Fans of HBO’s hit series have a wealth of special features to look forward to with the season 2 Blu-ray release. While the popular sci-fi/western became infamous back in season 1 for its complex storylines and shocking plot twists, season 2 grew even more complicated when the series scrambled timelines to throw off its viewers. Now that fans know how season 2 ends, many might feel the need to rewatch all of season 2’s episodes with the upcoming Blu-ray release and identify all the plot clues that they didn't pick up on before.Westworld season 2 explored the chaos set loose on the futuristic western theme park by a group of liberated and awakened robot hosts, led by Dolores (played by Evan Rachel Wood). Meanwhile, Maeve (Thandie Newton) took on the task of hunting down her daughter in the park, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) tried to get to the bottom of the park’s destruction, and Ed Harris’ notorious Man in Black was on a mission of his own. Westworld, which was created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, also starred Tessa Thompson, James Marsden, Rodrigo Santoro, Louis Herthum, and Clifton Collins Jr.Related: HBO revealed the Blu-ray details for Westworld season 2 today, which releases on December 4 and also comes in a 4K UHD format. Some of the Blu-ray release’s most exciting special features include a behind-the-scenes look into the creations of Shogun World and The Valley Beyond. Other character-focused special features are: “Bring Yourself Back Online: Reflections on Season 2 – Dolores, Teddy, and Bernard” and “Of Love and Shogun – Maeve, Hector, and Lee." The Blu-ray will also include the mysteriously titled features, “Paved with the Best Intentions: The Evolution of the DELOS Corp.” and “Violent Delights Have Violent Ends."Westworld season 2 included critically acclaimed episodes like episode 4, “The Riddle of the Sphinx”, and the Zahn McClarnon-led episode 8, “Kiksuya." These profound episodes helped Westworld score 21 Emmy nominations this year, including Outstanding Drama Series. After all, the left some viewers in the dark even more so than when the season began.While many fans enjoyed season 2, many others were left irritated, feeling that . Even the show’s leading star, Evan Rachel Wood, has come out since the season 2 finished and said that it was extremely , because they had no idea what was going on either. Nevertheless, Nolan and Joy insist they know precisely and how it will end, meaning that all the confusing plotlines serve some higher purpose – even if fans have no idea what they could mean yet. With all the special features, it seems like there’s no better way to gear up for season 3 will bring than with Westworld season 2's Blu-ray release.More: Source: HBO
July 16, 2018
Timothée Chalamet is in final talks to play Muad'Dib himself, Paul Atreides, in director Denis Villeneuve's big screen take on Frank Herbert's . It further appears the Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker is indeed gearing up to begin shooting his next venture in cerebral science-fiction early next year, as was reported only last week. That suggests Villeneuve's Dune may hit theaters as soon as mid-2020, depending on what Dune movie and TV rights holder Legendary feels would be the best launch frame.Published in 1965, Herbert's Dune novel revolves around the Atreides family as they battle other royal clans for control over Arrakis, a desert planet and natural source for the most valuable item in the galaxy: Spice, a substance that allows for interstellar travel and, if consumed as a drug, offers health benefits (though at the cost of a powerful addiction). The book has spawned multiple sequel and prequel novels over the 53 years since then, in addition to short story collections and comic book adaptations. It was adapted for the big screen by David Lynch in 1984, but Villeneuve has already confirmed .Related: is reporting that Chalamet is in final talks to star in Villeneuve's adaptation as Paul Atreides, the protagonist of Herbert's Dune novel and a key figure throughout the author's original book series (especially the sequels Dune Messiah and Children of Dune). is further reporting that Legendary is planning to get production started on Dune in early 2019. However, it's not clear yet if where Villeneuve shot his Blade Runner sequel, as previously reported.Villeneuve has already confirmed that, if all goes to plan, , if not a trilogy or more. In other words, Chalamet stands to gain his first big-budget franchise role by signing on for the project. He has quickly become an indie film darling thanks to his roles in last year's Lady Bird and, more notably, his Oscar-nominated performance in Call Me By Your Name. Chalamet may even find himself back in the Best Actor race again in 2019, thanks to his role in October's memoir . Chalamet is also set to reunite with Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig for her adaptation later this year.Chalamet's acting career is very much on the up and up, in other words, and a role in Dune should only keep him on that upward trajectory. He's also an exciting pick for Paul Atreides and should help to bring more depth to a character who has sometimes (fairly) been criticized for being a white savior in Herbert's source novel. Villeneuve is as strong a pick as any to adapt the Dune mythology and realize the epic scope of Muad'Dib's journey in that respect, based on his successful deconstruction of the Chosen One trope in Blade Runner 2049 alone.MORE: We will bring you more details on Dune as they become available.Source: ,
July 16, 2018
