Chrissy Teigen Won’t Be Shamed For Not Breastfeeding

Chrissy Teigen doesn’t take kindly to comments criticizing her parenting methods. On Instagram, one commenter was trying to bemoan the Lip Sync Battle television personality for feeding her five-month-old son Miles from the bottle, rather than breastfeeding the infant child. And while she didn’t necessarily want to type it out outright, Teigen didn’t believe it was the commenter’s right to speak out against the way she’s raising her child. As always, the TV personality and social media influencer made her opinions known.

The controversy arrived on Instagram after John Legend posted a picture of Chrissy Teigen and her family, including her grandmother, Vilailuck Teigen, backstage of The Voice. Her husband is set to become a coach on the NBC music series during its 16th season. In the photo that John Legend posted, the television host was seen on a couch, feeding her infant son with a bottle. It’s this simple image that drew a critical comment online.

When The Voice coach was asked if she doesn’t breastfeed Miles anymore, Chrissy Teigen had the following retort to give to the person asking away.

It’s hard to deny that Chrissy Teigen’s comment is undeniably true. John Legend has, indeed, never breastfeed his young children. And later in the post, Teigen received some support from a stranger who said a few words that Teigen wasn’t willing to say online.

In response to this helpful comment, Chrissy Teigen backed up the person’s comments by replying with the following behind-the-scenes information.

Shots fired. It’s never easy to receive some criticism from a high profile celebrity. But if you are dishing it out in the first place, you better expect it to come. Reading these words, some critics might not wan to take the time to write snide remarks about Chrissy Teigen’s parenting. But you never know. The Internet is always filled with critical people. There’s certainly someone out there willing to say something rude to Ms. Teigen.

If that’s the case, they should know that Chrissy Teigen is going to continue dishing it out. She’s tired of hearing rude and inconsiderate comments about her parenting skills, and it’s apparent that she isn’t completely afraid to utter out a few inappropriate words of her own if people still want to offer their feedback about her parenting priorities. We’re sure someone out there is going to make a fuss in one way or another in the near future. Whatever that fuss might be, and however Chrissy Teigen responds to it, you can totally be sure to read all about it right here at CinemaBlend.

Modern Family Dropped A Pregnancy Shocker On One Character

Spoilers below for anyone who hasn’t yet watched Modern Family’s latest episode.

Through its first nine seasons, Modern Family successfully jumped from one season to the next without doing much to shake up the status quo. Season 10, however, has already shown off some unusual storyline shifts. To say nothing of that overhyped death that didn’t do much to win audiences over, the ABC mainstay threw another bump in the road by revealing Sarah Hyland’s Haley Dunphy is pregnant. What the what?

That’s right, Haley started off “Did the Chicken Cross the Road?” by wanting to prove herself a more mature person than how Luke’s personality assessment pegged her. Her attempts fell flat, and she ended up going to ride bumper cars with Dylan. While applying lipstick inside one of the cars, which is something every mature person does with frequency, Dylan rammed into her, sending the lipstick tube up her nose, requiring a hospital trip.

The tests she took inside the emergency room clued nurses into the fact that Haley is an expectant mother, which technically does make her a more adult person than she was before the episode’s events took place. So…yay?

Sarah Hyland and others were heavily teasing just such a twist in the aftermath of DeDe Pritchett’s death, but came short of making a full reveal. Still, fans were tuned into the possibility, with Haley’s mega-appetite in that death episode cluing some in on potential body changes.

Speaking of body changes, Sarah Hyland took to social media to show off the process of getting fitted for a faux baby bump.

The reveal, while only somewhat shocking in the scheme of things, was not exactly one that got fans hyped about where things are heading. Many spoke out on social media about how bothered they are by this turn of events, but it’s not so much that Haley is pregnant. It’s that Modern Family seems to be telling us that Haley is pregnant with Dylan’s baby, which is not everyone’s ideal relationship for Hyland’s character.

When the newly divorced Dylan came back into Haley’s life in Season 10, it almost necessarily meant that relationships were no longer viable with previous boyfriends Andy or Arvin. Granted, Modern Family wasn’t 100% explicit in spelling out that Dylan is the father, so there’s still some wiggle room for the comedy to drop yet another big shocker on fans. But will it?

