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House of Cards Season 6: New Cast & Character Recap Guide

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There’s a new President in charge in House of Cards season 6, which sees former lead Kevin Spacey excised from the picture and a new cast of characters enter to cause problems for Claire Underwood. The Netflix series faced a difficult situation when Spacey faced multiple accusations of sexual assault, and the decision was made to write Frank Underwood out of the show entirely. When House of Cards season 6 begins, Frank is already dead and buried – but Claire still has to deal with the fallout of his many crimes.Because of the extra-long stretch of time between seasons, and the complex network of grudges and agendas bubbling under the surface of House of Cards season 6, you may have lost track of which characters we’ve met before, and which characters are new this season. To that end, here’s a handy guide to the new and returning cast.Related: How House of Cards Season 6 Kills Frank UnderwoodRobin Wright as Claire Underwood Replaces Kevin SpaceyThe transition from a show with Spacey as the lead to a show that doesn’t have Spacey in it at all was made easier by the fact that, at the end of House of Cards season 5, Claire had already become President and had turned her back on her husband – defeating him, if only temporarily. That temporary defeat becomes more permanent with the death of Frank Underwood, though from the very start of House of Cards season 6 Claire finds herself haunted by the memories of her husband, and forced to deal with secrets that could bring the house of cards tumbling down.Returning House of Cards Cast In Season 6Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper – Frank Underwood’s White House Chief of Staff took the fall for Frank’s crimes at the end of season 5, and at the start of season 6 is locked up in a psychiatric facility, having taken an insanity plea.Campbell Scott as Mark Usher – Formerly the campaign manager for Frank’s Republican opponent, Will Conway, Mark is now Claire Underwood’s Vice President… though that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s her ally.Derek Cecil as Seth Grayson – Frank’s one-time Director of Communications is now working for the Shepherd family, who are plotting to undermine Claire’s presidency.Jeremy Holm as Nathan Green – The Deputy Director of the FBI, who isn’t afraid to get his hands a little dirty (or threaten to step on a guinea pig) in order to achieve his goals.Jayne Atkinson as Cathy Durant – The Secretary of State, whom Frank Underwood pushed down some stairs in an effort to keep her from testifying against him.Patricia Clarkson as Jane Davis – The (deep breath) Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade of the United States, who was a useful asset for the Underwoods in season 5.Constance Zimmer as Janine Skorsky – A journalist and one-time White House Correspondent for The Washington Herald, who now works for online media company Slugline. Janine was last seen in season 4.Boris McGiver as Tom Hammerschmidt – The former Editor-in-Chief of The Washington Herald, and now a freelance investigative journalist. Tom believes that Frank Underwood killed Zoe Barnes and Peter Russo, but has thus far been unable to prove it.Sakina Jaffrey as Linda Vasquez – President Garrett Walker’s sharp-minded Chief of Staff, who was maneuvered into being forced to resign by Frank Underwood in season 2.Lars Mikkelsen as Viktor Petrov – The President of Russia. Petrov is a cold and calculating man and a rather transparent analog for real-life Russian President Vladimir Putin.New House of Cards Cast in Season 6The major new additions in House of Cards season 6 are Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear as Annette and Bill Shepherd, wealthy and powerful siblings who have known Claire since childhood. While Claire has a veneer of friendship with Annette, the Shepherds are actually the new antagonists of this season – smiling and shaking hands with Claire in public, while at the same time using chilling tactics to try and force her to kiss the ring. Another key figure in the Shepherd family is Annette’s son, Duncan Shepherd, played by new addition Cody Fern.Another cast addition is Athena Karkanis as Melody Cruz, a Conservative talking head who is in league with the Shepherds, and uses her platform to attack the new President Underwood. Chip Zien also joins the cast as Dr. Charles Rosen, Doug Stamper’s psychiatrist at the facility where he’s being held, and Linda Powell plays Marcy Siegerson, the Deputy Director of the CIA.More: How Kevin Spacey’s Firing Changed House of Cards’ Final Season


EXCLUSIVE: All Marvel Netflix Shows Have Been Losing Viewers For Years

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The Marvel Netflix shows have been dropping sharply in popularity according to new viewership data provided exclusively to Screen Rant. This certainly explains the surprising, high-profile cancellation of Iron Fist and Luke Cage – in the case of Iron Fist, just a month after the release of season 2.Netflix has always been reluctant to provide viewing figures for its series. “Once we give a number for a show,” Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos explained to the New York Times in 2016, “then every show will be benchmarked off of that show even though they were built sometimes for very specific audiences.” But that means viewers struggle to understand the rationale behind the streaming giant’s business decisions, and cancellations become shocking and surprising.Related: Why Netflix Cancelled Iron Fist (Despite An Improved Season 2)Given the absence of solid data, analytics firms have stepped in to fill the gap in our knowledge. Screen Rant has spoken exclusively to Jumpshot, a San Francisco-based analytics company. Their anonymized global panel tracks five billion actions a day across 100 million devices to deliver insights into online consumer behavior. To compile the data on Netflix Originals, it looked at the viewing behavior and activity of the company’s US members. While this data has limitations – it’s US-specific and based on clicks rather than explicit viewing habits – it nevertheless gives us our best look yet at just what’s going on with the Marvel series.This Page: Marvel Netflix Shows Have Been Losing Viewers Since Daredevil Season 2Page 2: The Big Drops For Luke Cage, Iron Fist and DaredevilPage 3: Why Marvel Netflix Shows Are Losing ViewersMarvel Netflix Shows Have Been Losing Viewers Since Daredevil Season 2Jumpshot began monitoring Netflix viewing habits in 2016, and for the purpose of this analysis they’ve created an index to show the relative number of viewers against Daredevil season 2. As seen in the above graph, there’s a disturbingly clear downward trend; bar two notable examples, every season got substantially less than the one before, to the point that Iron Fist season 2 came it at just a quarter of Daredevil season 2.While it’s not unusual to see that kind of pattern with a long-running show, it’s far more surprising to see it clearly running through multiple different series. It suggests that audiences are interacting with the Marvel Netflix brand as a single entity, rather than dipping in and out of the different series. And that’s a huge problem for Netflix.It’s important to understand that Sarandos wasn’t lying when he seemed to hint viewing figures don’t mean as much to Netflix as they do to other companies. Netflix is a data-driven company, and the secret to their success lies in algorithms. A sophisticated algorithm divides viewers into roughly 2,000 “taste communities,” with each person part of three or four of them. The more shows a person watches, the more the algorithm understands which taste communities they’re part of, and the more it tailors Netflix’s recommendations to their individual interests. So long as each Marvel Netflix series retains its own discrete audience, then they’re still a good investment for Netflix. However, if viewers really are interacting with Marvel as a brand rather than with the individual shows, then they lose value for the streaming giant; they may no longer be appealing to those diverse taste communities.Related: What Luke Cage & Iron Fist Seasons 3 Would Have Been AboutIn the end, should the trend continue, there will come a time where only the hardcore Marvel fans are tuning in; given Netflix will lose the bulk of its Marvel content to the Disney streaming service, that will probably be the point of no return for the Marvel/Netflix partnership.Punisher and Daredevil Season 3 Are The Only Shows To Improve On The TrendOnly two shows seem able to resist the downward trend; The Punisher and Daredevil season 3. While neither season came close to matching Daredevil season 2 where the pair were last seen, they both saw increased viewership compared to the shows that came before.Unsurprisingly, these are the strongest individual brands in the Marvel Netflix range; Daredevil is a popular character who’s even been star of a movie before, and his series has a level of brand recognition that Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist frankly don’t. Season 3’s first-week performance is gratifying, and hopefully strong word-of-mouth will bolster it. A fourth season may well be a smart move.The Punisher, meanwhile, has often been described as a cultural phenomenon. “The Punisher is perhaps the most ubiquitous comic character, worldwide,” comic book writer Nathan Edmondson told ComicVine when discussing his Punisher run. “Soldiers wear him on their uniforms who haven’t read a comic in their lives; sex toys are nicknamed for him, racecars and wrestlers take on the skull or namesake, despite having little awareness of the actual comic.” Unfortunately, though, it’s possible to overstate the strength of The Punisher brand on Netflix; the series may simply have experienced a first season “bounce.” The extra viewers didn’t stick around for Jessica Jones season 2, which returned to the trend, but will they return when the second season of The Punisher streams next year? The answer may well dictate whether or not Netflix move to signing off spinoffs like Daughters of the Dragon or Heroes for Hire.Page 2 of 3: The Big Drops For Luke Cage, Iron Fist and DaredevilDaredevil Season 3 Got Half Of Season 2 In First Week (And Less Than Jessica Jones Season 2)Jumpshot’s data indicates that the Marvel Netflix shows – and, indeed, probably all Netflix Originals – follow a fairly predictable pattern in terms of overall performance; the bulk of their viewers tune in for the opening week, and views subsequently drop, until they reach a basic “background level.” Jumpshot has provided another index indicating how the different Marvel Netflix series performed in their first weeks, again compared to Daredevil season 2. Here’s how they look:Daredevil season 2: 100Luke Cage season 1: 92Iron Fist season 1: 80The Punisher season 1: 70The Defenders: 61Jessica Jones season 2: 53Daredevil season 3: 43Luke Cage season 2: 38Iron Fist season 2: 29Related: When Are Marvel’s Other Netflix Shows Returning?The exact figures give a sense of scale to the diminishing views. In the case of Daredevil season 3, they show just how significant an outlier this really is when compared to the overall trend. Following the drop, you’d have expected the show to score just 20 on the index, with only one-fifth of viewers sticking around for season 3. Instead, it scored 43, strongly suggesting that the Daredevil brand stands apart from the rest of the Marvel Netflix series.At the same time, though, this isn’t all good news for Daredevil. After all, the figures do still show a significant reduction in viewers; less than half the people who watched season 2 have tuned in for the third season. If this particular brand really is more distinct, separate from the other Marvel Netflix series, then it’s possible the two-year wait between seasons has sapped general interest. Hopefully, strong word of mouth will ensure it takes a while for Daredevil season 3 to fall to background levels of viewership.Read More: Daredevil Season 3 Lost 57% Of Season 2 Viewership In First WeekIron Fist & Luke Cage Seasons Were A Third of Their First SeasonsIncredibly, according to Jumpshot both Iron Fist and Luke Cage lost roughly two-thirds of their viewers between their first and second seasons. Compared to their first seasons, Luke Cage lost 59 percent of its viewers, while Iron Fist lost 64 percent. As Jumpshot’s chart shows, Iron Fist season 2 dropped back to background levels of views within just a few weeks. Marvel fans were surprised when Netflix canceled Iron Fist just a month after the second season’s release, but these viewing patterns certainly explain the decision.Read More: Iron Fist & Luke Cage Cancellation Reason Revealed By Netflix Viewer DataThe stats make the debate over Luke Cage’s cancellation rather more interesting. There have been strong rumors that Netflix wanted to renew that series, but that there were the dreaded “creative differences” between Marvel and the streaming giant. The original deal was for a 13-episode series, but it’s reported that Netflix wanted to cut the series down to 10 episodes – probably due to costs. Production of these Marvel Netflix shows isn’t cheap, after all, and as a result Deadline claim that “there has been pressure on [Luke Cage] to overperform in viewership.” With Marvel and Netflix unable to reach an agreement, the viewing figures just weren’t there to save Luke Cage.Page 3 of 3: Why Marvel Netflix Shows Are Losing ViewersNetflix Has Got Too Big For Marvel To Break ThroughWhat is driving the decline of Marvel Netflix? Part of the problem, strangely enough, is likely the streaming giant’s increasing focus on original content. In 2017, Netflix spent $6 billion on original content; for 2018, it planned to spend $8 billion. The streaming service also intended to release 80 original films this year, and a staggering 700 TV shows. No less than 60 different Netflix Originals premiered in October, ranging from Creeped Out to The Haunting of Hill House, from Making A Murderer: Part 2 to The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. When Daredevil season 3 released on October 19, it was competing against 10 other Netflix Original series and three Netflix movies. Netflix is simply getting too big for Marvel to break through.That’s especially the case if, as suggested earlier, the Marvel Netflix shows are increasingly being watched only by Marvel fans. The natural consequence of that would be that Netflix’s algorithms would prioritize other content, original series and films that appeal to the different taste communities. Netflix don’t tend to invest heavily on advertising for their shows, simply trusting to the algorithm to offer viewers something they’re interested in. That may be beginning to damage the Marvel Netflix productions.The Marvel Netflix Series Are Hit-And-MissMeanwhile, it’s also important to note that the quality of the Marvel Netflix shows has varied wildly. Although Daredevil has retained roughly the same quality level, with each season receiving critical and popular acclaim, the same hasn’t been true of the other series. The lowest point was undoubtedly Iron Fist season 1, which was slated by viewers and critics alike. Marvel changed showrunner, and worked hard to redeem the character for a much-improved second season, but it seems it was too late.A related issue, one that perhaps encourages audiences to interact with the Marvel shows as a single brand rather than as individual series, is the fact that they all share the same problems. Even the first season of Daredevil was criticized for its poor pacing, but the same complaints are still being made three years later. Every series needs to find its own balance, shaped by the kind of story it wants to tell, the genre it operates in, and the character dynamics in play. Without exception, the Marvel series have been criticized for failing to get the pacing right. There were finally signs of improvement with Iron Fist season 2 and Daredevil season 3, but again it seems to have been too late. After all, realistically it shouldn’t take Marvel between 10 and 12 seasons to adjust their formula in response to common complaints.Related: Daredevil Season 3’s Ending ExplainedThere’s Too Much Marvel Netflix, So People Give UpThere’s one final variable; the fact that Marvel is producing so much content on the streaming service. When the partnership between Marvel and Netflix began in 2015, they released only two shows a year. Last year, there were three; this year, there have been four. There hasn’t even been much of a gap, either; Iron Fist season 2 came out on September 7, Daredevil season 3 on October 19.Back in 2015, when a Marvel series dropped on Netflix it was an event. Now, it’s par for the course. This immediately means that the problems and issues with the various Marvel shows will become increasingly evident to audiences, and Marvel will be unable to correct. And, as in any medium, you can reach a saturation point when audiences have too much of the same thing. With four Marvel Netflix series releasing in 2018, how do viewers choose which one to prioritize? All four shows felt as though they mattered, as though they were equally important to their characters’ worlds.-While the data provided by Jumpshot has its limitations, it’s tremendously valuable in letting us get a glimpse of what’s going on behind the curtain. Netflix’s recent decisions – the cancellation of first Iron Fist, and then Luke Cage – suddenly make a lot more sense.But what will the future hold for the Marvel Netflix world? The Punisher season 2 has already wrapped up production, and Jessica Jones season 2 is still filming, so those will presumably drop in 2019. The first season of The Punisher was an outlier from the trend, performing surprisingly well, and Netflix will be watching the season 2 viewing figures carefully. Meanwhile, the fact that Daredevil season 3 is another outlier indicates the Man Without Fear may well still hold a powerful appeal.More: What To Expect In Daredevil Season 4


