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25 Twisted Gravity Falls Facts That Will Surprise Longtime Fans

Here’s 25 facts about Gravity Falls that will surprise even longtime fans of the series. Gravity Falls is a short-lived animated series that first debuted on Disney Channel back in 2012. Created by Alex Hirsch, the show follows Dipper Pines and his twin sister Mabel on their summer adventures after having to stay with their great-uncle Stan at Gravity Falls. The twins help their uncle run his shop The Mystery Shack, but quickly learn that unknown forces and creatures are aplenty in the small town.

After the first season of Gravity Falls, the show was renewed for a second season but moved to Disney XD to air. Hirsch announced that the new season would already be the last, in an effort to give the series and these characters a proper conclusion. The story of Gravity Falls has continued in the years following the finale in 2016 with a graphic novel and shorts, but so far there are no talks of a larger revival happening.

Related: Disney Redubs Louis C.K. Voice Role In Gravity Falls

This is disappointing for fans who found Gravity Falls when it was originally on the air, as well as for those who only discovered it after the ending. Whether you are a longtime fan or a new one, the adventures of Dipper and Mabel are easy to enjoy. But, in the latest Screen Rant video, we explore some of the more surprising facts about the show. These 25 pieces of trivia can be found in the video featured at the top of this post, but let’s discuss a few of them below.

In just 40 episodes, Gravity Falls managed to tell a complete story based around Dipper and Mabel’s summer adventure, and Hirsch’s plan for the series can be seen early on. He managed to introduce characters like the time traveler Blendin Blandin or Agent Powers and Agent Trigger in the background of episodes long before they received proper introductions. This plan can also be seen with all of the teases of the triangular dream demon Bill Cipher, who didn’t truly appear until the end of season 1, but his triangle form was hidden throughout earlier episodes. The character became such a fan-favorite that Hirsch even hid a real life version of the Cipher statue in Oregon, and many fans have already managed to find it.

These details are only scratching the surface of what Gravity Falls contains, and we can only hope that Dipper and Mabel will return for more adventures in the future. Hirsch has left this possibility open, but it is unclear if or when that could happen. The series is currently streaming on Hulu, and it is likely (but not confirmed) that Gravity Falls will be included on Disney+ when it launches in November. If the interest in the show is still high, maybe Disney+ could be how Gravity Falls can return for shorter seasons or a new limited series.

MORE: Everything You Need To Know About Disney+


2019-04-19 09:04:33

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25 Twisted American Dad Facts That Will Surprise Longtime Fans

Here are 25 twisted facts about American Dad that will leave even longtime fans of the series surprised. Created by the talented trio of Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman, the animated show first began airing on Fox in 2005. Even though MacFarlane is involved with the show, it has really been Barker and Weitzman who have shaped American Dad’s style and humor, making it different than many of MacFarlane’s other animated creations.

The series follows the Smith family, with the husband and father Stan – a CIA agent by day – serving as the lead character. The rest of his family is made up of his wife Francine, their daughter Hayley, and son Steve. However, they are not the only ones living under the Smith household, as the talking goldfish Klaus and alien Roger reside there as well. American Dad ran for 11 seasons on Fox and later found a new home on TBS, where it continues to air brand new episodes.

Related: The 10 Best American Dad Episodes Of All Time

There are over 250 episodes of American Dad already released, which is why the popularity of the series should come as no surprise. But thanks to weekly reruns and streaming, the show continues to find new fans and entertain longtime ones. Screen Rant’s newest video takes a look at the past 15 seasons of American Dad content to point out some facts related to the show that may even surprise the most dedicated fans. Check out all of these facts in the video at the top of this post.

While all of these facts come from several different seasons, it has been during its time on TBS where American Dad has been given a bit more freedom. The switch to TBS from Fox wasn’t the only major change that happened to the show over the last few years, though, as Barker left the series behind after season 10. This has put Weitzman in charge of the show during this transition and has seen him push the boundaries a bit more with the comedy, but also in how much of the (usually female) characters American Dad is able to show.

American Dad just recently returned for its 17th season overall and 5th on TBS, so there will be more opportunities for pieces of trivia to be revealed as more episodes are released. Thankfully, this won’t be the final season either. TBS has already announced a season 17 renewal for the series. While there’s still almost an entire new season to watch before those episodes will air, it is reassuring knowing that American Dad isn’t going anywhere and will continue to be a source for comedy in the years to come.

