IT Chapter Two Did The Weirdest Pennywise Thing From The Book

Warning: MILD SPOILERS for IT Chapter Two

IT Chapter Two surprised fans by showing Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgård) transform into an unexpected form: a giant spider. However, IT still didn’t quite take the shape described in Stephen King’s novel or the 1990 IT miniseries. Pennywise’s spider-form in IT Chapter Two seemed more like a compromise between what’s in the book and what would create the most effective scares for today’s movie audiences.

Pennywise reawakens after 27 years in IT Chapter Two, after the seven kids who call themselves the Losers Club defeated him in the original IT movie, which was set in 1989. The shapeshifting monster immediately begins a new reign of terror in Derry, Maine, which prompted Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa) to summon his friends back home to kill IT once and for all. As the Losers Club split up to acquire unique tokens that they could use in a magical ritual against Pennywise, the malevolent being attacked each of them by once more assuming shapes that would frighten each Loser. For instance, Pennywise took the form of an elderly lady named Mrs. Kersh (Joan Gregson), who then becomes a creature that stalks Beverly Marsh (Jessica Chastain). Pennywise became a grotesque leper to attack Eddie Kaspbrak (James Ransone) and turned into a giant statue of Paul Bunyan to horrify Richie Tozier (Bill Hader).

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When the Losers Club descend into Pennywise’s lair deep in the caverns beneath Derry, however, Pennywise takes a new form to fight them: he becomes an amalgam of a clown and a giant spider. Pennywise retained his clown head and torso but the rest of his body became an eight-legged arachnid and his arms became elongated pincer claws. IT utilized his full range of shapeshifting powers to fight the Losers, but the fact that IT took a spider form at all was a bit unexpected because this shape is one of the weirdest aspects of Stephen King’s IT. In the 1990 TV movie, Pennywise turning into a giant spider was a laughable disappointment, but this was also due to the limited special effects of the era. The TV Pennywise’s giant spider was done with stop-motion and, frankly, it looked ridiculous and not scary.

IT Chapter Two explores Pennywise’s origin, and it’s to that IT’s spider form is linked. Director Andy Muschietti’s film shows that IT crashed on Earth in a meteor from outer space millions of years ago and claimed the territory that would one day become Derry, Maine as its evil stomping grounds. In King’s novel, IT is actually an ancient evil force hailing from its home dimension, which is called the Deadlights (depicted as the three balls of light in the film that can possess people, turn their eyes white, and give them glimpses of horror and death). In the book, young Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher) glimpsed IT’s true form in the Deadlights for a moment and he described it as an endless, crawling, hairy creature made of orange light – the giant spider shape is merely an approximation of IT’s native shape that humans can understand.

To be fair, Pennywise’s half-clown/half-spider form is lightyears ahead of the giant spider in the TV movie, and it made for a strikingly scary and violent enemy in IT Chapter 2 for the Losers to fight in the climax. As a giant spider-clown, the film was able to utilize Bill Skarsgård’s performance as Pennywise to the utmost so IT could taunt the Losers as IT tried to kill them. Since all of the Losers’ animosity towards Pennywise was derived from IT’s clown form, retaining him as a clown in his spider-shape helped make Losers fighting IT – and ultimately winning – feel much more personal and cathartic. Still, many fans didn’t expect to Pennywise’s giant spider form in IT Chapter Two and, though it was weird to see, Pennywise as a clown/spider was a solid compromise that made for an exciting finale.

Next: IT Chapter Two Ending Explained (In Detail)

2019-09-09 01:09:45

John Orquiola

Invader Zim: The 10 Weirdest Characters On The Show | ScreenRant

Back when Nickelodeon preferred making cartoons over making overworked child stars, they produced some really impressive titles. These went down in pop culture as some of the most timeless and relevant kids shows ever. Among those once-in-a-decade gems are Spongebob Squarepants and Fairly Odd Parents, and then there’s Invader Zim.

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One could often wonder how this insane cartoon was greenlit as a kids’ show given how dark and horrific it can be. It only lasted two seasons but garnered a cult following– enough to get a belated Netflix movie just recently: Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. Fun fact: the TV series is even darker than the film. So before you dive into a show marathon, here’s a refresher on Invader Zim‘s most bizarre characters.

10 TAK

During one episode of Invader Zim, a new alien character was introduced. Her name was Tak and like Zim, she was an Irken invader agent tasked with conquering planets for the approval of their almighty Tallest (their leaders). Despite appearing only in one episode, Tak stands out as a ‘what-if’ character, as in, what if Zim was actually a competent invader?

Tak would have succeeded if not for the combined forces of Dib, Zim, and Gaz; however, she’s still eccentric as heck. Instead of getting revenge on Zim for causing an accident which barred her from being an invader, she tried to steal his role instead. Oh, and she apparently kept switching between a British and American accent, plus her choice of disguise is creepy.


The fact that the two alien invader characters here are the least weird speaks volumes about how dysfunctional the humans are in Invader Zim. Zim does appear normal and understandable in his motivations. What’s odd about him is his lack of pessimism. Zim, despite being evil and selfish appears to have the patience of a Buddhist.

He displays this with his broken assistant robot, Gir, and even keeps planning even after being met with failure after failure. That or he’s just incredibly blunt which makes it even weirder since some of his inventions are pure genius.


Gaz Membrane is one of the coolest characters in Invader Zim and is the heavy metal punk girl of your dreams. She also loves video games and has a hair that looks like a Satanic creature’s jaw. When not bullying his brother, Dib, Gaz likes to wallow in the suffering and misfortune of others… silently.

Other times she shows a softer side to her like when she gives in to Gir’s demands to dance with him and that one episode where she’s trying to draw some piggy doodles. Despite appearing to not care about anything at all, Gaz has managed to thwart Zim’s evil plans; she even saved the Earth at one point.


Invader Zim would only be half as awesome as it was without the Dib-monkey– sorry, Dib, his nemesis enemy. In a sea of idiotic and seemingly mentally challenged humans on Earth, Dib stands out as the smartest. He’s the only one to truly see Zim for who he is, an alien invader. Still, Dib’s fascination for anything paranormal is enough to brand him as a lunatic.

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That and he also makes it hard for the viewers to see who really is the protagonist in the show. Both Dib and Zim’s motivations can split the viewers apart. One episode, you may be rooting for Dib; the next, you’ll be cheering for Zim. Dib makes it difficult to pick sides, but also makes the show more enjoyable. Also, he’s got a big head.


Ms. Bitters looks to be a teacher but watch one episode with her in it and you’ll be convinced that she has no business being one. She’s the most nihilistic character in the show and even goes as far as call her former students worthless to their faces. Other times, she also goes hardcore on the punishments and sends students to the underground class just because.

Sometimes, however, she does give some pessimistic wisdom to her students such as how cruel life can be and how school officials don’t really care about education. There’s also that one time where she also quarantined the whole school and treated it like a concentration camp after discovering that one of the students had lice. Gotta love a teacher that cares for their students’ health.