It’s certainly interesting that Modern Family would choose to bring a pregnancy storyline into the fray in Season 10, at a point when conversations are swirling around this possibly being the show’s final season. Everyone seems like they’d be fine with it, but wouldn’t turn down the chance to come back for at least one more year.

ABC hasn’t made any decisions yet. However, the ratings are no longer dominating and with the cast’s salaries regularly among the largest in TV, the decision to end it wouldn’t come out of left field.

Hot Take Theory Time: What if Modern Family‘s creative team is making Haley pregnant in order to give Sarah Hyland her own spinoff series in the wake of the flagship’s departure? Sure, there are plenty of characters that a follow-up show could center on. However, what would be more fitting than watching the next generation of the Pritchett-Dunphy bloodline getting reared?

Modern Family airs on ABC on Wednesday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see what all the other new and returning shows dotting the schedule are, be sure to keep current with our fall TV premiere guide.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Review

In pop culture, we are living in the age of the fan. Never before have audiences had so many options for entertainment available at any given time. Superhero cinematic universes and heavily serialized television programs, as examples, are notable extensions of this, and it stretches to the world of Harry Potter as well.

In fact, David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a perfect example. The movie is solid and loaded with fun characters and sequences, but it’s also a ride that is designed specifically to be enjoyed by those who have long invested their hearts into the Wizarding World. It is, however, also very much a double-edged sword. While you also have to admire the movie’s commitment and confidence in itself, it’s definitely going to leave some crowds feeling like they are on the outside looking in.

The second chapter in the Fantastic Beasts series, and based on the second screenplay from author J.K. Rowling, The Crimes of Grindelwald picks up a year after its predecessor and begins as its titular villain (Johnny Depp) makes a daring jailbreak in hopes of continuing his mission: finding the powerful young wizard Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) and convincing him to join his side. Of course, Grindelwald being free sets off all kinds of alarms, and it’s not long before news gets back to England and magizoologist/burgeoning celebrity Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).

Having had some experience with Grindelwald in the last movie, Newt knows exactly what it is that the dark wizard is trying to do, but also can’t legally do anything about it because of a punishment that forbids him from international travel. Plus, unlike his bureaucrat brother Thesueus (Callum Turner), he’s also not entirely comfortable choosing sides in the imminent war. This all changes, however, when friends Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob (Dan Fogler) arrive from New York with news that Queenie’s sister Tina (Katherine Waterston) is in Paris looking for both Grindelwald and Credence — and the legendary Dumbledore (Jude Law) asks for Newt’s help in the matter.

That description probably isn’t going to make a lot of sense to those who don’t have at least some background with this property — and that’s on purpose, in that it’s representative of the mode in which Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald operates from the start. Being the tenth chapter in a movie franchise that has earned over $8 billion to date, it has a strong expectation of the audiences’ presumed knowledge, and doesn’t slow down once it gets rolling. The perfect example of this? It never actually features or explains what the “crimes of Grindelwald” are.

For the die-hards, this will be seen as a blessing, as few things will take you out of a movie faster than a string of exposition filled with information that you already know. If you’re not a person who is aware of the Lestrange family, know what a Boggart is, or can immediately recognize the halls of Hogwarts, though, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is trouble. It’s a film that throws you into the deep end of the pool, telling you to sink or swim, and while it’s possible to tread and keep your head above water, it doesn’t exactly make for a wholly satisfying experience.

It speaks to the comfortability of J.K. Rowling as a creator, and is an advancement for her as a novelist-cum-screenwriter following Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The sequel is much more tonally consistent than the previous movie (opting to be more Prisoner of Azkaban than Sorcerer’s Stone), and it seems to have a much clearer idea of the larger story that it wants to tell. However, Rowling also does seem to still be adjusting to the very different way information is offered on screen versus in text, with certain bits coming across as throttling in their delivery.

With so much going on, it’s the characters that ground Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, as it plays host to charming and engaging performances from its talented ensemble. Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander remains a strange, atypical franchise lead (what with his regular inability/hesitance to make eye contact with the people he’s talking to), but his charisma comes from his amiability, and his general attitude makes his bold stances all the more powerful. What’s more, this is a story that tests him, and forces some very important decisions that move the character forward in key ways.

Similar sentiments can be shared about the majority of the returning Fantastic Beasts cast (though there are some spoilery controversial choices made that can’t be discussed at this time), but unfortunately those particularly excited for the roles played by Jude Law and Johnny Depp may walk away underwhelmed. In the case of the former, Dumbledore has only a very minor part in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, straight-up benched by the Ministry of Magic in the middle of the movie, and Law only has a handful of scenes to establish his take on the great wizard.

