Naomi Watts Joins the Woman-Led Game of Thrones Prequel, Giving Us Hope for a Feminist Westeros

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Naomi Watts has signed on to star in HBO’s untitled Game of Thrones prequel. The Academy Award-nominated actress will be playing “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret” in the hotly anticipated spin-off of HBO’s global hit series, which ends its run in 2019.

The official synopsis for the series describes the show as, “Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”

Now, if you’re a regular TMS reader you know that our relationship with Game of Thrones is … complicated to say the least. There’s a lot to love about the series: strong performances, stunning visuals, and a level of production value that is simply unmatched in television. But the series repeated assaults and brutality towards its female characters makes it unpleasant and at times unwatchable. For us, the rape of Sansa Stark was a clear line in the sand, where the show prioritized sexual violence over the treatment of its female characters.

This lack of awareness no doubt stems from the almost exclusively male writers room on the series. Over the course of seven seasons and 73 episodes, Game of Thrones has only hired two female writers (Jane Espenson and Vanessa Taylor) who wrote a combined four episodes. That’s 5.5% of women writers for you statistics nerds. The line-up of female directors is even more dismal, with only one woman directing the series (Michelle MacLaren), who has directed four episodes, another 5.5% representation.

However, things are changing in the prequel series with the addition of Jane Goldman as writer and showrunner. Goldman has written Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and the Kingsman films. She is also writing the script for Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid. Having a woman at the helm of the prequel series is a step in the right direction, and Goldman will hopefully work to hire more women writers and directors.

GOT showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are not involved with the prequel series, choosing instead to write an upcoming Star Wars film after their ill-conceived HBO series Confederate was scrapped after public outcry. It turns out people didn’t want to watch a series where the South won the Civil War and slavery remained legal, who knew? (everyone. everyone knew.)

We’re still a long way from seeing Goldman’s prequel come to fruition, but I remain cautiously excited for a less rapey, less offensive Game of Thrones.

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Let’s Be Honest, We Don’t Need a New Bonnie and Clyde Movie

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway starred as the titular lovers in 1967's Bonnie and ClydeI have a small, very manageable fascination with the history of organized crime in America between 1920 and 1960. Of course, this means I’ve devoured every film on the subject that I can get my grubby paws on, from the original Scarface (far superior to the Pacino version) to Gangster Squad (which is the worst depiction of Mickey Cohen ever put to screen).

Naturally, the original Bonnie and Clyde popped up on that watchlist. I have seen the film at midnight screenings in college, on my own, and even taught a class on it as part of a course on the mobster in cinema. The original? It’s pretty iconic. Weird at parts, and the history of queer erasure in the film makes me furious, but it’s a classic.

So what I fail to understand is why we need a new version of the story. There are so many other interesting stories about doomed love affairs set against the inherently violent criminal underworld, so why remake Bonnie and Clyde yet again? We’ve had the classic film, a miniseries, and an incredibly short-lived musical.

This version will come from Spanish director Kiké Maillo, with Chloë Grace Moretz and Jack O’Connell set to star. The film, currently titled Love Is a Gun, is set to be presented to potential financiers tomorrow at the American Film Market. The screenplay is based on Jeff Guinn’s Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde and written by Sheldon Turner of Up In The Air fame. The producers released this statement on the film:

“We are excited to reintroduce the iconic story of Bonnie and Clyde. Their story remains ubiquitous in popular culture across the globe, yet few in this generation know the details of their intimate love affair and the circumstances that led to their notorious crime spree that captured the imagination of the world in their time. Kike, Chloë and Jack are completely in sync about the character-driven approach we will be taking, and we feel lucky to have a creative team of this high caliber leading us forward.”

I really doubt that Bonnie and Clyde have faded so much from the public view when both the miniseries and musical debuted within the past eight years. The pair are infamous in pop culture; the most recent Halloween saw two teen characters dressing up as Bonnie and Clyde. The 1967 film is considered to be an excellent example of the shift in American cinema that occurred around the sixties, and is frequently taught in cinema courses. This isn’t a rare story, but one that is American myth.