MORE: 10 Best American Dad Guest Stars, Ranked


2019-04-19 05:04:24

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27 Twisted Homer Simpson Facts Only Hardcore Fans Will Know

Here are 27 twisted facts about Homer Simpson that only die hard fans of The Simpsons may already know. Over the last 30 years of Fox’s animated show, Homer’s story has evolved through some incredible changes. The same can be said about every member of the show, but it has really been Homer that has flourished under the supervision of creator Matt Groening.

Homer is the husband to Marge and father to Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, and he works for the Springfield Nuclear Power Planet as a low-level safety inspector. With so many different hats to wear, Homer has yet to master any of them. There are certainly several strengths and redeeming qualities to him as a character, but he also has his fair share of flaws. He has his over aggressive outbursts or his occasional dumb decision, but he’s also known to do what is needed for his family.

Related: 25 Simpsons Deleted Scenes That Went Too Far

As the central character of The Simpsons, Homer is now the center of Screen Rant’s attention in our new video. Given the popularity of the series, it is no surprise that Homer has become such an iconic character. There is a reason that the series has lasted for as long as it has after all, and with so much attention given to Homer, we compiled a list of 27 twisted facts about him that only die hard fans of the series may know about already. Check out every entry in the video at the top of this post.

If it wasn’t clear already, this list solidifies just how much we already know about Homer’s life – in the present, past, and even possible futures. His attitude and personality has managed to stay the same throughout it all. That said, The Simpsons has shown how his look changed over time, going from a full head of brown hair as an adolescent to the mostly bald look he has now (including the “M” he sports now as a nod to Groening).

Now that even more fans of The Simpsons know about these crazy Homer facts, they can look forward to the future of the show adding even more. Fox already renewed the show for two more seasons prior to the Disney acquisition going through, so there is no reason to worry that Disney could end the longest running animated show in history. In fact, they’ve already announced plans to make every episode available on their streaming service, Disney+, so fans both old and new will be able to revisit any episode of The Simpsons in the very near future with ease.

More: 20 Simpsons Mistakes That Slipped Through Editing


2019-04-13 08:04:26

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25 Twisted Rick And Morty Facts That Will Surprise Even Longtime Fans

These twisted Rick and Morty facts may surprise even the most dedicated fans of the animated series, no matter what Earth they’re from. Created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, the time-traveling and universe-hopping show became a massive hit on Adult Swim when it debuted in 2013. The story follows the adventures of Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith – both voiced by Roiland – as they repeatedly find themselves in trouble.

Over the course of the first three seasons, Rick and Morty has built up a large and dedicated fanbase. They’ve helped turn the show into a sensation online, which has been a bit tougher to maintain thanks to the long breaks between seasons. The third season aired in 2017 and there has yet to be any new episodes since then. This has just left those eager for more Rick and Morty to revisit the series over and over again as the wait for season four continues.

Related: How Rick And Morty Season 3’s Premiere Changed The Series Forever

So, to help pass the time before season four, Screen Rant’s latest video (featured at the top of this post) counts down 25 facts pertaining to the show that may surprise even the most hardcore fan. Alternate casting ideas like Bryan Cranston as Jerry instead of Chris Parnell, a National Lampoon’s Vacation reference, connections to other TV shows (both animated and live-action), and additional content based on this universe all come up, but fans will have to watch the full video to get all the information.

One of the biggest crazes that Rick and Morty is responsible for is the mention of McDonald’s old Szechuan Sauce. The speciality sauce was created and sold when Mulan was in theaters and upon it being included in the show, McDonald’s decided to bring it back on a limited basis. Unfortunately for them and Rick and Morty fans, the demand for the sauce exceeded expectations and resulted in there being a major shortage of the product available to sell. Fans rioted and have continued to push for the Szechuan Sauce to be brought back on a larger scale, but so far that has yet to happen.

With an additional 70 episodes ordered by Adult Swim, there will be no shortage of new Rick and Morty episodes for fans to see at some point in the future though. There’s been no official return date announced, and a 2019 launch is reportedly unlikely. If Rick and Morty returns in 2020 then, this will be a longer wait than most anticipated. However, with Disney’s live-action Mulan remake also hitting theaters next year, maybe the multi-verse will align itself so that the return of these two properties will also see the Szechuan Sauce make an extended return of its own.

MORE: What to Expect From Rick And Morty Season 4


2019-03-20 03:03:57

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Tim Burton: Inside The Twisted Mind Of The Eccentric Filmmaker

Tim Burton has put his signature stamp on the movie industry over the last 30 years, so let’s take a look back on what he’s done ahead of Dumbo. After spending time perfecting his eye and sensibilities as a filmmaker through several shorts and animation, Burton burst onto the Hollywood scene in 1985 with the release of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The family-friendly (but still zany) film was the first of many hits for Burton as he rose to become one the top working directors.