Grindelwald is the bigger disappointment, though, with most issues stemming from the lack of any kind of meaningful engagement with the character. At the very start we learn through expositional dialogue that he is a smart and dangerous manipulator, but despite seeing a plethora of recruits, we never actually see him fully execute this skill. Instead, we simply know what he’s doing, and we’re told it’s bad… and that’s about it. Rather than coming across as scary or dangerous, he is merely painted as Representative Antagonist who we only know is sinister because the heroes don’t like him. For all of the controversy surrounding Johnny Depp’s casting, it’s strange just how underutilized he is.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a film where what you get out of it is heavily dependent on what you bring into it. It’s competently made, with David Yates bringing that familiar Harry Potter world aesthetic back for the sixth time, but your appreciation for it is going to entirely depend on the context in which you personally put it. It’s a movie built special for aficionados of the Wizarding World, and while there’s nothing wrong with that in this age of fandom, it’s an element that demands consideration before purchasing a ticket.

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Kevin Feige Addresses The Quantum Realm’s Role In The MCU

With just two movies left of Phase Three, the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is largely a mystery. The studio is keeping its plans under wraps, largely in fear of spoiling the events of The Russo Brothers’ Avengers 4. But there are a few narrative threads to pull at, which may become important when the MCU continues on in the wake of Thanos’ finger snap of death.

One of the biggest question marks is the capabilities of the Quantum Realm, which is a setting largely associated with the Ant-Man franchise. The mysterious location has been teased with vast powers, and Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang was left stranded there after Thanos’ finger snap of death. Kevin Feige recently mentioned how the Quantum Realm has been a long time coming, saying:

At the end of Ant-Man, we followed Scott Lang into the Quantum Realm for the first time. We were beginning to peel back the onion that would later be completely peeled back in Doctor Strange as we go into the multiverse. So that was our little test into that. But now the Quantum Realm is a whole other territory that we can play with to tell our stories. This Quantum Realm is much larger than we ever imagined, and there are all sorts of adventures to be had at that level, which perhaps we will explore in another film.

Well, this is certainly intriguing. Per Kevin Feige’s comments in the book Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years (via ComicBook), it looks like the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to explore the Quantum Realm in future films. And considering the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and The Wasp, that event will be sooner rather than later.

The Quantum Realm has been a cloud looming above both Ant-Man movies, with the blockbusters not really explaining its powers and capabilities. Scott managed to survive his first brief encounter in the first movie, with that moment playing a big part in the rescue of Janet van Dyne in Ant-Man and The Wasp. Janet was eventually brought back with mysterious powers, with little to no explanation about the Quantum Realm given in the film’s third act.

Ant-Man and The Wasp‘s mid-credits episode helped connect it to the greater MCU, as its set the same time as Infinity War‘s epic Battle of Wakanda. After going to the Quantum Realm for some samples, Scott Lang was left stranded as Hope, Hank, and Janet all turned to dust as a result of Thanos’ snap of death. He was last seen floating through the mysterious setting, with no hopes of help.

But the Quantum Realm has also been teased to possibly contain time traveling and/or worm holes, which may be the key to defeating Thanos. If Ant-Man can go back in time or to an alternative reality, then perhaps he can stop the Mad Titan from ever snapping his fingers. The villain almost perished multiple times during Infinity War, so the pint sized hero could be the key to saving the galaxy.

A Star Is Born Just Surpassed Fifty Shades Of Grey For A Box Office Record

A Star is Born has continued its slow climb into the box office record books, and the film just passed a significant milestone. While the movie has never been number one at the box office, A Star is Born has been steadily raking in the cash, and now, the film has surpassed Fifty Shades Of Grey as the highest-grossing domestic romantic movie that isn’t an action movie or fantasy film.

Certainly, it’s a nuanced distinction, but that’s how the box office record game is played. With A Star is Born now having brought in $168 million domestically, it now takes the spot as the fourth highest grossing romantic drama film of all time (via Forbes). Above it currently sits Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor, Ghost, and Titanic, so if you take into account that none of those are traditional romantic dramas that each have other elements to them, A Star is Born has become the highest grossing drama to make its money solely on the relationship dynamic.

