Survivor: 5 Couples That Met on The Show That Are Still Together (& 5 That Split Up)

Looking for that special someone, but sick of dating apps? Tired of the bar scene? Why not try Survivor?

It sounds crazy, right? Those looking for love via reality TV are likely to try The Bachelor/Bachelorette. That’s what the whole show is designed for, whereas love isn’t the goal of Survivor. Besides, romance isn’t exactly on the brain when you’re starving, sleep-deprived, and haven’t bathed for over a month.

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And yet… the show boasts a significant number of couples. For a handful of contestants, their Survivor ally would go on to become their spouse. However for others, their relationship was destined to remain “island love” and couldn’t survive the real world. Which romances thrived and which got snuffed? Here are five couples who are still together from Survivor and five who have split up.

10 Together – “Boston Rob” Mariano & Amber Brkich

It was kismet. Boston Rob had was a Survivor renegade with a flirty reputation; Amber was known as a demure sweetheart who preferred to let her closest ally take the reins. When they met on All-Stars, they immediately formed an alliance that was destined to go the distance. “Romber” proved to be an unbeatable force. Rob steamrolled the competition but in so doing, created a bitter jury. When Romber got to the finals, Amber was crowned the winner as she was perceived as the lesser of two evils.

At the All-Stars reunion, it was clear the couple was still very much in love. Always unpredictable, Boston Rob actually popped the question on live TV. CBS would also go on to air their wedding in 2005. Together, Romber competed on two seasons of The Amazing Race. Rob also went back and played Survivor an additional two more times, winning his final season, Redemption Island. The couple has four daughters together.

9 Split – Jenna Morasca & Ethan Zohn

This one is a bit of a cheat because Jenna and Ethan didn’t technically meet on the show. But Survivor‘s all about bending the rules, so this seems appropriate. Plus, this is the only other Survivor winners couple, so they deserve some recognition. Jenna and Ethan actually met at the Amazon finale, after Jenna was just crowned the winner. After, they would both go on to compete on All-Stars, though on different tribes. Jenna left the game early to be with her mother who was battling breast cancer. She passed away shortly after Jenna’s return.

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As a couple, Jenna and Ethan would go on to compete on The Amazing Race. Jenna also stood by Ethan as he battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After ten years together, Jenna and Ethan ended their relationship in 2013, stating that they would remain friends. In 2016, Ethan married interior designer Lisa Heywood.

8 Together – Whitney Duncan & Keith Tollefson

Fans remember South Pacific for its return of flashy players Benjamin “Coach” Wade and Ozzy Lusth, as well as breakout star and future winner, John Cochran. But contestants Whitney and Keith found a way to stand out. They were both instantly struck by the Survivor thunderbolt, forming both an alliance and showmance. Scandal over Whitney and Keith’s romance emerged, as she was allegedly married to fellow country musician Donny Falgatter before she went off to film Survivor.

Whitney and Keith continued the Survivor couples’ trend of competing on The Amazing Race though like their predecessors, they did not emerge victorious. The couple married in 2014.

7 Split – Ozzy Lusth & Amanda Kimmel

Many a Survivor contestant has engaged in some innocent flirtation, but most stop short of the kissing stage. Nobody likes rancid island breath. But unbrushed teeth didn’t seem to hold Ozzy or Amanda back. On Micronesia, they went for it, indulging in a late-night makeout sesh. Both were oblivious to the fact that tribemates Cirie and Penner were very much aware that their shelter had become a love shack. Cirie famously said that she woke up to “the sounds of jungle love”.

“Jungle love” was all it was destined to be. Ozzy and Amanda were still together at the Micronesia reunion but split not long after. Separately, they would go on to play Survivor for a combined three more times. Amanda married another man in 2015. In 2016, she and her husband welcomed a son.

6 Together – Jaime Dugan & Erik Huffman

Trust is hard to come in Survivor, but fellow South Carolina natives Jaime and Erik found it in each other, thanks to shared personal revelations. But alas, neither would go on to win China. Erik thought he found the Hidden Immunity Idol and gave it to Jaime. She then tried to play it at Tribal Council, only to end up being voted out when the “Idol” was revealed to be worthless. Jaime became the first member of the jury at tenth place; Erik placed sixth.

Though Survivor didn’t work out for either Jaime or Erik, their relationship sure did. They married in 2009. Together they a son.

5 Split – Jessica “Figgy” Figureoa & Taylor Lee Stocker

Most Survivor showmances at least try to hide their coupliness from the other players. Not Figgy and Taylor, aka. “Figtails.” (We’ll give you a minute if you need to be sick.) In Millennials vs. Gen X, Figtails found instant infatuation with each other. Taylor said it was like wearing “love goggles” and Figgy gushed about his blue eyes. It didn’t take long for Figtails to make with the smooches, much to the dismay of fellow tribemates, particularly Michaela Bradshaw.

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Figgy was eliminated pre-jury, sparing the audience an entire season of Figtails. But the real drama would unfold upon Figtails’ return home. They briefly continued a relationship, until it was revealed that Taylor was expecting a child from a pre-Survivor relationship. He severed Figtails and Figgy did not take it well. In interviews, she made it clear that she and Taylor were no longer on speaking terms. Taylor’s girlfriend gave birth to a boy and the couple married in 2017.

4 Together – Sebastian Noel & Jenna Bowman

Survivor showmances typically blossom throughout the course of the game, but Sebastian and Jenna bonded before they even hit the beach. They were seatmates on the plane to Ghost Island and according to both parties, spent the entire ride engaged in conversation. Once the game started, they played it cool, keeping their relationship confined to the odd stolen snuggle in the shelter. Both Sebastian and Jenna prioritized gameplay over romance. Sebastian even voted Jenna out of the game.

Clearly, there were no hard feelings as the couple remain an item. They have a joint Instagram account and Youtube channel, Tarzan and Jen, chronicling their travel adventures.

3 Split – Jennifer Lyon & Gregg Carey

Palau was two seasons after Romber, so everyone was on high alert for the dreaded power couple. Lucky for Jenn and Gregg, they were on the Koror tribe, one of the most dominant in Survivor history. The couple was also in a powerhouse of an alliance, keeping them safe for most of the game. However, when all other contestants were eliminated, Gregg was quickly targeted. Jenn followed him out the door two Tribal Councils later after losing a fire-making challenge.

After they returned from filming, Jenn and Gregg dated for a few months but the relationship didn’t last. They remained friends until 2010 when Jenn tragically passed away from cancer. At 37, Jenn was the first Survivor player to die. Gregg is now married and has a daughter.

