’s Lennie James recently explained why season 8 wasn’t a satisfying end to the Morgan’s story. Since Walking Dead season 6, Lennie James has been a prominent fixture on the show. His character, Morgan, has become one of the most beloved characters and his journey has been one of the most compelling storylines. It was recently announced that , where his journey will continue to unfold.Over the course of The Walking Dead season 8, Morgan was locked in a fierce moral debate with himself. He survived many years up until then; however, his violent ways started to weigh on his soul. In the face of his conscience, . He continued to battle with his conscious, and at the end of the season, he went into seclusion.Related: Though Morgan is crossing over to Fear the Walking Dead, many fans of Walking Dead could think that season 8 was the end of his arc. If that is the case, then was season 8 a satisfying end to Morgan’s journey? In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, James was asked if Walking Dead season 8 was a fitting end to Morgan's story. His answer was on-point, and should give fans of the character high hopes for the future:"No, I wouldn't. ...I think that if that is the case then there is something slightly unsatisfying about it for them because the question will remain, for them, 'What's Morgan doing right now?' Because there's only so long you can sit in a junkyard on your own. So unless they accept that he's just there cooking eggplants and not venturing beyond the walls of the heaps, and eventually has gone Cast Away and is a hermit in the Junkyard - if that's able to sustain them, then yeah. But, for me, that wouldn't have been my hope for the end of Morgan in The Walking Dead."Most fans would certainly agree with James’ comments. All things considered, it would be very odd if Morgan’s path ended in that junkyard. For one, it would be a sad end to a great character. Given Morgan’s mental state at the end of Walking Dead season 8, however, he could have very well decided to stay in the junkyard forever. James’ comments also confirm his hopes for Morgan in the future. Morgan's destiny is much bigger than becoming a recluse, and maybe, he will find a new purpose on Fear the Walking Dead.For now, fans can be grateful that Morgan’s journey will continue, even if it’s not on The Walking Dead. Based on previous comments from James, and have more opportunities to grow. Hopefully, he will emerge from the junkyard, and maybe he will finally find the peace he’s been searching for.More: The Walking Dead season 8 releases on DVD and Blu-ray on August 21.
August 20, 2018
We really didn’t deserve True Blood. Alan Ball’s adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ The Southern Vampire Mysteries book series was campy, trashy, and surprisingly effective.We spent seven seasons with Bon Temps and its population of humans, vampires, and myriad other supernatural creatures. The fun part of the show was that every time we thought we knew what lurked beneath the realms of known science, some other strange and magical species or creature popped up. It made audiences giddy with anticipation at the start of every new season and every new storyline.Unfortunately, not every storyline produced a character worthy of the show's premise-- that’s not to say the writing didn’t fail the characters on occasion, but that’s a different list. True Blood had a pretty big cast of regulars with some turnover, as life in Bon Temps was dangerous. There was also a rotating roster of guest stars as the Louisiana locals made contact with the wider network of supernatural creatures and institutions, along with the humans who got caught up in various movements or rose up in response to the changes in the world around them.Sometimes added characters enriched the show overall, and sometimes they felt like unnecessary weight that distracted from more interesting people and arcs. On a show with as many labyrinthine and intertwining arcs as True Blood boasted, it’s no surprise that we could make a pretty big list of characters that work -- and those that didn’t.Here are 12 New Character Additions That Hurt True Blood (And 13 That Saved It). 25 SAVED - RUSSELL EDGINTON (DENNIS O’HARE)The King of Mississippi remains one of our favorite, dearly departed vampires.Mad as a march hare and just as wily, Russell hated humans so much that he bred a pack of his own werewolves and used them to change the course of human history whenever it suited him. He also made the mistake of offing Eric Northman’s father, thus making himself a lifelong enemy of the Viking vampire.As dastardly as he was, Edgington’s utter glee during every act of villainy made us strangely enamored of a monster who’d have probably done the same to us if we’d ever dared introduce ourselves.24 HURT - NIALL (RUTGER HAUER)Niall is one of the few characters True Blood characters who was far more well-drawn in the books than he was on the show.In the TV series, he serves the purpose of illuminating much of the Stackhouse and fairy history, but he never materializes into the major player he threatens to be.Niall's portrayer, Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Ladyhawke), was a great actor wasted on a character that didn’t do much justice to his talents -- the first of many.23 SAVED - JESSICA (DEBRA ANN WOHL)Jessica arrived later in the first season as Bill’s punishment for destroying Longshadwo at Fangtasia -- this was back when Bill was heroic and didn’t just prance around whining after Sookie.The Magister forced him to sire another vampire to replace the one who was taken. It’s totally inhumane and terrible, but that's vampires for you. At the end of the day, it turned out to be a good move because Jessica became one of True Blood's most compelling and enduring characters.Watching her fall in love with Hoyt only to reject the traditional life he offered and grow into a truly independent woman was the show at its best.22 HURT - WILLA BURRELL (AMELIA ROSE BLAIRE)Eric’s second “child” had interesting context, to be sure. She was the daughter of the vampire-hating governor of Louisiana and Eric turned her (with her permission) in order to stick it to the governor.Her character worked, to a degree, but she way too much attention for being such a late addition to the series. There wasn’t any real justification for the amount of focus she got at the expense of other, established characters. No matter how compelling her surrounding story was, we still would’ve rather spent time with other people.21 SAVED - THE MAGISTER (ŽELJKO IVANEK)Željko Ivanek is an asset to any show he’s on no matter what.Having him be the first real manifestation of vampire society law enforcement we see on the show was more than effective. Despite how heroic Bill’s actions in destroying Longshadow might have been, Ivanek’s Magister made it very clear that vampire law might be brutal and ruthless, but it was a system that had been in place for a millennia. It wasn’t about to be cowed by a self-hating vamp.20 HURT - LORENA (MARIANA KLAVENO)Lorena was Bill’s maker who committed horrible crimes to ensure that he stayed by her side. She then encouraged him to indulge his basest instincts with her for decades before he finally left in pursuit of his former self.That was all plenty interesting in flashbacks, but the show attempted to convince us that Bill and Lorena had some kind of viable relationship in the present.The writers gave Lorena a bloated storyline when she was really just another desperate, angry woman like so many who crossed the show’s path in its seven seasons.19 SAVED - SARAH NEWLIN (ANNA CAMP)The Newlins were idiotic, bigoted hypocrites who resembled real-life, human monsters in our world today– and they were remarkably entertaining in that respect. But Sarah Newlin was the real power player in that couple and it was her addition to True Blood we really appreciated.She was smarter and more diabolical than her husband, but Anna Camp brilliantly hit her wildly emotional notes as well. Her obsession with Jason was hilarious and her eventual fate was incredibly satisfying. She remains one of True Blood best villains and she’s frighteningly relevant today.18 HURT - EGGS (MECHAD BROOKS)Tara deserved a worthy love interest, but Mechad Brooks just didn’t quite pull it off. Eggs never turned into anything beyond a victimized boy who loved Tara, but couldn’t really handle her.Then, when he perished, it just further complicated Tara’s storyline at a time when we just wished she could’ve taken a break and gone on vacation.Tara was True Blood's queen of pain for so long, and when she finally found happiness with Eggs, we weren’t that invested in it, but we were even less invested in her heartbreak after. This whole storyline was painful.17 SAVED - AMY BURLEY(LIZZIE CAPLAN)As much as we hated her, we really, really loved to hate her.Jason’s crazy girlfriend breathed fresh life into his feckless storyline in Season 1. Sookie’s brother went from a randy, mopey moron to a lovestruck, morally convicted addict. It wasn’t necessarily an improvement for him, but it was more interesting for us to watch.Amy’s villainy provided a focal point for a slightly different flavor of vampire prejudice – she othered them just as much as the ignorant Anti-Vamp people, but she