Pearl Harbor sits at just under $200 million and Ghost saw a gross of $217 million. It seems like A Star is Born has a decent shot of overtaking Pearl Harbor before things are said and done. It probably won’t do much better than that, but the movie made over $10 million last weekend, in its fifth weekend of release, so the film certainly has legs and isn’t ready to stop quite yet.

The original Fifty Shades of Grey was a huge hit in its own right, though the sequels did not fair nearly as well. However, it not only took 12 weeks to put together the domestic total that it had, but it also made its money a lot faster. It made over $100 million in its first weekend and when it got to the point that A Star is Born is at now, it was making a fraction of the total. A Star is Born’s first weekend brought in a comparatively low $66 million, but it has seen far smaller drop-offs from week to week. Clearly, in this case, the “slow and steady” strategy is paying dividends.

A Star is Born‘s continued box office success is in part surprising because it makes it the rare sort of film that is both financially successful and a serious awards contender. Many consider the movie to be a front-runner for several major awards including both best acting categories for Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. And of course, the Best Picture award is also a distinct possibility. Depending on how well the movie continues to do, and how long it remains in theaters, it could also get an added boost if it’s still around when the major award nominations start to be announced.

It should be pointed out that these numbers are in unadjusted dollars, which doesn’t mean a great deal when comparing A Star is Born to Fifty Shades Of Grey, though it does mean the adjusted box office number for Ghost would actually be quite a bit higher. We’ll have to wait and see how this one really shapes up.

Hitman 2 Review: Building A Better Assassin

The Hitman series has evolved quite a bit over the past 18 years, dropping an increasingly more versatile assassin, Agent 47, into increasingly intricate worlds to carry out his contracts. With Hitman 2, the team at IO Interactive has further refined the series’ many interlocking systems, letting players explore six diverse locales on a quest to hunt down a shadowy organization.

Despite all of the running, jumping, sneaking and shooting, I don’t really think of Hitman as an action series. Hitman is more akin to a meticulously crafted puzzle game, though one boasting problems that have a large number of solutions. After nearly two decades of iterating on that formula, IOI has just about perfected the recipe. If you’ve never been won over by a Hitman game in the past, nothing here is likely to change your mind. If, however, you’re in the market for some well-crafted espionage with a handful of quality-of-life improvements thrown in for good measure, then there’s plenty to like right out of the gate.

Unlike 2016’s Hitman, Hitman 2 (which is actually the seventh entry in the core series) won’t be released episodically. Instead, all six of the game’s core locations will be ready to explore from day one. In case you missed the first game, Hitman 2 begins with a brief recap that brings you up to speed within a couple of minutes. I’m not usually a big fan of that kind of exposition, but it helps make the argument that new players can just dive right into this latest game, even if they missed the original.

As a side note, all of the missions and locations from the first Hitman are actually included in Hitman 2 as either a free download for people who already own the game or as DLC for those who want to tackle the full story. Each of those locations has been enhanced with all of the new features from Hitman 2, making for a nice, cohesive package if you’re willing to make the added investment. Since I’m reviewing the base game, though, I won’t be diving into those missions here.

Despite the complex systems running under the hood of a Hitman game, the premise is actually pretty simple. Agent 47 gets dropped off at a location, usually with little more than a silenced pistol, a couple of coins and garrote in his pocket. While the game’s various missions have some diversity built into them, your job is to track down a handful of targets, perhaps grab some intel or tackle a side mission along the way, assassinate a couple Bond-level baddies and then get the heck out of dodge. All of that is tied together with some narrative cutscenes between missions that were honestly a bit hard to follow or care much about. But gameplay takes center stage here, so that’s not exactly an unforgivable offense.

What makes these missions so much fun is the fact that they take place in a sandbox, letting the player explore freely in an effort to learn as much as possible and fulfil their duties however they see fit. The number of variables at play is impressive, including the layout and complexity of the maps, the behavior of the NPCs, plenty of enemies and security measures to keep an eye out for and a world literally littered with possibilities.

You know that scene in Pulp Fiction when Bruce Willis is about to exact some revenge and starts looking for a weapon? He starts out with a hammer, then puts it down when he discovers a baseball bat. He puts the bat down when he discovers a chainsaw, then is overcome with joy when he locates a katana. IOI has turned that scene into a game, peppering the maps of Hitman 2 with hundreds of items that can be used to distract guards, create diversions and, of course, dispatch your foes. The game’s tagline is “make the world your weapon,” and both the items and various environmental components let you do exactly that.