2 Together – Joe Anglim & Sierra Dawn Thomas

Joe and Sierra were never a showmance. In fact, in One World, they were in opposite alliances, joining forces only when it was convenient. When it wasn’t, Sierra voted Joe out of the game. Hardly the stuff of romance.

But there’s no rule saying that reality relationships have to be love at first sight. Neither Joe nor Sierra managed to take home the million dollar prize on subsequent returns, but surely both would agree that they won something more important than the game. In April 2019, Joe proposed to an ecstatic Sierra after her sister’s wedding. Joe shared a photo of himself on Instagram, kneeling to kiss Sierra’s beringed hand. The caption reads, “Yes #forever.”

1 Split – Jeff Probst & Julie Berry

Even the host of the show got in on the showmances. Probst waited until after Vanuatu was filmed to reach out to Julie. They kept quiet about their relationship until the Vanuatu reunion. The couple was together for three years, splitting in 2008.

Since, Probst married former model Lisa Ann Russell in 2011. Julie, who placed fifth in Vanuatu, has revealed she is no longer eligible to return to Survivor based on her behind-the-scenes knowledge from her relationship with Probst. While she may not have another shot at the million, Julie didn’t leave the world of reality TV. She served as a producer on both The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars.

NEXT: Big Brother: 5 Showmances That Are Still Together (& 5 That Aren’t)

2019-07-24 07:07:23

Liz Hersey

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2019-04-11 16:30:38

Game of Thrones: Why Arya & Gendry Should End Up Together

If they survive Game of Thrones season 8, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) should end up together. It may be presumptuous to assume one or both will survive the Great War against the White Walkers but, if they do make it to the end of season 8, Arya and Gendry are an ideal match to continue their Houses and lineage.

Arya and Gendry come from backgrounds as opposite as you would find in Westeros: the second daughter of Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) grew up (and rebelled against being) a Lady in Winterfell. Meanwhile, Gendry is the lone surviving bastard son of King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy). Gendry had a difficult life toiling as a blacksmith in Flea Bottom, though endless hours swinging a hammer forged physical strength similar to his late father’s. Arya was much younger than Gendry when she arrived in King’s Landing after Ned Stark was named Hand of the King; they were thrown together by Yoren (Francis Magee) of the Night’s Watch after Ned was executed for treason in season 1. Arya and Gendry traveled towards the North together, were held captive by the Lannisters, and escaped from Harrenhal in season 2. After they encountered the Brotherhood Without Banners in season 3, Gendry was sold to Melisandre (Carice van Houten), who told him of his royal lineage and took him to Dragonstone to be sacrificed – Arya and Gendry haven’t seen each other since.

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Arya’s journey to Game of Thrones season 8 has been exotic, difficult, bloody and troubling; she trained to become a Faceless Man of Braavos and has become a ruthless killer who executes her family’s enemies. Meanwhile, Gendry was saved by Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and hid in Flea Bottom for several seasons before joining Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in season 7. After many years, these two unlikely old friends (one of the few friends each other has known) will be reunited in Winterfell for the war with the White Walkers.

But if Arya Stark and Gendry make it out in one piece and if the army of the living defeats the Night King – two big ifs – there are ample reasons why Arya and Gendry could find a future together:

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King Robert Foretold A Stark/Baratheon Marriage

Game of Thrones began with King Robert journeying to Winterfell to name his best friend Ned Stark as Hand of the King. As part of their pact, Robert decreed his oldest son Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) would marry Ned’s oldest daughter Sansa (Sophie Turner): “I have a son, you have a daughter, we’ll join our houses.” In Robert’s mind, the great Houses of Stark and Baratheon should be intertwined since Robert grew up with Ned at the Vale, won the Iron Throne with him, and he loved Ned more than he did his own brothers. Robert didn’t know Joffrey wasn’t his biological son, but to the King, Joffrey marrying Sansa would be a replacement for how Ned’s sister Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi) was supposed to marry Robert before she died during Robert’s Rebellion.

In Game of Thrones, things rarely turn out the way characters intend them to and Arya and Gendry marrying could be what finally fulfills Robert’s plan that House Baratheon and House Stark be joined together. Of course, there are legal complications: Gendry is a bastard and few know who his true father is – not even Arya when Game of Thrones season 8 begins.

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Some key steps are needed for Gendry to become a true Baratheon: first, they’d have to survive the Great War. Then, whoever sits upon the Iron Throne at the end would have to legitimize Gendry as the sole heir of House Baratheon, which has been wiped out with the deaths of Robert, Renly, Stannis, and Shireen Baratheon. (It’s unlikely that Jon Snow as King in the North has the legal authority to legitimize Gendry to claim Storms’ End, which is its own kingdom). And, of course, Arya and Gendry would have to want to marry each other – but of the remaining characters, they would be each other’s best match.

Arya and Gendry Was Set Up At The Very Start of Game of Thrones

Arya and Gendry are two of Game of Thrones‘ longest surviving characters and they were literally thrown together at the end of season 1. Arya was trying to escape King’s Landing and return home to Winterfell disguised as a boy named “Arry” while Gendry was sold to the Night’s Watch by Master Mott (perhaps to spare his execution after the Iron Throne learned about King Robert’s numerous bastards). They became true friends since he was the only one who knew she was really a girl and she confessed she’s Arya Stark of Winterfell. Before they were separated, Arya told Gendry, “I could be your family,” to which he replied, “You wouldn’t be my family. You’d be my lady.” Many fans interpreted Gendry’s words as a romantic declaration (there are even stronger hints of a romance between them in George R.R. Martin’s novel A Clash of Kings), but Arya and Gendry were soon separated before this could be explored further.

While Sansa is closer to Gendry’s age, she would not be as good a match for him, especially politically. Sansa is the Lady of Winterfell who suffered two horrible marriages to Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon). Maintaining power in the North and running Winterfell are likely Sansa’s main priorities unless she is lucky enough to actually fall in love. Meanwhile, a legitimized Gendry would have claim to Storm’s End and he would need a suitable wife. Arya would fit the bill, not just politically as a Stark, but because Gendry is also the closest Arya has ever come to expressing any romantic notions towards someone in Game of Thrones.