cloaked her prejudice in false worship. At the end of the day, vampires were just objects to her – not necessarily to fear, but definitely to use.16 HURT - QUEEN OF LOUISIANA (EVAN RACHEL WOOD)It seems strange to put any character played by Evan Rachel Wood on the neg side of a list, but this one just didn’t work as well as we wanted it to. After her introduction in the season 1 finale, we had three months to anticipate what the Queen of Louisiana would bring to True Blood. It turns out that we should’ve managed our expectations.The Queen of Louisiana became a spoiled, psychotic brat. Even Evan Rachel Woods’ brilliant technique and perfect look couldn’t make her interesting. Thank goodness for Westworld, right?15 SAVED - ALCIDE (JOE MANGIANELLO)Okay, to be fair Alcide didn’t save much. He was very, very sweet, but the entire werewolf storyline was frustrating, labyrinthine and ultimately panned out to a very dissatisfying end. Alcide did put Mangianello on our radars and we will always have a soft spot for him because of that.For the short time he and Sookie had uncomplicated relationship, he was just what she needed after the roller coaster of her dalliance with Bill. We owe Alcide a debt of gratitude, because if he hadn’t existed for Joe Mangianello to play, we might not have Magic Mike XXL.14 HURT - NORA GAINESBOROUGH (LUCY GRIFFITHS)While the idea of Eric having a sister was intriguing, watching them make out was less so. We’re always interested in learning more about the Northman extended family, but Nora felt a little unnecessary.She wasn’t amusing like Pam, and when she eventually perished it felt like a plot device to cause Eric pain. Lucy Griffiths is always great, but this character just didn’t bring much to True Blood that wasn’t already there. She was also adjacent to the Lillith storyline, which was completely eye-roll worthy.13 HURT - STEVE NEWLIN (MICHAEL MCMILLIAN)It’s not that Steve Newlin was a bad addition-- he just stuck around way too long. The bigoted, closeted Reverend made a fine two-dimensional villain, but we really didn’t need him to return a second time around made into a vampire.Michael McMillian is a great actor, but whiny Newlin never did put the fear of God into us like his wife did. He was only good for a laugh here and there, but unfortunately we, along with his wife, were saddled with him for way, way longer than we should’ve been.12 SAVED - MARNIE/ANTONELLA STONEBROOK (FIONA SHAW)Marnie and her companion spirit Antonella were the primary villains of Season 4, and while they were both completely corrupted by vengeance and a desire for power, they were also impressive forces of nature.It’s rare that anyone could get a jump on Pam or Eric Northman, and yet Marnie (with Antonella’s help) erased Eric’s memory and cursed Pam with ugliness.Marnie’s storyline empowered a lot of angry women, and before she went super dark, that was cool to see in a town like Bon Temps.11 HURT - DEBBIE PELT (BRIT MORGAN)It wasn’t so much that Debbie Pelt hurt True Blood as it was that her longevity hurt True Blood. Debbie was an interesting foil for Alcide while she was under the influence of V as well as in Russell’s control, but the two never had any real chemistry.Brit Morgan deserved better than this crazed character.The fact that she and Alcide were together for most of season 4 only for her to be driven mad by her jealousy of Sookie was a played-out, boring arc that was as predictable as it was painful to watch.10 SAVED - NAN FLANAGAN (JESSICA TUCK)Nan was the quintessential political operative for the Vampire Authority – pleasant and unflappable on camera, but biting someone’s neck in the back of a limo while cursing someone out on the phone the minute she got behind closed doors.Her common sense, no BS attitude was a welcome shift from Bill’s overly romantic sad sack act and Eric’s steamy, bad boy vibe.She might have looked like a Buffy villain, but she was by far the most normal vamp of the bunch.9 HURT - RUBY JEAN (ALFRE WOODARD)Alfre Woodard's talent is undeniable, but her addition as Lafayette’s estranged mother was more distracting than it was satisfying.We barely saw Ruby Jean, so it was frustrating to have her so close by and only appear a few times. Woodward was wonderful as the mad Ruby Jean who occasionally saw severed heads on her dresser. It wasn’t that we didn’t like this character, it was just weird and imbalanced that we saw so little of her when she was so dynamic.8 SAVED - ADILYN BELLEFLEUR (BAILEY NOBLE)Andy’s only daughter to survive to adulthood made for a fascinating conflict between Sheriff Andy, Bill, and Jessica.After sneaking out of the house to look for alcohol, Adilyn and her sisters wound up at a party at Bill’s house, invited by Jessica. Unfortunately, none of the young women were aware of how irresistible fae blood was to vampires, and Jessica wound up eating three of Adilyn’s sisters before Adilyn could escape.It was a move that would have implications for the rest of the season and was a genuinely interesting arc.7 HURT - LUNA (JANINA GAVANKAR)It was nice that Sam found a girl who loved him back for once and getting to see him as a father was pretty lovely, too.Luna often felt like a variation on Alcide – she was just sweet and honorable. Luna was the first person with whom Sam could have anything resembling a healthy relationship, but she didn't stand on her own. She just didn’t bring anything original to the show-- until she skinwalked as Steve Newlin and lost her life.6 SAVED - MAURELLA (KRISTINA ANAPAU)Maurella was the perfect example of a tempting fae woman. She appeared out of nowhere, beguiled an already stupefied Andy Bellefleur, then vanished only to reappear pregnant, give birth, and vanish again-- all in the course of a few episodes).Even though she abandoned Andy with four daughters, putting a strain on his new relationship with Holly, Maurella was difficult to hate. She was useful in her own way due to the immense power afforded her by being 500 years old and she was kind of a whimsical manifestation of a modern fairy.Plus, she gave Andy his adorable daughters, and we’re grateful that we got to see him as a father.5 HURT - PATRICK DEVINS (SCOTT FOLEY)Patrick Devins was a corrupt Marine in Terry’s platoon in Iraq who encouraged Terry to commit horrific acts. When one of those acts caused the creation of a fire jinn called an Ifrit, Devlin brought the news to Terry and eventually tried to sacrifice Terry to appease its call for vengeance. Terry eventually overpowered Devin and sacrificed the man to the Ifrit, but not before Devin took Arlene hostage.Devin was a run-of-the-mill predictable villain.The entire storyline was interesting, but less because Devin and more because of the Ifrit storyline itself.4 SAVED - EDDIE FOURNIER (STEPHEN ROOT)Oh, Eddie – our hearts still ache for you. You were too good for this world. Stephen Root brought Eddie to life as a beautiful example of how not all vampires were cool lotharios who could beguile anyone or thing they wanted.Eddie’s family abandoned him and he was so lonely he gave blood to Lafayette just for the company.When Amy finally exterminated him, his absence stung more than many subsequent fates of series regulars in the show’s seven year run.3 SAVED - MISS JEANETTE (AISHA HINDS)One of the best parts of True Blood was the fact that vampires were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the supernatural creatures running around rural Louisiana and the rest of the world. There were shapeshifters, werewolves, fae, maenads, witches – all sorts of good stuff. Miss Jeanette was none of those, and that’s kinda what made her pure gold.In the middle of a world of supernatural creatures and actual magic, she tricked people into thinking she was the real thing. Also, it was so, so funny when Tara discovered her working in a pharmacy wearing the world’s worst wig. She was a walking, talking case for the placebo effect.2 HURT - CRYSTAL NORRIS (LINDSAY PULSIPHER)Did Jason Stackhouse know how to pick’ em, or what? Crystal Norris was another in a long line of horrible girlfriends Jason brought home to mess up his life-- and everyone else’s.Crystal was a werepanther, and of course she and her pack came with a whole lot of baggage. She eventually winds up violating Jason in a number of crazy ways after experiencing prolonged V usage and Jason finally has to ban her from his life permanently.It wasn’t that some of her storyline wasn't compelling-- we just couldn’t figure out what purpose her character served other than to punish Jason once more for having poor judgement when it came to women.1 SAVED - MARYANN (MICHELLE FORBES)The minute Maryanne showed up it was clear she was way too good to be true. No one’s that nice on HBO without being the head of a cult or something much, much worse. Maryanne turned out to be both.She was a maenad who clung to existence and gained her power through the sheer force of will. Okay, so the explanation behind her abilities never made the most sense, but the levels of depravity and insanity she brought out in people didn’t require a plausible foundation.It was enough to watch Tara eat someone’s heart and get a glimpse of how far this show was willing to go.---Who was your favorite new character on True Blood? Let us know in the comments!