Professor Membrane is Dib and Gaz’s dad and also serves as the brightest mind on Earth. He’s a scientist but that didn’t make him aware that his son was dealing with an alien invasion. Throughout the whole series, Professor Membrane simply appears busy with his science stuff or experiments.

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Also, we’ll never know what’s underneath that lab coat and those goggles, Membrane never takes them off. Thanks to Enter the Florpus, though, we now know that Membrane’s real arms don’t exist and were somehow bitten off by sharks when he was just a kid.


These two’s eccentric and smug Irkens’ names are never revealed in Invader Zim. Because when it comes to Irken culture and hierarchy, names matter less than their… heights. For someone to be respected in Irken culture, they only need to be vertically impressive or a successful invader.

Despite being tyrannical douches of an alien race, The Tallest have one thing in common with you… they love snacks! They live for snacks. Their plans involve snacks. Whether it’s donuts, soda, or bags of chips, The Tallest can be seen eating 50 percent of the time. They’re also fussy and prone to tantrums whenever something doesn’t go there way, like most tyrants are.


The computer will have to count as an alien character as it was made by Zim. Computer is… well, Zim’s computer which he uses for maintaining his home-base and also for planning some invasion strategies for Earth. Mind you, Zim’s computer is a lot more stubborn than a Windows device and is more elitist than a Mac.

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Sometimes it tends to go haywire and even voice out its pain or disapproval in a growly manner, seemingly as a reflection to its owner’s temperament. Needless to say, Computer has the personality to withstand Zim’s er, ambition. Oh, it’s also voiced by Jhonen Vasquez, the show’s creator, so there.


Here we have yet again another machine character whom Zim created and treats like family… literally. The Robot Parents are the icing on the cake for Zim’s disguise so he could look like a normal stinking Earth child. Because the humans in Invader Zim are none too bright, they have no trouble passing off Robot Parents as actual human parents, especially during the Parent-Teacher Night episode in the show.

That isn’t to say these mechanical progenitors are perfect, they’re actually pretty creepy and are prone to malfunction. This tends to happen frequently since they can only mimic what the Computer (or Gir) feeds them as normal human interactions. Even so, they’re sweet enough to welcome Zim home after school.


Last but not least is the resident show-stealer of Invader Zim, Gir. Supposedly, he’s just Zim’s robot-assistant; all invaders are given one but since The Tallest just wanted to get rid of Zim, they gave him a malfunctioning robot whose brains are made of refuse and calls itself “Gir.” The rest is history.

There really is no understanding Gir’s chaotic personality. He can quickly turn from adorable to destructive (especially in the presence of candy). Useless as he is to Zim, however, the incompetent alien would be lost without Gir. Somehow, the two make their master and slave “relationship” work. Zim did try to fix Gir’s loose bolts but then Gir ended up smarter and tried to kill him. Since then, there has been no replacement to Invader Zim’s abnormally disturbed alien robot.

NEXT: The 10 Best Episodes Of Invader Zim Of All Time

2019-09-06 05:09:48

Sid Natividad

WWE Superstars Join Brawlhalla in One Of 2019’s Weirdest Crossovers

Video game Brawlhalla is receiving four new characters from an unexpected source, as several prominent WWE Superstars will be coming to the title soon as part of a crossover event with SummerSlam. 

Brawlhalla is a free-to-play fighting game that is similar to the Super Smash Bros. series, as the objective is to knock the enemy off the side of the stage, with the characters being pushed back further based on the amount of damage they have taken. Brawlhalla has received positive reviews from critics and has earned a sizable competitive scene of its own. The cast of Brawlhalla mostly consists of original characters, but there have been a few crossovers with other franchises in the past. Rayman is one of the playable characters in the game, while there have been skins for the original cast members that are based on characters from Adventure Time, Hellboy, and Shovel Knight.

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The official Brawlhalla YouTube released an announcement video for the next four characters who will be added to the game in the form of skins for existing characters. The 3.47 patch for Brawlhalla will add Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, Becky Lynch, and Xavier Woods. The Rock’s attacks involve summoning a flaming bull made of magma, Woods’ attacks allow him to summon the other members of the New Day for assistance, Lynch’s moves allow her to summon a burning fist made of green fire, while Cena can use camera flashes and fog as part of his move set. The WWE characters will join Brawlhalla as part of an in-game event related to the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view and fans will be available to purchase them for 300 Mammoth coins each after the event concludes.

The new patch for Brawlhalla will also add the Brawldown mode, which is set in a WWE ring and gives the players folding chairs and tables to use in battle. The ring ropes will also have their own physics, which the player can throw enemies into in order to send them flying back. Brawlhalla has also revealed that the next patch will also bring several balance changes to the items in the game, as well as changing some of the attributes and moves of Azoth, Isaiah, Petra, Rayman, Teros, and Yumiko.

It has become a trend for fighting games to include crossovers from different series, such as Negan from The Walking Dead appearing in Tekken 7 as a playable character, the horror movie characters that joined Mortal Kombat X (such as Leatherface and the Xenomorph), or some of the surprising new entries to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It’s rare for fighting game characters to be based on real people (even if they are portraying characters), but the WWE Superstars are fitting in surprisingly well with the aesthetic and fast-paced action of Brawlhalla.

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2019-08-08 01:08:15

Scott Baird

WWE Superstars Join Brawlhalla in One Of 2019’s Weirdest Crossovers

Video game Brawlhalla is receiving four new characters from an unexpected source, as several prominent WWE Superstars will be coming to the title soon as part of a crossover event with SummerSlam. 

Brawlhalla is a free-to-play fighting game that is similar to the Super Smash Bros. series, as the objective is to knock the enemy off the side of the stage, with the characters being pushed back further based on the amount of damage they have taken. Brawlhalla has received positive reviews from critics and has earned a sizable competitive scene of its own. The cast of Brawlhalla mostly consists of original characters, but there have been a few crossovers with other franchises in the past. Rayman is one of the playable characters in the game, while there have been skins for the original cast members that are based on characters from Adventure Time, Hellboy, and Shovel Knight.

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The official Brawlhalla YouTube released an announcement video for the next four characters who will be added to the game in the form of skins for existing characters. The 3.47 patch for Brawlhalla will add Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, Becky Lynch, and Xavier Woods. The Rock’s attacks involve summoning a flaming bull made of magma, Woods’ attacks allow him to summon the other members of the New Day for assistance, Lynch’s moves allow her to summon a burning fist made of green fire, while Cena can use camera flashes and fog as part of his move set. The WWE characters will join Brawlhalla as part of an in-game event related to the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view and fans will be available to purchase them for 300 Mammoth coins each after the event concludes.

The new patch for Brawlhalla will also add the Brawldown mode, which is set in a WWE ring and gives the players folding chairs and tables to use in battle. The ring ropes will also have their own physics, which the player can throw enemies into in order to send them flying back. Brawlhalla has also revealed that the next patch will also bring several balance changes to the items in the game, as well as changing some of the attributes and moves of Azoth, Isaiah, Petra, Rayman, Teros, and Yumiko.