Bohemian Rhapsody's True Story: Everything The Inaccurate Queen Movie Changed

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Bohemian Rhapsody charts the true story of Freddie Mercury and Queen’s rise to fame and fortune. However, the film isn’t entirely accurate in its retelling of the band’s history.Aside from Freddie’s witty barbs – and some sarcastic interplay between the band – Bohemian Rhapsody takes its subjects rather seriously. Starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and Gwilym Lee as Brian May, the movie shows Queen crafting their iconic hits and their eventual triumph at 1985’s Live Aid concert. Yet Queen aficionados are sure to notice that timelines have been tampered with and that occasionally some details don’t add up.Related: Every Queen Song In Bohemian RhapsodyThis is to be expected somewhat. From Argo to BlacKkKlansman, Hollywood has a long track record of sensationalizing real events for big screen biopics. Yet this isn’t always done to heighten the fictionalized dramatic stakes. Some milestones have to be condensed to fit into that two-hour time frame, or they can’t be portrayed due to rights or permissions being withheld.In the case of Bohemian Rhapsody, several events are rearranged to create a potent dramatic effect. This approach is most notable towards the end of the film, as the Live Aid concert looms. As many reviews have noted, the result is an occasionally spectacular – if sanitized – celebration of Queen’s history, which shows off the band at their very best.This Page: Bohemian Rhapsody Changed Queen & Freddie Mercury’s BackgroundPage 2: Bohemian Rhapsody Invents Fake Queen DramaPage 3: Bohemian Rhapsody’s Ending & Reframing Freddie Mercury’s DeathBohemian Rhapsody Changes Almost Everything About Queen’s FormationBohemian Rhapsody’s first act details how Queen emerged from their humble beginnings and crafted some of rock music’s most popular songs. It is true that these eclectic personalities –  a dentist, astrophysicist, electrical engineer and Parsi immigrant – came to form Queen. But Bohemian Rhapsody does switch up the way in which they all met up.Following a glimpse at Queen’s Live Aid glory, Bohemian Rhapsody flashes back to Freddie Mercury’s days as a college student and baggage handler at Heathrow Airport. Soon after, the young and shy Farrokh Bulsara heads out to watch the band Smile perform. When bassist Tim Staffell quits at the end of the show, Bulsara plucks up the courage and meets with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. He soon impresses them with his talent, and Freddie is readily accepted as their new lead vocalist.Far from being that shy youth onscreen, Freddie was always “supremely confident,” according to Brian May. According to several sources, it seems that the young Freddie Mercury always believed that he was always going to be a star. Indeed, he’d already been part of a group called Ibex, prior to his partnering with Queen. Plus, he was not unknown to the band at that point; Freddie shared a flat with May, Taylor and Staffell for a time, and they even joined Freddie and Ibex for their encore in Liverpool, in 1969. As such, Freddie’s replacing of Staffell was not as spontaneous at the movie suggests.Bohemian Rhapsody Cuts Much Of Mary Austin Out Of Freddie’s LifeThat first Smile gig is a somewhat fateful evening for Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Prior to joining the band that will become Queen, young Freddie also bumps into a young Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) with whom he immediately connects with. Soon after Freddie visits her in Biba, the shop where she works, and their connection evolves from there.Freddie and Mary Austin’s long and abiding love for each other is portrayed in a generally faithful manner in Bohemian Rhapsody. However, their movie counterparts experience things a little differently than reality. In fact, Brian May revealed (via Yahoo) that he’d been dating Austin before Freddie first met her in the shop. After she caught his eye, Freddie sought May’s permission before asking her out, and she only began to follow Smile (soon to be Queen) later on.Its similarly true that Freddie proposed to her, and that they remained close during their relationships with other people and throughout the entirety of Queen’s ascension. In real life, she even served as his personal assistant for a time. Moreover, Freddie stated that she was “impossible to replace,” and Mary expressed similar sentiments about Queen’s lead singer to Refinery29: “We’d done it for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health. You could never have let go of Freddie unless he died — and even then it was difficult.”This enduring loving bond slightly contrasts with Bryan Singer’s film, which depicts a rift developing after Freddie’s partying escalates. Given what is known about this unique pair, there’s little evidence to suggest that this was the case.Freddie Mercury’s Sexuality Gets Downplayed In Bohemian RhapsodyQueen might be known as legends for their music, but Freddie Mercury was also known for his partying, and his substantial sexual appetite. Yet Bohemian Rhapsody refuses to showcase this, aside from the occasional glimpse of white powder and the odd scene of Freddie in a club. This is due to producer Graham King (via THR) wanting to keep the film as family-friendly as possible, so that more tickets can be sold to more demographics.It’s an understandable business move. However, for a film about Queen, it’s an odd decision, since sexuality – especially homosexuality – is so key to the essence of the band. Moreover, this line of thought brings us to one of Bohemian Rhapsody’s standout sequences: Freddie’s coming out to Mary. Malek’s Freddie asserts that he thinks he is bisexual. Mary responds by stating that he is gay. On the one hand, Bohemian Rhapsody does win accuracy points for replicating this scene almost word for word. But on the other, by failing to depict Freddie’s hedonism, the film creates other problems for itself.After this scene, Bohemian Rhapsody only depicts Freddie with same-sex partners, such as Paul Prenter (Allen Leech) and Jim Hutton (Aaron McCusker). The movie never challenges Mary’s assertion – both fictional and real – that he was only truly interested in men. It’s a crucial point, because Freddie refused to label himself throughout his life. Certainly, whilst he saw many men after confiding in Mary, there’s plenty of evidence to say that Freddie remained interested in women as well. Indeed, German actress Barbara Valentin was notably one of Mercury’s numerous female lovers.Some may believe that this isn’t such an important point to make. But by not clearly distinguishing his orientation, the film does do Freddie a disservice. Similarly, whilst he was close with his parents, Freddie never came out to them, nor revealed that Jim Hutton was his partner. When asked, Freddie told them that Hutton was his gardener!Page 2 of 3: Bohemian Rhapsody Invents Fake Queen DramaPaul Prenter Was A “Bad Influence” (But Queen Didn’t Really Break Up)Queen, their management, and their loved ones are mostly portrayed as nice, rounded people in Bohemian Rhapsody. The same cannot be said for Paul Prenter, however. Scheming and manipulative, Prenter first appears as their assistant manager, who soon becomes infatuated with Freddie Mercury. He soon begins to control access to Freddie, and convinces the singer to break up Queen so that he can forge a solo career. Bohemian Rhapsody soon shows him isolating an increasingly ill Freddie in Munich, where he takes advantage of the singer’s fame and fortune to host parties. Prenter soon gets his comeuppance though; when Freddie discovers that Paul didn’t tell him about Live Aid, he’s fired.In contrast to many of Bohemian Rhapsody’s other plot points, much of this did seem to happen. Surviving Queen members said that they frequently disagreed with Prenter’s decisions for the band. These included the disco-influenced content their album Hot Space, which is still seen as one of their weaker entries. Due to the way in which he subtly controlled Freddie Mercury, May and Taylor have since referred to him as a nasty, “bad influence”.Even so, Prenter was not the sole focal point of Queen’s ills. Certainly, it transpires that Freddie was not the only member of Queen to travel to Munich. The band accompanied Freddie to Germany, though this was a similarly dark time and place for them as well. Additionally, Prenter’s machinations did not result in Queen’s break up. In fact, Queen didn’t even break up. They amicably decided to decrease their output and focus upon their solo careers.Furthermore, Bohemian Rhapsody changes the grounds for Prenter’s dismissal. Freddie didn’t fire him until 1986, a year after their Live Aid performance. And whilst, as Bohemian Rhapsody shows, Prenter betrays Freddie in a very public fashion, Paul did not divulge his personal details on a TV interview. Instead, he was rewarded handsomely for leaking information to British tabloid The Sun.Mike Myers’ Manager Was Made UpGame of Thrones’ Littlefinger, Aiden Gillen, is a reliable presence in Bohemian Rhapsody. He’s Queen’s supportive manager, John Reid, who steers the band to glory in their early years. Reid subsequently orchestrates and accompanies them on their Stateside tour in the early 1980s.But Paul Prenter has a plan up his sleeve. He informs John that he’s received a large offer for Freddie to go solo, and that he should be the one to discuss it with the star. Knowing full well that Freddie won’t want to be disloyal to his bandmates, he sets John up to fall, and his scheme is rewarded. A furious Freddie ejects John from the car and severs ties with him immediately. Subsequently, Paul swiftly begins to fill the power vacuum.History differs somewhat from Bohemian Rhapsody’s rather dramatic account of their parting. John Reid actually split from Queen in 1977, and it was far from the rage-fuelled split that we see on screen. Queen’s lawyer and manager Jim Beach has been quoted as saying that they always “had a good working relationship with John,” and it appears that Reid and Queen parted on good terms.By this point in the movie however, John Reid isn’t the first man to manage the unruly rock band. Ray Foster (played by Mike Myers) assumes that role in Queen’s early days. He’s an overbearing executive at the EMI record label, who loves formulas yet hates Bohemian Rhapsody. Several sites have already confirmed that Ray Foster never existed, and that Myers’s character is a composite of various officials who were less than keen on Queen’s titular masterpiece. One of these was Paul Watts, who later recalled:“I was expecting something very special. So when they played me Bohemian Rhapsody, my reaction was, ‘What the fuck’s this? Are you mad?’”As time – and the movie – have shown, driving teenagers would in fact rock out to this timeless tune for years to come.Page 3 of 3: Bohemian Rhapsody’s Ending & Reframing Freddie Mercury’s DeathBohemian Rhapsody Changes The Timeline Of Freddie’s Battle With HIVIn Bohemian Rhapsody, Live Aid is a hugely important time in Freddie’s life. Not only does he start a relationship with Jim Hutton and come out to his parents, he discovers that he has HIV. Freddie soon discloses this to his band-mates, and they decide to give their all in the upcoming concert.Whilst rumors that Freddie was ill were circulating in the tabloids of that year, he wasn’t actually diagnosed with the virus until 1987. Furthermore, he didn’t immediately make Queen aware of his condition. Though they had suspected he was ill, it took Freddie at least two years to inform them, and only went public with the news in November 1991.Additionally, many viewers have assumed that one of Queen’s most soulful hits, “Who Wants To Live Forever”, was written in response to Freddie’s affliction. After all, Bryan Singer chooses to play this song in the moments where Freddie comes to terms with the deadly illness. In actuality, Brian May composed the song for Highlander, a cult film that depicts battling immortal warriors. Moreover, the heartfelt, wistful Queen song plays as the death-defying protagonist, Connor MacLeod, watches his wife succumb to old age. This movie wasn’t released until a year after Live Aid, and a year before Freddie was diagnosed with HIV.Queen Were Legendary At Live Aid – But Didn’t Save ItThe Live Aid section of Bohemian Rhapsody is a scintillating, crowd-pleasing triumph. With Rami Malek channeling the outrageous energy of Queen’s beloved singer, it’s a powerful and visceral way to experience their music. Certainly, given how relations between Freddie and the band had progressed – in the film at least – it appears that it pulled Queen back from the brink.Most of the hype that is bestowed upon Queen’s Live Aid performance in the film is undoubtedly warranted. Their set is still ranked as one of the best live shows of all time. Shortly after they had performed, Elton John even lamented that they had stolen the show. However, it wasn’t quite the last-ditch attempt at unification that it’s made out to be.Sure, Queen was not at their strongest in the run-up to Live Aid. Their output had slowed somewhat, although they continued to tour throughout 1984 and 1985. In turn, they faced a massive backlash for breaking a United Nations-sanctioned boycott and playing gigs in apartheid South Africa. Nevertheless, by the time that Live Aid came around, they were still a functioning musical group.Plus Bohemian Rhapsody shows scenes where no one is donating to the cause until Freddie Mercury took to the mic. Considering that many contemporary superstars (such as David Bowie, Elton John, Paul McCartney and many more) were playing at the event, its highly doubtful that this was the case.  As such, the shots of Bob Geldof (Dermot Murphy) watching in relief and gratitude as the money piles up is a touch of exaggerated artistic licence which rather oversells the moment.What Happened After The End?Bryan Singer’s biopic of Queen closes with lingering shots of Live Aid 1985. Although in real life, this was not the end for Queen. They still continued to make critically acclaimed songs until mere weeks before Freddie passed away in 1991. During that six years, Freddie and Jim Hutton remained together, despite Hutton being diagnosed with HIV as well. Hutton passed away in 2010. Mary Austin still lives in Freddie’s mansion, which he bequeathed to her in his will.But what of the remaining Queen members? Well, as the last title cards revealed, they formed the Mercury Phoenix Trust to tackle AIDS worldwide. Aside from several concerts through the 1990s – which included the Bejart Ballet in Paris in 1997 – John Deacon has since retired from music altogether.Yet that hasn’t stopped Brian May and Roger Taylor from continuing their legacy. Since Deacon quit, they have toured with Paul Rogers as their lead vocalist between 2004 and 2009. When they subsequently parted ways, American singer Adam Lambert was recruited to form Queen + Adam Lambert. The new group is still touring to this day and they have teased that they might record new music together soon.-Musical historians and Queen fans may baulk at Bohemian Rhapsody’s frequent muddling of their song releases, and its occasional deviance’s from their history. Nonetheless, audiences may get a sense of what the band was like in their heyday and be reminded of how heavily Queen have influenced modern music. There’s an argument to be made that Bohemian Rhapsody fails to give its iconic lead singer the attention and depth he deserves. Yet as it stands, you’d be hard pressed to find any movie that exhibits the power of Queen’s marvellous music as well as Bohemian Rhapsody does.Next: The Most Brutal Reviews of Bohemian Rhapsody


The Highest-Grossing Movies Of 2018 (So Far)

