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There is little doubt that Jean-Luc Picard is probably the most well-known character played by Patrick Stewart. However, some fans would argue that his portrayal of Charles Xavier in the X-Men films is just as memorable. So can we truly avoid any comparisons between Star Trek: Picard and Logan? Stewart says fans probably shouldn't be doing that.
Stewart recently spoke to Comicbook.com about Picard and how he compared the series to Logan. However, he pointed out that he only did so since the Hugh Jackman film made it easy for him to communicate with the creative team on what he was expecting in the Star Trek series.
“I am reluctant to make comparisons because when I cited Logan it was still a very, very fresh experience for me and I only used it to enforce to the people I was talking to – Alex [Kurtzman] and Michael [Chabon] and Akiva [Goldsman] – that it was very important that our starting off point was not the day that I walked off the Enterprise say, but other things, more complicated things, things that he is perhaps badly responsible for, not doing his job properly, not being effective, and also letting pride control his actions and self-regard control his actions, which is very un-Picard-like but is truthful in this situation,” Stewart said.
This is interesting considering that Logan was filmed back in 2016 before being released the following year. This means that Stewart had already been planning to return as the Enterprise captain for several years. Nevertheless, we're glad that he decided to return to the franchise.
Star Trek: Picard will premiere on CBS All Access on January 23.
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People in the Star Wars Universe are probably too scared to make fun of Kylo Ren. However, the character has turned into a truly meme-able figure in other universe. For instance, there's an awesome Kylo Easter Egg that has been spotted in an episode of the animated series We Bare Bears.
For the uninitiated, We Bare Bears is a series that airs on Cartoon Network that follows three brother bears who are just trying to deal with everyday life. In one episode, the bear named Grizz puts on a mask while standing in front of an interesting poster. Take a look at the image below.
Watching cartoons and found this from r/SequelMemes
That's right, that luchador's name is Rylo Ken, which isn't exactly a subtle nod to the Star Wars character. In addition to that, the lucha libre wrestler's look is pretty similar to the meme Ben Swolo, which is basically a screenshot of Adam Driver's shirtless scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Although people have been poking fun on Kylo for some time now, there is little doubt that the character had one of the best arcs in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In the film, Ben Solo finally decided to change his ways and return to the Light Side. He then set off to help Rey in the fight against Emperor Palpatine and sacrificed himself to save her life.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is still screening in theaters.
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It looks like Dwayne Johnson is really bulking up for his new role in Black Adam. The Jumanji: The Next Level star has shared a new image confirming that he is currently working out for the Warner Bros. film. In addition to that, Johnson revealed when the DC Extended Universe movie will finally begin filming.
Johnson shared the image on his official Instagram account and it only offers a glimpse at the former WWE champion's physique. Check it out below.
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"New era. The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change. Same game different levels. Same hell different devils," Johnson wrote before adding the hashtags #antiherotraining, #dcuniverse, and #blackadam. Interestingly, he also dropped some new info about the movie.
"Shooting starts this summer," Johnson wrote.
It's exciting news for people who have been hoping to see Johnson as Black Adam. It may still be a long wait before the film hits theaters. Nevertheless, it's great to know that we'll be getting more updates once Johnson begins working on the movie.
There aren't a lot of details about Black Adam just yet. After all, Johnson has been the only star confirmed for the film. However, there are also speculations that the character will encounter Shazam in the DC flick. Hopefully, we'll get some confirmation about Zachary Levi reprising his role in the movie.
Black Adam will begin production in summer. The film is then scheduled for release on December 22, 2021.
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If you've seen the latest trailer for Black Widow, you've probably heard Natasha Romanoff wondering who Taskmaster is. But is it possible that the mysterious character might actually be someone that Nat already knows too well? There are speculations that Taskmaster's identity was revealed in the teaser.
In the new trailer, Nat takes on Taskmaster and the two somehow end up falling down at the same time. Interestingly, they also use the same move to get up so the shot makes it look like they are mirroring each other's movements. At this time, Nat can be heard asking, "Who is that guy?"
So who exactly is the Taskmaster and why does he have the same moves as Nat? A theory from Screenrant suggests that there's one character who is known for the stance and it is none other than Clint Barton.