It has become a trend for fighting games to include crossovers from different series, such as Negan from The Walking Dead appearing in Tekken 7 as a playable character, the horror movie characters that joined Mortal Kombat X (such as Leatherface and the Xenomorph), or some of the surprising new entries to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It’s rare for fighting game characters to be based on real people (even if they are portraying characters), but the WWE Superstars are fitting in surprisingly well with the aesthetic and fast-paced action of Brawlhalla.

Next: Walking Dead Creator Loves Hobbs & Shaw, The Rock Suggests Crossover

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2019-08-08 01:08:15

Scott Baird

10 Weirdest Things That Became Harry Potter Canon Thanks To ‘The Cursed Child’

I’ve been in the Harry Potter fandom for a long time. I started reading the books when I was seven and I’m now… well, old. That means I was around when Harry Potter And The Cursed Child was first announced. Originally, there was a rumor that it was going to be about Harry’s days with the Dursleys, which I was excited for. Then it was announced it would take place after the epilogue, and I was a bit more wary, but still excited.

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I’ve since read the script and I, er—kind of wish it wasn’t a thing and I’d been left to my own devices and headcanons. Listen. I am or was a diehard Potter fan, but I would kind of like to pretend this doesn’t exist. There’s just too much to wrap my head around.

10. There Was A Rumor Scorpius Was The Son Of Lord Voldemort

Scorpius was described as looking like Draco, so I’m not sure why this rumor was a thing, but there we have it—it is canon that people genuinely believed Scorpius was the son of Lord Voldemort. The rumor alone seems like a reach to me. Scorpius has pretty clear Malfoy features and even if these had been magically altered why would Draco, of all people—who switched sides in the war eventually—be raising Voldemort’s son?

Of course, this wasn’t true, but even there being so much as a rumor seemed pretty baseless. I mean, how nuts would it for Voldemort to have a kid?! Oh wait…   

9. Lord Voldemort Does Have An Actual Child

Delphi was posing as Amos Diggory’s niece but, as it turns out, she was the love child of Bellatrix Lestrange and Lord Voldemort. It seems really weird to suddenly introduce a character that’s the child of the books’ major villain, and almost a bit cliche—was there not a better plot than a randomly evil child of the Dark Lord?

I didn’t like Delphi herself as a character either. I mean, aside from the fact she was evil, she just wasn’t as interesting as she could have been for the child of the two most evil people to ever grace the pages of the books.  

8. Which Means He Was Lovers With Bellatrix Lestrange

I can’t. I just can’t.

Lord Voldemort was painted as being heartless. He wasn’t capable of love. The circumstances of his birth were so tragic that he wasn’t capable of being a normal human and loving like a normal human would. I get that Bellatrix was pretty enamored with him, because she was obvious about it despite being married to someone else, but why did he entertain it? Even if he didn’t love her, he doesn’t seem the type to mess around with her either… let alone risk having a baby with her.

Yeah. This whole thing was a bit much for me. Sorry Delphi, not buying it.

7. Harry Told Albus He Wishes He Wasn’t His Son

Harry was born to loving parents but before he could even begin to form memories, he had to go and live with the Dursleys. With them, he was neglected and abused, and he grew up knowing exactly what it was to feel unloved. He grew up knowing what bad parenting was. So even in a snap moment, why would he say something like this?

A temper isn’t a good reason—Harry knows better than that. I’ve been in some pretty heated parents with my fight too and they’ve never once said they wished I wasn’t their child. A real ouch moment.

6. Albus Was Sorted Into Slytherin

This seems so weird and yet, it’s actually the most believable thing on the list.

Albus seemed really concerned about being sorted into Slytherin, as Harry was. Harry asked the hat to be put in Gryffindor and was, and he shared this knowledge with Albus, who was relieved to hear it. But in this play, Albus was sorted into Slytherin anyway, despite knowing he could ask for Gryffindor and being deeply insecure about the whole thing.

I don’t know. After the epilogue, I feel like Albus would have asked for Gryffindor, but I suppose I get him embracing Slytherin. Still. It is our choices who show what we truly are…

5. The Trolley Witch Was A Monster

Scorpius and Albus, at one point, discover that the trolley witch is actually a monster designed to keep students from escaping the Hogwarts Express. Er… What?

Seems a bit risky, but what else do we expect from the school who puts students in danger constantly?

This one just seemed bizarre. I haven’t seen the play on stage so I’m sure it looked visually great to have that scene, but coming from someone who just read it all written down… This was another small thing that just ended up being hard to buy. At least this was a pretty small scene that was over quickly. Onto the next weird thing.

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4. Hermione’s Whole Personality Was Dependent On Marrying Ron

Now, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child explored a lot of alternate timelines. It’s important to note before I go on that these were alternate timelines based on circumstances—all of them were considered possible. They weren’t fabrications, they were things that might have actually happened based on the butterfly effect of something small changing.

I really hate the implication that if Hermione hadn’t married Ron, she became a very mean professor, less successful and less happy than her married-to-Ron self. Hermione was great on her own. She didn’t need Ron to make her a good person. It seemed kind of insulting to give an unmarried version of her such an awful personality.

3. Draco Malfoy Would Have Become A Monster Had Voldemort Won

If Voldemort had won the war, apparently Draco Malfoy failing in his mission to kill Dumbledore and trying to switch sides wouldn’t have mattered, because he became an awful Ministry official who would encourage attacks on Muggles.

Errrr. What?

Listen. I know Draco Malfoy could be a jerk. I know he wasn’t a particularly nice person in school. But it was pretty firmly clarified in the books that he wasn’t evil, just spoiled and extremely misguided. It seems weird that circumstances could have pushed him to this.

If I knew there was this version of Draco that could have existed, I would have punched him if I were told this as Harry after I stuck up for him so much.

2. There Was A Possibility Of Cedric Joining The Death Eaters

Cedric Diggory, like all of the other characters in this play, deserved better.

Here was the thing about Cedric. He was a Hufflepuff so he was a good, loyal, hard-working person. He even seemed to feel bad when people were being mean to Harry because they thought Harry posed a threat to Cedric winning the Triwizard Tournament. And yet, we’re supposed to believe that because he was humiliated once, he went on to become a Death Eater?

Seems far-fetched, but okay…

There’s just so much about this play that is hard to believe. I get that it had to look good, but surely the characters could have stayed more loyal to themselves…

1. There Was Also A Possibility Of Dementors Patrolling Hogwarts

Another weird thing about that alternative timeline—Umbridge had dementors patrolling Hogwarts.

This seems bizarre for a bunch of reasons but mostly, how could students concentrate and do their best with dementors patrolling the school? Even the inquisitorial squad surely hated it there, because they would constantly feel awful. Even Umbridge.

I’m not trying to be a killjoy! Like I said, I’ve heard this play looked amazing on stage. But if you read it as a book, a lot of really, really weird things became canon.

As a collective fandom, can we just agree to pretend this doesn’t exist? Okay? Good!