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Arya And Gendry Will Reunite In Game of Thrones Season 8

Gendry seeing Arya again at Winterfell is one of the many exciting reunions fans look forward to in Game of Thrones season 8. After becoming a Faceless Man and wiping out House Frey, Arya finally made it home to Winterfell in season 7, where she and Sansa exposed Lord Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen) for his many crimes. Arya personally executed Littlefinger with his own Valyrian steel dagger, avenging his betrayal of their father Ned Stark in season 1. Meanwhile, after being absent since season 3, Gendry came out of hiding in Flea Bottom and joined Jon Snow’s plan to journey to the North to capture a Wight and prove to Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) that the White Walkers are real. Gendry was last seen at Eastwatch-By-The-Sea but he is firmly on the side of Jon and Daenerys Targaryen going into season 8.

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Both Arya and Gendry have important roles to play in the Great War: Arya is now a skilled and dangerous fighter while Gendry’s skills as a blacksmith are invaluable. Jon Snow is returning to Winterfell with tons of dragonglass mined from Dragonstone, which Gendry will help forge into weapons against the White Walkers at the Battle of Winterfell. But if they both make it through alive, they will have to consider what happens next – and their best futures would be alongside each other.

Why Arya And Gendry Together Would Fit Game of Thrones’ Ending

Arya and Gendry ending up together neatly concludes both of their narrative arcs with touches of irony: young Arya never wanted to become a Lady like her sister; instead, she wanted to be a fighter and she achieved that goal, but not without great cost and emotional damage. Gendry had no great ambitions in life and wanted to stay out of the game of thrones, but he is the son of a King and he is now the only hope for House Baratheon to have a future. If Arya were to marry a legitimized Gendry Baratheon, she would be the Lady of Storm’s End. They would both get rewards they never actually wanted, but in that reward, they could actually find happiness together. By this point in the series, the age difference between Gendry and Arya doesn’t matter.

Of course, all of this presumes things work out not just for Gendry and Arya but for their loved ones and allies like Jon, Daenerys, Sansa, etc in season 8. A lot of moving pieces have to fall into place for a happy ending such as Arya Stark and Gendry Baratheon married and ruling Storm’s End together (if that’s even a life Arya could even accept for herself at this point). Even if the Night King is defeated, there’s also the matter of Arya surviving whatever revenge Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) has planned for her after she escaped the Faceless Men in Braavos. But if they were married, Gendry would likely let Arya be Arya and not attempt to domesticate her.

Game of Thrones isn’t known for happy endings, but Arya and Gendry are two characters who deserve a hopeful future. If Arya has any hope of a ‘normal’ life in Westeros, her best future would be as Ayra Baratheon of Storm’s End. It’s a longshot, to be sure, but Arya and Gendry together would also be one of the best endings for two fan-favorite characters in Game of Thrones season 8.

NEXT: Game of Thrones Season 8 Should Destroy The Iron Throne

Game of Thrones season 8 premieres Sunday, April 14 on HBO.

2019-04-08 04:04:21

John Orquiola

Star Wars Resistance Season 1’s Ending Ties Together A Lot Of Sequel Trilogy Canon

Warning! SPOILERS for Star Wars Resistance season 1.

Star Wars Resistance season 1’s finale sees Kaz and his friends fight off the First Order’s occupation of the Colossus, but it also hints at how Star Wars Resistance season 2 will connect with the larger canon surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Episode IX.

From the start, Star Wars Resistance was billed as a series that would center on the time period of the sequel trilogy, and season 1 does weave in connections and references to events happening before and during Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As Star Wars Resistance season 1 comes to a close, however, the timeline of events becomes quite compressed. The Last Jedi picks up events almost immediately following The Force Awakens, and then itself only spans a few days. That leaves Star Wars Resistance season 2 in a tricky spot, needing to continue its own narrative but unable to get too far ahead of the films.

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In the Star Wars Resistance season 1 finale, though, there may be an answer for how Star Wars Resistance can continue to develop the larger story of the First Order-Resistance war, while still remaining separate enough from the sequel trilogy so as not to spoil Star Wars: Episode IX.

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Exactly When Star Wars Resistance Takes Place

Star Wars Resistance begins roughly six months before the events of The Force Awakens. Throughout the series, there are appearances from familiar characters (Poe Dameron, General Leia Organa, Captain Phasma) as well as mentions of familiar places (Hosnian Prime, Takadona) that help to establish this setting. Soon, however, Star Wars Resistance narrows the gap with an episode that finds Poe leaving on a secret mission for General Organa – the very same mission that brings Poe to Jakku at the beginning of The Force Awakens.

From there, the timeline of events becomes very compressed. This is reflected in Star Wars Resistance with the Hosnian Cataclysm – the climactic event from The Force Awakens where the First Order uses Starkiller Base to destroy the Hosnian System, home of the New Republic – following just three episodes after Poe’s departure. The Hosnian Cataclysm occurs during Star Wars Resistance season 1’s penultimate episode, leaving the season finale to tease how Resistance season 2 will tie in with the events of The Last Jedi and potentially Episode IX.

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What Happens In Resistance’s Ending

Come the Star Wars Resistance season 1 finale, the First Order is in control of the Colossus fueling station on Castilon. Kaz has been outed as Resistance spy and he and his friends have fled below to hide in the engineering decks. Once there, however, Neeku discovers that the Colossus isn’t just a fueling station – it’s a spaceship with its own hyperdrive. That gives Kaz an idea: if they can expel the First Order from the Colossus, they can launch the ship and possibly rendezvous with the Resistance. Kaz and Torra work together to trick stormtroopers into into particular corridors which Neeku then floods, thus flushing the stormtroopers out into the ocean.

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With most of the First Order’s forces now (literally) swimming with the fishes, Kaz frees Yeager and Captain Doza from the brig and they begin the launch sequence for the Colossus. Of course, the First Order won’t simply let the station fly away, first sending out Major Vonregg and his TIE Fighters to attack, followed by the arrival of a Star Destroyer. Kaz, Yeager, and the Aces defend the Colossus, even getting some last minute help from Synara and the other pirates on Castilon. Eventually, the Colossus reaches the altitude necessary to makes the jump to hyperspace, and everyone falls back to the ship.

Once everyone’s securely on board, the Colossus makes the jump to hyperspace. However, Neeku reveals that he was unable to fully input the coordinates Kaz gave him, so he isn’t exactly sure where they’re going. As best as he can tell, the Colossus will either arrive very near D’Qar – the planet which serves as the home of the Resistance in The Force Awakens, and from where the Resistance is fleeing at the start of The Last Jedi – or they’ll drop out of hyperspace “unfathomable light years away“.