This is an interesting theory considering that Nat and Clint were somehow on opposite sides in Captain America: Civil War. On the other hand, Nat was also the one who allowed Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes to escape so she had switched sides. In addition to that, it's highly unlikely that Clint would try to do anything to harm Nat. With that in mind, it's best to take this theory with a grain of salt.
The film will bring back Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and introduce Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova. David Harbour will play Alexei Shostakov while Rachel Weisz has been cast as Melina Voskotoff.
Black Widow will premiere on May 1.
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One of the biggest questions about Stranger Things Season 4 is undoubtedly the fate of Jim Hopper. Did he actually die in the previous finale or is there any possibility that he actually survived the explosion? Interestingly, a new theory suggests that a memorable moment from the first season had confirmed Hopper's survival.
In the Season 3 finale, Hopper sacrificed himself so that Joyce Byers and the others would survive. However, the post-credits scene also revealed that the Russians had imprisoned someone merely called "the American" in Kamchatka. Not surprisingly, several fans believe that this might be Hopper.
So what are the chances that Hopper is still alive? A theory posted on Reddit points out that a song that was played in the first season was used again in the Season 3 finale. Interestingly, it was Peter Gabriel's Heroes, the track that played when Will Byers' body was discovered.
The theory purports that the song was played to supposedly confirm the death of Will although it was later revealed that the body was fake and Will was still in the Upside Down. The same track can be heard while Eleven read the letter that Hopper left for her. With that in mind, there is a possibility that Heroes might mean that Hopper's death is a fake-out.
It's an interesting theory that gives fans hope about Hopper's survival. However, it is important to point out that this is not yet confirmed so it's best to take it with a grain of salt.
Stranger Things Season 4 has not yet been given an official release date but is expected to premiere on Netflix next year.
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It looks like there were bigger, darker plans for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The recently revealed concept art for Episode IX has confirmed that Dark Rey was supposed to play a larger role in the film. Interestingly, she was supposed to have an epic confrontation with Kylo Ren that almost leads to the latter's death.
The concept art was featured in the book The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker along with several amazing images. Check it out below.
레이 포스목조르기 왜 없앴죠 왜죠?? 그리고 왜 레이 라세 녹색이죠 pic.twitter.com/mivqGvpKNh— 신데렐로(8일부터스워스포) (@fpdlffh) January 17, 2020
In the first image, Dark Rey is first seen approaching Kylo. Another one shows her putting her lightsaber to his neck while the third image features Rey Force-choking the new Supreme Leader.
We're not sure if this is a mere vision for either character or if it actually happens in The Rise of Skywalker. Nevertheless, it's a stunning idea considering that we only saw a glimpse of Dark Rey in the movie. Is it possible that the dark side of Rey was supposed to play a larger role in Episode IX or does she turn completely? Perhaps the truth will be revealed when the director's cut of the movie is eventually released.
The Rise of Skywalker concluded with Rey fighting against her own dark side and embracing the ways of the Jedi. It also ended with the unfortunate death of Ben Solo although it wasn't at Rey's hand.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is still screening in theaters worldwide.
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There is little doubt that Jean-Luc Picard is one of the most memorable characters in the Star Trek Universe. But does the franchise really need to keep bringing back the character? Alex Kurtzman offered an awesome explanation of why Patrick Stewart needs to keep playing Picard.
Kurtzman recently spoke to Comicbook.com and he confirmed that there isn't quite anyone like Picard.
“First of all, there are not a lot of franchises that allow you to have your lead be a 92-year-old man,” Kurtzman said. “It’s a very unique and interesting challenge. 92 by Starfleet years. Star Trek has always been -- while being wildly entertaining -- a political statement. It mirrors the issues of the day. We are living in incredibly divided and divisive times and Picard always had this incredibly unique ability to be thoughtful and thorough in his assessments and judgments before acting in moments of incredible moral ambiguity and incredible pressure.”
Kurtzman continued by stating that Stewart's character is someone everyone can look up to and can inspire people to do greater things.
“To me, and I think to all of those who love him as a captain, he not only represents the best in Starfleet, he represents the leaders that we need now in the world more than ever, leaders who are thoughtful and who give real weight to the choices they make and how those choices will impact generations now and generations in the future and he’s the captain we need,” he said.
