If people seem especially mean lately, it’s because it’s a national holiday for some movie fans. October 3rd has been dubbed Mean Girls Day, as it’s the date that Aaron Samuels asked Lindsay Lohan’s Cady for during Tina Fey’s iconic comedy. In the decade and change since Mean Girls was released, the film has stayed at the forefront of pop culture, with the movie becoming an instant classic. Every line of dialogue, scene, and costume has become iconic, and it turns out that Saturday Night Live head honcho Lorne Michaels had a hand in that. Tina Fey explained this, revealing Michaels helped give Mean Girls its signature style by encouraging its characters to look cool.
No specific plot details for Birds of Prey have been revealed yet, but reportedly the leading heroines will be clashing with Roman Sionis, a.k.a. Black Mask, one of the most powerful crime bosses in Gotham City. Even if she doesn’t get her superhero on during the movie, Renee Montoya is one of Gotham’s best detectives and knows how to handle herself in a fight, so she’ll be a great ally to the more colorfully-dressed protagonists. With Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya covered, that leaves Cassandra Cain as the final leading lady left to be cast in Birds of Prey. In this movie, however, she will reportedly be a young girl rather than a teenager/young adult as she’s usually depicted.
Although Poison Ivy thinks DC fans are going to hate the show because “they hate everything,” Harley touts the show’s comedy, action, and “incredibly gratuitous violence.” In what may be the most hilarious moment of the footage, Harley then looks straight into the “camera” and remarks that “unlike that Deadpool cartoon” her show is actually going to come out. Ivy is unconvinced, believing that they were supposed to make a gritty, bleak, and depressing project, also while looking into the camera and not at all subtly referencing the state of the DCEU, leading Harley to say that’s an excellent way to make TV and movies. Still, Harley promises that everybody on Harley Quinn will have fun or else she’ll bash their heads in, prompting Batman to drop in and remind the two villainesses that there’s no fun in Arkham.
Gotham didn’t return in its usual fall premiere spot, and fans still have months until the fifth and final season hits the airwaves next year. The good news is that we’re getting some looks at what’s in store when the new episodes finally do debut in 2019, and a brand new picture of Jeremiah is as delightfully creepy as we could have wanted after his bonkers breakdown in Season 4. Take a look!
Now, despite the fact that fans have believed that they were getting the Joker time and time again before having their theories debunked, Cameron Monaghan’s photo (as posted on Instagram) and caption of “Ha” seems positively Joker-esque. Besides, the most frequent assurances over the years were that Jerome was not the Joker, and Jeremiah delivers a whole different brand of crazy. Of course, Gotham is unlikely to spoil a huge twist about the Joker — whether he is Jeremiah or not — months before any new episodes debut, so we can only speculate at this time. What is absolutely safe to say at this point is that Jeremiah will be no less unsettling in Season 5.
Given all the villains who will appear in Season 5, Jeremiah may need to be more unsettling than ever if he wants to stand out! Man-Bat turned up at the end of the Season 4 finale to freak everybody out, and the show will deliver Bane as well as (probably) Bane’s dad. Throw in Magpie, possibly Mutant Leader, and undoubtedly more, and the folks of Gotham who stayed in No Man’s Land at the end of Season 4 are not in for an easy time, even by Gotham standards. Not wonder Bruce is going to need some expansions to the Batcave!
It should be interesting to see how far Gotham goes in turning all of these legendary Batman villains into versions of themselves that will give Bruce Wayne so much trouble once he grows up and dons the cape and the cowl. Star Ben McKenzie once stated that the last frame of the last scene of Gotham‘s series finale would be Bruce putting on the cape; if that’s still the case, a whole lot is going to need to happen in Season 5. What better way for Bruce to take his biggest steps toward becoming Batman than by pitting him against the worst (and yet most entertaining) version of a Valeska yet?
It was recently revealed that the premiere will jump forward around three months from the end of the Season 4 finale, so we won’t see Bruce, Jim, and the rest immediately in the aftermath of the No Man’s Land devastation. No premiere date for Gotham Season 5 has been revealed just yet, but there are plenty of exciting options to watch now and in the not-too-distant future this fall. More superheroes will be available by the end of the month on The CW thanks to the Arrow-verse.
An all-star cast leads this remake of the French 2011 film ‘The Intouchables.’