First Look: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power photos and premiere date DreamWorks Animation Television and today unveiled a first look of the highly-anticipated Netflix original series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, as well as the fall premiere date of November 16. Check out the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power photos in the gallery below! The images reveal several main characters from the upcoming series, including Adora and the titular She-Ra voiced by Aimee Carrero (Elena of Avalor), Glimmer voiced by Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad), Bow voiced by Marcus Scribner (black-ish), and Catra voiced by AJ Michalka (The Goldbergs). Another image reveals Bright Moon Castle, the capital of Etheria and home-base to the Rebellion. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora (Carrero), who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil. From Eisner Award-winning author and executive producer Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona) and executive producer Chuck Austen (Dawn of the Croods, Steven Universe) comes a modern take on the ‘80s girl power icon for a new generation of young fans. Aimee Carrero (Elena of Avalor) stars as Adora/She-Ra, Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) as Glimmer, AJ Michalka (The Goldbergs) as Catra, Marcus Scribner (black-ish) as Bow, Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains) as Angella, Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black) as Shadow Weaver, Keston John (The Good Place) as Hordak, Lauren Ash (Superstore) as Scorpia, Christine Woods (Hello Ladies) as Entrapta, Genesis Rodriguez (Time After Time) as Perfuma, Jordan Fisher (Grease Live!) as Seahawk, Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Mermista, Merit Leighton (Katie and Alexa) as Frosta, Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) as Castaspella, and Krystal Joy Brown (Motown: The Musical) as Netossa. The post appeared first on .
July 16, 2018
James Wan's will feature a young Arthur Curry in flashback sequences. While sparse pieces of information are known about the full plot of the film, . The film will mark the first DC movie universe entry since 2017's Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder.Jason Momoa sparked huge interest in the Aquaman character as far back as Justice League's marketing. Justice League marked the first time fans became fully acquainted with this version of the underwater superhero, and Momoa's performance left a distinctly good impression on devotees to the story. He became a fan favorite, creating greater anticipation for his solo film to arrive. Fans already knew that Aquaman would tell the origin story of Arthur Curry as well as explore the history of his home, Atlantis. But with the origin story also comes an opportunity to visit a younger Arthur Curry.Related: According to 's set visit report for Aquaman, the film will feature flashbacks to Arthur Curry as he is growing up and discovering his abilities. With the film leaning into an origin story structure, fans will be treated to seeing how Aquaman came to be the superhero they saw in Justice League, while also delving deeper into the. Audiences will see Arthur Curry/Aquaman at four different stages of his life.While Momoa's present day Aquaman will lead the bulk of the narrative, there will be points of flashback throughout the film to further highlight the origin element. Of the flashbacks, a major scene is devoted to a young Arthur Curry on a field trip to the Boston Aquarium. While being bullied by a group of students, Curry suddenly notices the fish in the aquarium rallying to his efforts. In this moment, he begins to discover that While Aquaman will likely focus on the to Atlantis to claim his throne, the flashback sequences will give fans the origin story element the film has been building itself around. Wan and his team have created an have seen before. With addition of flashbacks scattered throughout the film, it also gives the DC cinematic universe an opportunity to have another cohesive, standalone feature that has potential to be met with success. As , fans have a new element to look forward to when Aquaman hits theaters.More: Source:
July 16, 2018
Fear the Walking Dead season 4B photos released AMC has released the first new photos , including some behind the scenes shots of the cast, for the upcoming second half of Fear the Walking Dead season 4 over at . You can check out the 4B photos in the gallery below and stand by as the cast, showrunners, and executive producers of the show will also be this week to discuss the remaining episodes of season four. With the ultimate self-sacrifice by Kim Dickens’ Madison Clark in the midseason finale, Fear has lost one of its biggest characters — two this season including the loss of Frank Dillane’s Nick Clark — and the next chapter of the series will find the group attempting to survive in the aftermath. Fear the Walking Dead will return for the second half of season four, consisting of eight episodes, on Sunday, August 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The first half of the season began with one figure, John Dorie, huddled around a campfire and ended with nine. Characters who started their journeys in isolation collided with each other in unexpected ways and found themselves in one of the last places they ever expected to be… together. In the back half of the season, they will explore who they are now — as individuals and as part of the greater group — and how they will forge ahead. They will find themselves pitted against new adversaries — human, walker, and even nature itself. Theirs will be a journey wrought with danger, love, heartbreak, loss, and ultimately, hope. Fear the Walking Dead is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, as well as Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Gale Ann Hurd and Greg Nicotero, and produced by AMC Studios. The series stars Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Garrett Dillahunt, Maggie Grace, and Jenna Elfman. The post appeared first on .