This stretch of his career brought BeetlejuiceBatmanEdward Scissorhands, and Batman Returns to the screen in the span of five years. Burton hasn’t slowed down much since then, even if the major hits have been more difficult to come by. Sleepy Hollow was a success in 1999, but then his attempted reboot of Planet of the Apes was a mixed bag at best. Throughout most of these films, Burton’s gothic style and inspiration from German Expressionism can be easily seen.

Related: The 10 Best Tim Burton Movies, Ranked

The latest edition of Screen Rant Docs dives in to all of these aspects of Burton’s career, but also much more. There are details on his childhood and upbringing and how this influences his work even till today, his collaborations with composer Danny Elfman, and highlights of Burton’s overall interest in infusing his films with plenty of musically inclined scenes. For all the details on Burton’s rise to prominence in Hollywood, watch the full video featured at the top of this post.

Burton’s visual approach to his films always makes them easy to identify, even when it comes to those that he is simply producing and not actually directing. Even though this distinct style is what helped make Burton such a standout filmmaker back when he first began, some of his recent films have relied too heavily on the one-of-a-kind visuals to make it work, and has seen them sacrifice story or character as a result.

He has also made a habit of adapting stories from some source material instead of creating new fascinating worlds, which has had mixed results. His work with DC’s Dark Knight did wonders for the character, and he even successfully rebooted Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but he also saw Alice in Wonderland divide critics and still make over $1 billion worldwide. Now that his live-action remake of Dumbo for Disney is set to hit theaters in a few weeks, the early reactions have pointed to it being another victory for Burton. And if this is a real hit, maybe then the long gestating Beetlejuice 2 could actually come to fruition.

MORE: Beetlejuice 2 Updates: Will The Sequel Finally Happen?


2019-03-17 07:03:48

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Simon Pegg Interview: The Boys

Amazon’s upcoming comic book adaptation, The Boys, dropped some big news at New York Comic Con this week; not only did was the first clip from the show revealed, but so was the news that Simon Pegg would be appearing in it. The Boys is an adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series of the same name, which satirizes the superhero world and imagines life in a universe where those with powers become corrupted by them – but maintain their public image.

The ‘Boys’ of the comic title are a group of vigilantes, mostly without superpowers, who take it upon themselves to keep tabs on the various ‘supes’ in this world – and occasionally, to take them down. The series follows Butcher (Karl Urban), his new protege Hughie (Jack Quaid), and the rest of their gang as they wreak havoc on the twisted supes that the world sees as heroes, and it promises to be violent, foul-mouthed, and hilariously dark. After the reveal that Pegg would be appearing in the show as Hughie’s father, we sat down to talk about what fans can expect from his new character on the show.

Related: The Boys TV Show Casts Simon Pegg As Hughie’s Father

SR: So, obviously this was a big reveal for The Boys today. Can we ask now how big your part in the show is?

Simon Pegg: I’m a guest role. I think I’m in a few episodes, and it was something that we really wanted to do from the off. When the show became a reality, they were very kind to get in contact when Jack was cast and say ‘maybe you can be in the show’. And I think I suggested that maybe I could play Hughie’s father or something.

SR: So it was your idea?

Simon Pegg: Well, I can’t remember, but I feel like I did say that! Whether or not they had already had the character in mind I’m not sure, because he certainly… he serves a real purpose in the show. He’s not in the comic book, but I think in the show he represents the possibility of Hughie not taking action. And the show begins with this terrible tragedy that happens to Hugie and he has two choices; he can stay on the sofa with Dad like every Campbell man has in the past, or he can actually change his life.

And so, as a sort of visual representation of Hughie’s possible destiny, the Dad works really well as a character.

SR: And do we see any of Hughie’s Mom?

Simon Pegg: No, she passed away, so it’s just Hughie and Dad, and they have a very sweet relationship. That picture that you saw of us, the family shot, is very much prior to A-Train doing what he does. They have a very sweet little… you know they are just father and son, and he’s still got his toys in his bedroom, and they live together, and Dad dotes on him. He’s a nice guy, he’s just very ineffectual.

SR: How do you feel about the fact that in the comics, obviously Hughie is Scottish and now we’re coming over to the US for this series? Are you going to be an English Dad or are you going to do the American accent?

Simon Pegg: Well, we talked about this, and I think what happened was initially I was going to play Hughie’s Dad as Scottish in reference to the comic book, but then we decided in a way that if Hughie was used to a British accent of any kind, it would make Butcher less alien to him, in a way. Because Butcher’s got to feel like he’s from a completely different world, you know, and so he has this rough Cockney accent, and so we thought ok, let’s make them American. So I play Hughie’s father as American.