On top of all of those tools at your disposal, maps are open enough to allow the player to figure out their own way through a given challenge. I’ll use a spoiler-free example pulled from the Whittleton Creek map, an idyllic community set in the good ole U.S. of A. In order to get into a house, I counted no fewer than three open windows, each with varying degrees of security to guard them. There was also basement access and a couple of standard doors. To get through those doors, I could straight-up break in or perhaps knock out a guard who happened to have a key. As for the target, maybe there’s a way to take them out that doesn’t even require going into the house in the first place.

Again, that’s just a single house on a single map, and Hitman 2 is absolutely overflowing with these types of scenarios that task the player with everything from taking out a father/daughter duo at a Miami race track to dispatching a trio of drug lords in Santa Fortuna. Your job is to explore, learn from your surroundings, take advantage of the tools at your disposal, don a few dozen disguises and outthink various obstacles in order to pull off the best hit you can imagine.

It’s a heck of a lot of fun seeing a plan come full circle and, yes, it can even be a blast when everything you’ve carefully built toward comes crumbling down. The game offers multiple difficulty levels for those who want to play more seriously and those who just want to goof off and try out new ideas, and the fact that it’s constantly saving your progress in the background means that, if things get too out of hand, resetting to a point before everything fell apart is a breeze.

On top of that, Hitman 2 boasts a new picture-in-picture intel feature that gives you better context concerning the world around you. If you’re being told about a van that might contain some useful equipment, you’ll get a quick glance at the van itself, which should help you locate it on the map more easily. If the body of a guard you knocked out gets discovered, you’ll catch a sneak peek of the scenario and know to maybe avoid that area while they search for the culprit. New alert notifications also help you understand the threat level of a given area at a glance, and Agent 47’s “instinct” vision is a huge help when it comes to keeping track of your enemies, locating interactive objects in the environment or some new toys to play with.

If you prefer the action to stay more focused, each map also contains a collection of stories to help guide you through your hits. An example of this is overhearing a conversation whereby you learn that a certain target enjoys food served by a specific food vendor over by the docks. Armed with that information, the game will guide you through a series of events that can lead to some pretty rad pre-scripted assassinations. These help flesh out the narrative and serve as great inspiration for other ways you can carry out your contracts with more pizzazz.

And since this is a Hitman game, there’s plenty of reason to dive into each mission over and over again. Things like discovering new areas, picking up hidden items and completing the dozens of challenges spread across each mission will grant you Mastery of that level. Earning Mastery levels will unlock even more variety in the given mission, allowing you to start with more items, begin the mission from different locations and even have useful tools dropped off at key locations around the map.

There’s a heck of a lot crammed into each of these missions, making for a more rewarding experience for players who are willing to keep exploring and experimenting. On top of that, Hitman 2 boasts a Contracts mode that lets players create or play customized scenarios. Post-launch plans also include weekly updates with everything from special Contracts created by the developers, new Challenges to tackle across the various maps and more. The first Elusive Target mission even stars Sean Bean as “The Undying,” an especially difficult target with a knack for faking his own death.

If that’s not enough to keep you busy, you can also dive into the game’s pair of new activities including Sniper Assassin and Ghost Mode. The former lets you play solo or cooperatively in an effort to achieve clean kills with nothing more than a sniper rifle. The game launches with the Himmelstein, Austria, map which hosts a collection of criminals attending an insanely posh wedding. As for Ghost Mode, it’s a competitive showdown that tasks a player with taking out a collection of five targets more quickly and cleanly than their opponent. You’ll be on the “same” map and be able to see each other, but you won’t be able to interfere with each other’s environment.

It’s clear IOI wanted to make Hitman 2 a complete package, one that keeps players returning through regular updates. While only time will tell how the second part of that statement pans out, the team definitely delivered in terms of content. You could work your way through the campaign and peck at the extra game modes and probably get a solid dozen hours of entertainment out of the core experience. But that’s definitely not the way this game is meant to be played. IOI wants players to master each of these locations and they offer plenty of rewards to make it worth the effort.

This review based on a PlayStation 4 copy of the game provided by the publisher.