August 19, 2018
A Florida man was captured on cell phone video last week showing his whole entire A-S-S before being taken into police custody inside a busy airport. that 59-year-old Jeffrey Epstein—who is a licensed medical doctor in Lakeland, FL—was confronted by police at Orlando International Airport early Thursday (Aug. 16), and when he refused to cooperate, he was thrown to the ground and pepper sprayed.While police attempted to restrain Epstein, who is white, he could be heard shouting: “You’re treating me like a f***ing black person!”A bystander recorded the entire incident from the moment police arrived, which you can watch below:Police responded to a call from OIA airline employees just before 6 a.m. about a disorderly traveler, who was allegedly yelling obscenities while standing in a ticket line.When Epstein noticed the officers approaching him, he “threw his hands in the air” and yelled that “police had come to arrest him,” his arrest affidavit stated. Police said Epstein refused their orders to leave the airport, and he “continued to yell and say to arrest him.”Epstein can be heard shouting “do not hurt me, you understand? Do not hurt me” several times in the video as police tried to restrain him. He was eventually taken to the ground and pepper sprayed after refusing to be handcuffed, police said in the affidavit.Watch this and wait for the punchline. He said, in shock and desperation “You’re treating me like a fucking Black person.”Think on that for a moment. With all of this going on, that’s what came to his mind. Police brutality, to him, is something reserved for Black folk. — Shaun King (@shaunking) After Epstein was taken into custody, he ended up in the hospital after complaining about chest pain. While en route to the hospital, Epstein said he “created a very big disturbance and I did it on purpose,” according to the affidavit. While searching him, police said they found a “baggie” of marijuana on his person.Once Epstein arrived at the hospital, he refused to speak to a doctor, so he was then taken to the Orange County Jail, police said. He was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, trespassing after warning and possession of cannabis of less than 20 grams. He was briefly booked and released on $1,800 bail.The video made its rounds on social media and was shared on Facebook and retweeted on Twitter thousands of times, with many users expressing outrage that he would shout about being “treated like a black person.” Many users pointed out that if he was really being treated “like a black person,” he would be dead right now.“If he were really being treated like a black person his name would be followed by a hashtag today!” one Twitter user wrote. “I said the same thing… he wasn’t shot dead and left in the streets,” echoed another.I said the same thing… he wasn’t shot dead and left in the streets— AtlDreamgirl5 (@dstdreamgirl) Another Twitter user wrote: “I won’t go as far as stating the obvious, but if this is [deemed] ‘treating me like a black person’ then please treat us like this. I think I speak for the majority of us when I say we’d prefer this method of treatment over death.”I won’t go as far as stating the obvious, but if this is deem “ treating me like a black person “ then please treat us like this. I think I speak for the majority of us when I say we’d prefer this method of treatment over death.— Henny Hardaway (@Robby_witdatool) “If he were black or brown he would’ve been sprayed [without] warning and I’m not talking about pepper spray either,” said another Twitterer, alluding to the man being “sprayed” with bullets.If he were black or brown he would’ve been sprayed w/o warning & I’m not talking about pepper spray either..— ?? J(H)AVS ?? (@Thereal_VSOP) Epstein outside the Orange County Jail after he was released and said he created the disturbance on purpose to “prove a point” about police brutality.“If you’re going to do this to a white doctor, who’s 59-years-old, for doing nothing, then why would black people trust you?” he said. “I’m a conservative Republican, I’m a Trump guy. But until the police fix this problem, I don’t blame black people for being upset when they get arrested.”Epstein said he was also trying to teach airlines a lesson about customer service.“I was no danger. I was being loud because I wanted everyone to see,” he said. “I wanted everything to be out in the open. Big companies have to take care of their customers, and when they call the cops in, they got to deescalate, not escalate.” is a post from:
August 19, 2018
WARNING: The following article contains SPOILERS for Disenchantment.-Fans of Matt Groening's work will not be surprised to learn that - the new fantasy series Groening created for Netflix - contains a number of Easter eggs and references to his earlier work. The early seasons of often made reference to Groening's comic strip Life In Hell, and the sci-fi comedy also paid tribute to Groening's past creations - even before was arranged between Springfield's favorite family and the employees of Planet Express.To that end, we've attempted to inventory all of the subtle nods and sight-gags in Disenchanted that pay tribute to the earlier animated series and comics - from familiar wigs to a potential shared universe.Related:Fry And Lisa Flip Their WigsThe second episode, "For Whom The Pig Oinks," sees Princess Bean chatting with her new fiancé, Prince Merkimer, while he is trying on new wigs. A hair-piece based on Futurama protagonist Philip J. Fry's famous "do" can be clearly seen on the shelf behind Princess Bean. A wig based on Lisa Simpsons' hair is hidden with more care, but can be seen directly behind Luci The Demon's tail.Blinky The Fish & Prime Minister OdvalIntroduced in the episode "Two Cars In Every Garage And Three Eyes On Every Fish," Blinky the Three-Eyed Fish became something of a mascot to The Simpsons during its early seasons. The piscine mutant brought down Mr. Burns' effort to run for governor, after his claims that the the fish altered by the radiation emitted by his nuclear power plant tasted great were put to the (taste) test. In the end, Mr. Burns proved unable to swallow his own fish story.Blinky went on to make a number of cameos in Futurama, but is only mentioned by name in Disenchantment. The fourth episode, "Castle Party Massacre," reveals that Dreamland 's Prime Minister Odval has a third eye in the middle of his forehead, which is usually kept hidden by his ceremonial hat. When Elfo discovers this, he decides to name the eyes, calling them "Winky, Blinky and Soul-Stealer." The dour Odval, unsurprisingly, is not amused.Three-Eyed OwlsAs Princess Bean, Elfo and Luci flee Bean's wedding in the first episode and enter an enchanted forest, an owl can be heard hooting ominously as it swiftly swoops downward. The owl has three eyes, marking it as one of the dangerous magical animals that are said to be inhabiting the forest. This is another nod to Blinky The Fish from The Simpsons, but is also a reference to Futurama, where owls supplanted pigeons and rats as the major urban pest of New New York.Elfo's "Legit" GirlfriendThe seventh episode, "Love's Tender Rampage," sees Elfo attempting to cover his crush on Princess Bean by making up an imaginary girlfriend. In his desperation to describe a woman other than Bean, Elfo describes his girlfriend as living in a far distant land nobody has ever heard of, being an orphan and having one eye. Luci the Demon scoffs at this, sarcastically saying that Elfo's description of a "super-hot, one-eyed girl with a dead family" sounds totally legitimate. And yet it sounds like a pretty good description of Turanga Leela - the female lead of Futurama.Akbar and Jeff's Ancestors?King Zog has two servants - Vip and Vap - whose primary duty seems to be following him and carrying the train of his cape. Vip and Vap are identical twins and of a diminutive size compared to the rest of the cast. Though they seem to favor berets to fezzes, one can't help but notice a faint resemblance to the characters of Akbar and Jeff from Matt Groening's comic-strip Life In Hell.Futurama and Disenchantment Share A Timeline?Disenchantment saved its biggest Easter Egg for last, with the final episode seeming to suggest it takes place in the same universe as Futurama. As Luci uses a crystal ball to show King Zog images from past events, we see a brief flash of Fry, Professor Farnsworth and Bender in The Professor's time machine from the episode "The Late Philip J. Fry."-Are there any other Matt Groening related Easter Eggs that we missed? Let us know in the comments.More:
August 19, 2018
is determined to lead the Valkyrie soldiers of Marvel's Valhalla - even if it kills him. Well, it actually already did kill him. We think. Technically.No surprise to comic or movie fans, it's his brother Loki who plunges the dagger into Thor’s chest to send him into the afterlife waiting for all Asgardian warriors. But the real twist is that this time around, Loki kills Thor because he begs him to, as the only way to save the Nine Realms. Because if anyone can stop the villain setting fire to the World Tree, it's the Valkyrie of Valhalla.Ans every Thor fan knows… there's only one way for a Norse warrior to get to Valhalla.RELATED: It's one area where the Marvel films casting Thor and the Asgardians as “god-like… to humans” has confused the real mythology, specifically that the Norse mythology surrounding Asgard and Valhalla is based on fact (in Marvel's Universe, anyway). The Valkyrie are the greatest soldiers of all time, but it's their honor to oversee the warriors who are killed in combat. But with Surtur’s daughter fast approaching in Thor #3, the god of thunder is only interested in the Valkyrie’s fighting skills. Too bad nobody can actually find Valhalla to seek their assistance.Other than the dead… which is where Loki finally comes in handy.It's a moment begging to be recreated in the MCU, especially now that the concept of . As Thor and Loki watch as their brother Balder marries Hela to forge an alliance with the dead, the Odinson knows it won't be enough to stop the armies of Sindr, daughter of Surtur. The armies of the dead loyal to Balder and Hela are large, but they were not all warriors in life. That alone gives the villains the edge... and only the Valkyrie pack the punch needed to give the heroes a chance.So as Loki stands over his brother's corpse trying to convince everyone that this really was what he asked for, Thor arrives at the gates of Valhalla to seek his backup. Longtime fans of will be pleased to see Brunnhilde, the original heroine "Valkyrie" answer the knock at the door, and give Thor the once over.Even though Brunnhilde can sense Loki's brand of deception and trickery all over the god of thunder's "death," she answers Thor's call like any good hero would. And following Thor's specially crafted Hammer back out of this spiritual plain - with her sisters in tow - Thor and the Valkyrie enter the fight.The ensuing battle doesn't decide the war, but it confirms Thor was right to seek aid when he did. Sindr crashes the party with her fire goblins in full power, and only the combined might of Thor, Loki, Balder, Thori, Karnilla, and the Valkyrie manage to drive Surtur's daughter back. The good news? The Valkyrie seem to be sticking around to help defend the realms from this enemy, before they return home.It seems that the main Thor series will be taking a trip into the past and future in the coming issues, before this War of the Realms returns to the spotlight. But it's just another sign that the heroes of Asgard are rising to the forefront of Marvel's Universe. Case in point: in their own new comic.Thor #4 is available now from .MORE:
August 19, 2018
Fox News was forced to issue an apology after the network mistakenly showed an image of Patti LaBelle during a segment that was supposed to honor the life of Aretha Franklin, (Aug. 16) at the age of 76.The segment featured a composite image showing Franklin in the foreground and LaBelle in a faded, smaller image in the background.This is a huge deal not only because it’s pretty racist for white people to confuse one famous black woman with another famous black woman, but also… Aretha wasn’t really that fond of Patti, so say the least.Social media was quick to point out Fox News’ gaffe, which not only was posted on the internet but also aired on television:WHY would Fox News be petty and use this pic of Aretha and add Patti LaBelle in the background?!! — PETUNIA (@Vince_Aries) It seems used an image of Patti LaBelle, thinking it was Aretha Franklin.This is why the correct name for Fox is .— ???????? ?.?. ???? (@sextoyspolitics) Because of course Fox News mixes up Aretha Franklin & Patti LaBelle. — Chris Strider (@stridinstrider) If you watched Fox News today you learned that the United States defeated Communist Japan and Aretha Franklin is Patti LaBelle— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) Fox News Alert: Legendary singer Aretha Franklin dead at 76 — Tim Donnelly (@timdonnelly) I wonder how Fox News messed up and used an image of Patti LaBelle instead of Aretha Franklin?? — Russia Is Not Your Friend (@EthanObama) Weird that Fox News can keep all these women straight but they manage to confuse Patti LaBelle with Aretha Franklin. There must be an explanation but I can't quite put my finger on it… — Matt Osborne (@OsborneInk) Fox News mourns the passing of Aretha Franklin. — Walter Chaw (@mangiotto) Fox News apologizes after using the wrong photo during Aretha Franklin tribute — Stone Cold (@stonecold2050) Fox News apologizes for using the wrong graphic of Aretha Franklin and releases an update… — Allen Marshall (@AllenCMarshall) ONLY fucking would use a picture of fucking Patti Labelle as fucking Aretha Franklin on the day she dies.And you wonder why no one believes a word fucking Fox says? — ?Your Mom?? (@YourMomResists) While social media immediately noticed the error, it took Fox News several hours to own up to their mistake.“We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends,” Jessica Santostefano, Fox News’ vice president, media desk, said in a statement. “Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret.”But wayment. Aretha Franklin was NEVER in that photo, to begin with. So what’s the real issue here?!Fox News blamed a cropping error for showing Patti LaBelle in its Aretha Franklin coverage. The original unedited AP photo shows that’s not the case. — Jon Passantino (@passantino) It gets better.Fox said, “Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full-screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process."Do you see Aretha in this photo?No?Because she wasn't there. — Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) DO BETTER, FAUX NEWS. is a post from:
August 19, 2018
Reality television is an odd thing. Less a glimpse into the lives of real people and more a story that has been manipulated to look like real life, it has grown into a behemoth; one of the largest and most profitable parts of the entire television landscape. Every reality show, whether a game show or just a kind of serialized documentary, massages the events in some way, some more than others.The History Channel's Ice Road Truckers is definitely one of the shows that manipulates its events more than others, and that includes the way it treats its stars. Created and produced by Thom Beers' Original Productions, the show follows truckers who battle through difficult conditions to drive seasonal mining roads--roads that used to be lakes but freeze over in the depths of winter. Focused on its main star Alex Debogorski, Ice Road Truckers has also brought several other memorable people into the mix, like Hugh Rowland, Lisa Kelly, and many others.Those stars have to put up with a lot, as the gig requires them to follow all kinds of rules and restrictions to be a part of the show. Some of them are benign, designed to ensure drivers' safety on dangerous roads. Others are more of a hassle-- things that complicated an already complicated job. There's one thing that's undeniable, however: it certainly has made for 11 entertaining seasons of reality television.Here are 20 Crazy Restrictions Ice Road Truckers Have To Obey. 20 They had to find an alternate routeIce Road Truckers may be popular, but that doesn't mean it's universally loved. The show has ticked off its fair share of people, including its fans, actual truckers, and its cast at one point or another. However, after the mining company that featured in the first season took exception, changes had to be made.After driving the Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Roads in the first season, the show had to find a different road to drive in the second. said it was due to the mining company disliking the way the show depicted ice road trucking, and having an overall negative impact on their image. The cast had to adapt to a new route.19 They have to make things seem more dangerous than they areThere can't be interesting television without some conflict, and sometimes that means reality show cast members have to pretend there's more