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2018-12-12 03:12:02

Golden Globes 2019: The Biggest Snubs (& Weirdest Nominations)

The Golden Globe nominations are here, and as always, there are a few noteworthy snubs and oddities among the recognized films. As the end of 2018 fast approaches, various awards bodies are weighing in, listing what they feel is the best the year had to offer. On the heels of the National Board of Review and American Film Institute unveiling their respective top 10 lists, the Hollywood Foreign Press became the latest to name their selections. While there’s still plenty of time for things to change ahead of Oscar Sunday in February 2019, the race is starting to become clearer.

In these initial stages, there have been some pleasant surprises – including from the Globes. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther scored a huge nod when it was nominated for Best Picture – Drama, and Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in the running for Best Animated Feature. After being shunned by NBR and AFI, Adam McKay’s Vice got a much-needed boost by earning six nominations (the most of any film), including Best Picture – Comedy or Musical and Best Director. Looking over the full list, there’s a lot to celebrate – but there are some serious head scratchers as well. Here are the biggest Golden Globes snubs.

First Man

On-paper, Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic had all the makings of a serious awards contender, and following the raves it got at festival screenings, it felt like it’d be a legitimate contender. Unfortunately, things haven’t gone the way many initially expected, and First Man’s awards prospects continue to sink. Ignored entirely by NBR and AFI, First Man picked up just a pair of Golden Globe nominations. Claire Foy was among the five in Best Supporting Actress, and Justin Hurwitz received a nod for his memorable musical score. Those two are very much deserving of their accolades, but fans of First Man can’t help but feel it deserved more.

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While detractors felt First Man was too cold and emotionally distant to truly connect with viewers on an emotional level, the film was lauded for its impressive technical merits, with Chazelle continuing to evolve his craft. First Man features some of the young filmmaker’s strongest direction, particularly the awe-inspiring moon landing sequence that was done primarily in-camera with practical effects. The film itself, which told a touching story about grief and overcoming personal loss, had a case for Best Picture – Drama, and Gosling’s understated (but effective) performance as Armstrong could have been in competition for Best Actor – Drama. Maybe if First Man performed better at the box office, things would have turned out differently, but it turned out to be not much of a factor.

Widows Gets Shut Out

At least First Man has a couple of nominations to celebrate. Steve McQueen’s acclaimed heist movie was shut out entirely. Widows’ awards prospects were always an iffy proposition, but in the months leading up to its release, it was hard to argue against its pedigree. McQueen is an award-winning filmmaker for his work on 2013’s 12 Years a Slave, and the stacked cast was spearheaded by Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis. Once the reviews started to come in and Widows earned widespread praise for its technical and thematic mastery (the film goes deeper than your typical crime entry), it seemed like it could put together a campaign.

But now, Widows’ chances are essentially nonexistent. Like First Man, it didn’t appeal to NBR and AFI voters, and the Globes didn’t go for it at all, either. This despite McQueen’s sensibilities translating very well to a more mainstream realm (the standout tracking shot is intricately crafted and rich) and the cast delivered compelling performances across the board. Davis was typically excellent as the leader of the makeshift group, commanding the attention of viewers with her screen presence. Gillian Flynn’s screenplay also tackled heady and complex subject matter, striking a nice balance between genre thrills and substance. For many, Widows was one of the best films of the fall, but it isn’t awards voters’ cup of tea.

First Reformed Shut Out

One of the movies that’s gained much traction early in awards season is Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, a drama centering around New York minister Toller (Ethan Hawke) dealing with questions about faith and morality. Released by indie darling A24 as a counter-programming option over the summer, First Reformed managed to leave a sizable impression. It did very well at the Gotham Awards and New York Film Critics Circle, thrusting Hawke to the forefront of the Best Actor race. First Reformed was also noted by the NBR and AFI as one of the year’s best films, further solidifying its status as a legitimate contender as we build towards the Oscars.

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First Reformed hit its first speed bump of the season when it earned zero Golden Globes nominations. Hawke’s performance and Schrader’s screenplay had picked up multiple notices up until this point, so the drama’s omission is bound to raise a few eyebrows. It’s very much still in the thick of things (the various guilds have yet to name their nominations), but it will still be interesting to keep an eye on First Reformed and see if it misses out with other key organizations.

Sam Elliott’s A Star is Born Performance

Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star is Born has been considered the one to beat ever since it premiered at the fall festivals. It has the positive reviews, it has the box office, and it has the undeniable star power of Cooper and Lady Gaga behind it. There are few things awards voters love more than films about the entertainment industry, which is another reason why it’s resonated so well. Remember, La La Land received a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, so the expectation was A Star is Born would do quite well on the circuit. Indeed, it’s done just that, scoring four wins from the NBR (including Best Director and Best Actress), a spot on on the AFI list, and five Golden Globe nominations. There will certainly be more nominations to come in the next few weeks.

It’s hard to say with a serious face the juggernaut of the season has been snubbed, but the Golden Globes failed to mention Sam Elliott, who gave a poignant performance as Bobby in the film. The veteran actor has long been presumed as one of the favorites in the Best Supporting Actor category (an award he won from NBR), so it was fascinating to see the Globes bypass him. That isn’t to take anything away from the five thespians who were nominated in that field, but considering all the love A Star is Born has been getting so far, it was odd Elliott couldn’t come along for the ride. This doesn’t seal his Oscar fate, but this is still a situation to watch closely.

Page 2: Television Snubs and Weird Nominations

Better Call Saul Gets Shut Out

Breaking Bad is rightfully hailed as one of the finest television dramas of all-time, and spinoff Better Call Saul is certainly a worthy successor to that legacy. Now four seasons in, the show brilliantly expands its universe without relying on its parent program as a crutch. Even without the Breaking Bad connections fans enjoy, Better Call Saul stands on its own merits as a top-notch character drama fueled by masterful storytelling and terrific acting. The fourth season, which ran earlier this year, was just as acclaimed as its predecessors as Vince Gilligan and company set the stage for a highly entertaining and compelling fifth year. And yet, the Globes didn’t notice.

Related: What To Expect In Better Call Saul Season 5

This isn’t a matter of eligibility, either. Better Call Saul was in contention for this year’s Golden Globes, yet walked away with no nominations. To be fair, Saul never got much love from the Hollywood Foreign Press (its three career nominations are all for Bob Odenkirk’s performances), but it’s nevertheless surprising to see it be completely shut out. Better Call Saul continues to rank among the best programs on the air, and the cast has never been better. Odenkirk definitely deserved another nomination, as did Rhea Seehorn, who continues to impress as Kim Wexler. Perhaps one day, Saul will have a Globes breakthrough.

Atlanta Misses Best Comedy Series

Another critical darling that had a curious showing at the Golden Globes is Donald Glover’s Atlanta, which aired its second season earlier this year. Noted for its ambition and creativity, the show took home the award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy for its first season. Glover also won Best Actor for his performance, so it looked like Atlanta was set to be a permanent fixture at the awards show (as long as it maintained its level of quality, of course). The second season received widespread acclaim, but failed to leave much of an impact.

