Posted April 13, 2017 by Nick RomanoHan Solo is back from the dead. It was a brilliant opportunity.”The reunion between Ford, Hamill, and the other actors on the stage, including Peter Mayhew, also proved to be an emotional reminder of the one crucial figure missing from this picture.”Carrie Fisher, I’ve said many times now, she really is a modern woman,” Lucas said in tribute to the late star. “It was a good landing,” the scruffy nerf herder joked.When asked how playing the dirty, rotten, intergalactic scoundrel has affected his life, Ford deadpanned, “It’s made no difference in my life whatsoever,” before offering a more serious answer.”It was the beginning of an incredible ride. “And the story we had to tell was more than sufficient, it was full of humor and emotion and conflict.”He continued, “It was a brilliant invention of a mythology that has sustained interest for over 40 years. “You could have the most brilliant cast in the world, but they [referring to himself, Hamill, and the late Carrie Fisher] had a story to tell,” he said. It’s been a good ride.”Even after Ford’s (presumably) last appearance as Han Solo in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — barring any flashbacks or Force ghost appearances, of course — the performance has remained so iconic that the franchise is bringing him back by way of Alden Ehrenreich in the still-untitled Han Solo prequel film. Well, kind of.Harrison Ford surprised Star Wars Celebration fans when he took the stage at the 40th anniversary panel Thursday in Orlando, joining his costar Mark Hamill on stage for a mini-reunion that had the crowd on its feet.”I can’t believe we managed to keep this a secret, considering you landed your plane on I-4,” moderator Warwick Davis teased Ford, in light of the actor’s recent airplane fiasco. Any actor without a story to tell might as well go home. It wasn’t the very beginning, but that was also with George [Lucas] — a part in ‘American Graffiti.’ Then I went back to carpentry work and, then, along came George who put me to work in an extraordinary event that we all celebrate.
Meanwhile, the first Bachelorette, Trista Rehn Sutter, is the only “Bachelorette” lead to have been cast on DWTS, back in Season 1 (and she was the first boot — sad trombone). Either way, after casting Nick Viall on a fifth ABC reality show, any argument about stars putting fame over love just falls flat.[via Entertainment Tonight, Us Weekly]Want more stuff like this? I know what’s going on there.” After a pause, she continued, “I will say, I hope that now that it’s come to light that the Bachelorettes haven’t really had the opportunity before [to appear on DWTS] that [the situation] it changes.”You could argue that the timing just works out better for “Bachelor” stars to go straight from that show’s ending to the premiere of DWTS in the spring, whereas “The Bachelorette” airs after the spring seasons of DWTS, and then there’s a long summer break until DWTS returns in the fall. OK.JoJo Fletcher just echoed that idea, telling Refinery29 she “would have” done DWTS, “But some contractual things kinda got in the way.” She also addressed Kaitlyn’s tweet, telling Refinery, “Yeah. They’ve had romantic pairings before. (Remember when pro Julianne Hough danced with her then-boyfriend?) Or they could cast this spring’s Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, for the DWTS fall season. Just the usual ABC drama in action!Sharna stopped by Entertainment Tonight’s studio for a Facebook live interview where she confirmed she is single and keeping it professional with her DWTS partner. Why not?”DWTS and Bachelor Nation have been crossing over for years. She said she had gotten an offer from DWTS, but Bachelor boss Mike Fleiss told her she couldn’t do the show:Actually I was offered it, had the contract & Mike Fliess told me I wasn’t allowed.He said he didnt want people wanting fame after his show🤔 https://t.co/nSzricohi4
— Kaitlyn Bristowe (@kaitlynbristowe) February 27, 2017Can you imagine? Heck, maybe they could even cast her Chosen One as her partner? But that argument falls apart if, say, Kaitlyn was really asked to go on DWTS.DWTS could cover both bases if ABC casts Sharna as the next Bachelorette and then has her go straight back into dancing as a pro in the spring DWTS. I would love to. True, Melissa Rycroft was cast — twice — but she was a last-minute replacement casting in DWTS Season 8 when Nancy O’Dell was injured, and she was a “Bachelor” star hot off Jason Mesnick’s trainwreck finale. Jake Pavelka and Nick Viall can go fame hunting on multiple shows, but not Kaitlyn? Like us on Facebook. No, sure. Who doesn’t want a bunch of beautiful men around you all pining for your attention? Rycroft did so well she was invited back for DWTS’s All-Stars season, which she won.You may recall how “Bachelorette” Kaitlyn Bristowe recently called out the double standard of ABC casting more “Bachelor” guys on DWTS than “Bachelorette” ladies. Bachelor Nick Viall is currently competing, following past Bachelors Chris Soules, Sean Lowe, and Jake Pavelka. Sure, why not? She also answered a fan question on whether she’d consider being the Bachelorette:”Yeah! Posted April 13, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Dancing With the Stars” professional dancer Sharna Burgess is single — despite being pushed into showmance mode with her Season 24 partner Bonner Bolton — and the stunning ginger Aussie is more than willing to be the next lead of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” Meanwhile, a second former “Bachelorette” just called out Bachelor Nation on its gender bias when it comes to DWTS casting.