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It’s already been a massive year for Hollywood movies, with several astounding record-breakers at the 2018 box office. But which films reign supreme? And which have sneakily made bank? Here are the biggest movies of the year.2018 got off to a great start via the mega success of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, which has earned over $1.3 billion worldwide. Black Panther is now the highest-grossing MCU film to date domestically, and the third-highest worldwide, behind only the first two Avengers films. Will further blockbusters like Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom reach that same level of audience love? One thing’s for certain: there’s a lot of competition to hurdle first.Related: The Biggest Box Office Hits of 2017Before the list proper, an important note. The following list of films and their box office totals are current as of the date listed above. As further 2018 films climb the box office rankings, the list will be updated with new numbers and rankings accordingly. Check back regularly to see where things currently stand.Last updated: November 2, 201815. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again ($393.1 Million)Releasing in summer 2008, Mamma Mia! was a surprise box office smash, earning over $600 million worldwide on a budget of only $52 million. A decade later, musical sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is also performing quite well, although not to the level of the first film. After a month and a half in theaters, the sequel has earned $377.4 million worldwide, on a higher budget of $75 million. Still, that’s a huge return on investment for Universal.14. Rampage ($426.3 Million)Despite not-so-good reviews – 50% on RT – Rampage proved that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson truly has the star power to successfully open just about any film. Made for $120 million, Rampage has smashed its way to over $400 million worldwide. While it might not be considered a truly massive hit, it should turn a tidy profit for studio Warner Bros., and continue to shore up Johnson’s status as an A-list superstar.Read More: Rampage’s Success Proves That Dwayne Johnson Can Sell Any Movie13. Venom ($512.1 Million)While many had their doubts about the potential success of a Venom solo movie that wasn’t connected to Spider-Man, those doubts were unfounded as Venom blew past the record for biggest October opening of all time. Director Ruben Fleischer’s film wasn’t received warmly by critics (30% on RT), but fans disagreed, propelling the comic book adaptation to well over $500 million worldwide. Whether or not Tom Hardy will return to play Eddie Brock and the titular symbiote in a sequel is unclear, but it wouldn’t be wise to bet against it.Read More: Venom Can Still Fit Into The MCU (If Marvel Wants It)12. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation ($523.1 Million)While the Hotel Transylvania series will never be an awards contender, each entry so far has succeeded majorly at the box office, with the series as a whole earning over $1 billion worldwide. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation even managed to improve the franchise’s critical fortunes a bit, earning a 61% rating on RT. An all-star voice cast brings the film to life, including Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, and Keegan-Michael Key.11. The Meg ($527.8 Million)Directed by Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure franchise), no one really expected The Meg to live up to Steven Spielberg’s monster shark classic Jaws. With action star Jason Statham onboard, most just wanted a fun bit of popcorn fun, mixed with the occasional bit of horror at the hands of the titular prehistoric predator. Audiences seem to have mostly gotten what they hoped for out of The Meg, as the film has grossed over $500 million worldwide, despite not-so-great reviews (46% on Rotten Tomatoes). At this point, a sequel would not at all be surprising.Read More: How The Meg Compares To The Real Megalodon10. Detective Chinatown 2 ($544.1 Million)Those who thought they wouldn’t see any Chinese-made films up this high on the list were mistaken, as Detective Chinatown 2 is another sequel to earn massive bank in its homeland. About $2 million of its worldwide total was also provided by U.S. moviegoers. With 12 reviews counted, Detective Chinatown 2’s RT score is 50%.9. Operation Red Sea ($579.2 Million)Another massive hit from China, Operation Red Sea counts $1.5 million of its nearly $580 million haul as coming from stateside audiences. As China’s film market only continues to grow, look for more and more of their homegrown releases to take high spots on lists such as this. With 6 reviews counted, Operation Red Sea boasts an impressive 83% score on RT.8. Ready Player One ($582.2 Million)Despite lots of hand-wringing over its nostalgia-focused marketing strategy, Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster adaptation of a novel ended up debuting to mostly positive reviews from both critics (74% on RT) and fans. Ready Player One has racked up $137 million domestically, along with a huge $445.2 million internationally.Read More: Ready Player One: Every Change Spielberg Made To The Book7. Ant-Man & The Wasp ($622.5 Million)Coming as it does after the colossal success of Avengers: Infinity War, it’s easy to point to Ant-Man & The Wasp as a financial letdown. After all, its $75.8 million domestic opening stands as one of the lowest in MCU history. However, as with most Marvel Studios movies, the reviews for Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly’s joint superhero adventure were kind, and the film has managed to nearly quadruple its reported $162 million production budget worldwide. Helping the sequel’s path to profitability is a huge $68 million opening in China, the country’s fourth-highest MCU debut of all time.Read More: Ant-Man & The Wasp’s After-Credits Scenes Provide The Best Avengers 4 Clues Yet6. Deadpool 2 ($734.2 Million)Considering how just tremendously successful the original Deadpool film proved to be in 2016, it was never really in doubt that FOX’s sequel Deadpool 2 would do well at the box office. While Deadpool 2 didn’t quite succeed in breaking its predecessor’s record for highest R-rated domestic opening weekend, the gore and profanity filled romp did succeed in outpacing the first movie worldwide, opening to over $300 million. While Wade Wilson is unlikely to make it any higher on this particular list, the Merc with a Mouth has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.Read More: Deadpool 2: Every Marvel Movie Joke & Reference5. Mission: Impossible – Fallout ($791.1 Million)Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise may not be quite as young as he once was, but that doesn’t mean he’s showing any signs of slowing down, especially when it comes to the insane stunts he performs for each entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise. His efforts aren’t going unrewarded by moviegoers, which have propelled director Christopher McQuarrie’s latest sequel Mission: Impossible – Fallout to box office heights faster than those achieved by Ethan Hunt’s prior adventures. Critics loved the film too, awarding it a 97% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes.Read More: What Could Mission: Impossible 7 Be About?4. Incredibles 2 ($1.24 Billion)After a nearly 15-year wait, Pixar’s beloved superhero comedy The Incredibles has received a sequel. A hit with critics (94% on RT), Incredibles 2 is wasting no time climbing this list, as if it were leaping a tall building in a single bound. The Brad Bird-directed film has earned over $1 billion at the box office, easily outperforming many people’s expectations. Incredibles 2 quickly vaulted past the first movie, both domestically and worldwide, vastly outdoing its predecessor’s total gross of $633 million.Read More: Incredibles 2: 11 Easter Eggs You Missed3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($1.30 Billion)2015’s original Jurassic World film has become a bit of an odd case, drawing decent critical acclaim and making ridiculous amounts of cash at the box office, but being bashed nearly any time it’s discussed online today. While sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom came up far short of fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 51% score, its financial prospects look almost as good as its predecessor’s. With a $150 million domestic opening weekend in the books, Fallen Kingdom has banked a massive $1 billion-plus worldwide.Read More: Jurassic World 2’s Ending: How It Sets Up Jurassic World 32. Black Panther ($1.35 Billion)At this point, industry prognosticators have learned not to bet against the success of an MCU film. Everyone knew Black Panther would be a seismic hit, but even so, few initially predicted just how insanely successful the Wakanda-set superhero adventure would become. Black Panther is now the highest-grossing comic book film of all-time in the U.S., and is gaining on that title worldwide. Critics also fell in love with T’Challa’s solo debut, affording it a lofty 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes. When the inevitable sequel finally arrives, look for similar results.Read More: Every Record Black Panther Has Broken1. Avengers: Infinity War ($2.05 Billion)As the beginning of the culmination of 10 years of MCU storylines, it was never in doubt that Joe and Anthony Russo’s mega blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War was going to make serious cash. Yet, the critically acclaimed (84% on RT) film actually managed to outperform most expectations, setting new all-time records for both best domestic and worldwide opening weekends. Infinity War knocked off The Force Awakens domestically with a massive $257.7 million haul, and has so far earned a Hulk-sized $2 billion worldwide. Avengers smash!Next: The Many Unanswered Questions in Avengers: Infinity War