July 16, 2018
Although the name of the movie is , expect Mera to also turn up as a superhero in the movie, and not as Aquawoman. Mera actress Amber Heard has made it clear this is one of the things that made her interested in the role.Aquaman will tell the origin story of Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), a half Atlantean and half human man who reluctantly becomes king of an underwater kingdom. He must face his dual natures, even when surface-dwellers (aka humans) threaten the existence of him and his kind. Meanwhile, Mera is undersea royalty herself, although in the comic books, she eventually marries Arthur and the two rule Atlantis together.Related: That's not to say the Aquaman movie will just relegate Mera to being the future Mrs. Arthur Curry. In an interview with , Heard spoke about what drew her to playing Mera, as well as what fans can expect in her portrayal of the character. She points out that this isn't Aquawoman, but a woman who is strong and independent in her own right."Mera is the definition of a strong, driven, independent woman. Aside from the whole sword and crown comment, what really sold me on this project, I was doing my research and was reading the graphic novels, and in one of the first ones I read, there’s a scene, some natural disaster in open water, a tsunami hits on the land, and of course Aquaman comes in and saves the day and civilians are like, ‘Oh my god, it’s Aquaman!’ And they turn to Mera, who has done equal work in saving this village, and they’re like, ‘Who are you? Are you Aquawoman?’ And she’s like, ‘No, I’m not Aquawoman. I’m Mera, I have my own name.’ And I was like, I like this. I like this woman."Heard also explained how Mera and Arthur don't exactly see eye to eye when they first meet:"They’re constantly going back and forth and they earn this relationship with one another throughout the film as they learn to respect each other, given their vastly different approaches to life. Mera, for instance, unlike Arthur, has a very solid constitution, a strong sense of self, who she is, what her role is, what her position is."Both Aquaman and Mera made their debuts in the DC Extended Universe in Justice League. However, fans only saw a little of Mera, while Aquaman went on to become a full-fledged member of the iconic superhero team. Expect to see a lot more of Mera, though, in the Aquaman solo film, with a character that . Heard believes Mera needed to stay true to who she is in the comics, not just in the way she looks, but also in her personality.At first, Heard was reluctant to step into the shoes of Mera, worrying the character would appear as another "damsel in distress," especially after spending her acting career staying away from those kinds of roles. It was her to reconsider. Snyder explained how Mera was actually a "warrior queen." Apparently, that did the trick, because Heard suited up as Mera for both movies.It's good to know DC is taking its female superheroes as seriously as its male ones - Wonder Woman and Mera are a prime example. Filmmakers could have easily pushed Mera aside into nothing more than a love interest, but it seems that is certainly not the case in the Aquaman movie.More: Source:
July 16, 2018
begins this week in San Diego and we'll be there in full force for live coverage and plenty of video interviews. For those of you attending, there are a few key exclusives, events, and giveaways occurring on the expo floor including something Apes related from Fox that Screen Rant can exclusive debut today...As part of the 50 Years of Planet of the Apes celebration, fans at SDCC can scan their badge at the Fox Booth #4229 for a chance to win an original Ape Curved Bone Blade “Knife” prop used in the production of 2017’s . Complete with its own display case, this one-of-a-kind prop comes with an official Certificate of Authenticity from the 20th Century Fox Archives.Related: Remember: head to the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Booth #4229 on the show floor during SDCC 2018 to scan your badge for a chance to win what's pictured below and to check out Fox's other many exclusives.Description of the Planet of the Apes Trilogy:From green-eyed infant ape to hardened warrior to leader of his kingdom, re-live the spectacular sci-fi adventure that begins when a failed experiment gives a baby chimpanzee human-like intelligence, but also creates a virus that nearly destroys mankind. When Caesar’s ape community is discovered by a small band of humans, both species must battle to survive. Ultimately, after suffering unimaginable losses, Caesar resolves to avenge his kind, pitting him against a human army in an epic showdown that will determine the future of the planet.War for the Planet of the Apes was directed and co-written by Matt Reeves. Mark Bomback co-write the feature which was produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver. Andy Serkis stars alongside Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer, and Terry Notary.More: In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
July 16, 2018
Stranger Things 3 teaser reveals new setting Netflix released the first Stranger Things 3 teaser featuring a brand new setting for the upcoming new season. In the new video, we are introduced to Starcourt, a new mall coming to Hawkins, Indiana. Also, we get to see Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) at his new summer job working at Scoops Ahoy, an ice cream shop in the new mall, where he works alongside Robin (series newcomer Maya Hawke). Make sure you check out the full clip in the player below and let us know what you think. Stranger Things Season 3 also stars Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Dacre Montgomery as Billy, Sadie Sink as Max, Maya Thurman-Hawke as Robin, Jake Busey as Bruce, as Heather, and as Mayor Kline. The series was created by The Duffer Brothers, who also serve as executive producers and directors along with Shawn Levy (who also directs), Dan Cohen and Iain Patterson. Stranger Things is a Netflix production. Stranger Things received 18 Emmy nominations last year (with five wins) and was honored with the 2017 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, as well as the 2017 Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television — Drama from the Producers Guild of America. The post appeared first on .