“I mean, part of that is the fact that I’ve been pretty much housebound. But also his character probably wouldn’t eat here, and he certainly wouldn’t score meth here.”Chuck scoring meth — now that’s a picture. Chuck isn’t exactly the most popular guy, but we are pretty attached to the brilliant Michael McKean. It is proven to him that maybe he can’t do it alone. (He’d make Ernesto do it, you know he would.) So what is next for Chuck?”Well, I can’t get too specific. But what happens with Chuck in the meantime?We know “Breaking Bad” Los Pollos boss/badass Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) is entering the picture very soon in “Better Call Saul” Season 3, but it sounds like Chuck won’t have any interaction with him. Here’s the synopsis: “Jimmy and Kim hire an assistant; Mike seeks out a mysterious acquaintance; Chuck uses the law to gain an advantage over Jimmy.”Want more stuff like this? Posted April 13, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Better Call Saul” Season 3 just started on AMC, and Michael McKean may have shared a mini spoiler on Chuck McGill’s storyline.Since the show is a “Breaking Bad” prequel, and we never see Jimmy McGill’s (Bob Odenkirk) brother in “Breaking Bad,” it stands to reason Chuck will exit stage right at some point. If you removed the revenge element from his psyche, which is fairly large, I think you’d actually find a human being in there. You can disagree with him, you can root for Jimmy all you want, but Chuck has his point. How will Chuck leave the story? But don’t get too attached.”Don’t get too attached. on AMC. Like us on Facebook. Will he just cut off ties with Jimmy, when Jimmy eventually drops his original name and becomes Saul Goodman, or will something more sinister (or just sad) happen?”Better Call Saul” Season 3 premiered Episode 1 on April 10, and Episode 2, “Witness,” airs Monday, April 17 at 10 p.m. He could’ve — that actually might’ve been interesting, since they both seem so uptight but also know how to be ruthless — but McKean was at a Los Pollos Hermanos pop-up in New York City to promote the premiere of Season 3, and he admitted Chuck had no connection to that world.”My character never interacts with anybody in this building, or anybody in this part of the world,” McKean told TV Guide at the pop-up Los Pollos. I will say this.