As I said above, there are plenty of other stories about famed American criminals that could be explored. You want a doomed love affair? Try actually doing a decent adaptation of the love story between Ben Siegel and Virginia Hill, depicted in the film Bugsy (which is a terrible, inaccurate depiction of the Los Angeles crime syndicates in the 1940s but that is neither here nor there).

Siegel was a mobster who dreamed of being a movie star, as one biographer put it, and Hill was a femme fatale personified. Hill barely escaped being killed when Siegel’s dream of opening a luxury casino in a little town called Las Vegas ended in his bloody death; the tragedy is that Vegas wound up becoming the city we know it today partially in part due to Siegel’s vision. Few people know that story, so why not tackle that?

We don’t need another Bonnie and Clyde reboot. We need something that audiences haven’t heard before, or really anything that isn’t just the same star-crossed lovers robbing banks and living life on the wild side. There are more stories in history to tell that audiences might be interested in hearing that they have not heard before. We don’t need this film, or any other Bonnie and Clyde adaptation in any medium, because we deserve a fresher tale.

(via Variety; Image: Warner Bros)

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Pose‘s Indya Moore Plans to Make a Queer-Centric Sci-Fi Anthology Series

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If you haven’t watched FX’s Pose yet, you’re missing out on one of the best shows of 2018. The show is set in the queer ballroom culture of the 1980’s and features the largest cast of transgender actors as series regulars in television history. Now Indya Moore, who plays Angel on the acclaimed series, has announced that she’s starring in and executive producing Magic Hour, a new LGBTQ-centered sci-fi anthology series from writer/director Che Grayson.

The show will focus on queer folks of color, as Moore says, “LGBTQ people of color are the most marginalized demographic in the world right now, and the most underrepresented. We’re very underrepresented also in sci-fi, and it’s telling to how little we exist in the imagination of creators.” While many sci-fi series feature queer characters, they are rarely the protagonists and are often subject to problematic tropes like Bury Your Gays (I’m looking at you, The 100, Defiance, Star Trek: Discovery, etc.)

The first episode of the series is a take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which is described as:

“On the 200th year anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein,’ ‘Magic Hour’ is a gender-bending retelling of the classic story with a modern twist; in this psychedelic-macabre portrait of a mysterious young woman who wakes up one morning without a soul, and roams the streets of Tokyo in search of one.”

Moore described preparing for the role, saying “It’s a really interesting, I think, map-out in how, ‘What is gender identity? What is gender performance? Is gender a performance?’ Here we’re seeing an adult human being who was just born, basically. We’re analyzing it from the perspective of, ‘What would a human be as an adult if they were just born as an adult, regardless of how they were assigned at birth?’”

Part of what makes science fiction so compelling as a genre is the way in which it reflects social and political themes through a fantastical prism. Truly great science fiction can transport us to faraway planets while saying something profound about our own. Moore seeks to explore the anxieties faced by queer people of color, saying “It’s really important that this show exists, because it’s going to cover themes that are really real fears that we have. But it’s also going to cover feelings that we have, that people may not understand outside of their own gaze, from their own cis-hetero experience.”

Here’s hoping Magic Hour finds a home, as there’s no shortage of stories for the series to tell.

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“Anti-Religiosity” Late Night Hosts Respond to Being Blamed for Donald Trump Stoking Hate and Violence

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Following the last week of violence, Donald Trump continues to blame the media, calling journalists and news outlets the “enemy” of the American people. That’s a sentiment that was supported by Sarah Huckabee Sanders yesterday in a press briefing argument with CNN’s Jim Acosta. When asked to specifically name the outlets the president feels are the enemy, she could only respond that they “know who they are.”

Kellyanne Conway didn’t have a problem getting more specific, though, and during an appearance on Fox & Friends, she blamed the shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue on … late-night comedians.

“The anti-religiosity in this country that is somehow in vogue and funny to make fun of anybody of faith, to constantly be making fun of people that express religion—the late-night comedians, the unfunny people on TV shows—it’s always anti-religious,” she said.