July 16, 2018
In the nearly fifteen years since it has gone off air, Friends has consistently shown that a series doesn't need to be new to stay relevant and beloved.With new viewers of all ages flocking to the series thanks to Netflix and reruns on countless television stations, as well as long-time fans staying as devoted as ever, the series continues to be discussed more than most sitcoms, both for its good and bad qualities.More than any other television show to date, Friends has been frequently discussed for the relatability of its characters, as they struggle to navigate life, love, and jobs in their twenties and thirties.While they’re hardly a true representation of reality, considering their socioeconomic class and uniform race and culture, viewers nevertheless cling to these characters as beloved icons and inspirations.While the series may have billed itself as a show about friendship, and rightfully so, there’s no way of overlooking the fact that the characters’ ongoing pursuit of love was often far more central a plot than any significant friendship developments.Ten seasons is a long time for a show to try and find each of its core characters their perfect match, so literal hundreds of characters came and went.While a select few relationships were surefire winners, some of them were the very definition of a bad idea from the very beginning.Here are the 15 Couples That Hurt Friends (And 5 That Saved It). 20 Hurt: Joey and UrsulaIt can always make for an awkward situation when friends date each other's relatives.It happens various times over the course of Friends – some of the core group even wind up with each other's siblings, after all – but there were a few instances throughout the series that were worse ideas than others.Perhaps the worst of them all was the brief period of time in which Joey decided to date Phoebe's twin sister, Ursula. Ursula was always a menace, careless and clueless and just shy of constantly cruel, and so to have her become closely wound up within the group led to real tension between Joey and Phoebe, who always had one of the strongest and warmest bonds out of the entire group.19 Hurt: Gavin and RachelSitcoms generally tend to struggle when a character is pregnant and struggle even more so when a newborn baby enters the cast of characters.Unfortunately, Friends is no exception to this fault, and its failure to know how to handle Rachel’s transition from new mother to working mother led to one of the worst developed – albeit thankfully brief – romances the series attempted.When Rachel returns to work after giving birth to Emma, she finds that she has had her job taken over by an arrogant, sexist jerk, Dermot Mulroney’s Gavin Mitchell.Somehow, over the course of a couple episodes, their genuine distaste for one another is forced to turn into romantic attraction – because of course it is – before thankfully, it all fizzles out before it could even truly begin.18 Hurt: Joey and JanineIt’s certainly not a guarantee that all friends are going to like each other’s significant others, and vice versa.However, it can make for some particularly awkward storytelling when a character’s only redeeming factor is their physical appearance, and the show makes no qualms of hiding this fact.Joey is incredibly attracted to his brief roommate, Janine, portrayed by supermodel Elle Macpherson.Janine is never given much of a chance to grow as a character, except for the introduction of the one key flaw that the show could clearly not abide: she hates both Chandler and Monica and refuses to spend any time with them.As this is the show where your friends will always be there for you, there was no way that Janine could stick around.17 Saved: David and PhoebeIt was always going to be quite the difficult task for the show to find someone who would be perfectly suited for Phoebe’s weirdness, but they managed to do just that on two different occasions, with two characters who couldn’t have represented more different approaches.First, there was David, played with zany weirdness by Hank Azaria, a scientist who was romantic and nerdy and just as strange as Phoebe in so many ways.Their relationship really seems like it could have been something grander and longer – and Phoebe herself admits that she would have accepted his marriage proposal, had he been allowed to make it.However, for what their relationship was, and the brevity of its duration, it was clear that he was the first real guy to make an impact on Phoebe, and one that changed her for the better at that.16 Hurt: Gary and PhoebeSomeone who didn’t have such a great influence on Phoebe, however, was her boyfriend Gary.Their first meeting was hardly a preview of better things to come – she had found his police badge and was fraudulently using it to claim that she was a police officer – but somehow, their relationship did go on to become pretty serious in a very short period of time.They became so serious, in fact, that Phoebe even moved in with him… for a single day that would in turn lead to the end of their relationship.Gary’s willingness to shoot a bird for making too much noise too early in the morning clearly wouldn’t jive with Phoebe’s down to earth environmentalist way of life.15 Hurt: Ross and ElizabethIt’s not every day that you find a show that introduces not one, but two horrible relationships at the same time – two relationships that are entirely interconnected at that.However, somehow, Friends managed to pull off this awful feat, when it paired Professor Ross Geller with one of his young undergraduate students, Elizabeth.Her crush on him was played for laughs at first, especially when Ross had been duped into changing another student’s grade because they lied about having a crush on him.However, the humor ended there as the show decided to pair them together romantically for a few episodes, featuring plots that included them flaunting their relationship in front of fellow faculty members (despite university regulations) and Ross struggling to be okay with Elizabeth having a