SR: Which other character are you most excited about? Which one is your favorite, either in the comics or the show… is it the same one?

Simon Pegg: I was just really happy to see the Supes, you know! When I did my first scene it was quite early on in the shoot and not all of the Boys had actually arrived. I hadn’t met Karen [Fukahara] or anybody and I was kind of like, really wanting to see some superheroes. And then when I came back to shoot some more scenes later on I got to see A-Train, and pictures of the other ones, and it was just really great to see them in 3D! But the one that I saw that was a full on ‘there he is, right in front of me’ superhero was a real treat.

SR: Do you think that this show is going to be particularly appealing to people who are maybe getting a little of that so-called ‘superhero fatigue’?

Simon Pegg: Yeah, I think that in a weird way, as a satire on superheroism, that’s kind of the least of what this show is, in a way. It’s a broader satire about the notion of power and celebrity, and it just so happens that the subjects of that particular analysis are superheroes in this show. We do, obviously, satirize superhero culture a little bit, and people might enjoy the parallels to other known superheroes that The Boys delights in. But at the same time, you know, it’s still a superhero show, I think it’s just a welcome change of tone, for sure. But it’s not like, I don’t think it’s sneering at its roots in any way. In the great tradition of comics like The Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, it’s kind of a slightly skewed version of that world, no less reverent.

SR: And other than yourself, because obviously your character doesn’t exist in the comics, were there any other major changes that surprised you, going in as a fan? At least, I am assuming you are a fan!

Simon Pegg: I am, yes! Everything that I saw, I really really liked, and I appreciate the importance, when making an adaptation, of not being too slavish. You can tie yourself in knots by being desperate to please, and I think that the best thing you can do with a story that first appeared in 2008 sis to make sure that it feels relevant in 2018. So they’ve done everything they can to do that. So the changes that I saw felt completely in keeping with the spirit of the comic book, and I know that’s what Garth Ennis really wanted as well, and Darick Robertson (the artist). And so as long as they maintain the kind of mission statement of it I’m happy to see it change. It must change, in the same way that The Walking Dead as a comic book is very different to the series, but it still has its own personality. TV is a different medium, you know, and it should have its own identity.

SR: And finally, I think we have time for one more, so given that you know the works of Garth Ennis, would you think that The Pro would be an interesting thing to be adapted next? And would you like to appear in that one, if it did?

Simon Pegg: [LAUGHS] I think anything he does is always… I think Garth kind of writes specifically to try and challenge people not to adapt… as if to say ‘alright, adapt that then!’. You know, things that just seem completely unadaptable. So, yes, I would always be happy to be involved in anything that Garth does, I’ve been a fan a long time, so yeah.

And, now they’ve done Preacher and now this, I think it’s paved the way for pretty much anything he does to appear in some form, you know, however mental. I shouldn’t say that, it’s the wrong word to say.

SR: Well, it’s a very British word.

Simon Pegg: [CHUCKLES] Yeah. So – who knows, you might have started a rumor – this is how these things start!

Next: Everything We Know About Preacher Season 4

The Boys is expected to premiere on Amazon in early 2019.



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2018-10-10 01:10:06 – Rose Moore

Eddie Brock’s Notebook Reveals Carnage Backstory for Venom 2

Cletus Kasady’s backstory for Venom 2 is revealed thanks to Eddie Brock’s notebook from Venom. Sony’s decision to try and launch a cinematic universe of their own appears to have paid off. The Tom Hardy-led Venom just set the October opening weekend record, making a sequel almost inevitable. Through the use of its post-credits scene, Venom already established seeds for the sequel to grow as Woody Harrelson made a cameo as Cletus Kasaday, the psychotic killer who becomes Carnage in the comics.

It was originally just before production began on Venom that reports surfaced that Carnage would make an appearance. It was later reported that Harrelson had joined the film with speculation pointing to this being his true role. This began to see some fans expect to see Carnage fully realized at some point in the movie, despite him having no presence in the marketing. That is because director Ruben Fleischer is saving Carnage for the sequel.

Related: All the Spider-Villain Movies Coming After Venom

The post-credits scene for Venom only teased Kasady’s eventual escape from prison and his transformation into Carnage. As it turns out, Eddie’s interview with Cletus lasted far beyond what audiences saw. ComicBook shared an image of Eddie’s notebook that was on display at New York Comic Con, which details Kasady’s backstory that will be used for Venom 2. Between a massacre in New York and killing his grandmother, the Disciplinarian Administrator at St. Estes Home for Boys, and a random girl who wouldn’t go on a date with him, the notebook clearly establishes Kasady’s bloodlust.