The 25 Best Movies on Hulu Right Now

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Hulu has a lot of great movies – here are the 25 best films on the streaming service. In an age of options, less feels like more. While Netflix has an ever-expanding library, Hulu offers a more focused collection of great movies. Because volume isn’t the objective, Hulu succeeds in curating a batch of excellent films.There are the Academy Awards classics like Terms of Endearment and Rocky, the arthouse darlings like Babel and The Hunt, and the pure entertainment gems like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Goon. Hulu keeps it simple and offers something for everybody. Here are the 25 best movies that you can watch on Hulu right now.Related: The 25 Best Films on Netflix Right NowBefore we start, first a disclaimer. modern streaming libraries are like carousels, always moving and always changing. The films in this list are available on Hulu at the time of writing. We’ll be updating this top 25 list frequently, so keep an eye out for Hulu’s latest and greatest offerings. Also, the list isn’t ranked from worst to best, so a lower number is not meant to denote higher quality. It’s just a list of 25 great movies.Last updated: November 2, 201825. DetroitWhile it slipped through awards season without much hype, Detroit remains one of 2017’s best films. Rotten Tomatoes awarded it an 84% for its “gut-wrenching dramatization of a tragic chapter” in American history. Director Kathryn Bigelow tackles the 1967 incident in Motor City with aplomb, deftly guiding a sprawling cast (led by John Boyega and Will Poulter) through a maze of tension, bigotry, and survival. Detroit streams exclusively on Hulu.24. Child’s PlayIn theory, a killer doll should be an easy villain to defeat. After all, it’s tiny, and made of plastic. The wrinkle 1988’s Child’s Play adds into the mix is that Chucky has been possessed by the spirit of a dead serial killer via voodoo, and is thus supernaturally indestructible. Director Tom Holland’s (no, not that one) film earned praise from both critics and audiences, and would go on to spawn a still ongoing franchise starring Chucky, voiced by Brad Dourif. A remake is coming soon, but the original remains a terror tale worth watching on Hulu.23. ArrivalDirector Denis Villeneuve solidified his reputation with Arrival, perhaps the most intimate science fiction movie in recent years. Critics awarded it a 94% Rotten Tomatoes score, and domestic fans boosted its box office to over $100 million, making it one of the most acclaimed films on Hulu. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker help ground this mind-bending adventure. Should you have any questions about that ending, we’ve got you covered.Read More: The New Golden Age of Cerebral Sci-Fi Movies22. ElectionThe second feature to be directed by award magnet filmmaker Alexander Payne (and the only one on Hulu), Election is based on Tom Perotta’s 1998 novel of the same name, and takes a darkly comic look at high school life through the lens of a hotly contested election for student body president. Reese Witherspoon stars as Tracy Flick – an ambitious overachiever who sets her sights on the office – while Matthew Broderick plays frustrated teacher Jim McAllister, who makes it his mission to try and crush the often manipulative girl’s dreams.21. Galaxy QuestDirector Dean Parisot’s hilarious 1999 comedy Galaxy Quest manages to succeed on two levels. First and foremost, the film is a loving spoof of classic sci-fi TV, most specifically the original Star Trek series starring William Shatner and its loyal fandom. Beyond that though, Galaxy Quest is just downright hilarious, and doesn’t require Hulu viewers to be Trekkies in order to bust a gut laughing at the antics of a washed up TV cast thrust into a real life galactic crisis. The all-star cast is led by Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tony Shalhoub.20. 28 Days Later28 Days Later, director Danny Boyle’s apocalyptic 2002 horror film (streaming on Hulu exclusively), was a huge hit with both critics and audiences, presenting a terrifying vision of London decimated by a “rage virus”. Although often regarded as a zombie film, 28 Days Later technically isn’t one, as those affected by the virus remain alive, just no longer in control of their violent actions. Still, it’s easy to see why people might consider this a zombie story, as it behaves like one quite often. Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, and Christopher Eccleston star.Read More: 10 Scariest Post-Apocalyptic Scenarios19. SilenceWhile it took director Martin Scorsese 25 years to make Silence, his commitment and passion are fully evident in every frame of the movie. As the title suggests, this is a quiet and interior film, a study of faith and persecution set in 17th Century Japan. Silence is a deeply transporting experience fueled by actors Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver. Though largely ignored by the Oscars, Silence garnered an 84% Rotten Tomatoes score, and is very much worth checking out on Hulu.18. The Big LebowskiThe filmmaking team of brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have created many beloved films, but it’s safe to say none found as loyal of an audience as 1998’s The Big Lebowski. Starring Jeff Bridges as the now immortal character of “The Dude,” the film wasn’t a box office hit (although it wasn’t quite a bomb either), and many reviewers at the time didn’t seem to know what to make of it. Now, The Big Lebowski is regarded as a cult classic, and has even been preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry. There’s no reason not to give it a spin on Hulu.Page 2: More Great Movies On Hulu17. HellraiserAny dedicated horror fan has surely had their soul torn apart multiple times by Hellraiser’s Pinhead (Doug Bradley) by this point. Director Clive Barker (adapting his own novella) crafted one of the most enduring tales of terror to come out of the 1980s, spawning one of the longest-running horror franchises out there as well. Hellraiser may only have a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s a certified classic of the genre, and needs to be watched by anyone who enjoys a good fright flick. Direct sequel Hellbound: Hellraiser II is also part of Hulu’s roster.Read More: The Real Life Inspirations Behind 11 Horror Movie Icons16. FrankTo some, Michael Fassbender is a young Magneto. To others, he’s a two-time Academy Award nominee. To a select few, he’s the gonzo pop musician and eponymous hero in Frank, the offbeat artist who became more famous for his oversized paper-mâché mask than his music. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Room), Frank earned a 92% Rotten Tomatoes score and remains a cult classic to adventurous Hulu viewers looking for a changeup in their visual diet.15. GoonIf you’re a hockey fan and have ever laughed at National Lampoon movies, Goon deserves to be on your Hulu roster. Directed by Michael Dowse and penned by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, this slapstick comedy is packed with laughs, action, and memorable one-liners. Seann William Scott leads the fray with Eugene Levy, Kim Coates, Alison Pill and Live Schreiber in this Rotten Tomatoes 82%-fresh comedy.14. The HuntForeign films are in short supply on Hulu, but director Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt closes the gap. Mads Mikkelsen stars in the haunting drama that earned him the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (and a 94% Rotten Tomatoes score for the movie). The Hunt is perhaps more relevant than ever, asking questions about the power of accusation and mass hysteria.Read More: The Hannibal Revival May Be Closer Than Previously Thought13. RobocopDirector Paul Verhoeven has always been known for peppering his films with subversive messages, and making films that were uniquely his. That very much extended to his more commercially successful fare, such as 1987’s Robocop, which proved popular enough to spawn a franchise that’s still ongoing (and entirely available on Hulu), but also overflowed with satirical attacks on consumerism and capitalism as a whole. For Omni Consumer Products, nothing comes before profit, and not even murder is too far to go to make another buck. Thankfully, Robocop ends up disagreeing with his makers.12. GoldfingerOf the more than 20 James Bond films made to date (lots of which are currently on Hulu), many fans would consider 1964’s Goldfinger – directed by Guy Hamilton – to be the absolute best. Similarly, of all the actors to play 007 onscreen, many would still champion original actor Sean Connery as the best Bond, and by his third outing as the iconic character in Goldfinger, he was fully owning the role. Also, generally beloved by fans is titular villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), an affably evil psychopath with delusions of grandeur, and his employee turned Bond love interest, Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman).11. American PsychoWhile landing the role of Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy may be what cemented Christian Bale as an A-list star, just a few years earlier, the actor drew raves for his portrayal of yuppie serial killer Patrick Bateman in director Mary Harron’s American Psycho, now available on Hulu. An adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis’ controversial 80s-set book, the film excises some of Ellis’ more upsetting sequences, but still manages to craft one of the most fascinating horror films of its decade. For his part, Bale is a revelation, exuding both undeniable menace and his own odd charm.Read More: 10 Movie Characters Cooler Than Tarantino’s10. The FlyOne of director David Cronenberg’s most harrowing adventures into the realm of body horror, 1986’s The Fly is less a remake of the 50s classic, and more a modernized re-imagining of the story. Instead of a scientist and a fly swapping bodies, Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum, in one of his greatest roles) this time out ends up having his DNA full-on fused with a fly after a teleportation experiment goes wrong. This leads to a truly monstrous transformation. Geena Davis and John Getz also star in the film, which boasts a 91% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and streams exclusively on Hulu.9. The Nightmare Before ChristmasJust about every holiday has its own signature movies, with Halloween and Christmas tending to get the most. Rarely though does a film become a staple of both Halloween and Christmas, but that’s exactly the case for director Henry Selick and producer Tim Burton’s 1993 stop-motion animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. Overflowing with both spooky spirit and yuletide delight, Jack Skellington’s journey through a portal into Christmas Town remains just as captivating today as it was upon initial release, and is worth rediscovering on Hulu.Page 3: Even More Great Movies On Hulu8. The TerminatorWhen director James Cameron made his sci-fi slasher movie The Terminator back in 1984, it’s doubtful anyone anticipated it spawning a franchise of soon to be six films, a TV show, video games, comic books, and more. Yet, the tale of Sarah Connor’s (Linda Hamilton) attempt to survive the relentless pursuit of the titular cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) remains one of the most compelling pieces of action and suspense to come out of the decade of New Wave music and feathered hair, and is a prime Hulu pick for any night of the week. Michael Biehn also stars as Sarah’s human protector, Kyle Reese.Read More: 15 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets Of The Terminator Franchise7. The GraduateWidely regarded as one of the greatest American films of all time, director Mike Nichols’ 1967 dramedy The Graduate earned seven Oscar nominations, winning Best Director. Based on a novel, The Graduate stars Dustin Hoffman – in arguably his signature role – as 21-year-old recent college grad Benjamin Braddock, who finds himself in an odd position when he’s seduced by an older woman – Anne Bancroft’s legendary Mrs. Robinson – and then falls for her daughter Elaine (Katherine Ross). To call The Graduate anything less than iconic would be an insult, and it’s a truly excellent addition to Hulu’s library.6. Raging BullNeeding no serious introduction to any dedicated film buff, director Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull is arguably the greatest sports-based drama of all time, and is also in contention for best biopic ever. Robert De Niro stars as Jake LaMotta, a talented middleweight boxer, but a man in possession of often uncontrollable anger and many self-destructive tendencies. Shot in stark black and white, Jake’s story is often tragic, but always compelling, and deserves to be seen by any Hulu subscriber.5. PleasantvilleLots of people love to live vicariously through their favorite TV characters, but in director Gary Ross’ 1998 film Pleasantville, sibling duo David (Tobey Maguire) and Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) actually get to venture inside the world of the former’s favorite show. David thinks of Pleasantville’s sleepy 1950s town as a kind of utopia, but Jennifer isn’t quite so keen on such a sanitized and censored existence. A box office dud, Pleasantville earned positive reviews, and also stars Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, and Paul Walker. For those who haven’t seen it, the film’s Hulu arrival is the perfect opportunity.Read More: Our 10 Favorite Modern Black and White Movies4. Reservoir DogsAfter all the acclaimed films made by director Quentin Tarantino, there are still many who would call his first film (and only one currently available on Hulu), 1992’s Reservoir Dogs, their favorite. It’s not hard to see why, as right from the beginning, all of Tarantino’s directorial signatures were in effect, including his penchant for rapid fire dialogue, pop culture references, rampant profanity, and a nonlinear narrative. Reservoir Dogs tells the story of a five-man squad assembled for a diamond heist, and how all hell breaks loose once the plan goes sideways. Said thieves are played by Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, and Tarantino himself.3. Escape From New YorkDirector John Carpenter is best known for horror films like Halloween and The Thing, but from the late-70s to the mid-90s, the man was on a hot streak overall, regardless of genre. Case in point is 1981’s Escape From New York, starring Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, one of the most badass antiheroes to ever grace the silver screen, or Hulu. Snake’s misdeeds have landed him in the slammer, and the authorities make him an offer: rescue the president from the giant prison that was once Manhattan within 22 hours, and receive a full pardon. Say no, and die.2. HeathersA darker than dark comedy, Heathers was written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann, and sports a huge cult following, which is sure to only get bigger via Hulu. Winona Ryder stars as Veronica Sawyer, a high school student who runs afoul of former friends the Heathers, a trio of rich, popular girls that rule teen society with an iron fist. After being wronged by them, Veronica makes the mistake of teaming up with outcast bad boy J.D. (Christian Slater) in order to get revenge. Sadly, J.D.’s idea of revenge is straight up murdering his enemies.1. Let the Right One InReleased in a decade where vampire cinema was dominated by the sparkly Twilight, director Tomas Alfredson’s Swedish hit Let the Right One In was exactly what the classic creature needed to remind audiences that despite their affliction, vampire movies don’t have to suck. Lina Leandersson stars as Eli, an ageless vampire with the appearance of a child, and Kare Hedebrant plays Oskar, the bullied young boy she enters into an unexpectedly sweet relationship with. The film was later adapted stateside by Matt Reeves, with Chloe Grace Moretz in the Eli role. That version is sadly not available via Hulu.Next: 10 Best Shows You Didn’t Know Were On Hulu