social group consisting of, you know, guys her own age.14 Hurt: Paul and RachelWhile the relationship between Ross and Elizabeth may have reflected an early midlife crisis on Ross’s part, it brought with it a potential midlife crisis of another kind entirely by introducing Elizabeth’s father, Paul.As played by Bruce Willis, Paul was a mess of a character, struggling with emotions and overprotectiveness all while trying to navigate a relationship with the much younger Rachel.All the while, as he himself engaged in this relationship with Rachel, he mostly functioned as a looming threat over the already questionable Ross and Elizabeth relationship.As such, the relationship between Paul and Rachel never once felt entirely believable, even as it climaxed with Paul’s emotional growth and openness at Rachel’s urging.13 Saved: Ross and RachelFor all their ups and downs, and regardless of whether you think they were on a break, it’s impossible to deny that Ross and Rachel were one of the most important love stories the series told in its ten-year run, even if not necessarily the best written.Their relationship hasn’t held up spectacularly over the years, with countless think pieces having been written that debate whether they should have been in a relationship at all to begin with.However, there’s still something inherently sweet about them that you can’t help but root for. Putting all the baggage and drama aside, at the end of the day, the best friend and the best friend’s brother fell in love with each other and created a family.They found their lobsters in each other, choosing each other over everyone else – and even a dream career.Just ignore the entire drama about being on a break, and you’ve got a pretty solid love story.12 Hurt: Ross and JaniceSometimes, it’s clear that a show puts two characters together only because of the drama – or, in this case, cringe-inducing awkwardness – that it will produce.Janice is one of the most iconic characters to come out of the entire series, arguably one of the most important secondary players as well.And so, when a distressed Ross has a one-night stand upon learning his ex is now getting married, who else could he have possibly turned to as part of this night of poor decisions?The reaction of the group of friends to Ross’s choice of partner makes the entire bad idea of a plot entirely worth it. But thankfully, it never goes beyond that one brief blip of bad decisions.11 Hurt: Pete and MonicaMonica didn’t have very many serious relationships, but she was lucky to have at least two very good ones. Her relationship with billionaire Pete Becker, however, was not among the good ones. From the very beginning, it was clear that the relationship was exploitative in nature, as Pete used his money to leverage his way into Monica’s heart, whether she admitted it or not.His pipe dream of becoming an ultimate fighting champion also revealed a level of immaturity that the obsessive, success-driven Monica could never have put up with for very long.So even when Pete tries to win Monica over with grand romantic gesture after gesture, it’s clear that this is a relationship that was never meant to last.10 Hurt: Chandler and JaniceIf a relationship is so bad that you run away to Yemen to avoid breaking up with the person, that pretty much says it all right there, doesn’t it?For better or worse, the relationship between Janice Litman Goralnik and Chandler Bing was one of Chandler’s longest running storylines, even after they had separated. Janice always seemed to know how to show up at just the wrong times and never seemed to really get over Chandler either.But their fundamental lack of compatibility led to countless awkward moments, including the reveal that Chandler’s ostensible best friend, Joey, couldn’t stand her.Just as it was a problem when Joey’s girlfriend hated Chandler, it should have been a sign that Joey hated Janice.Their relationship was never going to work, considering its dubious beginnings, but the series never shied away from playing with it, even long after it should have stopped.9 Saved: Richard and MonicaHard as it may be to admit, on some occasions, it’s pretty easy to see that Richard may have been a better choice for Monica.Despite their age difference, Richard having been best friends with Monica’s father, and their eventual realization that they wanted different things, Richard and Monica had a truly wonderful, loving, supportive relationship. It was Monica’s first real big love story, one that clearly affected her and forced her to reconcile with herself and her own shortcomings and dreams.While the show had plenty of fun mocking their age difference, Monica always was the most mature of the girls, so in many ways, the show is able to get away with it.If they could have stayed in the present forever, their relationship may have continued to be perfect.However, with the future ahead of them, they realized that things just would never work in the long run, no matter how much they wanted them to.8 Hurt: Julie and RossIt’s hard to grow attached to a character who’s only ever used as a love interest, even when a show attempts to grow them beyond that only to fail spectacularly.When Ross returns home from his trip with a new girlfriend in tow, Julie never has a fair chance at being a character on her own: she’s already been defined by her relationship to Ross, and her subversion of the audience expectation and hope that Rachel will be able to tell Ross her feelings for him.So when the show tries to forge a friendship between Julie and Monica, that once again fails because her friendship with Monica is only an issue because of the fact that Rachel – her romantic rival – will not approve.In addition, Ross and Julie never seem to have any real connection, or chemistry, and the show thankfully backs down before investing too much time in them.7 Hurt: Rachel and JoshuaEven characters as smooth and confident as Rachel Green have their days where they just make a mess.We guess that was the point of the awkward flirtation