That's probably the best way to describe Picard. Needless to say, we can't wait for Stewart's return as the beloved captain next week.
Stewart returns in Star Trek: Picard, which will premiere on CBS All Access on January 23.
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It's no secret that fans had mixed reactions to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But what does George Lucas think of the film? Actor Ian McDiarmid hopes that the Star Wars creator actually enjoyed watching Episode IX.
McDiarmid recently spoke to Red Carpet News TV where he admitted that he hasn't spoken to Lucas since the premiere of The Rise of Skywalker. Nevertheless, he is hoping that Lucas is pleased with what director J.J. Abrams has done for the final film of the Skywalker Saga.
"I’m sure he’s happy that the story continues to go. He has, in a sense, relinquished it, but he hasn’t relinquished it in his head," McDiarmid said.
But what are the chances that McDiarmid will be able to discuss the film with Lucas? It's still unclear but McDiarmid is already looking forward to the opportunity.
"I’m sure we’ll have a chat about it one day, but I really hope he likes it, because I think it’s absolutely true to what he started," he said.
McDiarmid previously played Palpatine in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and he reprised the role in The Rise of Skywalker. Since he is someone who has worked closely with Lucas, we're hoping that the two get the chance to talk about Episode IX soon.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is still screening in theaters worldwide.
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Harry Potter fans already know a lot of things about Albus Dumbledore. However, Jude Law needed some help when he was preparing for his role in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Luckily, J.K. Rowling was there for him.
Law recently is currently promoting The New Pope while speaking to Vanity Fair but he also opened up about his experience working on Fantastic Beasts 2. Interestingly, the Captain Marvel star shared how Rowling stepped in to help him prepare for his role as the young Dumbledore.
"I think one of the beautiful moments in preparation was working with J.K. Rowling. I spent an afternoon when she gave me the entire history of this great character," Law said. "I remember she went in and she was having tea. She had these incredible heels on. She said 'OK, if you don't mind I'm going to stand up.' And she stood up for nearly three hours and just walked up and down, talked, talked — and it just came out, it's just living in her."
Not surprisingly, Law loved how Rowling gave him all the information he needed about Dumbledore. He also admitted that although he wasn't able to use everything he learned in the second Fantastic Beasts movie, he will get a better chance in the next one.
"I'm sitting there scribbling down notes and getting all of this incredible insight into this character, which I had a little opportunity to use in [The Crimes of Grindelwald] and next year I go ahead and we do another chapter. There's more to come with that," Law said.
For now, it is still unclear when Fantastic Beasts 3 will begin production although a previous report suggested the movie will start filming early this year. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.
The next episode of The New Pope will premiere on HBO on January 24. Fantastic Beasts 3 is scheduled for release on November 12, 2021.
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There is little doubt that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had a lot of cameos, including a surprise appearance by Killing Eve actress Jodie Comer as Rey's mother. But did you spot Ed Sheeran in Episode IX? If you were having some trouble finding the singer, Disney has finally revealed the exact moment he made an appearance.
The revelation comes from Oh My Disney, which pinpoints just about every Easter Egg in The Rise of Skywalker. It also confirms that the reason why you didn't see Sheeran was that he didn't exactly look like himself.
That's right, Sheeran played the strange new alien who was a part of the Resistance. I can't remember if he had any lines but even if he did, I probably wouldn't recognize him anyway. Nevertheless, it's cool to know that most of the Resistance fighters that appeared in Episode IX were stars in their own right.
Sheeran's cameo in The Rise of Skywalker is very different from what happened in Game of Thrones. In the seventh season, Sheeran played a Lannister soldier who encounters Arya Stark as she is on her way back to Winterfell. The musician even performed a song in the episode. Interestingly, the cameo was met with mixed reactions from Sheeran's own fandom and Game of Thrones fans.
The article also confirmed one awesome Easter Egg that people were talking about. During the final battle, Wedge Antilles returned to aid the Resistance and flew with Lando Calrissian. It was an awesome moment that had Star Wars fans cheering.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is still screening in theaters worldwide.
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