Rating:
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4.0/5

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Andy Serkis Had A Surprise Contribution To Overlord

In the world of performance capture, there is no name bigger than Andy Serkis. The man helped revolutionize a new acting method when he played Gollum in Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and he has since cemented his legacy in the field with the modern Planet of the Apes movies. Nobody alive is more famous for their full-body performing skills than Serkis — so he made a natural choice for actor Pilou Asbaek to turn to when he was making the new sci-fi war film Overlord.

The new Bad Robot production had its world premiere earlier this fall at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, and it was the day after that screening that I had the pleasure of sitting down with director Julius Avery and Pilou Asbaek — who plays the villainous Commander Wafner in the film. Part of the film sees Asbaek’s character injected with an experimental serum that sees him turn into an undead monster, and it was while discussing that aspect of the role that I learned about his Andy Serkis lessons. I asked about how the two men worked to define the effects of the serum, and the actor explained,

It should be noted that Pilou Asbaek doesn’t actually do any specific motion capture work in Overlord, with the effects of the serum shown primarily through practical make-up, but the important thing here was figuring out how the character moves. Wafner goes through a physical transformation through the movie that changes the way his body operates, and it was with help from Andy Serkis that the actor wanted to fully explore that part of the performance.

Based on an original screenplay by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith, Overlord begins in the hours before D-Day during World War II, and centers on a group of American soldiers executing a covert mission. In order for the invasion of Normandy Beach to happen, the heroes must take down a tower blocking communications — but it’s while sneaking into France that the men discover a Nazi plot that is far more nefarious and dangerous than anything the world has ever seen. They’re mass producing super strong mutant zombies with special abilities — and as Julius Avery puts it,

You can watch Pilou Asbaek and Julius Avery discuss the rules of the serum in Overlord and the Andy Serkis lessons by clicking play on the video below.

In addition to Pilou Asbæk, Overlord also stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, and Ian De Caestecker, and it’s heading to theaters this Friday. Catch it in a theater near you, and stay tuned for more about the film here on CinemaBlend.

The Flash: First Look At Caitlin’s Dad, Thomas Snow

On The Flash, one would be hard-pressed to find a character that doesn’t have some kind of baffling family situation that is only barely comparable to anyone else in the world. Season 5 already tipped the scales with Barry and Iris’ future-daughter Nora, but it’ll also dip more firmly into the backstory of Caitlin’s father, Thomas Snow. Formerly presumed dead, the genius scientist is most certainly still alive, and The Flash has released a first look shot at Thomas.

While we have yet to see how villain Cicada’s potential fatherhood will play into this season in full, I am pumped for The Flash to finally dig deeper into Caitlin’s family history. Which means I’m pumped to figure out where Thomas Snow has been all this time, along with how and where Team Flash is able to come into contact with him.

As played by Veronica Mars vet Kyle Secor, Thomas Snow looks like he’s got FROST-ed tips in his hair, which are complemented quite well by the blue hue in the room. (I mean, seriously, Cobalt Blue could be hiding in plain site in that lab.) I’m getting the feeling that Thomas was hidden away and preserved through cryogenics or whatever The Flash‘s version of that technology is.

We know Caitlin has had her Killer Frost powers since she was a young girl, even if we don’t know how they came to exist. So it stands to reason that Thomas could also have some temperature-related abilities at his disposal. As such, Thomas may have been in a deep freeze state ushered forth by his own powers without any machines.

On the flip side, Cicada’s presence in Season 5 has tipped Flash fans off to there being meta-tech in the world that stands alone from the metahuman abilities that were caused by the particle accelerator explosion. Thomas may also be clued in on such advanced devices and tools, which maybe have played a role in his extended absence.

Now, we probably wouldn’t have expected for Caitlin and Thomas’ big reunion to be one full of music, dancing and other festivities. Still, Thomas looks pretty intense in the pic above, which brings us to another important question regarding his return to Caitlin’s life: why did he seemingly fake his death and go into hiding in the first place? And how does Caitlin’s mom factor into it?

Unfortunately, the episode’s logline isn’t going to help us on these fronts. It just states that “The Icicle Cometh” will see “Caitlin, Barry and Cisco learn something new about Caitlin’s father.” I’d like to learn some old things about the guy, too, if possible.

The November 20 episode will also follow Sherloque Wells and Iris as they look into aclue concerning Cicada. Good for Iris to keep putting trust in Sherloque, but why is she the one working with him in this scenario? (Group math, I know, but still.) Hopefully Barry and Iris are still on good terms after Rag Doll’s arrival shakes things up for the couple.