between Rachel and Joshua, the man she met while working at Bloomingdale’s.She finds herself attracted to him and completely humiliates herself time and again going to great lengths to win his affection.It’s entirely out of character for Rachel, who almost always gets what she wants without having to stoop that low.The way in which their relationship – scarcely long enough to merit calling it a relationship – reaches its end also highlights the fact that their connection was, in effect, the series buying time and spinning its wheels.Rachel feels anxious about Ross’s impending wedding to Emily and frightens Joshua off by making him think she wants a more serious, lifelong commitment – all while she’s wearing a wedding dress, because why not?6 Hurt: Rachel and PaoloIf ever there were a relationship in this series that defined the word “superficial,” this would be the one.From the very beginning of his arc, Paolo is a walking stereotype, a living and breathing caricature of a lothario.The girls swoon over him. The men hate him. Rachel falls for him. Ross tries to talk her out of it and urges her to come back to her senses.Then Paolo proves himself to be a pig, making a pass at Phoebe, because having one member of the group isn’t enough when you’re testosterone personified.Rachel and Paolo represent one of the many poorly conceived relationships the show only ever used as an obstacle for Ross and Rachel.While there’s certainly nothing wrong with putting roadblocks in the way, it wouldn’t hurt to put a little more effort into the characters either.5 Saved: Mike and PhoebeFrom the moment they meet, in perhaps the most “meet cute” moment of the series, it’s clear that Mike and Phoebe have the potential to be something important.They make each other laugh, encourage each other, and help each other to grow through fears of commitment and intimacy.Mike even rejects his own pompous family because of his love of Phoebe, aligning himself with the woman he knows he can’t be without regardless of what his family believes.When Phoebe changes her name to the ridiculous Princess Consuela Banana Hammock, Mike follows right along by changing his own name to Crap Bag.He knows how to indulge her, but bring her back to the real world, too. They balance each other perfectly, and while their relationship could have used a little more air time to develop, there’s no denying that they’re made for each other.4 Hurt: Chandler and KathySome of the most uncomfortable moments of the entire series come when two central characters are at odds with one another due to any kind of reason.In this case, the fiction that Kathy creates between best pals and roommates Joey and Chandler makes her character instantly infamous. Chandler falls for his best friend’s girlfriend, which is bad enough, but she falls for him, too.As if that weren’t enough, they indulge themselves with a kiss, something that Joey learns about and has a hard time forgiving Chandler for.As though that ordeal wasn’t already enough to guarantee their relationship wouldn’t ever get off on the right path, they eventually break up due to Kathy, once again, cheating.Just as she cheated on Joey to get with Chandler, she cheats on Chandler with her costar in a play, something Chandler himself had long suspected.3 Hurt: Joey and RachelTo be fair, the plot during which Joey realizes he’s in love with a very pregnant Rachel is one of the most touching things the show ever did.A man who is always superficial, judgmental, and self-interested suddenly finds himself dealing with love for one of his good friends, regardless of her current pregnant state.However, all of the warm and fuzzy feelings that plot creates are undone by the series’ second attempt at making Joey and Rachel a thing.After Joey views Ross kissing his own ex-girlfriend, he goes after Rachel out of spite – the best foundation for all relationships in television.Their attempt at a relationship never goes much beyond a few kisses, as they realize that they just don’t feel right together.However, unfortunately for viewers everywhere, it took a handful of episodes late in the series to figure that out.2 Hurt: Ross and EmilySome of the relationships on Friends, unfortunately, portray fairly toxic stereotypes and character traits. Ross is incredibly jealous, and Joey can be a misogynistic, and more.However, it’s in the relationship between Ross and Emily – and their bizarre choice to get married after knowing each other for so little time – that leads to the most chilling portrayal of an abusive relationship the series ever had.The moment in which Ross says Rachel’s name during their wedding ceremony is one of the most iconic moments in the entire series.However, it also sets off a side of Emily that had only been hinted at until that moment.From then onward, Emily displays controlling, manipulative tendencies, telling Ross that she will only be with him if she cuts Rachel out entirely and if she can know where he is and who he’s with every second of the day.1 Saved: Chandler and MonicaSometimes, the best love stories are the ones you never see coming.Knowing as we know now that Chandler and Monica’s relationship had never been part of the game plan, it’s always fun to watch the earlier seasons and see how things naturally develop on their own.When two characters are naturally made for each other, it sometimes doesn’t matter what their original intentions may have been. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.And that’s just the way it was for the hopelessly awkward Chandler Bing and the obsessive perfectionist Monica Geller.When they finally came together in a moment of loneliness in London, it was clear that it was the beginning of something special.Fast forward to all those years later, when they get married, and eventually begin a family of their own, and it’s impossible to imagine a version of Friends in which these two never found their way to each other.---Who do you think are the best and worst of the Friends couples? Let us know in the comments!