Glover was once again nominated for his acting, but Atlanta was snubbed in Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy this time around. To be fair, the field was stacked with deserving shows like newcomers Barry and Kidding, as well as returning stalwarts The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Good Place. Perhaps since Atlanta won the Globe before, the voters decided to give another program a shot this year, but it’s still strange it isn’t in the running this year. Glover remains at the top of his game artistically, and 2018 was a huge year for his already impressive career (see: “This is America” and Solo). Maybe Atlanta will be back at the Globes for its third season.

Bohemian Rhapsody Nominated For Best Drama

More on this exact category in a moment, but Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody stands out as one of the most surprising nominations of the entire list. This is namely because it does not have the best critical reception. Most everyone agrees Rami Malek’s transformative performance as Mercury is fantastic, but the movie surrounding him doesn’t match the actor’s talent. Bohemian Rhapsody earned negative and lukewarm reviews, particularly for its safe handling of some aspects of its subject’s interesting life. As transcendent and legendary Queen’s music was (and continues to be), the movie that told their story was seen as a letdown.

Related: Bohemian Rhapsody’s Ending Saves A Bland Queen Movie

Despite that, the Hollywood Foreign Press definitely enjoyed it, selecting it as one of the five films for Best Motion Picture – Drama. You could make an ultra competitive race out of all the movies Bohemian Rhapsody beat out to earn its spot: First Reformed, First Man, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and others could have been alternatives – and all of those have a better reputation amongst film critics. Since NBR and AFI skipped over Bohemian Rhapsody, it seems unlikely it’ll factor into the Oscar Best Picture race, so this will be one of the weirder moments of the entire season.

Is This A Drama or a Musical?

Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes divide Best Picture into two separate categories: Drama and Musical or Comedy. Frequently, there’s a debate about where a specific title will fall, and oftentimes the results are highly confusing. While Ridley Scott’s The Martian has moments of levity, few would consider it an outright comedy. Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is laced with the legendary director’s trademark dark humor, but it’s hardly a “comedy” in the traditional sense of the genre. Films like Mary Poppins Returns and Crazy Rich Asians read as sound examples for what should be nominated in Musical or Comedy.

Looking at the Drama field, there are two selections that don’t seem like the best fits. We speak of A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody – movies that feel tailor-made for the Musical or Comedy category. They’re as defined by their catchy soundtracks as they are their dramatic narratives (if not more), and music is clearly an integral part of their DNA. Yes, musical set pieces are woven in a little more organically than something like La La Land (Jackson Maine and Ally’s concerts, Queen’s Live Aid set), but the films are still driven by their songs and would have fit as Musicals. There probably won’t be an explanation given for this, so viewers will have to try to figure it out for themselves.

Of course, this list isn’t meant to be all-inclusive, but these were some of the more noteworthy Golden Globes snubs we noticed after the nominations came out. What they mean for the rest of awards season remains to be seen, and debates will continue to rage on about what should and shouldn’t be nominated.

More: What Black Panther Needs To Do To Win An Oscar

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2018-12-06 02:12:06

Doctor Who: 14 Big Questions After The Weirdest Episode Of Season 11

The latest episode of Doctor Who, “It Takes You Away,” was a poignant examination of the human experience of grief and loss. It saw the Doctor and her friends stumble upon a Norwegian cabin that had been boarded up, and attempt to help the stranded child who had been abandoned inside the cottage. They soon found themselves plunged into what may be the most confusing Doctor Who adventures in years, exploring a Mirror Dimension inhabited by a cosmic force that ultimately elected to manifest itself as a talking frog.

This was easily the strangest episode of Doctor Who season 11 to date, and many have criticized the plot for not entirely working. But, for all that’s the case, though, it proved effective by virtue of the quality performances from the main cast. Bradley Walsh in particular shone through in “It Takes You Away,” becoming quite possibly the most three-dimensional, carefully-crafted companion Doctor Who has ever had.

Related: Doctor Who’s New Opening Titles Have Made One Big Mistake

Over on social media, the reaction to “It Takes You Away” was hilarious. For many, this was a powerful and effective episode that tugged at the heart-strings. At the same time, though, it was also the wackiest Doctor Who story since Douglas Adams wrote The Pirate Planet back in 1978. So let’s explore all the key questions raised by this unusual episode.

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14. What Happened In The Woolly Rebellion?

Let’s start with probably the most obscure question of all. When the Doctor sees a sheep, she has a brief surge of terror because she fears the TARDIS has materialized in the midst of the “Woolly Rebellion.” According to the Doctor, in 2211 there’s “a total renegotiation of the sheep-human relationship” – an event that she describes as an “utter bloodbath.” Amusingly, the Doctor’s friends are unfazed, with Graham more interested in the fact he’s in Norway. It looks as though they’ve all gotten used to the Doctor’s chatter.

13. How Did The Portal Get In The Cabin, And How Did Erik Discover It?

“It Takes You Away” leaves a lot of questions unanswered. The most obvious of all is just why a portal to another plane of reality happened to turn up in a random Norwegian cabin, and how Erik discovered it. Perhaps the answer lies in folklore; there are any number of legends suggesting people can get trapped within mirrors. This may not actually be the first time the Solitract has attempted to reach out through mirrors. Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that the Doctor suggests the mirror portal is designed to tempt people into it – “It’s already tried to lure in Graham,” she observed, a first hint that she was sensing a consciousness at work behind all this. Presumably, Erik realized he didn’t have a reflection, reached out his hand, and was unwittingly drawn into the mirror.

12) How Were The Cabin’s “Protections” Supposed To Work?

Young blind actress Ellie Wallwork plays Hanne in the latest Doctor Who, the grieving daughter who’s been left behind, terrorized, in her father’s cabin. Her dad Erik launched an insane plan to keep her in the cabin, setting up loudspeakers to give out the roaring sound of a beast. What’s more, he boarded her in, ostensibly for her own protection – but really to keep her trapped inside. It’s an astonishingly harsh measure, and frankly it’s surprising the Doctor never calls Erik out on his treatment of Hanne. This is also, however, the biggest plot hole in the entire episode. When Erik tells his story to the Doctor, it’s a simple one; he entered the Mirror Dimension, found his wife miraculously resurrected, and never dared leave for fear she would vanish again. He couldn’t bear to lose her twice. But according to Erik’s telling, then, he never had the chance to return home and set up these faux “protections.”

Related: Doctor Who Highlights A Difference Between Jodie Whittaker & David Tennant

11. What Actually Is An Anti-Zone?

According to the Doctor, an Anti-Zone is a sort of buffer zone between two realities, existing to keep them apart for the safety of the universe. Everything in the Anti-Zone is designed to make it treacherous and difficult to traverse, with horrific Flesh Moths that essentially act as guards. When the Doctor and her friends first enter the Anti-Zone, it’s presented as a maze, with the Doctor attempting to use a piece of string to ensure they can return home. Unfortunately, she doesn’t notice when the string is cut.

10. Why Have We Never Seen An Anti Zone In Doctor Who Before?

The Anti-Zone feels evocative of the Upside-Down in Stranger Things, a beautifully sinister and atmospheric place. What’s unclear, though, is just why Doctor Who has never introduced the concept before – after all, this is hardly the first time the Doctor has hopped from one dimension or plane of reality to another. According to the Doctor, “Anti-Zones only exist when the fabric of the universe is under huge, terrible threat.” Presumably, no previous alternate-dimension story has involved the precise conditions where an Anti-Zone would be generated.