But not me and not you. “She was a princess, she was a senator, she played a part that was very smart.” He added, “She was the boss; it was her role.”Lucas explained that he wanted someone young to play the role of Princess Leia, and Fisher dazzled the “Star Wars” creator with her strength, smarts, humor, and her bold and tough personality.”There really wasn’t much of a question,” Lucas revealed. That was why she loved you, because you accepted and embraced all of her — the strong soldier of a woman she was, and also the vulnerable side of her, who also openly fought her own dark side.”As she paused occasionally to compose herself, she added: “In our world, ‘Star Wars’ ultimately became our religion, our family, and our way of life, and I wanted to be here with all of you because I know that many of you feel the same way.”Fans stood up in applause as Lourd finished by reciting Leia’s famous plea to Obi-Wan Kenobi.Fans held back tears as the panel concluded, first with a video montage of behind-the-scenes footage of Fisher, intercut with clips from various interviews and convention appearances.The panel ended with a surprise appearance by “Star Wars” composer John Williams leading the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in a live performance of “Leia’s Theme.” “We’ll all love her forever and ever.”For Kennedy, “there was no greater honor” than working with Fisher. “She will be remembered forever, even by those who are not old enough to say the words ‘May the Force be with you.'” Watch the video tribute below:Perhaps the most emotional moment was when Lourd, dressed as in a very Leia-esque white dress, took center stage. Posted April 13, 2017 by Nick RomanoYou can’t celebrate the 40-year legacy of “Star Wars” without acknowledging Carrie Fisher.George Lucas, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, came out for the 40th anniversary Star Wars Celebration panel in Orlando Thursday to pay tribute to the late actress, who passed away in December 2016.”I’ve said many times now that she really is a modern woman, and she isn’t just a woman that you put guys clothes on her and she becomes a hero,” a chocked-up Lucas said. “They’re one in a billion, and for this particular part, she was absolutely perfect.”Even though “she wore a dress through the whole thing,” Lucas called her “the toughest one of the group.””She’ll always be the princess who took command and never backed down — she never was in jeopardy, she was always helping the other guys get out of the messes they created,” he concluded. She recalled of her mother: “She was imperfect in many ways but her imperfections and willingness to speak about them are what made her more than perfect.””My mom, like Leia, was never afraid to speak her mind and say things that might have made most people uncomfortable.
Despite the great risk, the fight of her life will either set her and her sestras free, or see them meet their end.””Orphan Black” premieres June 10 on BBC America.Want more stuff like this? controlled us … With the threat of Neolution having carte blanche access to clone biology, Sarah is desperate to gain control, but realizes she must change tactics to pursue a long game. Like us on Facebook. “But they could not break us.”And now, they are ready to do battle against fellow clone Rachel and the Neolution movement.Season 5 will finally reveal the origins of the clones, as Sarah races to regain control after Rachel stole the clone’s DNA.The official synopsis reads. Even more harrowing is that her daughter Kira has joined them. “The walls close in on Sarah when nearly all her sestras and their allies are brought to heel by Rachel. Protecting both her families, and the host of clones she’s yet to meet, Sarah and those still fighting the fight will uncover the missing pieces of the insidious conspiracy — and finally learn the story behind their origin. Posted April 13, 2017 by Kelly WooFirst rule of Clone Club: Always have your sisters’ backs.In the first trailer for the fifth and final season of BBC America’s “Orphan Black,” the clones show solidarity as they prepare for the fight of their lives.”From the very start, they hunted us … used us … betrayed us,” Sarah, Alison, Helena, and Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) say in turn.
Posted April 13, 2017 by Gina CarboneThis is beyond appalling. It later turned out, Judge, that after the examination of the — of the victim’s body, it was determined that the victim was killed before the fire and that there were no natural causes.”The prosecutor alleged that, based on evidence, Jeffrey Franklin didn’t have any smoke or soot in his mouth, trachea, or bronchi, which would be present if he had died in a fire.According to WBNG, no trial date has been set at this point.You can’t blame “Manchester by the Sea” for this, but it does show how disturbed minds can find “inspiration” for their (alleged) evil deeds just about anywhere, including in a heartbreaking Oscar-winning movie.Want more stuff like this? news station WBNG reported from the transcript of the recent bail review for Heather Franklin, 33, and Ernest Franklin II, 35, charged with murder, arson, and tampering with