All The Evidence Avengers 4's Title Is Annihilation

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Is the title of Avengers 4 actually Avengers: Annihilation? When Marvel first announced their Phase 3 slate, Avengers: Infinity War was envisioned as a two-part movie. That slate changed a lot over the years, especially in light of Marvel’s deal with Sony to bring Spider-Man into the MCU. One of the most interesting changes, though, was the decision to give Infinity War – Part II a different title. Surprisingly, Marvel then refused to reveal the new name for Avengers 4, with Kevin Feige claiming it would spoil Avengers: Infinity War.Naturally, this has led to intense speculation among fans as to just what the title could be, especially following Avengers: Infinity War’s cliffhanger ending. Given the marketing campaign for Avengers 4 is sure to kick off soon, it can’t be long before that title is officially confirmed.Related: Avengers 4: All The Rumors, Leaks & SpoilersAt the beginning of October, there were rumors the title could be Avengers: Annihilation. These were initially treated with more than a little skepticism, but as time has passed there have been growing rumors that this may be right. Here, we’ll run through all the evidence.The Avengers: Annihilation Title RumorsThe title of Avengers: Annihilation was first guessed by CBR back in April. They suggested that the title could be lifted from a popular comic book event from 2006, in large part because the villain of that arc – Annihilus – was driven by a desire for universal balance. His motives are fairly similar to those of the MCU version of Thanos. As circumstantial evidence, they pointed out that from March 2018 Marvel Comics began to republish the Annihilation event. There is a precedent for the comic book publisher to make sure trades of a story are out in the year or so before a story is adapted for the big screen.That title guess was largely forgotten for months, though, lost in the chatter online following Avengers: Infinity War. It resurfaced again in October when MCUCosmic reported that sources had claimed the title was Avengers: Annihilation. This was allegedly verified by multiple sources; it was also suggested that Mark Ruffalo’s joke-spoiler on Jimmy Fallon was a troll from Marvel about the leak to draw attention away from Annihilation.Related: Mark Ruffalo‘s Bleeped Avengers 4 Title Is The Last AvengerThe Russo Brothers’ Picture Hints At Avengers: AnnihilationThere is some supporting evidence for this rumor. The first is a cryptic photo released by the Russo brothers accompanied with a simple comment: “look hard.” Given the Russos appear to be quite enjoying stoking the rumor mill for the title, this was generally assumed to be a clue, and attentive fans combed over it. The most obvious detail was the double-A, which some suggested could mean the film was called Avengers: Assemble. That was deemed unlikely, given that was the title the first Avengers film released to in the United Kingdom, and attention moved elsewhere. But, in light of the rumors, that double-A really stood for Avengers: Annihilation.This idea does seem rather odd, though. Even Marvel insiders who know the title, such as co-president Louis D’Esposito, have admitted they don’t quite understand what that image is supposed to mean. That would be unlikely if the meaning of the image was as simple as a double-A. Still, it is possible D’Esposito was just joining in with the trolling of fans.Annihilation Would Be A Spoiler for Avengers: Infinity WarThe cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War saw Thanos emerge triumphant, erasing half the life in the universe with just a snap of his fingers. Although it’s generally believed there’ll be a time-jump between the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, the sequel is expected to continue that story and reveal just how the surviving Avengers either undo or avert the snap.Related: What The Title of Avengers 4 Definitely ISN’TIn April last year, Kevin Feige suggested that a major reason for withholding the new title of Avengers 4 was the fact that it would spoil Infinity War. In March, shortly before Infinity War’s release, the Russo brothers confirmed that fans should be worried about how Infinity War would play out in light of Marvel’s reluctance to reveal Avengers 4’s title. This fits with a title like Annihilation, which would almost certainly have led to speculation online that Thanos would emerge triumphant. However, though, this would also be true with many of the other main contenders, such as Avengers: Endgame.Annihilation Wasn’t Spoken In Avengers: Infinity WarWhat makes End Game an unlikely Avengers 4 title is that it was spoken in Avengers: Infinity War. Speaking just after the first part’s release, Joe Russo said that the 2019’s film title was not spoken in its direct predecessor, which rules out the likes of End Game and No Time At All. What it maintains is Annihilation; that word isn’t spoken once in the two-and-a-half hour movie, which would make it eligible to include (although has popped up in previous MCU efforts).As for what the title could be, Anthony Russo’s subsequent comments also line up with Annihilation: “It’s certainly grounded in the narrative that we have been following throughout the MCU – very well grounded…”Page 2 of 2: More Evidence Avengers 4’s Title Is AnnihilationAnnihilation is Close (Sort Of) To Avengers: ForeverWhile most of the official title discussion for Avengers 4 has been focused on what it won’t, there has been some positive confirmation. One of the most popular titles straight after Infinity War was Avengers: Forever (due to its time travel plot and “4ever” styling), and while the Russos shot it down, they said that – at the time – it was the closest anybody had gotten.”Annihilation” isn’t exactly a synonym for “Forever”, but it is a similarly grandiose term of near infinite scale, so fits better than most of the other options.Avengers: Annihilation Would Be Named After A ComicOne thing most Marvel Studios movie titles have in common is that they’re based on a comic book: The Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron, Civil War, Ragnarok, and even Infinity War were all major comic events before they became blockbuster films. This tradition persists despite most of these having very little in common with the stories on which they’re based – Captain America: Civil War saw Iron Man and Cap fight, but most of the surrounding narrative was changed, while Avengers: Infinity War itself was a mix of several stories and original ideas.Read More: The MCU Isn’t Pretending To Adapt Marvel Comics Stories Any MoreSo, while Marvel movies are slowly moving further and further away from their comic source, they still tend to nod in that direction with their titles. As already established, Annihilation was a comic arc from the 2000s, so while we may not be seeing Annihilus in the MCU (yet), the precedent is there for his big event t0 be used. A Second Rumor Suggests Avengers: AnnihilationThe most recent evidence is a rumor from the Russian social media site vk.com. It showed apparent concept art of Iron Man using his proton cannon, and alleged that the first trailer for Avengers: Annihilation would be released in November, scored by a new rendition of Twelve Titans Music’s song “Dust and Light” (which was used in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer).This makes sense – the November trailer drop is in line with Marvel’s normal marketing approach – but it’s unclear exactly what information was presented to the trailer group who posted this leak. They could easily have just been told when the trailer would drop, and added all the hashtags related to the film; that would have included #Annihilation.-By now, there’s a lot of circumstantial evidence backing the suggestion that Avengers 4’s title is Annihilation. However, while that prospective title has definitely become the front-runner, it’s yet to be officially confirmed – and a lot of the evidence is very much open to interpretation. All that means the Annihilation title is still firmly in the rumor category. What we can say with some certainty, though, is that the truth will come out soon, most probably with the Avengers 4 trailer drop at the end of the month.More: Avengers 4: Every Update You Need To Know


Avengers 4: New Costumes May Prove Quantum Realm Time Travel Theory