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These details are instantly terrifying for fans and just goes to show how insane Kasady is, even before he becomes bonded with the Carnage symbiote. These multiple murders are villainous enough, but his twisted psyche is further highlighted by additional details. Eddie believes he has Oedipus Complex (the feeling of desire for the parent of the opposite sex) and is possibly the reason why he dug up his mother’s grave. Before that, Cletus tortured and killed his mother’s dog with a drill.

Kasady is a worthy villain for Venom and Eddie to hunt down based on his prior record and what he would surely do upon being freed. But, it would be the pairing of Kasady’s personality and the power of Carnage that makes him a supervillain-level threat. Since this notebook page and these details aren’t explicitly states in Venom, a sequel will likely retell parts of this backstory and maybe even show it through flashbacks. It could be difficult to do just that with a PG-13 rating, but Venom 2 isn’t expected to be R-rated either. However it happens, Carnage will be the villain of Venom 2 and at least we now know some of his backstory that Fleischer and company worked out for him.

More: Every Update You Need to Know For Venom 2

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2018-10-08 09:10:59 – Cooper Hood

6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It)

There are sitcoms that everyone loves, and then there’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — a series which has managed to turn off many with its despicable characters and depraved sense of humor. From faking cancer to trying to eat a homeless person, there are no depths that are too low for the owners of Paddy’s Pub. But you don’t get to thirteen seasons without making a few fans in the process.

While It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia might not pull in the biggest numbers, the show has maintained such a rabid following over the years that one has to wonder if they’ve accidentally gotten there hands on some raccoon meat. But the more likely scenario is that many people have just as twisted of a sense of humor as the makers of this FX series.

The sitcom was created by Rob McElhenney with the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, who would go on to portray Mac, Dennis, and Charlie on the series. Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito fill out the rest of the main cast as Dee and Frank Reynolds, and for over the last decade, fans have been happily following the bizarre misadventures of the Gang. Of course, it’s impossible to imagine anyone else in these leading roles. With over 130 episodes, there has been no shortage of supporting characters and celebrity cameo, some of which have been a lot better than others.

Here are 6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It).

20 Saved: Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds

In a sea of despicable characters, Dennis Reynolds has slowly revealed himself to be the most reprehensible of them all. Dennis may have begun the series as one of the more sensible members of the Gang — albeit one with an extremely short fuse, but he’s slowly revealed himself to be a cool and calculated sociopath. One who also happens to have a heavy side of narcissistic personality disorder.

While Glenn Howerton didn’t want to name the character after himself for fear of people drawing an unwelcome comparison, that hasn’t stopped Howerton from taking the character to some extremely dark places. He’s more than a little convincing when he lays out one of his manipulative plans. While his temper tantrums may be over-the-top, you never doubt the authenticity of the rage and frustration Howerton has embedded into his performance.

19 Saved: Mary Elizabeth Ellis as The Waitress

One of the most prominent recurring characters on It’s Always Sunny, the Waitress has been a part of the series since the very beginning. She is the unrequited love interest of Charlie throughout the majority of the show — though it seems like the tables have turned in recent episodes.

The Waitress is portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who had previously worked with Charlie Day on an episode of Reno 911! The two were married shortly after It’s Always Sunny began, adding another layer of hilarity to the dysfunctional relationship between the two characters on screen.

Ellis fully commits to her performance as the down-on-her-luck waitress.

She’s an example of the tight-knit community working behind-the-scenes that has made the series such a success.

18 Hurt: Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty

While sitcoms usually lend themselves well to celebrity cameos, It’s Always Sunny has created such a distinct world that more often than not these cameos end up feeling out of place. There have been a few instances where they’ve managed to pull them off. Josh Groban popping up in one of Dee’s fantasies seemed fitting, and Dax Shepard manages to blend in fairly well into the episodes where Mac and Charlie join a cult.

In the case of Jason Sudeikis and a number of other celebrities, the cameos just end up coming across as distracting. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Jason Sudeikis playing Schmitty — an ex-member of the Gang who makes an unexpected return. The whole time, you never forget that you’re watching Sudeikis, which just doesn’t work for the tone of the series.

17 Saved: Mary Lynn Rajskub as Gail the Snail

Though she’s only appeared in three episodes of the series to date, Gail the Snail is definitely one of those side characters that we’d like to see more of. She first appeared back in the season five episode “The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention”, where she is the clingy cousin of Dennis and Dee who talks with a lisp and has the disgusting habit of slurping her saliva. Dennis and Dee have found that the only way to get rid of her is to dust her with salt, hence her nickname of Gail the Snail.