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Anna Faris isn’t dealing with body shamers. When the actress posted a pantless picture of herself, the Instagram photo became the source of speculation from nosy social media users, who criticized the comedic actress of being “too thin.” In response to their negative comments, Faris deleted the picture altogether, and it’s clear that she doesn’t want to deal with anyone made inappropriate comments about her physical appearance. If you wish to see the photo was that deleted from Anna Faris’s social media after it drew up a stream of unpleasant comments, you can check it out below.
The Instagram picture was sent on Tuesday, as it was reported by E! News. It was a “pre-show” photo, according to the caption since deleted. It’s believed to be back stage for The Talk, which she recently appeared in. The scrutinized online photo was taken by Michael Sherman, the podcast assistant for Unqualified, Anna Faris‘s popular advice podcast. It found the actress in a nervous state, hunched over a trash can with no pants on. As she admits, she did eventually put some pants on once the photo was sent online, but it didn’t stay up on Instagram for long. This is the caption that Anna Faris wrote to accompany the photo, trying to explain what is happening in the frantic photo before the photo was taken down.
The comical photo was reportedly only online for 15 minutes before the actress took it down after comments were directed her way claiming that she looked “so unhealthy” and that she needed to “eat.” Whatever reason inspired these Instagram users to write these criticisms on the photo, its only made the situation more viral. Many take umbrage with the hurtful comments, and the negativity directed towards Anna Faris before she was set to appear on the daytime talk show. Suffice to say, it wasn’t long before Faris took the photo down, knowing that these rude retorts would only get worse before they would get any better. She hasn’t posted again on the social media website, though it’s unclear if that’s because of this photo controversy or not.
Hopefully, if Anna Faris decides to post on Instagram again anytime soon, her experience on the site is a lot better than it was when she posted this particular photo. Such comments are hard to deal with, and it’s clear that Anna Faris didn’t want to deal with them any longer. As for what inspired these commenters to butt in and offer their own two cents about Faris’ figure is a mystery that’s left unclear. But this is the Internet, after all. A lot of people don’t need a reason to do anything. Meanwhile, as an actress, Anna Faris can currently be seen on the newest season of Mom, airing on CBS.
The Season 7 premiere of Chicago Fire featured a touching tribute to deceased cast member DuShon Monique Brown that helped everyone say goodbye to her character, Connie. Now we know why the show wrapped up Connie’s story the way it did. When I spoke to executive producer Derek Haas at One Chicago Day a few weeks ago, he revealed that trying to figure out what to do with Connie after Brown’s sudden death was something that he and his team had trouble with and thought hard about to get right.
When it happened, it caught us so off guard. And she was already in three more episodes past that and we were coming really close to the end of the season. I just didn’t want to do something reactionary, or, honestly, like, unfair to the character or [DuShon’s] family, you know? I didn’t want to do something exploitative for the show that didn’t work with real life. And I knew so many of our cast members were very close to her and they wanted to do something nice.
While many fans may have wondered why DuShon Monique Brown’s death wasn’t written into last season, according to Derek Haas they simply didn’t have time to figure out how to wrap up Connie’s story and fit it into the show. And, in what was a very smart move, Haas wanted to make sure that he didn’t rush into anything which may have led to the show doing something unintentionally disrespectful to the character, or (even worse) Brown’s family. Haas also noted that several cast members were very close to Brown, and they wanted to make sure whatever the show did with Connie would be something nice that would allow them, and fans, to mourn the actress in a sweet way.
In the premiere, when everyone gathers for the shift briefing, Boden tells them that Connie had actually been working on her masters degree in counseling, and, having finished the program, she’s now off to her dream job. Her new employer asked her to start immediately, and Boden didn’t have the heart to say no to her. Meaning she left without getting a chance to say her goodbyes to anyone other than Boden. Haas said that this way of writing Connie off was courtesy of one of Chicago Fire‘s head writers, who figured that it would be a good way to pay respect to Brown’s life.
Andrea Newman, one of our head writers, had this idea. She said, ‘Connie and DuShon are not the same. Connie’s a character and DuShon’s the actress, they don’t have to have the same fate.’ So, she had that idea of [us having] the tribute be toward who DuShon was in her life, which was actually, in addition to her acting, she was a counselor.
The news of Connie’s departure prompts Herrmann to say, “I didn’t get to say goodbye. None of us did,” with Boden replying, “That’s OK, ’cause she knows how much we love her here.” Obviously, this was a way to pay tribute to the no-nonsense character of Connie, but also served as a true send off for DuShon Monique Brown, with some sincere feelings from the cast and crew added for good measure. And, for Haas, this was really the ideal way to handle such a difficult situation. About the conversation between Herrmann and Boden, he said:
I think that’s what we all wanted to say.