Page 2 of 3: Doctor Who Questions About Ribbons & The Solitract

9. Who Was Ribbons And Where Did He Come From?

The Anti-Zone is inhabited by the wonderfully sinister Ribbons of the seven stomachs, an alien being who claims he has always lived there. That may well mean he’s part of the Anti-Zone’s defenses, and that the Doctor and her friends were unwise to accept his guidance; notice that he wanders around the Anti-Zone with a lantern, a convenient lure for the Flesh Moths. When sentient beings stumble into the mirror, his obsession with bartering means he takes away their useful survival aids – Erik’s boots, or the Doctor’s “tubular” – and then takes them deeper into the Anti-Zone, where they’re at risk of the Flesh Moths. Unfortunately for Ribbons, his greed gets the better of him, and he moves at the wrong moment. Nobody mourns his passing.

8. What Is The Solitract?

To the Time Lords, the Solitract is a bedtime story, a fairy tale told to help their children get to sleep. It seems there’s truth in this myth. According to the Doctor, the Solitract was a consciousness that existed before the Big Bang, its mere presence was inimical to existence. “Our reality cannot work with the Solitract energy present,” the Doctor explained. “The most basic ideas of the universe just get ruined.” In a typically zany metaphor, the Doctor explains the Solitract is like a kid with “nuclear chicken pox,” who wants to get involved but always ends up infecting everybody else. At first, the Doctor suspects the Solitract may be malicious, but by the end of the episode it’s clear that the entity is simply lonely.

Related: Doctor Who Season 11 Is Rewriting The Doctor’s Time Lord Backstory

7. Who “Exiled” The Solitract To This Plane?

According to the Doctor, the Solitract was “exiled” to a separate plane of reality, the Solitract Plane, allowing the universe to come into being. Her word choice seems to suggest that something conscious was behind the Solitract’s banishing. It’s interesting to note that the story of the Solitract appears to be a Gallifreyan creation myth; notice that the Doctor’s story opens with the sentence, “In the beginning.” That’s surely a deliberate, formulaic parallel to the Biblical account of Creation in Genesis, which opens with the phrase, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” It seems that this episode dropped a hint as to Gallifreyan religion – and, indeed, suggested that the Time Lord deity may well exist.

6) How Does The Doctor Have So Many Grandparents, And Was One A Zygon Spy?

Of course, this is Doctor Who, so the most obscure cosmic revelations happen side-by-side with obscure, random observations from the Doctor. She explains that she was told the story of the Solitract by her favorite grandmother, Granny Five. Apparently, the Doctor had seven grandparents, which raises odd questions about just how Time Lord families work. While the Doctor is happy to learn that one of Granny Five’s fairy stories was true, she still remembers her as an unreliable narrator – after all, she used to claim Nanna Seven was a Zygon spy.

Related: Who Are The Doctor’s Family (And Are They Important In Doctor Who Season 11)?

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5. Did You Spot The “Mirror Effect?”

It’s easy to miss that, when the Doctor and her friends enter the Mirror Dimension, their images are actually flipped on the screen. Graham and the Doctor’s haircuts are now parted on the other side, Yaz and the Doctor’s earrings have moved around, their clothes have flipped. Even their actions are slightly altered, with the normally right-handed Thirteenth Doctor holding the sonic screwdriver in her left hand. The most easy-to-spot clue to this is Erik’s T-shirt, where the band logo is the wrong way round.

4. Was That A Jon Pertwee Reference?

In one scene, the Doctor is desperately attempting to use the sonic screwdriver to control the portal. “What if you do something it hasn’t dealt with before,” Yaz suggests. “Like you reverse the polarity or something?” It’s a reference sure to delight old-school Doctor Who fans, who would recognize a catchphrase typically associated with Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor. The phrase was created at Pertwee’s request, so he didn’t have to deal with memorizing new technobabble in every episode. “Yasmin Khan, you speak my language,” Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor tells Yaz – and she’s right.

3) Why Did The Solitract Appear As A Frog?

The end of “It Takes You Away” is undeniably one of the weirdest scenes in Doctor Who history. The Doctor walks through a dazzling white light to come face-to-face with the Solitract. “The Solitract is a frog,” she observes, reeling, “who talks like Grace?” As strange as this may be, it makes an odd kind of sense. Grace used to quite like frogs, and the Solitract thus associated the form of a frog with something that brought joy and pleasure. It’s important to remember that the Solitract isn’t really used to interacting with people, so it probably thinks this is a good attempt to get the Doctor to relax in its presence. “There’s me thinking the day had no more surprises left,” the Doctor comments, speaking for pretty much every viewer.

2. How Did The Doctor And Her Friends Get Out Of The Anti Zone So Easily?

Tragically, the mere presence of people from our reality on the Solitract Plane led to its beginning to break down. No longer needed, the Anti-Zone began to shrink and crumble. Given the Anti-Zone was originally presented as a pretty large maze, how did the Doctor and her friends escape before the walls crushed them? The only possible solution to this problem is to presume that the rate of collapse wasn’t standard across the entire Anti-Zone. Instead, it could be that the main passage – which seems to be the center of the Anti-Zone – was the last thing to go.

Related: Why Doctor Who Has Completely Divided Fans This Season

1) Is Bradley Walsh The Real Star Of Doctor Who Season 11?

The real star of “It Takes You Away” is undoubtedly Bradley Walsh. It’s important to remember that, for Graham, traveling in the TARDIS is itself an escape from his grief and loss; he simply can’t bear pottering around the house he used to share with Grace. This episode tugs on Graham’s heart-strings from the start, as he remembers that he and Grace always wanted to go to Norway. Then he’s exposed to the Solitract Plane, and is left reeling by the apparently-resurrected Grace. Walsh pulls off a remarkably nuanced portrayal, demonstrating an impressive emotional depth. The end scene is touching, with Ryan finally accepting that Graham is his grandfather.

More: Doctor Who’s New Villains Are Weak – Because They’re Not The Real Villain

Doctor Who season 11 concludes next Sunday.

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2018-12-03 05:12:15

Harry Potter: 20 Weirdest Details About Nagini’s Anatomy

Even if you’re just a casual fan of Harry Potter, you’re more than likely to have strong impressions of the core characters in the franchise. In fact, J.K. Rowling has spun a world so full of magic that even those unacquainted with the Boy Who Lived are bound to remember key images and associations. There’s Harry and his lightning-shaped scar, Ron with his bright orange hair, and Hermione with her bushy brown mane. Of course, the heroes need a formidable antagonist to go up against to make an engaging story, and Voldemort is nothing short of memorable with his serpentine features and faithful snake companion, Nagini.

Not much was known about Nagini when she first appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Our introduction to Voldemort’s slithering serpent was when she, Voldemort, and Peter Pettigrew returned to the Riddle House in Little Hangleton. Frank Bryce, the Riddles’ Muggle gardener, eavesdropped on the Dark Lord and was about to report him to the police when Nagini caught him. Eventually Voldemort ended his life, and Nagini ate his body. It was a pretty bold introduction to one of the most enigmatic figures in the Harry Potter universe.