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How Star Wars Resistance Ties Into Canon

Star Wars Resistance is a TV show that examines what’s happening in another part of the galaxy during the same time frame as the sequel trilogy. Unlike the Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which focuses heavily on major characters like Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars Resistance only includes characters from the films in supporting roles, such as Poe’s role as a Resistance contact and mentor to Kaz. And unlike Star Wars Rebels, which recounts the birth of the Rebellion and is set five years before A New Hope, Star Wars Resistance begins much closer to the events of The Force Awakens, covering the entirety of that film’s time frame in season 1’s final four episodes.

The ways in which Star Wars Resistance connects with the larger Star Wars canon aren’t as overt as either of Lucasfilm’s previous animated series, but it does weave its story among the more significant galactic events, further developing the era of the sequel trilogy. For instance, there’s discussion of devastating attacks led Kylo Ren prior to his arrival on Jakku, explanations for how the First Order took over the galaxy so quickly, as well a reveal of their first failed attempt at Starkiller Base. Even the Hosnian Cataclysm, which was intended as the “Alderaan” moment for the sequel trilogy, was given a greater emotional weight thanks to Star Wars Resistance.

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Most of all, Star Wars Resistance illustrates the mood of the galaxy just before the First Order-Resistance war. There is no great fear of the First Order as there was the Empire, and the New Republic isn’t strong enough to prevent their rise to power. Most systems are left to protect themselves, just like the Colossus, and when they can no longer manage, it’s all too easy for the First Order to swoop in and play hero. On Star Wars Resistance, this is best exemplified by Tam, who, feeling betrayed by Kaz and Yeager lying to her about their involvement with the Resistance, chooses to leave the Colossus with the First Order.

What Star Wars Resistance’s Ending Means For Season 2 & Episode IX

Star Wars Resistance season 1 ends with the Colossus in hyperspace traveling to either the planet D’Qar, the home of the Resistance, or literally anywhere else in the galaxy. This cliffhanger leaves Star Wars Resistance season 2 open to all sorts of possibilities once it returns in fall 2019. Were the Colossus to come out of hyperspace near D’Qar, for instance, then Star War Resistance season 2 could see its characters arriving just after the Resistance’s evacuation in The Last Jedi. They may discover the destroyed base and even assume that the Resistance has been wiped out. Or, perhaps they find evidence of the Resistance’s escape, and spend the first half of Star Wars Resistance season 2 trying to catch up with them.

Hinting that Kaz and his merry band of Resistance fighters could finally meet up with the larger Resistance led by General Organa is no doubt exciting, but it also seems the least likely of the two options. After all, Neeku’s suggestion that the Colossus could potentially wind up light years away from D’Qar gives the series the perfect opportunity to avoid just that. Plus, with Star Wars Resistance season 2 airing in Fall 2019, the first half of the season will debut before the release of Star Wars: Episode IX. That leaves a very tiny window of time to explore seeing as The Last Jedi spans only a few days and Star Wars Resistance isn’t about to spoil Star Wars: Episode IX just weeks ahead of its release (though it can certainly tease it). In which case, sending the Colossus far across the galaxy keeps their story separate from what’s happening in the movies, but still connected to the Resistance’s struggle since it’s all too likely they’ll run in to more of the First Order.

However, after the release of Star Wars: Episode IX, the galactic timeline will be completely open. The back half of Star Wars Resistance season 2 is likely to resume in January 2020, at which point Resistance can bring its narrative concurrent with that of Episode IX, possibly even surpassing it. If the first half of Star Wars Resistance season 2 focuses on trying to reunite with the Resistance – be it following them from D’Qar or from across the galaxy – then the back half of the season is where Kaz and his friends can finally take part in the real battle against the First Order, covering the same time frame as that of Star Wars: Episode IX.

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Star Wars Resistance season 2 will air on Disney XD in fall 2019.

2019-03-17 07:03:28

Sarah Moran

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Black Ops 4 Beginners Guide: How to Play (& Win) in Zombies Mode

The release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 brings with it a variety of different gameplay options for players. Although plenty of eyes seem to be on the title’s battle royale mode, Blackout, the traditional multiplayer modes like Team Deathmatch are still available. Also returning is the franchise’s Zombies game mode, this time with more options than ever before.

Indeed, Zombies is something of a different beast this time around. The mode comes complete with three maps, with two of them on the expansive side to boot. As such, new players might find it a little bit daunting, particularly given the intricacies of the game mode in comparison to some of the more simplistic elements of Call of Duty.

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Thankfully, new players can get a head start thanks to this guide. Read on to learn how to play Zombies mode, as well as some good strategies to help get that first win in what can be a tense and difficult part of Call of Duty.

What’s New In Zombies Mode?

This time around, Zombies is huge, with three different scenarios to choose from. Two of these revolve around Scarlett Rhodes and her band of misfits, with Voyage of Despair taking place aboard an RMS Titanic that had to handle a zombie threat alongside hitting an iceberg, while IX takes the team back in time to face gladiatorial combat in a Roman coliseum. Alongside this, there’s also the option to play Blood of the Dead, with the return of Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nikolai.

Within that, the core gameplay loop remains the same. Survive waves of the zombie horde, unlocking areas of the map as and when the points are available, as the fight gets progressively tougher and tougher. This time around, though, it’s fair to say that the levels feel a little more maze-like and expansive, so make sure to be aware of the surroundings at all times to stop from getting stuck in a bottleneck.

Prioritize Your Points

As always, using points effectively is extremely important in Zombies. First and foremost, opening up areas of the map is a given, but more pressing is how the player uses their points towards perks and weapons. Although in early waves things like shotguns and pistols are all well and good, it’s important to aim to get weapons that have a faster fire rate and (most importantly) a faster reload rate as the game progresses. As such, look to weapons like the Spitfire or GKS to be most effective.

It’s also very important to improve the power of weapons as the game goes on. The most obvious way to do this is to keep returning to the Pack-a-Punch Machines once available, which give a 25% boost with each use. This does come at a considerable cost of 2,500 points per use, but it’s an undeniable way to get that firepower up.

Keep Moving

Staying static for too long in Zombies this time around is a recipe for disaster, as there is always the very real threat of being overrun by the horde. Whereas previous games could work with players cementing a position with a strong defensive line, at least for early portions of the game it’s recommended to keep moving. Not only does it avoid the issue of getting stuck in one place, but it also will keep players refreshed when it comes to where the different unlock options are in the map.