Will Thomas Snow’s arrive have anything to do with Cicada’s presence, or are the two mutually exclusive? Is anything that happens on The Flash mutually exclusive from everything else? Possible, but not likely, especially with Nora around causing well-intentioned mayhem.

Frozen 2 Has Already Come Up With Four New Songs

We’re just over a year away from the release of Frozen 2 and we just got a big update on one of the most important parts of the movie, the music. The Oscar-winning team of Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez is back once again to create the music for the sequel and director Jennifer Lee has confirmed that the movie already has four songs, including one that was just completed, which apparently bowled over the director. According to Lee…

Four songs have already been chosen for the film, including this one which Jennifer Lee tells Variety is an “evolution.” It’s not entirely clear what that means, but she clearly thinks this particular song is quite special, making one wonder if Frozen 2 will have it’s own hit song that you won’t be able to get out of your head, or get your kids to stop singing, for two years.

Frozen was a massive hit for Disney and a large part of the reason for that was the remarkable soundtrack. That included “Let it Go” the song that became an anthem and won an Oscar for Best Original Song. The pressure is almost certainly on to match the success of the first film in every way possible and that will include making a soundtrack that’s just as memorable as the first film.

The production of Frozen 2 has been going on for years, Jennifer Lee says she’s been working with the songwriters alone for the last two years. There have likely been numerous songs attempted in that time that have had to change. Either it was decided that the song wasn’t quite right, or the story of the movie actually changed to the point that the song no longer fit.

While scripts need to be finished before any real work can begin on filming a live-action movie, in the case of animated movies, stories are often reworked again and again as it’s decided that certain things don’t work.

In the case of the original Frozen, the script originally had Elsa as a more traditional villain rather than simply being misunderstood. Some of the music that was originally written but scrapped made it on to the extended version of the Frozen soundtrack and we’ll likely get the same for Frozen 2.

The original Frozen had seven main songs, and one would assume that the sequel will follow suit, so there are probably at least a couple more on the way from the Frozen 2 songwriters. The sequel is ever so slightly closer than it had been, the release date was recently moved up, from November 27 2019 to November 22.

One Of Avengers: Infinity War’s Fake Scripts Had Loki Surviving

Despite arriving in theaters back in April, the events of Avengers: Infinity War are still being felt throughout the MCU, and the movie world as we know it. The Russo Brothers crafted an emotional and epic story, servicing tons of characters in the process. Josh Brolin’s Thanos killed countless fan favorites, and the stakes got really high when he murdered Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in the opening sequence.

But not everyone got the memo that Loki was going to perish. Mostly because the folks behind Infinity War put fake scripts out there, which helped to protect the blockbuster’s myriad secrets. One had Loki escaping the Asgardian ship, as The Russo Brothers recently explained:

Well, that’s one way to avoid spoilers. Multiple scripts put each one into question. So if the real events of Infinity War got leaked, there’d be no telling which script was fake, and which was genuine. And it worked, because Infinity War had countless unexpected twists and turns.

The Russo Brothers’ new comments come from the new book The Art of Avengers: Infinity War (via Screen Rant) where various members of the production team open up about the process of crafting the third Avengers flick. There were a ton of balls in the air, and it seemed almost impossible to use every character properly. This includes Loki, who was arguably the most fascinating Marvel villain before Thanos arrived on the scene.

Unfortunately for the God of Mischief, he didn’t end up escaping from a pod and making his way to Earth for the battles in Wakanda or New York. Instead, Loki ended up making one more play at power and survival– hopefully saving both his brother and the galaxy in the process. After handing over the tesseract to Thanos, he tried to assassinate the Mad Titan.

But Thanos wasn’t going to be killed that easily, or killed at all, during Avengers: Infinity War. Quite a few characters nearly ended it, with Loki, Gamora, and Thor all making strong attempts at Thanos’ life. But the power of the Infinity Stones proved the endless macguffin, especially once he got his hands on the Time Stone.

Of course, there are still plenty of theories claiming that Loki might not be dead. He was the god of mischief, so perhaps it was just a projection of the character? The Thor franchise got new life with Ragnarok, so perhaps Tom Hiddleston will want to stick around.

Marvel fans will learn more when Avengers 4 arrives in theaters on May 3rd. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.