With Nagini making a surprise appearance in the Fantastic Beasts film series, it’s time to revisit her past and dig into her secrets, some of which are sure to blow your mind. The list below contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, as well as the main book and movie series.

Here are 20 Weird Details About Nagini’s Anatomy.

20 She’s A Witch

Let’s just get this giant revelation out right off the bat: in a baffling turn of events, it turns out Nagini was originally a human witch! We first learn about her true identity in the trailer for Fantastic Beasts 2. She’s a Maledictus, to be exact: someone who carries a blood curse that makes her turn into a snake. The blood curse made her a target for the wizarding circus, Circus Arcanus, who captured her.

Like many of Rowling’s surprise reveals, this one was also stirred up a lot of controversy. Having Claudia Kim portray the human version of Nagini means that an Asian woman is literally the pet of an evil wizard.

19 Her Blood Curse Is Hereditary

According to Rowling, Maledictuses are always women, and the curse is passed down from mother to daughter. We don’t know if Nagini ever has a secret daughter, but if she does, her child would’ve been doomed to turn into a snake as well.

At this point, Nagini is probably the most famous example of a blood curse carrier, but she’s far from the first introduced in the franchise. Astoria Greengrass— who eventually marries Draco Malfoy— also carries a blood curse that causes members of her family to perish at an early age. She’s not a Maledictus, but luckily, Scorpius doesn’t seem to have inherited his mother’s misfortune.

18 She Gets Stuck In Snake Form

Being a Maledictus might sound pretty rad at first. Who doesn’t want to be able to turn into an animal? While it might sound a tad like being an Animagus, it’s not nearly as benign as turning into your favorite animal at will.

First of all, you can’t pick and choose what your Maledictus animal is; it depends on the curse. Plus, even if you could control your transformations at first, you eventually lose control and get stuck as an animal permanently. Nagini eventually meets this fate, and it’s not clear whether or not she retains her human mind while in snake form, or if she loses her humanity as time passes. Either way, we’d much rather be an Animagus.

17 She Possessed Bathilda Bagshot

Harry doesn’t have a ton of enthusiasm for A History of Magic, one of the required texts for Hogwarts students. He got the name “Hedwig” from the book, and that’s pretty much it. Little did he know that the author Bathilda Bagshot would play a pivotal role in his quest to defeat Voldemort.

After Bathilda’s passing, Voldemort puts Nagini inside of the late historian’s body in order to lure Harry into a trap. It’s unknown how exactly Nagini is able to possess a deceased body, but she seems to be literally, physically inside of her. Nagini reveals herself by slithering out from Bathilda’s neck, and manages to bite Harry on the forearm before Hermione saves the day.

16 She Speaks Parseltongue

Not much is known about Nagini’s early life. We don’t even know if she received a formal education at a wizarding school. The witch’s animal form has led many Potterheads to strongly associate her with Slytherin House at Hogwarts. On top of that, she technically does speak Parseltongue, at least as a snake, which further bolsters her association with Slytherin.

Once Nagini permanently becomes a snake, Parseltongue is the only way in which she can communicate with humans. We see Voldemort giving her orders in the serpentine language, and it seems to be the only language she can speak even when inside of a human body, like when she communicates with Harry as she’s disguised as Bathilda.

15 She Gets Caught In Indonesia

Given the loaded and complicated history of travelling circuses and freak shows in our own universe, it’s probably not a surprise that the wizarding equivalent is hardly the most humanizing or ethical place. Nagini was captured in Indonesia and becomes an “attraction” in the wizarding circus Circus Arcanus, owned by Skender. This suggests that Nagini could be from Indonesia, but considering actor Claudia Kim is from South Korea, Nagini could’ve been simply travelling there when she got hunted down by Skender’s people.

Since Nagini has to attack Skender to escape with Credence, it’s safe to say that Skender is far from the most tolerant and understanding boss, keeping a tight leash on each of his “human oddities,” as he so charmingly calls them.

14 Her Body and Mind both change

Nagini joins Obscurial Gredence Barebone on his quest to find out his real identity, and it’s clear that the two are close friends. They are both present when Grindelwald holds rally at the Lestrange family’s mausoleum, where Nagini tries to convince Credence not to join the dark wizard. Credence doesn’t listen, and Nagini eventually joins Newt and Tina as the crew meet up with Dumbledore.

However, when we see Nagini in her permanent snake form, she’s no longer vehemently anti-Dark Arts. It’s unclear whether or not Nagini is under Voldemort’s control as she does his bidding or if she willingly chooses to do so, but her change in allegiance is just as mysterious as her physical transformation.

13 She Eats Humans

Frank Bryce is far from the only human that Nagini eats; in fact, her feeding on people seems like a rather common occurrence.

Charity Burbage is a professor of Muggle Studies at Hogwarts, and is adamant that Muggles are equals to witches and wizards. Her tolerant and progressive worldview leads her to be abducted by Voldemort’s Death Eaters. The official explanation for her disappearance is that she resigned, but she’s actually brought to Malfoy Manor. She’s suspended over a table as Voldemort holds a meeting, and eventually he takes her life and feeds her body to Nagini. Later on, Voldemort allows Rowle and Dolohov to choose between being eaten by Nagini or having Draco use the Cruciatus curse on them.

12 Voldemort never hurts her

As we quickly learn, Voldemort isn’t the most loving or understanding boss one could have. He regularly punishes his servants without mercy when they fail him. Even when he rewards Pettigrew for his loyalty and grants him a new hand, he plants a failsafe that makes the silver hand end Pettigrew’s life when he hesitates to follow Voldemort’s orders.

However, there’s one follower that seems to always escape unscathed: Nagini. Dumbledore even notes that Voldemort is unusually fond of her, and Nagini regularly coils around the Dark Lord. As a result, even when Nagini fails her crucial mission to capture Harry at Godric’s Hollow, we never see her receive any sort of punishment from Voldemort.

11 She’s Huge

Nagini’s proven herself to be stealthy and sneaky, slithering into nooks and crannies (and human bodies) without being detected. However, your appreciation for her slyness would no doubt multiply tenfold when you remember that Nagini is absolutely ginormous.

Claudia Kim is almost 5 feet 10 inches, but as a snake, Nagini is a whopping twelve-feet behemoth and is apparently as thick as a man’s thigh. Sure, she’s far from the world’s longest snake, but coupled with her ferocious loyalty to Voldemort and dangerous venom, Nagini never fails to strike fear into the hearts of those who behold her. Now imagine her slithering about at Voldemort’s side— a spooky sight indeed.

10 Her Venom Prevents Wounds From Closing

Nagini has proven herself to be dangerous in combat. She’s extremely fast and has been able to hold her own against witches and wizards, coiling her giant body around Harry and trapping him in Godric’s Hollow. But her tremendous strength and dizzying speed aren’t the only formidable skills she has.