conflict than there actually is.Since Ice Road Truckers' main draw is how tricky and dangerous the job is, that means pretending there's more danger than there really is.Former cast member Rick Yemm said in an that everything the drivers do on the show is safe, the show just makes it look precarious. "We know when it’s clear to do ‘stupid’ stuff, like drift around a corner. All that stuff that we do, it’s all done safely."18 No more than 16 hours driving a dayAside from the restrictions from the production company and network force the stars of Ice Road Truckers to follow, there are also some laws to consider.Trucking is a notoriously difficult job. It strains the human capacity to stay awake and focused for hours and hours. Some would truck for days straight if they were allowed to, so laws limiting the amount per day are necessary.The ice road truckers to drive for more than 16 hours per day, so they legally have to take breaks to sleep. However, there are no laws saying they have to take days off, which means they can work 112 hours a week.The truckers have to obey this restriction, but when you think about it it doesn't actually restrict them all that much.17 They can’t all be veteransFor a show like Ice Road Truckers, you might expect it to be populated exclusively with people who know the trade inside and out, to educate the audience on how it works.That wouldn't actually provide entertaining television, so the show needs an interplay between veterans and rookies.Instead of sticking to ice road vets, the show has repeatedly brought on people who are new to the ice roads--and a couple who were new to trucking in general.Steph Custance is the most obvious example here, as she joined the show in her early twenties without any trucking experience at all.16 They have to leave the show when they have health problemsIce Road Truckers stars have had their share of gripes over their treatment by the show, but safety is one thing everyone takes seriously. That extends to medical issues, as several different cast members have taken time off to heal from injuries before returning to the show.Trucking is a surprisingly physically demanding job, as staying focused and sitting for hours straight is actually difficult. Rather than deal with that while also having health problems, the drivers don't risk it.Steph Custance recently she was dealing pancreatitis and taking off work. It seems other drivers also take the time to heal from any maladies they may have.15 Never turn off your engineIce road trucking is a dangerous business, as the drivers have to face all kinds of environmental hazards. Most of these are obviously related to the extreme cold, and one ironclad rule ice road truckers are never supposed to break is very simple: never turn off your engine.Of course, where's the fun in playing by the rules? Ice Road Truckers star Lisa Kelly in one episode, as she chose to deal with engine trouble herself rather than wait for help.After turning off her engine to look under the hood, Kelly was surprised when it wouldn't start due to the freezing temperatures.Luckily for her, she was able to get it going again with a bump start, but trucker fans all over the world were shocked at her choice.14 They aren't supposed to get richProducer Thom Beers has built a reality television empire, including Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch, by finding niche interests that pique the curiosity of a wide audience. What's also curious is he pay he gives his stars, which is much smaller than other famous reality stars'.Beers has said that he wishes to keep the authentic blue collar nature of shows like Ice Road Truckers intact-- after all, who would watch a trucking show that starred people that didn't need to be trucking?Even so, compared to the money the cast of Jersey Shore or Duck Dynasty pulls in, it's quite restrictive for Ice Road Truckers' cast.13 Endorsement deals aren’t allowedThe other thing that most reality shows can count on, thanks to the success of their show? Fame and celebrity, which usually brings with it the chance for lucrative endorsement deals. However, the cast of Ice Road Truckers doesn't have access to that luxury, as their contracts specifically forbid them from inking those kinds of deals.Much like their smaller paychecks, producer is that he needs his stars to remain authentically blue collar.The truckers get paid a bigger salary than normal truckers but they're denied the scores that reality stars can usually bank on. If you were wondering why you don't see these truckers in any ads, now you know.12 The contracts are super controllingAs is probably clear by now, the Ice Road Truckers stars don't have it as easy as other reality stars. Aside from lacking the big paychecks and endorsement deals, the truckers also get no residuals from the show. It's all thanks to extremely controlling contracts they sign at the beginning of filming.Even if you can ignore the limitations the contract places on the stars' profits, former star Dave Redmon that the truckers also have to sign away the rights to their voice and likeness.Redmon says "they basically take your life away from you" to keep production costs low and ensure the maximum profit margin for the producers.11 Absolutely no speedingIce road trucking is a dangerous job that requires constant vigilance to do well. There are some rules that might seem like an afterthought on a normal highway that become much more important on the ice roads. One of those is the speed limit, which viewers found out during the very first season of Ice Road Truckers.In season one of the show, there was a driver named Todd White who went by the nickname of "Chains." He wound up doing 39 MPH in a 25 zone, and was caught.This might not seem like a big deal, but the infraction was so severe that he was banned from ice road trucking entirely. White tried to appeal, but to no avail, and had to leave the show.10 The roads will be closed if they're actually dangerousMuch is made of the danger of ice road trucking, and Ice Road Truckers sometimes gives the impression that these drivers are on their own against the elements. But there is, of course, a dedicated team of people making sure the ice roads are safe to drive. If the roads are too dangerous, they'll be closed so nobody can drive on them. patrol the ice roads to ensure the drivers' safety.The TV show is no exception to this, having its drivers take every necessary precaution.If the ice is too thin or too soft and thus too weak to drive on, the security teams will alert the dispatchers to stop the trucks from crossing there.9 The cast can’t control how the show portrays themReality show cast members sometimes find themselves playing exaggerated, cartoonish versions of themselves, but some ice road truckers says their show takes it to the extreme. In his , Rick Yemm took special care to talk about the character roles he and his fellow castmates were "slated" into.Yemm said that he was forced to appear as the angry bad guy, Hugh Rowland's incompetent sidekick, while Rowland had to appear the gruff, harsh team leader who never made mistakes.Yemm says he and Rowland were more similar than different, and were both basically professional guys who could be jerks at times. Former cast member Dave Redmon voiced similar complaints.8 The drivers are always sandwiched by camera crewsTo really get enveloped in the show, Ice Road Truckers fans have to suspend a bit of their disbelief. After all, it may seem like the truckers are out on the road on their own, when they're actually surrounded by two crews from the production company.The vast majority of the driving shots on the show come from two camera crews, in front and behind the trucks.This means that while the truckers have to appear to be fending for themselves, they actually have to be aware of two other rigs on the road with them. The drivers have to coordinate with a whole caravan of television crew, all while appearing to be doing a normal ice road run.7 Drive someone else's truckOne of the most important things to Ice Road Truckers' success is the feeling of authenticity that the show gives off -- even when that's not always the case.This extends to the trucks they drive, as former trucker Rick Yemm that the show had him act like he owned the truck he was driving, even though it wasn't true.Yemm doesn't even own a truck in real life--the one on the show was owned by Hugh "Polar Bear" Rowland. Fans who read Yemm's interview had to wonder: does that mean other truckers on the show were provided with