark turn when Charlotte confronts the new star musician at her former school (Dear White People’s Logan Browning as Elizabeth). Co-written by Shepard, The Perfection features a score by Austrian musician Paul Haslinger (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter) and cinematography by Vanja Cernjul (Crazy Rich Asians, The Deuce). In supporting roles, The Perfection features Steven Weber (NCIS: New Orleans) and Alaina Huffman (Smallville). Netflix describes The Perfection as “overflowing with dizzying horror and sly dark humor.”

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Netflix released The Perfection’s chilling trailer. Early on, a sense of chaos is established as Charlotte and Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) walk outdoors, with the latter exclaiming “What is happening to me?” In the non-interrupted, 25-second opening shot, Elizabeth progressively breaks down as something pulsates within her right arm. From there, The Perfection trailer cuts to various violin shots, with brief snippets of music contrasting subsequent shots of a smiling Charlotte. Audio from the opening sequence plays throughout The Perfection trailer, and the additional layers of sound design suggest that Charlotte is behind the psychological warfare, especially when she wields a giant meat cleaver. Through slick editing transitions, rapid cuts, and frantic sound design, The Perfection trailer is purely Hitchcockian by mostly suggesting violence and gore. The clip ends with a shot of Charlotte looking vulnerable, followed by a blood red title card. Check out The Perfection trailer and poster below.

While Shepard is mostly known for directing classic Girls episodes, he’s also directed several feature films. Most recently, Shepard helmed the 2013 black comedy Dom Hemingway, starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke. As for Williams, The Perfection marks her second feature film after the aforementioned Get Out, in which she played the mysterious girlfriend of the film’s protagonist, portrayed by Daniel Kaluuya. Directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out became a cultural sensation for its sociopolitical themes and psychological horror, with Williams playing a crucial role in the narrative. 

Based on The Perfection’s trailer, there seems to be a touch of Get Out in Shephard’s film. The clip features themes of envy and competition, along with a white character trying to psychologically destroy a black character. In addition, the visual style is similar to Peele’s new film Us. But perhaps the similarities are merely a way to create some extra buzz for The Perfection, as it does indeed appear to be genuinely terrifying. If the film itself carries the same suspense as the trailer, then The Perfection will surely be a spring hit for Netflix.

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The Perfection will release May 24 on Netflix.

Source: Netflix


2019-04-15 10:04:04

Q.V. Hough