Keeping space from zombies is important for reasons other than this, too. Should one member of the team fall, they’ll have to be revived, and with a slightly longer revive time in Black Ops 4 it’s more vital than ever to have enough room to revive a teammate without having chunks taken out by an unseen zombie. This is particularly true when it comes to those special zombies that attack, so always keep an eye out.

Use Your Perks

In Black Ops 4‘s Zombies mode, players are able to use class customization for the first time. This isn’t just there for show, either, as a good grasp of what perks are available and how to use them can make the difference between success and failure. What’s more, the perks that can be chosen can actually work well for a variety of different play styles.

Those who want both power and speed could choose the likes of Deadshot Dealer, which automatically targets the zombie’s head when aiming down the sights, as well as Stamin-Up for a permanent boost to movement speed. Meanwhile, the frost explosion created by Winter’s Wail and the increased ammunition of Bandolier Bandit work well for those whose last stand may come from a more secure position. In essence, it comes down to how an individual best plays the game, and it’s good to have a variety of perks in the team to make the most of these options.

Work Together

As always, teamwork is the key to having an easier run of things in Zombies. Although it’s possible to play the game solo, this is always a challenge, and to help with this there are now bots to play with. Even so, it’s best to play with other human players, and as such taking on the game as a team of four is recommended.

It’s not just a matter of getting other human beings involved in the zombie slaughter, however. Working together cooperatively is key; don’t stray too far from one another, watch out for any fallen that need reviving, and potentially coordinate the perks used to make sure that everyone has bases covered for any eventuality. That way, the team should be set for what the game throws at them.

With these tips in mind, players should now have a solid framework to build on to get through the game’s Zombies mode. Whether taking a trip back in time to arena combat or trying to fight off zombified versions of Jack and Rose, Zombies is always a challenge for players, but with this guidance in mind players should be able to have a fighting chance of beating the supernatural threat.

More: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Trophy List Completely Revealed

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2018-10-14 02:10:08 – Rob Gordon

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Interview – R.L. Stine

Halloween is just around the corner, and to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year there’s a new Goosebumps movie arriving in theaters – Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. The movie features a new cast of kids – played by Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), and Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) – who discover a lost Goosebumps book in a hidden room and unwittingly unleash a new season of terror, as Slappy the Dummy brings Halloween costumes to life and wreaks havoc on the city.

Jack Black reprises his role as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine in Haunted Halloween , so to celebrate the movie’s release, Screen Rant spoke to the real R.L. Stine to find out about the new monsters on parade, and ask whether Black’s curmudgeonly portrayal of the author is accurate.

Related: Watch the Trailer For Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

I have to ask, because the movie’s about a secret Goosebumps book hidden in a box – is there actually a secret Goosebumps book somewhere out there?

R.L. Stine: No. I wish [laughs]. I wish there were some extra ones somewhere that I could pull out. No, no secret book… But it’s kind of creepy, these two boys go into this house and knock over something and find this book and it’s locked, and they unlock it. And that starts all the action. All the horrible action.

Are there any Goosebumps monsters in this movie that we didn’t see in the last one?

Stine: Well, there are gummy bears [laughs]. They didn’t have gummy bears. After the first one I said, “How will we ever do a sequel? You used every single monster in the first movie!” There was nothing left. But yes, there are some. There’s an ogre, for one thing. We didn’t have an ogre in the first one. And my very favorite scene is the one with the gummy bears. Cute little gummy bears and then they turn into monsters.

But they’re so cute, what harm could they possibly do?

Stine: Well, they grow teeth for one thing. And then they all stick together and become a huge blob and attack people. It’s a wonderful scene [laughs]. Very proud of that!

It seems like there aren’t a lot of scary movies aimed at kids, since so many horror movies involve blood and gore. Is there a special trick to terrifying kids?

Stine: No, it’s the same as for grown-ups, I think. I think it’s surprise, it’s travelling into the unknown where you don’t really know what’s next and you can’t see what’s coming up, and it’s a lot of twists and turns. I think it’s the same as doing horror for adults.

There’s a whole new cast of kids in this movie. Can you tell us a bit about them?

Stine: Well, there’s a delightful boy who’s building a replicas of Tesla’s lab, because Tesla’s real lab is actually in their town. And he’s fiddling with the electricity and he keeps blowing out all the electricity in the house, but he’s determined to do it. And his doing this leads to an amazing scene near the end at Tesla’s real lab. It’s a real Frankenstein type lab. I went to Atlanta, where we filmed the film… and they showed me these sets. These guys are geniuses! They built this amazing Frankenstein’s lab… I couldn’t believe what these guys could build. It was incredible.

So Slappy the Dummy is the ringleader in this movie again. What is it about Slappy that people love so much?

Stine: I don’t really get it [laughs]. I don’t know why a dummy coming to life is so scary. But people are really frightened of him, and he’s so popular now that every other Goosebumps book has to be a Slappy book. I think I’ve written about fourteen of them [laughs]. It doesn’t get any easier to think of plots about a dummy coming to life.

Maybe it’s also because he likes to insult people. People like comedy roasts, so maybe that’s why they like Slappy.

Stine: Well that’s why I like to write him – he’s really an insult comedian. That’s why I love writing him, because he’s so rude!

Do you think kids are easier to scare than adults, or harder?

Stine: Probably easier. Probably don’t have to work as hard to scare them. But you know, my audience – seven to twelve year-olds – I get them the last time in their lives they’ll ever be enthusiastic. And then when they turn twelve, they have to be cool… and they’re gone. But before then they love writing to an author, they love reading, they love hearing from you, they love going to things… it’s just the best audience.

Was Jack Black’s portrayal of you in the first movie accurate?

Stine: I love Jack. Not accurate at all! Nothing accurate. But he’s a great guy, I thought he was wonderful. He flew to New York in a blizzard to meet me, to try to figure out how he was going to play the character. And we had lunch and he was like, looking at me, right? [Laughs] And then he said, “Bob… what about the script is true about you?” And I said, “Nothing, not one thing, none of it’s true!” And he said, “I’m going to be a sinister version of you.” And that’s what he decided to do.. And then when it started filming he started talking like Orson Welles, right? He does, in that first film, and I said, “Jack, I’m from Ohio, I don’t sound like that!” But I thought it was really fun. What a weird thing, to be a character in a movie.

Seeing as, unlike Jack’s version of you, you don’t hate kids – is there a favorite interaction with a young fan that you’ve had?