trucks.The show isn't all that forthcoming with answers here, but we know that Yemm had to do it, so some speculate that there might be more.6 They fudge their own driving skillsMuch like how the cast members have to slot themselves into character archetypes the show lays out for them, they also reportedly had to act like they have certain levels of driving skills that may or may not be accurate.The show allegedly polishes the skills of less experienced drivers to make it seem like they're excellent at their TV job.Some drivers, like Rick Yemm or Dave Redmon, have spoken out against their portrayal on the show, as they had to act like they were having more problems with their trucks than other drivers.Both those stars have voiced complaints about how they were pigeonholed into "bad guy" roles, and Yemm the fact that the show made him seem like a worse driver than he was.5 Repeating linesOne of the secrets of reality television is that dramatic sequences are often cut together to seem like one continuous moment, when they're actually a Frankenstein's monster of audio and video clips spliced together from many different sources. Ice Road Truckers is no exception, and to aid in this the cast sometimes is forced to repeat lines over and over. producers would have the truckers repeat a phrase (i.e. "I hate this place") several times with different inflections, which allowed editors to slide the audio into any spot they wanted without it sounding repetitive.It obviously wasn't fun for the stars to say words again and again. Hearing that audio play over situations where they didn't say anything like that must have been weirder.4 Have fake fights with co-workersReality show producers often go help manufacture conflict on their shows. Sometimes that means they do their very best to get their stars to get angry with one another.Former star Dave Redmon that aside from them sticking certain lines into places where they weren't actually said, the producers would actually tell their stars that other people on set didn't like them.Redmon claims that producers specifically tried to start a fight between Lisa Kelly and Maya Sieber by setting Sieber up as Kelly's replacement.That didn't work, but Redmon also recalls them telling others that certain cast members were insulting them behind their backs, oftentimes based on nothing.3 Work with inexperienced camera crewsIf you're working on a popular reality show, you might expect to work with people who know what they're doing. Well, you'd be wrong, according to Dave Redmon. The former trucker working with one cameraman who had learned how to use the equipment just a few minutes before they started filming."They take advantage of everybody on the show, from the camera guy to the AP (associate producer) to the talent," he said.Redmon blames the inexperience on set to the production company's attempt keep costs low. Cast members reportedly just had to grit their teeth and hope that all their effort was getting filmed correctly, that their footage would be usable.2 Truck companies get a say on the showFans may think they're getting unfiltered reality when they tune in to Ice Road Truckers, but that's just not the case. Trucking companies have a very strong influence on the show, according to former driver Dave Redmon, who says that he saw a contract that allowed them editing control.Redmon claims the contract prohibited Carlile company truckers from being portrayed negatively on the show. To achieve this goal, Carlile executives had access to the show's footage, and were allowed to go through and cut anything they didn't like. There has been no official confirmation of this, but the fact that Redmon's trainer Tony was one of theirs and wasn't show in a negative light seems to add some credence.1 Follow a "script"Part of the reason we've seen such a boom in reality television in the last ten years is the Writers' Guild of America strike that occurred from 2007-2008. Television producers were stingy with writers' residual payments, and when the writers went on strike in protest, producers turned to "unscripted" television to fill airtime and attract viewers.However, shows like Ice Road Truckers aren't really untirely unscripted. The cast of the trucking show have to work with producers allegedly telling them exactly what the conflicts are for each episode, exactly how they want them to react, and exactly how to proceed in their routes.The show may not have a formal script, but the cast still reportedly has written instructions they have to perform.---What other rules do Ice Road Truckers have to follow? Let us know in the comments!
August 19, 2018
The original director of , Tim Miller, planned to have characters from Josh Trank’s 2015 Fantastic Four in the film. and . Fans were delighted by the sequel, which somehow lived up to the monumental hype. Though Deadpool 2 turned out amazing, the road to its release wasn’t all Wham! and unicorns.Last year, fans of the first film were stunned when Deadpool 2’s original director, Tim Miller, left the project citing creative differences. Details regarding Miller’s exit were scarce. However, it was clear that his vision for the sequel didn’t align with other members of the production team - most notably, Ryan Reynolds. Since Miller directed the first Deadpool, it seemed strange that he left the sequel. Fox, however, quickly brought in John Wick’s David Leitch to direct. While we don’t know much about Miller’s original concept for the film, an artist for Deadpool 2 recently revealed that Miller planned to have the Fantastic Four cameo in the film.Related: Marvel Entertainment illustrator, Alexander Lozano, recently took to Instagram to share concept art from Miller’s version of Deadpool 2. He showcased , Cable and the unused villain Blaquesmith. He then revealed that Miller had planned for Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell reprise their roles from Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. Lozano shared the concept art for the Fantastic Four, which you can see below:Lozano’s concept art is intriguing and has led many fans to wonder what might have been. Sure, , however the cast was hardly the issue. It would have been a delight to see the actors reprise their roles. Maybe of the cast could have even redeemed themselves in the eyes of fans a little bit. Beyond seeing the cast together again, their cameo would have also been an endless source of jokes. It’s not that Deadpool 2 didn’t have enough comedic ammunition, but it would have been a nice change of pace from the endless slew of X-Men and Green Lantern meta-humor.All things considered, Deadpool 2 was an excellent film and the recently released Super Duper Cut was even better. It’s doubtful that the Fantastic Four cameo would have changed much, but some fans still wonder what Miller’s version of the film would be. Much like Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, people who are invested in comic book films are curious of what could have been. It’s also important to note that Miller’s version of Deadpool 2 would have possibly been the last time the Fantastic Four cast was together on film. Now that , it’s likely that Marvel Studios will recast the roles if they bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU.More: Source:
August 18, 2018