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New art from Avengers 4 merchandise may prove a popular theory involving time travel and the Quantum Realm: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are attempting to rewrite history. The artwork shows two of the Avengers, Thor and Rocket Raccoon, wearing distinctive new costumes. An inset panel at the bottom confirms that Captain America will wear a similar uniform.There’s a sense in which we shouldn’t be surprised to learn the surviving Avengers will wear new uniforms of some kind in Avengers 4. After all, from a business point of view, a costume change means more money from sales of merchandise. In this case, though, the designs aren’t just a simple adjustment. Both of these are distinctive enough to suggest there’s a strong story reason for the outfits.Related: Avengers 4: All The Rumors, Leaks & SpoilersAnd, while Marvel has been very secretive about Avengers 4’s plot, from a variety of set photos and rumors, we’ve pieced together a good idea of what the movie is about – and a close examination of the costumes strongly supports the theory that the Avengers will be traveling through time via the Quantum Realm.This Page: Avengers 4’s New Suits Fit The Quantum Realm TheoryNext Page: What The New Costumes Reveal About Avengers 4The Avengers 4 Time Travel & Quantum Realm TheoryThe cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War saw Thanos emerge triumphant, achieving his insane goal of erasing half the life in the universe with a snap of his fingers. Viewers watched in horror as many beloved heroes crumbled to dust before their eyes; characters like Black Panther, Star-Lord, and even Spider-Man were erased from existence. As shocking as this ending may have been, though, it was immediately clear that next year’s Avengers 4 would see matters put right. After all, the characters who were killed off are all heroes we know are set to return. Take Spider-Man as the ultimate example. Tom Holland is signed up for six Marvel movies, and filming is already underway on his sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home, a film set “minutes after” Avengers 4. Logically, then, the plot of Avengers 4 is the story of how the surviving Avengers undo or avert the snap.Since, an abundance of set photos has confirmed that Avengers 4 will revisit a number of key events in the history of the MCU, most notably the Battle of New York. Tony Stark was seen wearing the same Black Sabbath shirt he wore in The Avengers, complete with bruises on his face suggesting this was immediately after the Avengers battled the Chitauri invaders. Thor and Loki were snapped in their Avengers-era costumes, with one photo showing Loki taken away in chains. And Captain America was spotted wearing that “old-fashioned” uniform, standing next to an older Tony Stark and – most surprising of all – Scott Lang’s Ant-Man. There’s evidence the movie will revisit other events too, but that image of Scott Lang stood on set with 2012’s Captain America seemed pretty conclusive; this is a time travel film. The most likely scenario is that the Avengers are attempting to change history, perhaps by obtaining the Infinity Stones themselves and bringing them to their own time.But how could the Avengers travel in time? The key, it’s been suggested, is the Quantum Realm, the mysterious subatomic dimension where the laws of time and space break down. The time aspect is crucial. When it was introduced in 2015’s Ant-Man, Marvel’s scientific consultants openly admitted it could potentially be used for time travel. The post-credits scene of Ant-Man & the Wasp confirmed exactly that, with Janet Van Dyne warning Scott Lang not to get caught in a “time vortex” inside the Quantum Realm. As Scott was trapped in the microverse shortly after that tease, it seems reasonable to assume he’ll escape through one of these time vortexes, perhaps emerging a few years in the future, and that his knowledge will lead Tony Stark to realize time travel is possible.Read More: Ant-Man & The Wasp May Have Already Explained Avengers 4’s Time TravelIt’s a complex idea, but it fits all the known facts and would explain why Marvel was willing to kill off so many of their key characters; they knew that history would be rewritten, that the deaths would be averted. According to this theory, Avengers 4 will tell the story of how Earth’s surviving heroes prevented Thanos from ever snapping his fingers in the first place.New Avengers 4 Artwork Reveals Quantum Realm Costumes?That’s where these new costumes come in. They appear to be vaguely reminiscent of an astronaut’s outfit – albeit with the kind of sleek, science-fiction twist you’d expect from Tony Stark. Notice that, although they don’t cover the characters’ heads, they’re otherwise form-fitting. They’re clearly environmental suits of some kind – and Ant-Man & the Wasp already confirmed that you need to wear just this sort of clothing when traveling through the Quantum Realm.Significantly, these designs are similar to concept art Marvel considered while creating Hank Pym’s own Quantum Realm suit in Ant-Man & the Wasp. As concept artist Jackson Sze explained in The Art of Ant-Man & the Wasp, “I… thought about how the Quantum Realm could be a pretty harsh environment, similar to what an astronaut would face when exploring space, so [my design] definitely has an astronaut feel to it.” It’s true that they’re not identical, feeling very different to the costumes Marvel toyed with during production of Ant-Man & the Wasp, but there’s a good reason for that. Another of Marvel’s concept artists, Andy Park, pointed out that Hank Pym and Tony Stark have a very different approach to technology. “Stark’s sensibilities are always as sleek as can be,” he observed, “much like a fancy European sports car. Pym, on the other hand, is more old school. He comes from a former era so his sensibilities will be less fancy, a bit more clunky, but still state of the art.” These new costumes, then, are exactly what you’d expect from Stark’s interpretation of a Quantum Realm environmental suit.Marvel originally toyed with the idea of having the Quantum Realm suits in Ant-Man & the Wasp be airtight, but ultimately decided it should be safe to unmask while subatomic. That decision made perfect sense in the film itself – Janet Van Dyne was supposed to have somehow survived in that strange dimension for decades – but it now chimes with these new Avengers suits.Page 2: What The New Costumes Reveal About Avengers 4The Quantum Realm Suits Go Over Normal CostumesThe Captain America inset on the box offers an important detail; these aren’t really costumes at all. While it’s not possible to tell with Thor and Rocket, it’s clear that Cap is wearing his actual Avengers uniform underneath this environmental suit. It seems like the Avengers can slip these on in order to survive in the Quantum Realm, travel to the past through whatever means, and then ditch the environmental suits in order to interact with their own personal yesterdays. That neatly explains why we haven’t seen any hint of these suits in set photos; because they’ll only really be used in a limited number of scenes, most of which would be in the CGI environment of the Quantum Realm.This also explains why previous Avengers 4 artwork – some of which is actually displayed at the top of the toy box – hasn’t shown the Avengers in these sleek white uniforms. These environmental suits are only worn part of the time for a specific purpose. From a merchandise viewpoint, they’re ideal for commissioning additional action figures, but these are effectively variants rather than the main design.Read More: Avengers 4: The Biggest Reveals From The Leaked ArtAvengers 4 Costumes Also Feature Set Photo Wrist DevicesAnd now we get to one of the most interesting details. The Avengers 4 set photos have consistently shown some characters – notably Ant-Man and an older Tony Stark – wearing mysterious devices on their left wrists. They look almost like expanded wrist-watches and have always been spotted in scenes set in the past.In the leaked merchandise art, Thor’s left hand is obscured. However, Rocket’s is visible, and he appears to be wearing one of these wrist-devices. That implies this mysterious tech is somehow tied to the Quantum Realm as well.Why would the time-traveling Avengers keep the wrist-device on when they’ve left the Quantum Realm, even though they’ve ditched the rest of the suits? There are three notable possibilities, all of which have comic book precedents. The first is that they could serve as a temporal “compass”, guiding the Avengers through spacetime until they emerge at the right time and place. The second is that they could be temporal “anchors”, allowing the Avengers to exist in a time-period they aren’t native to. Finally, it’s also possible they serve as temporal “locks”, allowing the Avengers to interact with the past without fracturing reality into myriad different timelines. All of these ideas are lifted straight from the comics, commonly associated with the technology of the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror.Given we don’t yet know the MCU’s approach to time travel, it’s impossible to say which of these ideas is true – or if there’s another alternative, one entirely original to the Russo brothers’ film.Captain Marvel Isn’t Wearing A Quantum Realm Suit – Why?This brings us to one of the strangest details, though: the Captain Marvel inset. There, Carol Danvers appears to be in her traditional costume instead of an environmental suit, unlike her toy pairing Captain America. Why is that the case?This may be a suggestion that, simply, Captain Marvel doesn’t travel in time in Avengers 4. Brie Larson wasn’t spotted on set for any of the scenes involving previous films, after all, so maybe the classic Avengers are the only ones who attempt to rewrite history. The other option, though, is far more interesting. The trailer for Captain Marvel showed a brief glimpse of the hero’s origin, with Carol Danvers caught in the explosion of an alien device. In the comics, this was the Kree Psyche-Magnetron; in the MCU, though, the energy effect looked very similar to Quantum Realm explosions in Ant-Man & the Wasp. If Captain Marvel’s powers derive from the Quantum Realm in the MCU, then there’s a chance she may not need an environmental suit to travel through it at all.-The evidence is building that the Avengers will use the Quantum Realm to rewrite history in next year’s Avengers 4. If this theory is right, we’ve just gotten our first real look at the environmental suits the Avengers will need to wear in order to make their way through this harsh, inhospitable dimension.More: Avengers 4: Every Update You Need To Know