Stine: I’ve had way too many. I’m just so lucky. Because I go out, I really talk to kids, I go to schools, and I really do like kids. And you know, I have a son and I have a grandson, who’s four and hilarious. And he’s taking after my son, he won’t read my books. That’s my son’s claim to fame, he never read one. Isn’t that horrible?

Does he tell you that all the time?

Stine: He bragged about it, how he never read one!

You should write him into a book so that he has to read it.

Stine: I did! I made him the star of a Fear Street book, it was a vampire book, and he was the star and he didn’t read that one either. In the very last paragraph of the book he gets bit in the neck. [Laughs] I got my revenge!

More: Read Screen Rant’s Review of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween arrives in theaters this weekend.

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2018-10-11 04:10:45 – Hannah Shaw-Williams

20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore

The horror anthology hit TV show American Horror Story just might be the magnum opus of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck. Scarier and more riveting than any of the duo’s other projects, the spine-tingling series features a new theme and characters every season that are all still linked to each other’s universe. From the casting announcements to the series hints, theme reveals, and each season’s unique introductory visuals, it’s riveting entertainment all around. Even so, some seasons fall further off the mark than others, with many episodes barely even registering on the “horror” radar while others left us scratching our heads wondering what the heck just happened.

The thing is, we tend to give glaring errors, plot flops, and other things wrong with the show a pass because we love it so much. From intriguing horror to irresistible characters, from unexpected plot twists to some of the best storytelling on TV, American Horror Story keeps us coming back, not because it’s flawless but because it’s still addictive despite, and sometimes because of, its many flaws.

We might love a character and conveniently forget that he or she is a monster. We’ll keep tuning in even after an entire sequence left us feeling disgusted, embarrassed for the actress who had to play out the scene, or even angry at the creators themselves. It’s just that addictive.

We love it and we’ll keep coming back for me, even with these 20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore.

20 Some Seasons Aren’t Scary

With a name like American Horror Story, you might expect every episode to be a scream-fest. That’s just not the case, especially in seasons four and five. While there’s no shortage of horror-inducing characters in these seasons, they didn’t really give us nightmares like previous and subsequent seasons were able to do.

Were we jaded from all the mutants, ghosts, zombies, and other creatures in previous seasons?

Both Freak Show and Hotel fell short on promises of terror, often vying for more intense drama (a calling card of Falchuck and Murphy) instead. While we still received interesting stories, Gaga’s vampire and Twisty the Clown just weren’t all that scary.

19 There’s No Reason Given For All The Hotel Vampire Kids

In season five, Hotel, Lady Gaga’s character, The Countess Elizabeth, is a little less fabulous than we expected her to be. Perhaps she couldn’t live up to the Gaga we all know and love already. One of the things that just made zero sense about the character was her propensity to collect children and turn them into little vampires. Does Elizabeth have an old woman in the shoe complex? Is she just that bored? What is the point?

Here’s the thing about kids in horror movies: they add instant scare-factor. Take a look at most scary film kids, from Village of the Damned to The Others and you’ll see the scariest moments. The fact that the vampire kid collection wasn’t even scary was a pretty big letdown.

18 Teeth Fall From The Sky For No Reason

Season six of AHS, Roanoke, was able to recover some of the lost ground from the previous two less-scary seasons but still suffered from the lack of the one and only Jessica Lang. The season saw a return to the haunted house theme, always popular in AHS history, and wove in some new elements, like the whole “based on a true story” theme.  Between Deliverance-like hillbillies and more incredible Kathy Bates, Roanake was much better-received than Hotel, but it had some weird unexplained moments, like teeth randomly falling from the sky.

Not only do the teeth inexplicably fall while Matt is at work, but they also disappear.

The reason why is never given, prompting us to chalk this one up to “random scare tactic.”

17 Queenie Tried To Hook Up With A Minotaur

While we definitely applaud Murphy and Falchuck’s use of mythology throughout American Horror Story, it often makes no sense. Gabourey Sidibe was fantastic as Queenie, the young and lonely witch who gave as well as she got, used LaLaurie as her own personal racist slave, and really deserved main credits billing. But there was that one time she tried to hook up with a grotesque Minotaur…

While the inclusion of adult content is pretty standard in AHS, getting involved with a man who has bull’s head sewed over his own is pretty far out there. It didn’t make any sense, nor did Queenie’s own survival following the incident (or anything else including the Minotaur, really), so we just move along and say that there’s nothing to see here.

16 Zoe’s Hell Is Just Life Without Kyle

Zoe Benson, portrayed by Taissa Farmiga, starts out as a compelling character in the third season of American Horror Story, Coven. She has unique powers that pay homage to classic horror and a long journey ahead.

Tossing in a love interest is a great way to derail a personal growth story.

That’s what happened to Zoe with Kyle, her resurrected boyfriend played by Evan Peters. While we’re glad that Murphy and Falchuck used Kyle to illustrate that mothers can be abusive to their sons just as much as fathers can, “life without Kyle” as Zoe’s own personal hell is really stupid and overly angst-ridden.

15 Aliens In Asylum Makes No Sense

When it comes to American Horror Story, many fans reacted to the inclusion of aliens in season two, Asylum, in the same way that fans of Indiana Jones reacted to the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For many horror fans, aliens don’t enter the territory without very specific rules, and you certainly don’t add aliens into an already-existing story for a scare factor.

The aliens of AHS also just weren’t scary. Sure, they made Pepper more interesting and gave convenient explanations for a few weird happenings, but at the end of the day mixing aliens in with mutants, a mean nun, demons, and war criminals just doesn’t work. It’s a hodgepodge of plot devices tossed together like a salad with too many kinds of dressing. Sometimes simpler is just better.

14 The Musical Sequences

We get that Sister Jude is losing her mind in this tenth episode of season two, Asylum, but must we lose ours as well? The episode itself was gripping, but watching Jessica Lange sashay through “The Name Game” wasn’t nearly as eerie as it should have been. It played off as more of an homage to the creators’ Glee in a way that didn’t work.

While some critics enjoyed the mind-boggling number, many of us like to pretend it never happened.

It’s not the last time the showrunners implemented a bit of music and dance, either. Season four, Freak Show, featured several ditties, including a rendition of “Come As You Are” by Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, and Lange singing David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”.

13 What Happens To Dr. Arden’s Experiments?

The mutants created in Dr. Arden’s horrific experiments are the stuff of nightmares, and they definitely present an interesting side story among the rest of the godawful happenings at Briarwood Manor in season two of American Horror Story, Asylum. Their issue, of course, is that they disappear off the radar without much of a peep.