Her venom has the ability to slow the healing of a wound, as shown when Arthur Weasley struggles to recover from her bite. At St. Mungo’s Hospital, Arthur has to be injected with a Blood-Replenishing Potion every hour to compensate for his blood loss. The venom even dissolves Muggle stitches, making complete recuperation virtually impossible until Arthur finds an antidote. Other victims aren’t nearly as lucky, and end up passing away from blood loss.

9 She’s Portrayed As A Reticulated Python

In the Harry Potter universe, Nagini is a venomous snake, but according to Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book, the design team actually wanted to model her after the Burmese python. In the final two movies, Nagini is largely portrayed as a reticulated python like Medusa, the world’s longest snake.

Neither species of python are venomous, instead hunting their prey by literally squeezing the life out of them, but they can definitely end a human’s life and swallow them whole like Nagini. We don’t know what species of snake Nagini is— magical or otherwise— but we’re glad she doesn’t exist in real life. Her massive strength combined with her venom would be way too much to handle.

8 Her Venom Feeds Voldemort

Nagini’s venom is potentially lethal, but it also has the power to restore one’s energy when used with unicorn blood as part of a dark potion. After Voldemort’s attempt on Harry’s life, the Dark Lord is struck by his own curse when it rebounds, reducing him to vulnerable spirit state. However, he has Pettigrew prepare a concoction that allows him to gain a crude, skeletal physical form the size of an infant. The body is very fragile, but Voldemort can still hold a wand and perform magic.

Since Voldemort needs to drink the potion every few hours to maintain his body, Pettigrew has to milk Nagini’s venom until Voldemort regains a full body through a different ritual.

7 She Can Sense People Under Invisibility Cloaks

The Cloak of Invisibility is nothing short of astonishing. It’s resistant to most spells, including the Summoning Charm, and has retained it magic over seven centuries. However, the cloak doesn’t always ensure that the user can sneak around undetected. Users can still be sensed by Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody’s magical eye, the Marauder’s Map, and Nagini.

Nagini senses Harry and Hermione when the two go visit Bathilda in Godric’s Hollow under the Cloak, literally staring at the two. In Order of the Phoenix, she’s also able to detect Arthur, who’d been guarding the prophecy at the Department of Mysteries underneath an invisibility cloak.

Based on Harry’s “dream”, Nagini sees the outline of whoever is underneath the cloak and can taste their scent in the air.

6 She’s A Horcrux

One of the reasons why Voldemort is able to survive his rebounded curse is because he had several Horcruxes. A Horcrux is created by splitting one’s soul and hiding it in another object or being, so that one can never truly perish. It’s an invention so evil that not even the book Magick Moste Evile would describe it.

According to Dumbledore, Nagini’s special bond and physical proximity to Voldemort could also be a result of her being one of his Horcruxes after Voldemort ends Bertha Jorkins’ life. Once Voldemort finds out that Harry and his allies are hunting down his Horcruxes, he puts Nagini into a magical protective orb to prevent her from getting hurt.

5 Voldemort Can Possess Her

Harry first finds out about Nagini’s attack on Arthur when he has a dream from Nagini’s perspective. He doesn’t just see what she sees either— he feels the same impulse to bite Arthur and seems to follow Nagini’s consciousness entirely. The assumption is that Voldemort can possess Nagini, and that Harry is able to see through Nagini’s eyes because of his direct connection to Voldemort. After all, Nagini and Voldemort have been shown to communicate over long distances, like when Harry hears Voldemort tell Nagini to hold him during the attack at Godric’s Hollow.

Another possible explanation is that Harry and Nagini share a direct link themselves, since they both contain fragments of Voldemort’s soul.

4 She Explodes In The Movie

Harry may be the star of the show, but who could ever forget Neville’s stunning character arc, as he learns that bravery doesn’t equal bravado? The painfully shy boy grows up to boldly defy Voldemort himself during the Battle of Hogwarts. He pulls out the Sword of Gryffindor from the Sorting Hat, and destroys the Dark Lord’s last Horcrux, Nagini, thus bringing Voldemort’s rein to an end.

In the movie, Neville aims for Nagini’s head, and as soon as the sword hits her, Nagini straight-up explodes in a spray. There’s also a little black wisp of smoke, signifying the demise of Voldemort’s last soul fragment. It makes for a stunning shot as Neville slices through Nagini, but we don’t know why she’d explode on contact.

3 She Collapses In Two Parts In The Book

In the book, on the other hand, there’s a more realistic portrayal of Nagini’s demise. Both she and Voldemort simply collapse onto the ground when they meet their respective ends. Nagini specifically falls lifelessly into two parts thanks to Neville’s sword-wielding skills. Having Nagini drop to the ground probably would’ve come off as anticlimactic, but the way she goes in the movie is a bit odd and inconsistent, since none of the other Horcruxes disappear into thin air after being destroyed.

One possible in-movie explanation could be that her status as a Maledictus means her snake form is different from a typical snake. Or perhaps her life ends differently because she is a living Horcrux, as opposed to an inanimate object holding Voldemort’s soul.

2 She Stills Answers To “Nagini”

Throughout the main series, Voldemort calls his serpent companion “Nagini,” which is later revealed to be the name she used as a human as well. This suggests that the two either met before she got turned into a snake permanently, or they met afterwards and Nagini told him her name in Parseltongue. The latter suggests that she retains her human mind even in permanent snake form.

One popular theory is that the two met while Voldemort was in exile in Albania after having his body destroyed when his curse on Harry backfired. Only snakes could tolerate having him in their bodies, so perhaps Nagini was one of his first hosts before he eventually settled in Quirrell’s body.

1 Kim Worked With A Contortionist

While Nagini technically switches between human and snake forms until she gets permanently transformed, Claudia Kim incorporated serpentine qualities in her performance as the human version of Nagini, with director David Yates giving directions like “2% more snake.”

While special effects were definitely used to bring Nagini’s transformations to life, Yates also wanted to make sure Kim’s performance conveyed the character’s struggle to keep her snake half inside. She eventually worked with a contortionist to better embody a woman who is effectively part-snake. Kim has shot to fame by playing one of the most recognizable serpents in pop culture, and even works with a live snake on set, but funnily enough, she admits she’s scared of them.

What are some other odd facts about Nagini’s anatomy in Harry Potter? Share them in the comments!

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2018-12-02 05:12:40

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

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

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

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

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

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

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

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

29 Hellboy First Look

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

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

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

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

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

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

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

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

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

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

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

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

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

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

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

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

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

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

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

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

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

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

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

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

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

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

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

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

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

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

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

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

20 Bane On Gotham

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

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

19 The X-Men Go To Space

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

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

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

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

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

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

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

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

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

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

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

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

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

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

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

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

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

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

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

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

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

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

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

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

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

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

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

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

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

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

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

10 The Spawn Trilogy

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

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

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

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

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

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

8 Pet Sematary First Look

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

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

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

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

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

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

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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

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

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

5 Good Omens Trailer

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

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

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

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

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

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

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

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

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

2 Voltron Ends in December

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

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

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

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

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

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

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

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

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