physical evidence in the death of Jeffrey Franklin, 16.According to the transcript, District Attorney Joseph McBride told the judge the Franklins adopted Jeffrey, a foster child with special needs, in 2012. Prosecutors claimed to have evidence showing she didn’t go to the aisles that had the drug in either store.For the husband’s part, Ernest Franklin claimed that the fire was started at his house accidentally when his wife happened to be out shopping (just like Casey Affleck’s character in “Manchester by the Sea”) and he happened to leave the dogs outside.As McBride put it:”No one else was left in the house, and [Ernest Franklin], with all due respect, was not injured in any way trying to save the alleged — the victim in this particular case. The prosecutor’s allegation is that the parents of that teen watched the movie “Manchester by the Sea,” got inspired by the horrific plotline, murdered their adopted son with special needs, then tried to cover it up with a fire.Norwich, N.Y. She inexplicably left the house, driving around Chenango County and Delaware County, and doesn’t return until the fire totally engulfs the house.”Heather Franklin reportedly told police she went to a couple of stores looking for a certain drug, and that’s why she wasn’t at home. Like us on Facebook. […] There was evidence at the time that the police arrived, the defendant was very calm, cool, collected and pointed to the room where Jeffrey was lying and the defendant had no physical injuries from any attempt to try to save him. That night, according to this defendant, she watched a movie called ‘Manchester by the Sea.’ And in that movie, Judge, the main character in that movie kills his children by an accidental fire and is told in the movie that you can’t be prosecuted for accidentally killing your children, and within two hours of that movie playing to this defendant and her husband, Jeffrey’s deceased. The fact is that a 16-year-old boy from upstate New York is dead. His needs were said to be a “handful” for the parents, in that he had “bowel issues and he had urine control issues” and that was said to put “a very big strain in the family relationship,” and Heather Franklin complained on Facebook about the strain that was putting on her.So, to free themselves from this burden, they allegedly killed him.Spoiler alert: Spoilers from the plot of “Manchester by the Sea” after this point.McBride continued:”Judge, in this particular case, the defendant and her husband, co-defendant, were at home with Jeffrey on the night of February 28th.
Let’s make it happen.”George Lucas was one of the first surprise guests at the panel. But, while he was there to hear Jackson’s pitch, he’s no longer involved with the galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, however, was present, as she emerged on stage to introduce Lucas to the crowd before moving backstage. In fact, from the video screen, Jackson implored Kennedy to contact him and “make it happen.”With so many “Star Wars” films in development, perhaps there is room on Lucasfilm’s slate for Windu’s return. Jackson has anything to do with it, the Jedi will fight again some day.One of the many surprises from the 40th anniversary panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida Thursday was a special video greeting for the fans from Jackson himself.”I just wanna say it’s been a real honor and privilege for being a part of the ‘Star Wars’ community,” he initially told the fans, though he admittedly was only in “three Episodes.”Then he delivered his pitch: “Apparently, I am not dead,” he said, reasoning that many Jedi before him have survived worse fates than Windu. “We know the long and rich history of ‘Star Wars’ characters reappearing.”He added, “Mace Windu is awaiting his return. Posted April 13, 2017 by Nick RomanoMace Windu may have fallen to his death after getting a face full of Force lighting in “Star Wars: Episode III,” but if Samuel L. I mean, if they can bring back Darth Maul, who got cut in half, surely there’s hope for everyone’s favorite wielder of the purple lightsaber.
Riggs shares his own plane crash story — which can’t really compare — in this sneak peek scene:ABC’s second sneak peek shows Mer and Riggs in the tiny airplane bathroom, with Riggs arguing that Mer made eyes at him and wanted him to follow her into the can. It would be creepy apart from his flirty banter and the bouncy music:The full promo has already shown that this flight gets SERIOUSLY bumpy. “Grey’s” fans know all about Mer’s suffering from the Season 8 finale, when we lost Little Grey. on ABC.Want more stuff like this? Fans can’t handle another plane crash, so hopefully this one has a happy ending for Meredith and Riggs — whether they end up together together or not.”Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. Posted April 13, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Grey’s Anatomy” is giving fans another scary plane crisis in tonight’s Season 13, Episode 20, “In the Air Tonight,” — and you know the United jokes will be flying off Twitter.As it turns out, both Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson) have been in plane crashes before. Like us on Facebook.