Once turned into a mutant and taken to a hospital, Shelley, played by Chloë Sevigny as a homage to the many women unjustly committed to asylums throughout history, seems as if she may be able to lead the authorities toward Arden, but alas, Joseph Fiennes’ conflicted yet greedy Monsignor Timothy Howard takes her out instead. We don’t hear much about them afterward. What happened to the mutants?

12 The Messed-Up Historical Figures

Anne Frank was lobotomized by the evil Dr. Arden from Briarcliff Manor in season two, Asylum. Not only does this make zero sense, but it also really does a disservice to Anne Frank’s memory. There is a lot of artistic license taken with historical figures throughout American Horror Story, from Delphine Lalaurie to James March. Even characters used as backgrounds for new characters, like Nellie Bly’s inspiration for Lana Winters, often seems a bit much, especially when the representation is so loose.

The misrepresentation or grand re-representation of historical figures is nothing new.

Our own history books present complete falsehoods about everyone from Christopher Columbus to Paul Revere. Perhaps it’s just so glaring because we acknowledge that now, particularly during an age of “fake news” awareness.

11 The Opening Sequence And Spoilers Promise More Than We Get

One of the most exciting elements of a new season of American Horror Story is always the opening sequence and the slowly-revealed spoilers. Cast announcements and cool visuals trickle in until we finally get to see that first episode with its incredible casting graphics. The creepy opening sequence does much more than announce the cast: it revs us up like the announcer for a really scary joust about to take place.

The only problem is that it often goes downhill from there. While season 1 typically delivered, the casting graphics in seasons like Freak Show were actually scarier than the episodes themselves. That’s a real problem if we are supposed to be watching a horror program.

10 We Have No Idea What Happened To The Pig Boys

They were a successful execution of “the scary children” in a way that the little vampire entourage of the previous season just couldn’t seem to manage, so maybe that’s why Murphy and Falchuck decided to never let the “pig boys” of season six be seen again.

Aside from the fact that the boys could have made for some truly scary storytelling, the problem here isn’t just that they had no deeper involvement in the story than “check out these creepy kids” but that they don’t even have a resolution. Why the kids say, “Croatoan!” and why they drink pig milk remains unknown, and we may never know what happened to the charming little tykes.

9 No Consequences for the bad things the “good guys” do

As fans of American Horror Story, we sure do forgive a lot of murderers, don’t we? When someone bad finally goes good, all of their wicked deeds don’t seem to be as problematic. Even sweet Nan takes out Joan. Misty Day, otherwise a kind hippie, offs a couple of guys with alligators.

Were these warranted attacks? Maybe, but that doesn’t erase the fact that many characters end the lives of others and we pretty much turn a blind eye toward it like we wouldn’t if they occurred in real life. Of course, from people returning from the grave to mutant attacks near an asylum, there’s really not a lot in the show that applies to real life.

8 There’s Really No War Between The Coven And The Voodoo Witches

During season three, Coven, there’s a big build up about an oncoming war between the coven and the voodoo witches of the area. Both are led by powerful women, and who wasn’t excited to see Fiona, played by Jessica Lange, and Marie Laveau, played by Angela Bassett, go up against one another?

While there was plenty of tension and a zombie attack, it pretty much stopped there, especially after the witch hunters came to town.

AHS often builds up to something we’re expecting and completely abandon it for another plot instead. While we get that they want to keep us on our toes, broken promises do leave us unsatisfied and underwhelmed.

7 Zoe And Madison Gave Their Souls To Azaezel And It Never Came Up Again

When the bus full of frat boys who assaulted Madison wrecks, taking out all of the monsters on board on Madison’s whim, it’s satisfying. Even seeing Kyle taken out doesn’t bother some of us, given that we’ve already seen Evan Peters return from the grave before and wouldn’t be surprised if he returned. He may have stopped his “brothers” but he certainly tried to help them not get caught, making him complicit in the attack.

When Zoe and Madison decide to put “boy parts” together to resurrect Kyle as the perfect Frankenstein boyfriend, they sell their souls to Azaezel in order to do so, and yet it never comes up again. Given that both girls bite the dust during the show, shouldn’t that at least be an issue?

6 Roanoke’s Reality Show Inception

It was one of the most pointless plot points to ever be inserted into a season of American Horror Story. During season six, Roanoke, we’re treated to a reality show type of setting where re-enactors help us understand what happened to the Millers in “My Roanoke Nightmare”, an obvious play on so many other popular reality-based ghost hunting and experience shows. That’s an intriguing concept that works well for much of the season, but then we’re hit with reality-ception.

Getting all of the actors and people involved in actual events together for the blood moon event is one thing, but what about the disclaimer that nobody even survived the ordeal? If that’s true (which makes sense, since this is Roanoke), how did we get the footage in the first place?

5 There’s No Point To Scathach

Scathach, the mythical warrior from the Isle of Skye in Irish folklore, is an incredible character. It’s too bad we didn’t really get to know her in season six, Roanoke.

Lady Gaga’s Scathnach has a plethora of powers, is said to be the first Supreme and yet has no real point in the series.

The witch does a few nefarious things here and there, from purchasing souls to rendering people evil and insane, but in the grand scheme of things she has no real point except to serve as one of those random elements of horror woven in to just be spooky. Given the history of the traditional character, it would be amazing to see Murphy and Falchuck to use this as a tie-in for a more myth-heavy season.

4 People Are Constantly Offed Only To Be Brought Back

Character losses in the American Horror Story realm are pretty much like those in any comic book series: you don’t ever count them as permanent. Even when an entire series ends and you believe a character to be truly gone, they may return in another season! It’s definitely not a new tactic to have characters return from the grave; it’s a strategy used in everything from Dallas to Supernatural.

It makes us feel a little more jaded and a little less invested when tragedy does strike.

Oh, Fiona is sick? Oh, Ethel’s not going to make it? It’s too often meaningless. We want to feel affected, and we can’t help but worry a bit because we do love these characters, but deep down we’re always still wondering when they’ll return.

3 Twisty’s “Resolution” Is Basically A Deus Ex Machina

Season four’s big villain, Twisty the Clown, turned out to be much more Bozo than Pennywise. Sure, he was scary-looking, and he had the tragic backstory to boot, but Twisty’s crimes felt more garden variety scary movie than the monstrous panache we’d expect from AHS.

Twisty, played by John Carroll Lynch, even had a disappointing resolution as a character. Not only was he never really sorted out by a main character or a victim bent on revenge, but he was literally yanked out of the show to join Edward Mordrake’s nightmarish troupe, collecting the clown’s soul after hearing his tale of woe.