For the most part, those “anti-religiosity” comedians ignored Conway’s weird statement, which is really the best thing to do with Conway’s words in any situation. Trevor Noah, though, sent out this tweet:

During his show last night, Noah didn’t respond to Conway, but he did address Trump and his insistence that the media is the enemy of the people.

“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to draw the lines between these people and the rhetoric that is being parroted by the president of the United States,” he said.

“We have to be careful not to jump and say, ‘You made this happen, Donald Trump,’ but we can also live in a space where we say as humans, ‘But as President, we hope that you would try to avoid or dissuade people from doing the same things,’” he went on., “but if anything, it seems like his message post-that has been ‘This is not my fault; I have nothing to do with any of this, and if anything, the media is to blame because they’re the enemy of the people. They report certain stories that I don’t believe are true, and so they’re at fault.’”

By constantly blaming the media, while also claiming that he’s looking for unity, Trump’s message is, essentially, “We need to come together, under my rules.” As Noah points out, that’s not unity, it’s domination.

In another short clip, he asks the straightforward question we just can’t get anyone to answer: “If you know that a phrase has been used to encourage people to commit acts of violence, why would you not stop using that phrase?” Even if—giving Trump the unearned benefit of the doubt for a second—that wasn’t his intention, once violence has been perpetrated against people you have repeatedly declared to be the “enemy of the people,” why would you not just choose different words in the future? (We know why.)

Trevor Noah wasn’t the only late night host to address Trump and his blaming of the media for recent acts of violence. Jimmy Kimmel summed up Trump’s message to the media as “If you guys stop saying mean things about me, I’ll stop inciting angry lunatics to kill you, deal?”

Actual longtime Sunday School teacher Stephen Colbert also weighed in. He focused on the rally Trump didn’t cancel just hours after the shooting in Pittsburgh. During that rally, he lied about 9/11 and also said that he almost canceled his appearance because the wind and rain messed up his hair. That may have been a joke, but it was a hell of a poor one given the circumstances. Also …

Colbert also called out Trump’s rhetoric and how it clearly influenced the violent attacks against people Trump has declared to be “enemies of the people.”

Seth Meyers chose simply to talk about his love of Pittsburgh and his family’s ties to the city. Shockingly to no one but Kellyanne Conway, he didn’t even include any “anti-religiosity” sentiments in his message!

Meanwhile, Trump is once again (he’s used this argument before) trying to use semantics to shirk any responsibility.

Except Trump’s idea of “fake” news is any outlet that even mildly criticizes him or conservatives politics—or any news he doesn’t like. The phrase itself is meant to give free license to his followers to hate any outlet that says something they disagree with, and since he also stokes the belief that the “mainstream media” is unfairly liberally biased, the “fake news media” becomes code for the overwhelming majority of the media, and he knows that.

CNN, the NYT, and so many others he would put in the “fake” category are some of the most legitimate news sources out there. I hate a lot of their op-ed departments, and sometimes they make mistakes—as do all outlets (which they then correct and retract as needed)—but they are not “fake” just because Trump says so, and no one has to use his qualifier when it is so blatantly false.

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Disappointingly, Sigourney Weaver Would Work With Roman Polanski Again

Sigourney Weaver meets the audience during the 13th Rome Film Fest at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on October 24, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

Sigourney Weaver is one of action films’ most iconic heroines, but in her latest Hollywood Reporter interview, the actress displays some shockingly reductive opinions when it comes to Roman Polanski.

The interview starts off with praising the #MeToo movement, and Weaver says, “I think actually nowadays, women, in my opinion, do try to help each other. There’s a greater sense of sisterhood. When I was in college we really thought we would get equality in the Constitution. We’re still waiting.”

She then mentions that a couple of Italian men spoke to her about the movement and expected her to say that it was horrible, but she instead praised it, dismissing the idea that the movement is about destroying flirtation. “What we’re against is the abuse of power … sexual exploitation towards people who are more vulnerable.”