Aladdin Teaser Trailer Breakdown: 8 Hidden Secrets & Live-Action Reveals

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The first teaser trailer for Disney’s Aladdin has finally broken free from the Cave of Wonders, with some key moments inspired by the animated source material to break down. Following the trend of other live-action Disney adaptations, like Beauty and the Beast and Dumbo, the “tease” in “teaser trailer” is not taken lightly, and viewers are given just a taste of what’s to come in director Guy Ritchie’s upcoming fantasy adventure.Following a “less is more” approach, Aladdin’s teaser trailer briefly showcases some of the original movie’s most classic moments, but leaves out some major scenes, set pieces, and characters. The most notable exemption – given that Will Smith personally announced the release of the trailer himself – is the Genie (though there is a sample of his first musical number, “Friend Like Me” during a brief text transition towards the end). Other characters like Jasmine (played by Naomi Scott), Carpet, and Jafar (played by Marwan Kenzari, whose silhouette appears briefly in one passing shot) are left out.Related: Live-Action Aladdin Songwriters Reveal New Songs For Disney’s RemakeInterestingly, the connecting thread throughout each scene in the teaser trailer is the parrot Iago – Jafar’s loudmouth sidekick. The bird soars through major landmarks featured in the original Disney animated movie, and this breakdown will paint a clearer picture for audiences who might need a refresher on the source material.8. The Sweeping Seven DesertsThe opening shot of the Aladdin teaser trailer reveals the sweeping Seven Deserts that exist just outside of Agrabah’s limits, the city in which Aladdin’s key characters reside. This nearly perfectly replicates the opening shot from the original animated movie – only this time, the evening setting from the original is traded for daylight.7. Jafar In The DesertThe opening shot of the teaser trailer pushes in over the massive dune to reveal a quartet of travelers. All riding on camels, it’s impossible to tell who is who, though it’s possible – given the direction the trailer ends up taking – that at least two of them are Aladdin and Jafar. Just to the right is a silhouette of the parrot Iago. This may well be a moment during their journey to the Cave of Wonders, after Aladdin is imprisoned. Whether or not Jafar dons a disguise as an old man in this live-action version, however, remains to be seen.6. The Sultan’s Palace in AgrabahIago is then seen soaring over another desert landscape – this time just outside Agrabah’s city walls. In the background, however, just beyond the sweltering sun haze, is the Sultan’s Palace. This is where the Sultan (played by Navid Negahban), his daughter Jasmine, and her pet tiger Rajah reside and rule, and where Jafar, the Grand Vizier of Agrabah, and Iago also live. In the original animated movie, the Palace looks like a desert paradise; though its live-action counterpart, however, seems considerably less inviting.5. Agrabah’s City Streets (And Iago)Moving deeper into civilization, Iago is next seen soaring right over Agrabah’s city streets. The sun is set, and there are no telltale signs relating whatever this scene might revolve around with a scene from the original animated movie. That said, it’s possible that Jafar may have sent Iago to scout out a potential contender for someone worthy enough to enter the Cave of Wonders and retrieve the magic lamp – a “diamond in the rough,” as the original movie puts it. This shot also serves as a transition into the next shot, which is miles – if not days – away from Agrabah.Page 2: Agrabah’s City Streets, the Cave of Wonders, and the Lamp4. The Cave of WondersIago’s travels finally hand off the focus to the movie’s titular hero, Aladdin, but not before introducing one of the movie’s many impressive landmarks: the Cave of Wonders. At this point, the cave’s tiger head (though here, it looks considerably more like a lion) has already been awoken/activated, and it relays its infamous warning, “Only one may enter here; one who’s worth lies far within.” This shot also offers the first look at Jafar, though only from behind and as a silhouette. The feather on his headpiece, as well as his snake staff, are the major giveaways. He’s joined by two other characters, though their identities are unknown.3. Aladdin Entering the Cave of WondersDiving straight into the action, Aladdin (also seen from behind and as a silhouette) is willingly entering the Cave of Wonders. He appears to be slightly apprehensive, which is understandable given the circumstances, and the cave finishes its warning seconds after closing its mouth shut on top of Aladdin and trapping him inside. It says, referring to a character who may or may not be Aladdin himself, “The diamond in the rough.”As for the guard standing behind Aladdin and watching him enter the cave, it’s possible that this might be one of the palace guards named Hakim (played by Numan Acar), who appears in the original animated movie.Related: All The Live-Action Disney Remakes In Development2. Inside the Cave of WondersThe first shot of the treasures inside the Cave of Wonders doesn’t just honor the look of the original animated movie, but also cues in some new music – this time an instrumental piece from the song “Friend Like Me.” Though there doesn’t appear to be a shot of the magic carpet, which Aladdin ultimately befriends, the magic lamp is visible in the distance. In fact, a glint of light is reflecting off its surface, as if to summon Aladdin forward (which turns out to be a success).1. Aladdin Grabbing the Magic LampThe final shot of the teaser trailer doesn’t leave much to the imagination, as Aladdin is seen taking the magic lamp from its pedestal, per instructions from Jafar. The scene cuts away before audiences get a chance to see what follows, but in the animated movie, this is the moment in which Aladdin’s pet monkey Abu simultaneously breaks the one rule they were given: touching anything other than the lamp. Abu is tempted by a giant ruby, and ultimately touches it, only to summon the wrath of the cave. And, though the trailer doesn’t appear to show Abu (it’s still unclear whether or not the monkey will appear in the movie at all), there is something bright and red just below Aladdin’s elbow on the right side of the frame, which may be that very ruby.More: Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin Will Go Deeper in Exploring the Characters