The first full-length trailer for Syfy's is out, and it features the first look at dragon/shark hybrids that our heroes will have to contend with. The series became a massive hit from people loving the idea of its ridiculous concept (that concept literally being sharks caught in a tornado and causing devastation) and its fun campiness. Now, the series has spawned five sequels, and the antics have only gotten wilder and wilder as the series has progressed.The official title of the film is , and it's set to be of the infamous series. It was revealed back in February that the movie will be a , with Ian Ziering's Fin journeying through time to stop the very first Sharknado from happening, saving the world and his family (who he lost in the last film) in the process. Sharknado 6 looks like it will live up to the legacy of the series; it will feature , and even Noah's ark.Related: posted the first full-length trailer for the film, and there's a lot to process in it. Fin will be traveling through time to all sorts of different historical time periods. Judah Friedlander welcomes Finn to prehistoric times, where he witnesses a shark jumping out of the water to devour a T-Rex, and runs into both Tara Reid's April and Cassandra Scerbo's Nova, who explains, "I know this is extremely confusing, but we're all very much alive." The wildest part of the trailer is undoubtedly when the gang travels to Medieval times, specifically Merlin's castle, where they face off with dragon/shark hybrids that can fly and breathe fire. It's likely that they will have to use magic to defeat these dragon-sharks.The trailer also shows adventures in the wild west and colonial America, where Paul Revere runs through town shouting, "The sharks are coming! The sharks are coming!" If you've ever wanted to see Benjamin Franklin punch a shark in the face, Sharknado 6 is the movie for you. The final section of the trailer shows a futuristic dystopian world where Fin fights off robot sharks and is surrounded by an army of future April's, none of whom look happy to see him.The Sharknado series is known for its wackiness, something that it fully embraces and that audiences know going in. With a time-travel plot, the possibilities for how crazy and silly Sharknado 6 can get are endless, and with this being the final installment, Syfy is sure to end their flagship disaster horror comedy science fiction series with a bang.More: The Last Sharknado: It's About Time premieres Sunday August 19 at 8pm ET on Syfy.Source:
August 18, 2018
Kodak Black is a free man after serving 7 months in Florida’s Broward County jail.He was all smiles as he was seen greeting two men who met him at the jail right after he was sprung from prison. His first stop after leaving prison was going to his mother’s house to see his son, .The 21-year-old rapper, who legally changed his name to Bill K. Kapri earlier this year, was arrested in January on charges including grand theft of a firearm, possession of a weapon or ammo by a felon, possession of marijuana and neglecting a child.Kodak’s arrest, which resulted in two probation violation charges, came after he while having marijuana near his son while on house arrest.The child neglect and grand theft of firearm arm charges were later dropped, and Kodak pled “not guilty” to the marijuana possession and felony firearm possession charges.Kodak was originally facing 12 years behind bars, but after those charges were dropped, he was scheduled to be released in October, and fortunately for him, the judge trimmed some time from his sentence even more last month.“All I can say is, I work very hard to try and give all of my clients a second chance,” Kodak’s attorney Bradford Cohen regarding the shortened sentence. “We were lucky that the matter concerning […] Kodak was resolved in a way we felt was extremely fair by the prosecutor handling the matter. He looks forward to getting out and creating new music and spreading his charity work.”Kodak from Dieuson Octave to Bill K. Kapri back in May so that he could have a “fresh start,” his attorney Bradford Cohen said. While in jail, he took steps to better his life, including getting his GED and taking parenting classes.Including his January arrest, Kodak Black has been arrested at least five times since 2015. He still has a pending sexual assault case in South Carolina. is a post from:
August 18, 2018
developer DICE is having an unreleased project brought back to life, with the title Hardcore finally seeing release after being abandoned in 1994. Since then, the company has become one of the biggest names in gaming, with its Battlefield franchise acting as one of the biggest FPS series around.Right now, DICE is busy with things like the very impressive , but that wasn't always the case. Back in 1994, the studio was working on an action platformer called Hardcore, which was due for release across the Sega Genesis, Sega CD, and Amiga, but the game would be put on hold when it was tantalizingly close to being launched.Related: However, finally the game is going to see release. The title, which is going to be published by Strictly Limited Games, has been resurrected a full 24 years after its initial development, and will now get launched in 2019 for the PS4 and PS Vita consoles. The game's official reveal trailer can be seen below, for those who want a glimpse at its Metroidvania-style gameplay in action.It will perhaps offer a little bit of closure for DICE, with some of the senior team still at the studio having worked on the title. "I know the care, love, sweat and hard work that went into creating Hardcore in the first place by all involved parties," said Fredrik Liljegren, DICE founder, continuing to state that "it is fantastic that this product finally gets to see the light of day and for people to be able to play it finally."Exactly why the game was shelved is something of a head-scratcher, but a story that became all-too-familiar around the same time in the mid-1990s. The game was set to be published by Psygnosis, but the game was then put on hold by the company, even though previews had already been sent out to gaming magazines. The reason given to DICE at the time was that the publisher wanted to instead focus on the new generation of gaming consoles, so a release for older systems like the Genesis was no longer seen as a priority. A similar reason was given for the being shelved, so Hardcore was in good company.It's not the only time that a , and it will be interesting to see how Hardcore fares when it launches next year. The title will apparently remain faithful to its original build, albeit with some vertical scrolling levels built specifically for the Sega CD release included, and with making a comeback it could find a lot of love - unfortunately, a couple of decades later than originally planned.More:
August 18, 2018
Making its return to the West End stage, Chicago is one of the most famous musicals around the world. The show has attracted some very famous names to it including Ruthie Henshall (who is the only Woman to play all three leads), Bebe Neuwirth, Brandy, Jerry Springer, Mel B, Todrick Hall, Wendy Williams, Tase Diggs, Ashlee Simpson, Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze and most recently on the West End, Alexandra Burke. In this edition of 'Then And Now' we look back on the original Broadway production, the 1996 Broadway revival, the 2013 revival at the Leicester Curve, the current West End production and we also look back to numerous cast members who have featured in the West End run of the 1996 revival. Take a look and share your favourite moments of the show with us on Twitter! Roxie Hart Gwen Verdon (1975), Ann Reinig (1996), Bonnie Langford (2006), Gemma Sutton (2013) & Sarah Soetaert (2018)Velma Kelly Chita Rivera (1975), Bebe Neuwirth (1996), Leigh Zimmerman (2001), Verity Rushworth (2013) & Josefina Gabrielle (2018)Billy Flynn Jerry Orbach (1975), James Naughton (1996), Duncan James (2007), David Leonard (2013) & Martin Kemp (2018)Mama Morton Mary McCarty (1975), Marcia Lewis (1996), Brenda Edwards (2006), Sandra Marvin (2013) & Mazz Murray (2018)Amos Hart Barney Martin (1975), Joel Grey (1996), Les Dennis (2000), Matthew Barrow (2013) & Paul Rider (2018)
August 18, 2018
Ohio State’s football coach surprised players with free tickets to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s concert in Columbus Thursday night (Aug. 16).Hip Hop’s royal couple brought their “On the Run II” to Ohio Stadium on the campus of Ohio State in Columbus, OH, and after Thursday’s practice, the Buckeyes’ acting head coach Ryan Day told his team that they would be attending the show later that night.A video posted on the team’s shows the Buckeyes’ football team when they heard the good news. Day tells players that if their kicker makes a field goal, there will be “no meetings tonight.” When senior PK Sean Nuernberger makes the field goal, the team erupts in cheers. But not having meetings that night wasn’t the only gift the players would be receiving that night. it's time to get in formation ?The Bucks are in the building.We're going to see The Carters & tonight ?? — Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) “You guys are going to the concert tonight!” Day told the team as they erupted into even bigger cheers. “JAY-Z and Beyoncé!” Freshman Dominic DiMaccio, also a placekicker for the Buckeyes, then did his best JAY-Z and basically nailed it, tbh.