2 Misty Day Was Unjustly Lost

One of the characters fans most resonated with in season three, Coven, was Misty Day, played by the talented Lily Rabe. Misty’s character screamed Supreme, from her unique abilities to her lack of really caring about the position.

Misty was all about fairness, being kind to animals, and protecting the vulnerable, making her a fantastic character to root for.

Unfortunately she was also a red herring. Falchuck and Murphy offed her in such a terrible way in a Hell made up of her own personal vivisection nightmare, which made zero sense given her ability to bring things back to life so easily. Misty didn’t deserve her ending, but neither did Nan and many other characters.

1 Tate Is A School Shooter

Tate Langdon is one of the most romanticized characters in the history of AHS. The season 1 character is a doting friend, devoted boyfriend who would do anything for Violet, and speaks volumes of teen angst to many a smitten heart. It doesn’t hurt that Evan Peters, who plays Tate, is easy on the eyes as well. Is that why it’s so hard to remember that Langdon is such a deplorable character?

Tate is a school shooter. He took the lives of several classmates and should represent what we most despise and do not condone in this nation right now. He also assaulted Violet’s mother, Vivian, causing her to become pregnant with his Antichrist baby. How can anyone still crush on this guy knowing what harm he’s done?

What other problems with American Horror Story do fans overlook? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-10 08:10:37 – Sara Schmidt

Johnny Depp Confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 Return As Grindelwald

Following his official debut in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldJohnny Depp confirms that he’ll reprise his role as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. With 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Warner Bros. launched a Harry Potter prequel spinoff series starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who anchors the overall narrative. Since the saga is set decades before the main continuity, it also features some familiar key players like Nicholas Flamel and a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) linking both timelines in the franchise together.

Backlash about Depp’s involvement began immediately after his reveal in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, given controversies hounding the actor. Despite calls for a recast, Warner Bros. stood its ground with both director David Yates and J.K. Rowling defending their casting choice. However, following the actor’s disastrous San Diego Comic-Con appearance, it’s as if Warner Bros. has been trying to minimize his presence in The Crimes of Grindelwald‘s marketing – an odd move considering that he plays the headlining character in the film. While many took this as a sign that the studio is finally hearing people’s pleas, it turns out that it really isn’t the case with Depp already set for the franchise’s third film.

Related: Fantastic Beasts Is Stretching Harry Potter Continuity To Breaking Point

Speaking with Collider, Depp talked about his experience being part of the Wizarding World and confirmed that he will continue to be involved in it, at least until the third film in the Fantastic Beasts series wraps up.

“I loved it yeah. I loved it because that’s really an arena where you can fly around and try different things and approach a character with a lot more…um…to take someone who is teetering on being a fascist, yeah he’s a fascist, he’s one of those, but to play him as a sensitive, concerned yet manipulative and powerful wizard. The possibilities in that world are wide open, so you can really try anything. So it was a gas and I look forward to the next installment, which I think we start the middle of next year.”

It remains to be seen how The Crimes of Grindelwald will perform at the box office, with people already knowing that Depp will play a central figure in the film. Its predecessor made $814 million against a $180 million production budget, but the actor’s involvement wasn’t revealed until the very end of the movie. If the sequel’s haul turns out to be significantly lower than Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and if there’s substantial proof that it’s linked to the backlash from Depp’s appearance, it’s still possible that Rowling and Warner Bros. might reconsider sticking with him throughout the next installment. Since the first movie established that Grindelwald can effectively disguise himself, perhaps they can bring Colin Farrell back to play the role permanently or any other actor that doesn’t pose a PR nightmare.

In the meantime, Depp is expected to be front and center in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which hits theaters in a little over a month. The sequel follows the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, with Grindelwald successfully escaping and continuing his villainous schemes. Young Dumbledore teams up with Newt to take down Grindelwald once and for all, and it’ll also present a brand new threat to the underground Wizarding World.

More: New Fantastic Beasts 2 Poster Puts Grindelwald Front & Center

Source: Collider

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2018-10-10 05:10:12 – Ana Dumaraog

Cyborg Actor Ray Fisher Reunites With Zack Snyder In New Photo

Justice League star Ray Fisher reunited with his former director, Zack Snyder, today at the filmmaker’s old office, and they both posted a photo together on social media, but it’s unclear why Fisher decided to stop by Snyder’s office. Years ago, before WB’s unofficially titled DC Extended Universe had gotten underway, Snyder – as well as his producing team and the casting department at Warner Bros. – ultimately decided to cast the actor as the DC superhero Cyborg.

While Fisher made his real debut in 2017’s Justice League movie, he first had a cameo in Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice alongside some of the rest of the world’s finest heroes, namely Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Ezra Miller (The Flash). Even though his fellow co-stars were all thrilled to portray their superheroes, Fisher was especially excited, and he hasn’t refrained from continuing to express that enthusiasm despite everything that happened with Snyder and Justice League.

Related: Justice League’s Ray Fisher Thinks Cyborg Would Be Costly To Make

It seems that Ray Fisher visited Zack Snyder’s office today, and they both posted the photo on social media; Fisher made his post on Twitter, saying, “Me and the Cap’n making it happen… #BORGLIFE,” while Snyder, of course, posted on Vero, saying, “Look who’s hanging out at the office today.” Take a look:

A specific reason for why Fisher visited Snyder today hasn’t been determined, but it presumably had nothing to do with the DC movie universe, despite the fact that Snyder is technically still on board as producer for some of the future movies, like Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984. In all likelihood, it’s possible that Fisher was merely on the WB lot for something else (perhaps for something in relation to HBO’s True Detective season 3, which he stars in), or maybe he just happened to be in the general area and wanted to stop by to visit Snyder, who is currently working on developing The Fountainhead (not The Last Photograph, as previously assumed), an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel of the same name.

Regardless of the reason Fisher and Snyder met up today, the photo could ignite some speculation that Fisher could potentially appear in Snyder’s new project or that they were discussing WB’s Cyborg movie, which doesn’t seem to have moved forward in development since its initial announcement. It was originally slated to release in 2020, but that no longer seems to be the case. Furthermore, if it ever does happen, it’s certainly possible that Snyder would be on board as a producer, just like he’s producing the other Justice League character spinoff movies.

Next: DC’s Cyborg Movie Still Happening, May Use Scrapped Justice League Story

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2018-10-10 05:10:11 – Mansoor Mithaiwala