DC's Titans: Cast & Character Guide

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Warning: Minor SPOILERS for TitansAt long last the Titans have arrived, bringing one of the most beloved superhero teams to live-action through DC’s own exclusive streaming platform, DC Universe. And from Robin to Beast Boy, and back to the duo of Hawk and Dove, the show drops audiences into Teen Titans history faster than many will expect.To make sure that newcomers and seasoned DC TV fans know what they’re in for, we’re breaking down all of the main and supporting characters. The heroes who will make up the titular Titans (even if they have a long way to go before officially superheroes). The mysterious villains who unite the Titans around the shadowy Raven. And of course, the more surprising DC cameos fans can look forward to.RELATED: Titans’ Version of Robin is More Violent Than DCEU BatmanWith the first two episodes of Titans screened for fans during New York Comic Con, and multiple promotional photos and surprise cameos being confirmed left and right, fans should expect some minor SPOILERS. So to keep the biggest twists and the coming villains under wraps, we’re starting with the main cast of Titans only. Those who want to find out what role Batman will play in Titans can click through to the second page:This Page: Meet The Titans HeroesPage 2: Titans’ Batman Family Cameos & Secret VillainsBrenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/RobinThe leader of the Titans is obviously Dick Grayson, also known as Robin, the famed sidekick to the Batman of Gotham. But this series made no qualms about Dick’s current feelings toward the Dark Knight, having branched out on his own enough to famously utter “F*** Batman” in his very first trailer. More recent clips from the show confirm that Dick Grayson has reasons for leaving Batman that most fans will actually agree with, but that doesn’t change the fact that his pent-up aggression and frustration is being doled out in surprisingly violent ways. Before he begins to meet the other Titans, at least.When the show begins, Dick is spending his time fighting crime on the streets of Detroit as a detective (a real one), and not in his iconic Robin costume. How successful he may be in helping other kids with as troubled a past as his own remains to be seen. But when  a young girl named Rachel crosses his past in need of some serious help, Dick may wind up wishing that Batman was still around to give him some advice.Anna Diop as Kory Anders/StarfireThe comic book member of the Titans guaranteed to be the most different in this adaptation is Starfire, otherwise known as the cosmic Princess Koriand’r. And with good reason, since adapting an orange-skinned, green-eyed, red-haired alien woman who prances around in a bathing suit is no easy task. But the makers of Titans have come up with a new origin story for Kory through the early parts of the show, beginning with a blanker slate than any of her superpowered co-stars. Her character is more cloaked in mystery than any other, so the less we say about her circumstances the better. In the comics her powers ranged from super-strength to energy projection, making her the most powerful of this group of Titans. From her first scene, though, it’s Kory’s attitude that may be her deadliest weapon. And yes, Starfire will get her comic costume in Titans’ first season.Teagan Croft as Rachel/RavenThe premiere episode establishes both Dick and Kory as grown adults walking their own paths, but it’s Rachel who kicks the plot of the show into action for them both. As she is usually depicted in the comics, Rachel’s grasp on the real world and the dark, tormented, mystical one existing beyond is being strained when we meet her. What powers she wields over that darkness creeping in isn’t clear, and diving any deeper into the comic book lore of it would likely spoil at least some of Titans’ twists. But Rachel– or Raven as she comes to be called is the first sign of how the supernatural will be woven into this story of vigilantes and alien superheroes. Bringing threats that Dick isn’t prepared for… and leading him to question whether Rachel is being threatened, or the one posing the threat.Alan Ritchson & Minka Kelly as Hawk & DoveThey may not pack the same name recognition punch as the other Titans given the spotlight in the comic series and animated DC shows, but the duo of Hawk and Dove is assumed to be a leading one in the show, if only going by the ages of the actors cast. Outside of the costumes, Hank Hall and Dawn Granger are the kind of couple that DC TV shows haven’t gotten to explore as much as they may have liked, and from their first scenes, it’s clear that Hank is as “mature” on film as he is in the comics.RELATED: Will Titans Also Reveal Hawk’s Brother, The First Dove?Fans may want to hold their breath when it comes to their powers, though, since we don’t expect Titans to fully embrace the supernatural forces behind their monikers and costumes. In the comics, Hawk was literally fueled by the mystical Lord of Chaos and War, where Dove was empowered by the Lord of Order and Peace. That’s a lot to bite off when Rachel is already communing with demonic forces, so maybe that story is better left unexplored for the time being.Ryan Potter as Beast BoyIt just wouldn’t be the Titans without their mascot, officially known as Beast Boy. Blessed with a superpowered sense of humor and personality – oh, and the ability to transform into any (green-tinged) animal – Garfield Logan is surely going to be the friendliest face to Rachel out of the hero team. Interestingly enough, promotional photos for the show have Garfield still possessing his natural skin tone, without the same green pigmentation seen in his animal forms. Is it simply a case of post-production, or will Gar face the trade-off of transforming into powerful beasts… but becoming permanently green as a result? Still, that’s probably a compromise plenty of fans would be willing to make.That does it for the Titans heroes, so beware SPOILERS incoming…Page 2: Titans’ Batman Family Cameos & Secret Villains??? as Bruce Wayne/BatmanIt was certainly the most pleasant surprise coming out of the NYCC screenings to have confirmation that Batman or Bruce Wayne wouldn’t be danced around, ignored, or just playfully alluded to. This version of Dick Grayson is the original, which means there’s just no cutting Bruce Wayne out of his origin story. But even if Bruce is a part of Dick’s journey, that doesn’t mean he’ll be stealing any of the spotlight for himself. In the premiere of Titans, it’s only a hand that falls on Dick’s shoulder after the death of his parents, paired with a man’s voice saying that he “wants to help” that gives him away. Other flashes of memory soon follow, but for the time being, expect Batman’s presence to be felt – but his physical form only seen in shadow, or just off-screen. For now, anyway…Curran Walters as Jason Todd/RobinYes, Titans will boast not just one, but TWO different versions of Robin, thanks to Curran Walters and Brenton Thwaites sharing the screen as Jason Todd and Dick Grayson, respectively. Before Bruce Wayne’s split-second cameos were confirmed, it was assumed that Jason Todd would keep Batman in the story, and that may still be the biggest and best result. For those who don’t know the comics, Jason was the second Gotham youth in need who stumbled across Bruce Wayne’s path, with the caped crusader taking it as a sign that Jason could also be molded into a hero. His story eventually went to some dark places before becoming the borderline hero known as Red Hood, but at the age he appears to be in Titans, he’s still fighting at Batman’s side as Robin.Exactly why Jason Todd seeks Dick out now isn’t clear, but it does do one other thing for the audience. Since Dick leaving Batman to begin his rise to Nightwing, and Jason Todd taking his place are both key points in the comics, the second sidekick helps confirm where Titans is set in Batman’s timeline. Here’s hoping the show doesn’t run long enough to deal with the (first) ending of Jason Todd’s story…Conor Leslie as Donna Troy/Wonder GirlThe most intriguing casting of Titans isn’t due to the actress in question, but the role itself. When word first broke that Conor Leslie would play Donna Troy in Titans, even the most devoted fans were left scratching their heads. Not because Donna, or Wonder Girl has been re-imagined and retconned several times to change the origin of her powers and identity, but because she was a founding member of the original Teen Titans. To have her added to the show as a secondary character, and not right alongside Dick Grayson where she began is a mystery. One that suggests the real story of Titans may extend years before the show actually takes place.Donna and Dick have had a complicated past, to say the least, but where Wonder Girl even fits into this version of a DC Universe is going to be fuel for fans in the coming weeks. Will she confirm the presence of Wonder Woman alongside Batman? Or will her own origins be left intentionally vague – perhaps to be explored when she takes a larger role in the future???? as Alfred PennyworthYes, even Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler and ally Alfred Pennyworth joins in on the Titans action, but with even less of a physical presence than the brief glimpses of Batman. In another twist completely faithful to the comics, no matter how strained or distant Dick and Bruce may have grown when Titans begins… Dick can always turn to his other father figure, Alfred, for counsel. We can’t say that Alfred will continue to play a massive role in the show’s future, and from the first episode, appears only as a voice cameo (predictably British, and pitch perfect). But from the sound of it, we’re just happy to hear that Dick feels comfortable reaching out to somebody in the Batman family for advice.Lindsey Gort as Detective Amy RohrbachIn another adaptation straight from the comics, Dick Grayson’s preference of working alone is put to the test with the arrival of Detective Amy Rohrbach, his new partner. In the comics Rohrbach stood out as a good cop in Bludhaven, a town so dirty it made Gotham seem upscale, so fans can assume the same approach will be taken even if it isn’t Bludhaven acting as the backdrop to Dick’s police career. The early Titans casting calls didn’t offer too many details about Amy’s role in the series, so she and Dick might work out a deal to stay out of eachother’s way sooner than later.Sherilyn Fenn as Angela, Raven’s MotherObviously with Raven/Rachel being sent on the run to begin the series, things aren’t going to go particularly well for her mother, Angela. Still, it’s nice to see that Titans, got as prolific an actress as Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) for the part. In the comics Angela was actually Raven’s biological mother who tried to protect her from the forces coming to dictate her fate, but the TV show seems to put a twist on that telling. Angela is posing as Raven’s mother to protect her, but that plan is blown to pieces almost immediately in the first episode of Titans by a man known only as… ‘The Acolyte.’Jarreth J. Merz as The AcolyteIt just wouldn’t be a superhero TV show without a supervillain to face off against, and it took quite a while for the first Titans villain to b revealed as The Acolyte. DC fans don’t need to feel any shame if the name doesn’t ring any bells, since The Acolyte was a bit part to say the least. Posing as a mystical entity looking to conjure a Hindu deity (in a storyline right at home for fans of Temple of Doom), this villain ended up being a scam artist dressed in fancy clothes and wearing makeup and horns. In other words, expect major changes to the character for Titans.The version seen in the show (played by Jarreth J. Merz) appears to be a human from the outset, but while his pursuit of Raven seems to be inevitable, it isn’t just him who is pulling the strings. Fans find out quickly that the forces and alliances formed to wait, protect, and eventually deal with Raven are bigger than any one man. Especially since the comic book fans out there know exactly who is coming for Raven… and ow hard it will be to keep her from – SPOILERS – her Father.Seamus Dever as… Trigon?To be fair, that’s only a presumed spoiler, since Raven’s demonic parentage is one of the key elements of her character in every incarnation. Born to be a force for evil, and a means to bring about the demon Trigon’s victory, it falls to Raven and her Titan friends to foil that plan before it comes to fruition. It’s assumed the same story will be adapted for Titans, and Seamus Dever (Castle) was rumored to have been cast for the part of Trigon. But with no updates or confirmation on that role whatsoever, it seems to be an end-of-season payoff. What form he will take, demonic or human, is anyone’s guess for now.–DC’s Titans premieres October 12th exclusively on DC Universe, and soon after on Netflix in international regions.MORE: DC’s Titans Originally Included Batgirl


What Time Does The Aladdin Trailer Release Online?

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UPDATE: Watch the Aladdin trailer now!A trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin is on the way, but what time exactly will it release? Disney has many remakes of their classic animations in the works, but one of the biggest has to be the tale of a diamond-in-the-rough street rat meeting a Genie and becoming King, due in May 2019Following in the footsteps of Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book/The Lion King) and Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast), Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie, who is bringing his British gangster style to the classic 1991 animation. The movie stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin himself, Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar and, most intriguingly, Will Smith as Genie. The film has wrapped production, but we’re yet to see a proper taste of what Ritchie’s cooked up with his Aladdin reimagining. That’ll all change very soon.Related: Was Aladdin Originally Arab, Indian or Chinese?When Disney released the first Aladdin poster, they promised a proper first look on Thursday, October 11. Fox TV has confirmed that will be during tonight’s Eagles/Giants football game. Coverage starts at 7:30pm EST ahead of an 8pm kick-off, and based on previous release planning the trailer will likely come at half-time: we expect the Aladdin trailer to release around 10pm EST/7pm PST/3am BST. The exact time will depend on the timing of ad breaks, but expect it online around that time.Releasing a trailer in sports games is a common tactic, especially for first looks. Many general audiences aren’t even aware of a film like Aladdin’s existence, so this is a perfect way to build up hype (that’s why the Super Bowl is such a hot ticket for movie teasers).As for what you can expect to see in the Aladdin trailer, the big thing is the Genie. This was teased with Will Smith’s Instagram share of the poster, and given that image showed off the lamp (his prison), it would make sense for the marketing to lead with the magical being – especially as Smith needs to convince fans that he’s up to the task of filling Robin Williams’ smoke cloud. A look at Massoud’s Aladdin and Scott’s Jasmine are also likely, although it’s worth bearing in mind this will be a teaser trailer and so may be light on full reveals; the Beauty and the Beast teaser only showed Belle obscured and the Beast’s enchanted rose.Whatever the Aladdin trailer shows when it’s released, be sure to check back in with Screen Rant after it drops for a look at Will Smith’s Genie and a breakdown of all the reveals.Next: All The Live-Action Disney Remakes In Development