Want more stuff like this? Posted April 13, 2017 by Gina CarboneCongratulations to Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” for joining the billion-dollar club.The studio proudly announced today that the Emma Watson movie has now passed $1 billion at the global box office, “making it 2017’s highest-grossing film worldwide to date, the highest grossing live-action movie musical of all time and a global phenomenon.”In celebration, Disney posted this brief look at the “Beauty and the Beast” worldwide tour, writing, “To our fans around the world: Thank you for being our guest and helping Beauty and the Beast cross $1 Billion at the global box office.”Box Office Mojo hasn’t quite caught up to the $1 billion toll at this point, still listing “Beauty and the Beast” at just over $986 million at the worldwide box office, from its $160 million production budget. At the moment — and likely only for the moment — “Beauty” is currently ranked No. 29 on the list of highest-grossing films, just ahead of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and behind “The Dark Knight.” However, “The Dark Knight” made just over $1 billion, so it’s possible “Beauty” has dethroned it by now.It’s hard to make direct comparisons to films from several decades ago, but — if you’re curious — Disney’s 1991 animated “Beauty and the Beast” made about $425 million around the world from its $25 million budget.The Disney/Pixar/Lucasfilm/Marvel universe is all over that list of top-grossing films, and we have to imagine both Marvel and Lucasfilm will add more titles soon, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and continuing “Star Wars” saga and standalone films. Like us on Facebook.
@zekerchief has been an amazing partner through all of this. While I can reconcile the personal slight of him outing me, I continue to be troubled by his willingness to deploy such a dangerous stereotype on a global platform.But forgiveness does not require friendship. When that got a huge, instant, angry response from the rest of the tribe, Varner tried to argue that he thought Zeke was already out — at least to the world and “Survivor” at large, just not the people in their tribe. I just choose to hope from afar, thank you very much.”Read the full post. Posted April 13, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Survivor: Game Changers” had quite a memorable night last night, and both Zeke Smith and Jeff Varner are now speaking out to share their sides of what happened.Varner knew he was about to be voted out, so he got desperate at tribal council and — in an attempt to show Zeke’s “deception” — asked why he hadn’t told anyone he was transgender. Like us on Facebook. I needed to calm everyone down. I didn’t know what to say. “Survivor,” with Zeke still competing, continues Wednesdays at 8 p.m. I have hope for Jeff Varner. For both, trans people make easy targets for those looking to invoke prejudice in order to win votes. I spoke as calmly as I possibly could. They defended me passionately. But Zeke had decided not to reveal he was transgender in his first season on “Survivor,” hoping to just play as Zeke and not “the trans Survivor player,” and this was his very public outing in front of the tribe, Jeff Probst, and millions of viewers.Fans reacted on social media with support for Zeke, and Varner posted a statement acknowledging he did a very bad thing:pic.twitter.com/meHYgXkPy9
— Jeff Varner (@JEFFVARNER) April 13, 2017And yet his Twitter is also filled with supportive retweets like “I know tonight may be rough, but as someone who has said a lot of things I shouldn’t have, I support you no matter what” and “just 2 preface…know ur not intentionally malicious, when we make mistakes luckily cameras aren’t ’round…no matter…love ya!”Jeff Probst had his usual post-episode Q&A with Entertainment Weekly to talk about what happened, but he never explained how the conversation went when it comes to sharing all of that on TV. Forgiveness requires hope. Were I in the hands of a lesser leader, I’m sure questions would’ve been peppered my way before I was ready to receive them. […]I don’t believe Varner hates trans people, just as I don’t believe conservative politicians who attack trans people actually care where we use the bathroom. Here’s a section:”I am forever grateful that Probst gave me time to collect myself. Hope that whatever torments his soul will plague him no more. When he pulled me in for a hug, I felt compelled to reciprocate, both as a sign that I was willing to forgive him and that the shots he had fired missed.But, if we’re being perfectly honest with one another, I’ve struggled with that forgiveness in the months following. Forgiveness does not require forgetting or excusing his actions. My left leg settled, and with it the group. The show decides what to leave in and what to edit out, and even though it would’ve been dang near impossible to cut the outing of Zeke — since the tribe didn’t even vote out Varner, he just left after they agreed Varner should leave — it would be interesting to know if there was a conversation in which Zeke had a say on what to show.I am reading all of your reactions to tonight’s #survivor tribal council. Hope that he understands the injury he caused and does not inflict it upon others. Tears dried, voices lowered, and the attention turned to me to make sense of what happened. When he said what he said, he changed both of our lives forever. I could not have responded in the manner in which I did had he not held the wheel while I got my bearings.I tuned back in to the conversation and found chaos — tears, yelling, anger, but mostly confusion. My right leg settled down, but my left still jittered.I took solace in my tribemates. Each word came slowly. I can’t foresee us sipping martinis together in Fire Island. My chance to re-enter appeared — an opportunity to provide clarification. After 18 days starving and competing with me, they knew exactly the man I am, and after that Tribal Council, we all knew exactly the man Varner is.[….] I looked to Varner, now the one hunched and quivering, and contemplated the backlash he would face. Even Probst, the most neutral of arbiters, had my back. — Jeff Probst (@JeffProbst) April 13, 2017You should read Zeke Smith’s guest column in The Hollywood Reporter about his whole experience, including how he felt during that tribal council. Thankfully, my tribemates rebuffed his hateful tactics. Typically, my brain races far ahead of my ability to form words, but then it trudged, carefully selecting its path. on CBS.Want more stuff like this?