“Ay HOV’s in the building,” DiMaccio said to his teammates as they laughed. “So tonight we gone have some fun baby. Y’all gone see my wife, ya’ll gone see me perform, ya’ll gone see me sing some throwback music. Y’all gone enjoy yourself. Aye, don’t ask my girl if she want cheddar, she want cheese.”According to ESPN, Live Nation provided Ohio State with 500 free tickets to the concert. The football team’s tickets were purchased through the NCAA student opportunity fund, Ohio State’s associate vice president for university communications Chris Davey said.With Beyoncé, JAY-Z and DJ Khaled literally performing on their turf, it’s only right the Buckeyes get free tickets to the show.Davey said that those tickets were purchased at general public price and that student-athlete opportunities like these are paid for through a “special discretionary fund that comes from donors to university athletics and sometimes the NCAA student opportunity fund.”State tax dollars and tuition dollars are not used, Davey said.Ohio State’s women’s volleyball team will join the football team. Last year, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were sent to the Kendrick Lamar concert at the The Schottenstein Center.NCAA Bylaw 16.7 allows an institution to provide reasonable entertainment to student-athletes while they are in their playing season.“Since football’s playing season begins with preseason camp, we meet the requirements to provide such entertainment either through budget or using the NCAA Student Assistance Fund,” Davey said.The team even got to hang out backstage with DJ Khaled, who shouted them out during his show-opening set.O-H ? HOV ? ?? ? ? = ?Thanks to & for a phenomenal show in The Shoe last night ?? — Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) Ryan Day was named acting head coach on August 1st after the school announced that head coach Urban Meyer was being placed on paid administrative leave for his alleged involvement in former Buckeyes coach Zach Smith’s 2015 domestic abuse incidents.Smith’s ex-wife Courtney Smith said Meyer, along with his wife Shelley and many other people involved in the Ohio State football program when they occurred and did not act on them. For his part, Meyer said he had no prior knowledge of the domestic abuse incidents, which were confirmed by several police reports .Ohio State president Michael Drake said the school’s investigation into the claims against Meyer would be completed this Sunday, with a decision on whether or not he will get to keep his job to follow shortly afterward.Today's update related to the football program: — Michael V. Drake (@OSUPrezDrake) is a post from:
August 18, 2018
According to a new rumor, director Alfonso Cuarón met with Warner Bros. several months ago to discuss the possibility of directing a DC movie - but it didn't work out. The DC Extended Universe is currently going through a bit of a quiet phase, with more than a year's gap between last year's e and this year's , which is out in December. However, there seems to be a lot going on behind the scenes, and next year will see the release of three DC movies: , , and .It's been hard to keep track of exactly which DC movies Warner Bros. has in store for 2020 and beyond, since there are a lot of projects in development, and much of what we've heard about them is unofficial. However, one of the biggest questions that has emerged since Zack Snyder (the original visionary force behind the DCEU) backed off from the franchise is which directors Warner Bros. will bring in next.Related: According to Editor-in-Chief Mario-Francisco Robles, one talent that Warner Bros. met with this year was Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. Cuarón was the writer/director of character-driven dramas Gravity and Children of Men, but is also familiar with working within a major family-oriented franchise, as he directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakan (which is widely considered to be the best of the eight Harry Potter films). Needless to say, this tidbit is pretty interesting.Of course, it's not out of the question that Cuarón could eventually direct a DC movie down the line, since we don't know the reason for the talks falling through. Perhaps Cuarón had another project that he was more interested in, or perhaps Warner Bros. decided he just wasn't right for the movie they had in mind.With a cinematic universe and various spinoff projects to grow, Warner Bros. appears to be actively on a talent hunt for directors. The studio is also reportedly interested in , who was recently over some offensive jokes posted on Twitter several years ago. From the start, DC Films has been described as having a , and while the heavy reshoots for Justice League and have invited skepticism about that claim, Warner Bros. certainly has a golden opportunity to recruit a diverse group of directors who have a strong vision for superheroes. Who knows, perhaps one day Cuarón could be one of them.More: Source:
August 18, 2018
Teyana Taylor says she’s sick and tired of being “extremely mistreated” by Jeremih, so she announced Wednesday (Aug. 16) that she had pulled out of their co-headlining “Later That Night Tour,” which only kicked off two weeks ago on August 3rd.“I’ve been extremely mistreated on this tour so on that note I will NO longer continue to stay on the #LaterThatNightTour because if I do [I’m gonna] end up knocking this n***a out,” she tweeted. “I’m sorry to all who has already purchased tickets to see me I will make sure everyone gets refunded!”I’ve been extremely mistreated on this tour so on that note i will NO longer continue to stay on the because if I do ima end up knocking this nigga out. I’m sorry to all who has already purchased tickets to see me I will make sure everyone gets refunded! ??— TEYANA M.J. SHUMPERT (@TEYANATAYLOR) Teyana didn’t mince words either as she explained why she couldn’t go on with the tour, tweeting directly at Jeremih: “Lazy, sneaky, jealous, conniving, [selfish], lame ass n—a! Don’t ever try to play me Petunia! They come to see me then 80% of the room leave after MY SET! [I] work my ass off every city, every night! You’ve done nothing this whole tour but act like a DIVA in ya princess chair.” Lazy, sneaky, jealous, conniving, selish, lame ass nigga! Don’t ever try to play me Petunia! They come to see me then 80% of the room leave after MY SET! work my ass off every city, every night! You’ve done nothing this whole tour but act like a DIVA in ya princess chair— TEYANA M.J. SHUMPERT (@TEYANATAYLOR) Teyana went into more detail on her Instagram story, accusing Jeremih of sabotaging her set and thanking her for opening for him while they were in Boston even though they were co-headlining the tour.The next day, in a hilarious plot twist, Taylor tweeted that Jeremih had been “removed” from the tour, an upcoming date in Toronto would be rescheduled, and she would be performing the remaining dates as a solo act and keeping Dani Leigh as her special guest.“#LaterThatNightTour will now be the #KTSEOnAlseVII TOUR,” she wrote on Twitter. “Toronto will be rescheduled for later this week & All other dates will remain the same. I will also keep @DaniLeigh on as my special guest. I promised y’all I would work it out regardless. #womenempowerment #LevelUp” will now be the TOUR. Toronto will be rescheduled for later this week & All other dates will remain the same. I will also keep on as my special guest ?? I promised y’all I would work it out regardless.?? — TEYANA M.J. SHUMPERT (@TEYANATAYLOR) After a fan asked for clarification about whether or not Jeremih was removed, Teyana confirmed: “He’s been removed from the tour.”He’s been removed from the tour.— TEYANA M.J. SHUMPERT (@TEYANATAYLOR) So, basically, homeboy got kicked off his own tour. Dayum.Aside from a , Jeremih remained mum on the beef, but he broke his silence today in an interview with Hot Rod from Power 92 Chicago.He denied Teyana’s allegations of him being a sneaky and conniving person and explained why most of the crowd leaves after Teyana’s set. According to Jeremih, Teyana would ask her fans to go backstage for the meet and greet, which would leave a very thin crowd for him.Jeremih also accused Taylor of exhibiting her own “diva” behavior when she allegedly “got mad over some chicken wings one night.” In the end, Jeremih said it’s “all love” and he has no problems with Teyana.Jeremih followed up with a tweet Friday night (Aug. 17), saying that he holds “no resentment or vengeance in [his] heart” despite him being “extremely pissed about the disrespectful comments and name calling” from Teyana.While I am extremely pissed about the disrespectful comments & name calling that has been made, I hold no resentment or vengeance in my heart. I am more disappointed for OUR fans.. nonetheless I must move forward but I wish Teyana & Dani nothing but the best. ????— Jeremih (@Jeremih) is a post from:
August 18, 2018