July 16, 2018
Michael Myers is ready to launch his next night of terror in a new still from Blumhouse’s . This latest Halloween will untangle itself from the twisted continuity of previous sequels by ignoring everything but John Carpenter’s original. The movie will also shed the somewhat controversial revelation that (Jamie Lee Curtis) are actually siblings, which was introduced in 1981’s Halloween II and carried over to , including Rob Zombie's remakes.Hitting the also allows Laurie to return to face Michael again, as the character previously died in 2002’s much-maligned Halloween: Resurrection. This new entry will be set 40 years on from the events of Halloween, with Michael breaking out of an asylum and launching a fresh killing spree in Haddonfield. His target is Laurie, who has been preparing herself for decades for his inevitable reappearance. Laurie must also protect her daughter and granddaughter from Michael’s bloody night of vengeance.Related: The role of Michael in the new movie between Nick Castle, who portrayed the character in the 1978 movie, and James Jude Courtney. While Michael will be over the age of 60 in the new sequel, that doesn’t make him any less dangerous, which can be seen in a brand new still image from .Halloween will be a real reunion for the key crew behind the first movie, including Curtis, Castle and series creator . Carpenter never intended for Halloween to become a franchise, and he made sure to kill Michael for good at the end of Halloween II by burning him to a crisp. He tried to turn the series into an annual anthology with 1982’s Halloween III: Season Of The Witch, with the holiday itself being the uniting theme. The third movie’s lukewarm box office and fan anger over the lack of saw the character resurrected for Halloween IV, and Carpenter exited the series.Blumhouse wanted to make 2018 an event, however, and made it their mission to bring back the series creator. Carpenter was impressed enough with director David Gordon Green and co-writer script to sign on. In addition to being creatively hands-on he’ll also provide a brand new score for the project, like he did with the first three movies and most of his other directorial output.More: Source:
July 16, 2018
First photo of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown debuts Ahead of the new season, and fresh off of , has released the first official photo from season 3 of The Crown, offering a first look at Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II. Colman steps into the role played by Claire Foy in the first two seasons of the series, now playing an older version of the Queen in the series. Check out the full photo in the gallery below! “I am so thrilled to be part of The Crown,” Colman . “I was utterly gripped watching it, proper ‘Just one more’ feeling. I think Clarie Foy is an absolute genius, she’s an incredibly hard act to follow, I’m basically going to rewatch every episode and copy her!” Joining Colman in the new seasons will be Tobias Menzies as her husband Pricne Philip and Erin Doherty (Call the Midwife) as Princess Anne. The Crown, a Netflix original series, tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, as the fragile social order established after the Second World War breaks apart. Based on the award-winning play, “The Audience,” the series reunites creator/writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s. The Crown continues to chronicle the major political and global events that have defined and shaped the second half of the twentieth century – a series that is unprecedented in its scale, ambition and creative vision. Season three of The Crown is set to debut on Netflix in 2019 and has already been renewed for a fourth season. The post appeared first on .
July 16, 2018
Amazon Pre-Prime Day Blu-ray deals! Amazon’s highly anticipated annual shopping event, Prime Day will start on July 16 at 12pm PT/3pm ET and will run through July 17. Bigger than ever, Prime Day (and a half) will extend from 30 hours in 2017 to 36 hours in 2018, with more than one million deals exclusively for Prime members around the world! This year, Prime Day will also feature double the deals on Amazon devices—and the biggest deals yet on Alexa-enabled products like Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets, in addition to new categories from home security to Echo devices with screens. Not a member yet? Anyone can join Prime or start a 30-day free trial at to participate in Prime Day. At we’ll be cataloging the best deals for movie and television blu-rays, DVDs, 4K, and box sets as they go live across the service so be sure to check back here as we’ll frequently be updating the list! Before the real fun even gets started though there are plenty of Pre-Prime Day Deals for 4K and digital releases which we’ve collected below! Prime Day Blu-ray Deals Coming Soon Prime Day DVD Deals Coming Soon Pre-Prime Day Digital Movie Deals Pre-Prime Day 4K Movie Deals including (lower than $16.66 priced titled marked): Prime was designed to make your life better every single day. Over 100 million paid members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime, including shopping and entertainment. In the U.S. that includes unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video; unlimited access to Prime Music, Audible Channels for Prime, Prime Reading, Prime Photos, Twitch Prime; early access to select Lightning Deals, one free pre-released book a month with Amazon First Reads, and more. Prime members can also get deep discounts on select best-selling foods at Whole Foods Market plus an additional 10 percent off hundreds of sale items. Prime was built on the foundation of unlimited fast, free shipping and members receive Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 8,000 cities and towns, two-hour delivery with Prime Now in more than 30 major cities and unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. The post appeared first on .