Like us on Facebook. You can’t play 2 characters in the same universe!! CRUSH IT!!!!! Posted April 13, 2017 by Gina CarboneBless his R-rated heart, Ryan Reynolds put maximum effort into his response to Josh Brolin’s casting as Cable in “Deadpool 2.”The second the news came out, we wanted to know what Deadpool himself thought, but he needed some time to put together the perfect combination of pop culture visuals — including Brolin’s face in latte foam, and a “Golden Girls” cocktail napkin that we obviously need yesterday:Here’s the image Ryan Reynolds tweeted:And here’s the text he wrote:”The f*ck, Fox! Josh Brolin was in Sicario and I was in Sabrina The Teenage Witch.”He’s not kidding about “Sabrina” — he’s credited as “Seth” in an episode from 1996.@VancityReynolds@deadpoolmovie A Look pic.twitter.com/0kor2WZ6R5
— Rosianna Halse Rojas (@papertimelady) April 12, 2017The joke is really about fans raising their eyebrows over Josh Brolin playing both Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — he’s the big villain of the upcoming ” Avengers: Infinity War” — and now Cable, a Marvel Comics character, in Fox’s “Deadpool”/”X-Men” franchise.By the way, here’s Josh Brolin’s reaction on Instagram:When you have a man-crush on Ryan Reynolds, what do you do? #deadpool2 #cable @20century_fox @vancityreynoldsA post shared by Josh Brolin (@joshbrolin) on Apr 12, 2017 at 11:56am PDTMaybe he can be Reynolds’s next bromance mate, after Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.”Deadpool 2″ is expected to be released in 2018, the same year as “Infinity War.”Want more stuff like this?
Little did Talisa know that she herself would perish. If you look up how Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) could have been behind the Red Wedding, for example, here’s what you get:In her Targaryen worldview, everyone from a Stark to a Lannister to a Baratheon is an enemy because they all brought down her family. Warning, though: Once you go down this rabbit hole, it may take a long time to get out.[h/t: Winter Is Coming] The Freys had instructions to kill only Robb and Cat but something got misinterpreted.It’s out there … On her travels in Essos, Dany came to know Talisa Maegyr and sent her to seduce Robb Stark, so Robb would break his promise to marry a Frey, causing Walder Frey’s betrayal. Improbable doesn’t mean impossible, and definitely not on “Game of Thrones.”There are plenty of other thought-provoking ideas, too, especially considering the number of characters and outcomes the generator lets you combine. The website’s theory generator offers numerous unexpected possibilities by allowing users to match any of 10 remaining characters with 10 possible outcomes. As such, Dany has a motive to eliminate House Stark. The tool makes it easy to connect people to events and actions you’d never have associated with them, so prepare to have your mind boggled. The site then provides an explanation of how each outcome could come to be, or have already unfolded, such as Sansa (Sophie Turner) killing the Night King or Cersei (Lena Headey) controlling the White Walkers.While the brains behind the site openly admit the theories are “crazy,” some are incredibly convincing at the same time. Posted April 12, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongNot all fan theories are created equal, but they’re fun to ponder nonetheless.Thanks to Theories Are Coming, multitudes of “Game of Thrones” fans are in for an abundance of intriguing ones. but also kind of not, right?