The character is portrayed by the talented Mary Lynn Rajskub, who is best known for playing Chloe O’Brian on 24.

This is undeniably a very different character, and it’s impressive just how committed Rajskub is to playing someone so hilariously obnoxious.

16 Saved: David Hornsby as Cricket

The Gang has dragged their fair share of individuals down into the dirt with them, but none are more apparent than Rickety Cricket. Portrayed by David Hornsby, Cricket is a former classmate of the Gang who was once infatuated with Dee. He debuted in season two as a clean-cut priest who has slowly transformed into the addicted hobo that we have today.

Hornsby has been such a prominent member of the show that last season he was given his own episode with “A Cricket’s Tale”, which cleverly intertwined the character’s other brief appearances throughout the season into the story. Hornsby has also been a big part of the show behind-the-scenes as well, serving as an executive producer and a writer of nearly 30 episodes.

15 Hurt: Brian Unger as The Attorney

It’s Always Sunny has a number of supporting characters who re-emerge every few seasons, only to be dragged down by the shenanigans of the Gang once again. Brian Unger plays one such character with the Attorney, who the Gang often visits for legal advice only to contradict everything the lawyer has to say.

As a former correspondent of The Daily Show, Unger is really good at playing the straight man.

In fact, he’s too good, which makes it hard to believe that he would put up with these self-centered, narcissistic characters for more than a few episodes. Often, these supporting characters are revealed to be a little bit off in their own right, but Unger is just too normal to make his character mesh with the series.

14 Saved: Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds

Danny DeVito first popped up in season two of It’s Always Sunny, and his casting as Frank Reynolds quite literally saved the series. While the higher-ups at FX reportedly loved the first season, not enough people were watching to warrant a second outing. McElhenney, Howerton, and Day were given the ultimatum to add a bigger name or face cancellation. While they worried how DeVito would fit into the series, the veteran actor has more than proven himself as a worthy member of the Gang.

The insane things that DeVito will do for the character are a testament to the actor’s commitment. Even more impressive is how you never feel like you’re watching a performance. DeVito becomes Frank Reynolds. Even when he’s not delivering lines, just watching him futz about in the background is already hilarious enough.

13 Saved: Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly

It’s Always Sunny has turned all of its leading actors into stars, but Charlie Day is the biggest breakout of them all. Since appearing on the show, Day has worked on a number of hit films, including Horrible Bosses, Pacific Rim, and The Lego Movie.

His star power has no doubt helped the show remain on the air for so long.

Thanks to Day’s performance and musical talents, the character of Charlie has no shortage of memorable moments. Bird law aside, Charlie may be the least intelligent member of the Gang. In a lot of ways, he’s the heart of the show. Charlie certainly has his share of questionable moments, but they often stem from ignorance rather than malice, which set him apart from the other employees of Paddy’s Pub.

12 Hurt: Sean “Diddy” Combs as Dr. Jinx

Whenever Sean “Diddy” Combs pops up in a movie or TV show, he often plays a fictionalized version of himself. In It’s Always Sunny, he plays the unorthodox Dr. Jinx who utilizes alternative methods to treat his patients.

Not only is the cameo distracting, but Combs’ performance is pretty flat. It almost seems like the actor is reading off cue cards, and when Dr. Jinx is seen playing the bass guitar during a musical performance at Paddy’s Pub, it’s pretty obvious that Combs isn’t actually playing. The rapper may have stolen the show as Sergio in Get Him to the Greek, but whatever worked for him on that movie isn’t back on display in the sitcom.

11 Saved: Artemis Pebdani as Artemis

Artemis is one of the few supporting characters who can actually hang with the Gang without her life coming apart at the seams. She first appeared up in season one, where she befriends Dee after the two meet in an acting class. She’s also had a relationship without Frank throughout her time in the series.

The character is portrayed by Artemis Pebdani, who landed the role right at the start of her professional acting career.

While she’s continued to reprise her part as the fun-loving and wild Artemis, the actress has enjoyed success in a number of other shows, including Scandal and Masters of Sex. Though a number of supporting characters seem to have fallen off in recent years, Artemis has already popped up this season with “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot”.

10 Saved: Lynne Marie Stewart and Sandy Martin as Charlie and Mac’s Moms

Every since Danny DeVito debuted as Frank Reynolds, it was abundantly clear why Dennis and Dee are they way that they are. After all, Frank is just as self-absorbed and conniving as the twins. In that respect, we’ve also gotten to see how Mac and Charlie are a result of their childhoods by getting to know their moms over the course of the series.