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While Doctor Sivana uses his impressive intellect to cause trouble for Shazam, when it comes to physicality, Black Adam is the hero’s greatest opponent. Black Adam derives his abilities from different mythological figures than Shazam, but his strength, speed, stamina, wisdom, power and courage on par with Shazam’s, if not sometimes higher. Seeing those two duke it out in a cinematic setting would be similar to the battle that unfolded between Superman and General Zod in Man of Steel, only this time, magic is also part of the equation. When we’ll see such a fight is hard to say, but as Zachary Levi made clear during his appearance at the Baltimore Comic-Con (via Comic Book Resources), he’s ready for the onscreen Shazam/Black Adam showdown. As far as a fight between the characters goes, yes, presumably Billy Batson would come out victorious in the end. That said, in real life, it’s reasonable to say with absolute certainty that it’d be Levi who’d be getting his candy ass kicked by Johnson. No question about it.
4. All In The Family
The oldest show on the list, and arguably the pioneer of offensive television, is All In The Family. That was kind of the point, of course, as All In The Family creator Norman Lear created the series based on the generational gap between he and his father as well as the struggle of being older and living within rapidly changing times. Archie Bunker was lauded as America’s “lovable bigot,” which isn’t a title most people would receive or willingly embrace in this day and age. This show covered racism, prejudice, rape, abortion, and war, and it got massive ratings, awards, and critical acclaim for doing so. It paved the way for the modern offensive shows today, hilariously enough, with a character who longed for the “good old days.”
In a film full of badass moments that make you pump your fists and grin like an idiot, one of my favorite moments from Avengers: Infinity War comes during the Battle of Wakanda, when Captain America and Black Panther race out in front of everybody to get first crack at the Black Order and the Outriders. The scene showed just how similar in power and bravery these two heroes are. Now a new theory connects Black Panther and Captain America beyond just their similar heroic traits. According to the fan theory, the Super Soldier Serum that made Steve Rogers Captain America actually comes from the Heart-Shaped Herb that gives Black Panther his powers.
The theory comes from Reddit user 4DimensionalToilet (great name) and begins with the premise that Captain America and Black Panther have very similar powers of enhanced strength and speed, as we’ve seen in their contests together and against one another in the aforementioned Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War. We know that Captain America’s powers come from the Super Soldier Serum created by Dr. Abraham Erskine. Dr. Erskine was the only person ever to have perfected it the serum, but that was after a failed attempt that turned Johann Schmidt into the Red Skull. It was only when he joined forces with Howard Stark did the formula prove successful with Steve Rogers. We also know that Howard Stark presented Cap’s shield to him. The shield is made of vibranium, which is only found in Wakanda, which makes where he got it not difficult to figure out.
Perhaps when acquiring the vibranium for Cap’s shield, either himself or via a third party, Howard Stark heard about the Black Panther and his abilities. Stark being Stark, he obviously sought this as a part of his work with the military. At some point, Howard Stark could have brought this information to Dr. Erskine and set out to use the Heart-Shaped Herb to create an American super soldier. Perhaps Stark obtained it through some sort of trade or he stole it outright, but the Heart-Shaped Herb winds up being the key ingredient in the serum, stabilizing it to prevent the kind of mutations that happened to the Red Skull. So the similarity in powers between Black Panther and Captain America is a result of both of their powers being derived from the Heart-Shaped Herb.
This is definitely a fun theory that establishes a bond of origin for the two heroes’ powers, but there are some things that seem to go against it being canon. Presumably the reason the serum finally worked was due to the Vita-radiation chamber and not some special ingredient in the serum. It also worked because of who was taking it. The process brought out who Steve Rogers was on the inside, the same as it made Red Skull as ugly on the outside as his internal beliefs.
There is also the matter of the Heart-Shaped Herb. Given how great Wakanda is at secrecy and hiding its true nature, it seems unlikely that they were having dealings with Howard Stark. And there’s no way they would ever give him, or any non-Wakandan, the Heart-Shaped Herb. It just doesn’t jibe with their isolationist philosophy or the sacred importance placed on the herb. What’s more likely is that Howard Stark didn’t get the vibranium from Wakanda. The vibranium comes from a meteorite that crashed in Wakanda, but other, smaller pieces could have landed elsewhere and Stark’s team simply found a deposit.
Even if it’s not canon, these fan theories are always fun as they drive greater investment and a more careful analysis of the MCU films. There will be no shortage of fan theories as we count down the days until Captain Marvel and especially Avengers 4, both of which have a fair bit of mystery surrounding them.