July 16, 2018
Edward Norton voices his frustrations with Marvel Studios over script. While Marvel Studios is typically viewed favorably for their string of hits, they experienced plenty of growing pains early on. One of the greatest examples came with The Incredible Hulk. The movie featured Norton in the leading role of Bruce Banner and was directed by Louis Leterrier. It hit theaters just over a month after kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, it wasn't an easy road to get to the release.Norton agreed to take on the film after meeting with Leterrier and only once Marvel agreed to let him rewrite the script Zak Penn had constructed. That rewrite came shortly before filming began, but once editing began, the film continued to remove most of the scenes that Norton specifically vied for. Ten years later, and Norton's still taking shots at Marvel for it.Related: Norton was one of the many roasters at the Bruce Willis roast this past weekend and used the stage to call out Marvel for what he feels was a bad script for The Incredible Hulk. As shared by THR's , Norton addressed his difficult behavior throughout the production process by saying, "I wanted a better script."The script was and always has been at the center of the disconnect between Norton and Marvel. It is understandable why Norton would be upset over the process considering what he was supposedly promised - lots of creative freedom and input. Making matters only worse was when, after letting Norton and Leterrier shoot these scenes, Marvel wound up cutting most of them from the film. Based on the final product, the WGA did not award Norton writing credit on the film as Penn's overall story largely remained intact, while Norton mainly just changed dialogue.The frustrating experience for Norton and Marvel concluded with them parting ways after just a single movie. Mark Ruffalo took over as Bruce Banner in in 2012 and has remained in the role for the last six years. Since that time, Ruffalo has appeared in four MCU movies overall and has become a major proponent in furthering performance capture technology. Norton, on the other hand, has largely stayed away from franchise films (with The Bourne Legacy being the lone exception), focusing on smaller independent movies and several Wes Anderson projects. There's clearly still some bad blood with Marvel on Norton's side, but since a Norton Cut of The Incredible Hulk isn't ever coming, it'd be best for all parties involved to just move on.More: Source:
July 15, 2018
producer Jose Molina increased doubts that the beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series will return anytime soon. The series ended its run on ABC after two seasons a few years ago. It brought back costars Hayley Atwell as Strategic Scientific Reserve agent Peggy Carter and Dominic Cooper as young Howard Stark. Episodes showed Carter's attempts to both combat the evil organization Hydra and to manage as a capable woman in a society that did not take her contributions seriously.The show built up a loyal fanbase and earned critical acclaim, but ABC cancelled it when viewership failed to meet expectations. Regardless, hope has remained among both viewers and the cast and crew for a comeback for the series. And it's especially encouraging in light of reports that of Agent Carter's companion series, ., this week. Unfortunately, one of the show's producers dashes hopes of the series returning on one particular streaming service.Related: In an interview with , Molina says a Netflix revival for Agent Carter wouldn't work. While Netflix does host its own branch of the MCU - and has revived other series before, like - Molina says this series wouldn't be a good fit. But he adds that everyone involved would be on board to make more episodes if they got the go-ahead."It would be lovely to think that Netflix (home to so many awesome Marvel shows) would pick it up, but their shows all share a common universe and timeline that Carter doesn’t share. Creatively, these shows tend to be very dark, and Agent Carter just doesn’t have dark and brooding in its DNA."The concern about the common timeline and themes of the Netflix MCU is valid. Those series, which include and , are all considerably more violent and brooding than their counterparts on ABC. But the "common timeline" issue seems a bit misguided. Agent Carter and S.H.I.E.L.D. ran on the same network for two years despite taking place 70 years apart. Furthermore, every show is meant to take place within the MCU, but even Agent Carter's producer doesn't believe that to be the case, at least on a larger scale.A third season would have presumably taken Agent Carter closer to converting the SSR into its modern incarnation of SHIELD. It also could have resolved the season-ending cliffhanger that had SSR agent Jack Thompson gunned down. The opportunity also existed to make more tie-ins to the films in the MCU. It's known from the first that Hank Pym has a history with the organization. So Agent Carter could have brought in a young version of the character to work alongside - or against - Stark. Molina isn't necessarily ruling out a return of the series - fan interest is definitely there - but he is still looking for a proper network to resurrect it, and he doesn't think Netflix is it.More: Source:
July 15, 2018