Lynne Marie Stewart does a perfect job of playing Charlie’s mom, a kind-hearted woman who was far too overprotective of her son — which explains Charlie’s numerous irrational fears. Meanwhile, Sandy Martin is the total opposite, as Mac’s mom doesn’t seem emotionally invested in her son at all — which explains Mac’s constant desire for approval. Together, the two are a perfect comedy duo, which is on full display in “Old Lady House: A Comedy Situation”.

9 Hurt: Seann William Scott as Country Mac

In season nine, Seann William Scott made a one episode appearance as Mac’s cousin — who the Gang deems far cooler than Mac. Just like Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty, this is another star cameo that can’t help but feel distracting. Scott has made a career playing characters who are too cool for school thanks to movies like American Pie and Role Models. That might seem like he’s the ideal fit for Country Mac.

Wouldn’t it have been even funnier if the Gang idolized a character for no other reason than to get under Mac’s skin?

With the success of It’s Always Sunny, we’re sure that they could have a star cameo every few episodes. Since they’re kept to a bare minimum, it seems that even they know these roles can be a bit ostentatious.

8 Saved: Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney as Liam and Ryan McPoyle

The McPoyles are the perfect example of just how dark and twisted the humor on It’s Always Sunny can actually get. They are a large inbred family with the two most prominent members, Liam and Ryan, being former classmates of the Gang. They popped up in a number of episodes between seasons one and nine, where they’re often at odds with the owners of Paddy’s Pub.

Liam and Ryan are played by Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney throughout their time on the show. Both fully commit to the unsettling nature of these characters. They might be creepy, but that doesn’t stop them from being a hilarious comedy duo. Our only complaint is that they’ve been absent from the series for the last few seasons.

7 Saved: Catherine Reitman as Maureen Ponderosa

One of the weirdest characters in all of It’s Always Sunny, Maureen Ponderosa is the ex-wife of Dennis Reynolds who slowly makes her transition into becoming a cat in the later episodes of the show. Much like Rickety Cricket, her transition from seemingly normal to totally unhinged takes place over the course of a few seasons — better-allowing audiences to buy into the ridiculousness of it all.

Catherine Reitman seems totally devoted to this outlandish and often unsettling performance.

Since appearing on the show, Reitman’s notoriety has only continued to grow. She currently plays the lead on Workin’ Moms — a show which she also created — along with popping up as another recurring character in Black-ish.

6 Hurt: Guillermo del Toro as Pappy McPoyle

Writer/ director Guillermo del Toro was apparently such a big fan of It’s Always Sunny, that it was one of the reasons he cast Charlie Day in Pacific Rim. In return, del Toro was given this cameo appearance as Pappy McPoyle — who is most likely the grandfather of Liam and Ryan.

One problem right off the bat is that del Toro was cast to play someone who is most likely from Ireland— a fact which the director himself made fun of in a behind-the-scenes interview. This may have been the reason that Pappy McPoyle was given such an over-the-top appearance, which is really the worst part of the character. The McPoyle’s are indeed odd and unsettling, but they’re still somewhat believable.Pappy McPoyle, on the other hand, looks like some deranged wizard who has no place in the series.

5 Saved: Wade Boggs as Himself

The best episodes of It’s Always Sunny usually finds the Gang confined to a single area, where their personalities can do nothing but bounce off the walls and wreak havoc on themselves and anyone in their vicinity. This is what makes “The Gang Beats Boggs” one of the best episodes in the series.

The episode finds the five Philadelphia natives trying to beat Wade Boggs’ record of consuming 70 drinks during a cross-country flight.

While the Gang’s antics are usually based on nothing but nonsense, this true story only adds another level of hilarity to the episodes. The cherry on top is a brief appearance by Wade Boggs himself. In an interview, Charlie Day said that not only was Boggs happy to participate in the episode, but that his real-life record was a lot more impressive than previously thought.

4 Saved: Michael Naughton as the Waiter

Michael Naughton first appeared up in “The Gang Dines Out,” where he is a server at one of the finest restaurants in Philadelphia. He’s crossed paths with the Gang a number of times since, and every time the Waiter emerges worse for wear.

Just this season, Naughton appeared in “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot,” where he is now working as a flight attendant. Once again, the Waiter tries to get the Gang to acknowledge how they’ve sabotaged him in the past. But once again, the Gang can’t remember who he is.

Naughton plays the Waiter with a kind of obsessive desperation beneath his everyman facade; he seems like someone who really would let the Gang get the better of him. He’s also the kind of supporting character that rewards loyal fans every time he pops back up.

3 Hurt: Stephen Collins as Bruce Mathis

Stephen Collins popped up in season two and three of It’s Always Sunny, where he played Bruce Mathis, the biological father of Dennis and Dee. Bruce invests most of his time and money helping out various charities around the world, making him a polar opposite of his children. This also made Collins — who was best known for playing Reverend Eric Camden on 7th Heaven — seem like an ideal fit for the part.

In the years since, Collins has both been accused and admitted to being an abuser. The actor has obviously not appeared on the show since, but going back and watching these episodes with Collins can be more than a little discomfiting.

2 Saved: Kaitlin Olson as Dee Reynolds

With Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton working on the show right from the very beginning, the actors were afforded the opportunity to mold their characters as they saw fit. However, the character of Dee Reynolds was developed before an actress was cast, and she was originally meant to be the Gang’s voice of reason.

Thankfully, Kaitlin Olson nabbed the role, and over time Dee became just as hilariously pathetic as the other members of the Gang.

Being a former member of The Groundlings, Olson clearly had talent as a comedic performer — which might also explain why Dee fancies herself as a bit of an improv comic. The actress isn’t afraid to make Dee as embarrassing as possible, which adds an element of cringe-comedy to the show that’s not found in the other characters.

1 Saved: Rob McElhenney as Mac

Without Rob McElhenney, there would be no It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The struggling actor/writer decided to put plans for the series into motion after a number of other projects fell through. With the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, McElhenney made a short episode of the series, which he used to pitch the sitcom. Over a decade later, McElhenney still serves as an executive produces while continuing to write a number of episodes.

As far as his role of Mac is concerned, McElhenney isn’t afraid to take the character in different directions.

He put on a whopping 50 pounds for season seven and Mac finally came out of the closet for good last year — just a few of the many ways McElhenney has kept the show feeling fresh after thirteen seasons.

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2018-10-07 02:10:26 – Dylan Dembrow

Carnage’s Origin is Too Twisted For a Marvel Movie



Carnage has always been one of Marvel’s most terrifying villains, but the comic book publisher is about to make his origin story a whole lot darker. Not only is Carnage a sociopath and murderer – now he’s a cannibal, too.

Created by David Michelinie, Erik Larsen and Mark Bagley back in 1992, Carnage epitomizes superhero comics of the ’90s. He’s a ruthless monster, a serial killer bonded with an alien symbiote to produce Marvel’s most lethal murderer. He’s also Venom’s greatest nemesis, leading many to suspect that Woody Harrelson will play Carnage in Venom‘s universe.

Given recent rumors that Venom will be a PG-13 film, the fear that Sony won’t be able to do him justice isn’t going anywhere.

Related: Why Venom Being PG-13 May Actually Be A Good Thing

In a remarkable twist, Marvel’s November solicits have revealed that the publisher is doubling down on the darkness of Carnage’s psychopathic villainy. Marvel seem to be betting that Sony’s films will be a success; recent comics have focused on Venom to a remarkable degree, with the Venom symbiote bonded once again with Eddie Brock. They’ve also commissioned a number of tie-ins, one of which is the Web of Venom: Carnage miniseries.

The series promises to retcon him as an even more horrific monster than he ever was before. Here’s the solicit:

“Join DONNY CATES as he continues to snake his tendrils through the VENOM mythos – this time visiting the sickening sociopath called CARNAGE! A cruel cannibal obsessed with death and murder, few mourned Cletus Kasady after he seemingly died in VENOMIZED. But now a cult devoted to the madman has gathered, hoping to resurrect their fallen idol and return his madness to the Marvel Universe…”

The standout here is that the solicit explicitly describes the Carnage host Cletus Kasady as “a cruel cannibal.” In the past, Carnage has commented on the taste of human flesh… but given his psychopathy, it was impossible to know whether or not he really was a cannibal. If the solicitation text is as clear as it seems, then Marvel has decided the time for ambiguity is over.

Cletus Kasady is a confirmed cannibal, someone who doesn’t just murder others for pleasure, but also eats his victims. With the implication just as likely that he consumed humans as Cletus, not just Carnage, it really isn’t possible to make him any more horrific at this stage.

Of course, the real question is what impact this will have on the films. The latest reports suggest Sony is working to get Venom into the wider MCU, which already made Carnage something of a hard sell. The idea of a symbiotic monster who hacks and slashes his way through innocents, reveling in bloodshed and rejoicing in the most violent and gory murders is one that will be difficult to translate to even the hardest PG-13 rating.

But confirming Carnage as an explicit cannibal just makes Sony’s challenge all the more difficult.

More: Are Sony’s Massive Marvel Plans A Trick To Sell Its Movie Studio?



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