These are powerful statements, and I’m also really impressed that Weaver mentioned the importance of getting more diversity in film crews in general, and that “unions and the studios need to actively start embracing that now.”

Alright. Nodding vigorously. Everything checks out.

Then, the interviewer asks Weaver if she regrets working with Roman Polanski, whom she worked with in 1994’s Death and the Maiden, and everything takes a really strange turn.

I don’t know about more accusations. I didn’t really get a chance to read a paper frankly. No, I mean I have to say that having lived a little bit in the ’70s that, obviously what he did was wrong. He admitted his guilt and pled because the judge was going to throw the book at him. But, it’s still unresolved. I have to say, looking back, and I wasn’t really in Hollywood then, but things that I would hear, it was a much different time and that’s no excuse for what he did at all, but all I’m saying is it stands out more now than it did at the time because people were desperate to be in movies and I think it’s unimaginable now for a mother to drop off a 13-year-old with someone like Roman.

(image: Warner Bros. via Giphy)

This Ouroboros-like argument is such a sharp pivot from Weaver’s previous statements that you can get whiplash from the gymnastics she goes through, from yes he was bad, to but the judge, to we can’t forget that it was the times, and then sisterhood is important, but what was the mother thinking!

It’s especially jarring because people are still desperate to be in movies and put their daughters (children really) in compromising positions. That’s exactly how singer R. Kelly has allegedly been able to prey on young black teenage girls.

However, just like with Kelly, the reason people feel comfortable with ignoring these issues is that the person committing the hostilities is a talented person. Weaver talks about how much she learned from Polanski, as if that’s relevant to him having raped a girl and pleaded guilty to doing so. Even if the “judge was going to throw the book at him” thing is true, tough shit. Welcome to the criminal justice system for brown and poor people! Maybe you should check out season three of Serial.

All of this explanation is just a preamble to her saying that she would work with Polanski again. She says, “I’m sure that he and [his] children have had some interesting conversations about it. He pled guilty. Does he regret it? I’m sure he does. The #MeToo movement asks that we listen to those who’ve experienced sexual harassment or assault—really listen. So when Roman’s victim asks us all to move on with understanding and compassion, I choose to listen to her.”

Having read The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski and other interviews by Samantha Geimer, her feelings on Roman Polanski, #MeToo, and other issues are very complicated, and I’ll admit that beyond her own personal experience, I disagree with a lot of opinions on victim advocacy. However, I at least know where she stands. As much as Weaver wants to use her as a tool in one way, that dismisses all the ways that Geimer herself doesn’t stand with Weaver’s other opinions. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have called her “Roman’s victim.”

For me, the excuse that “he’s changed” and “it was the time” really just reads as “he’s an artist, so it’s fine,” which should never be the case, and with the piece ending by talking about how Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation was a “step backward,” and that it was unreal, it just doesn’t work to say that we should just move on when it comes to Polanski.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: Ernesto S. Ruscio/Getty Images)

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5 Tips on Surviving Our Impending Killer Alien Attack, From The Thing

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It’s nearly impossible to keep up with 2018’s terrible news cycle. Transgender Americans’ human rights are at risk (still), a domestic terrorist sent bombs to numerous people, another anti-Semitic terrorist murdered 11 Jewish people, an authoritarian homophobe won Brazil’s presidential election, the Earth is dying, and that doesn’t even begin to summarize the chaotic news in the last month.

Even if we narrow down our news sleuthing to scientific discoveries, things have been eventful, to say the least. While we might have been momentarily distracted by a new Marvel-inspired constellation—and the fact that longtime space stan Chris Evans might be moonlighting as a constellation name-generating intern at NASA—we’re more interested (and a little worried) about some John Carpenter-related science news in Antarctica. That’s right: A strange iceberg was found at the Antarctic peninsula.

According to NPR, NASA’s IceBridge research aircraft captured an image of a rectangular iceberg the had calved from the Antarctic ice sheet. Amid its regular survey route to collect information on how the poles impact climate change, the aircraft snapped the perfectly sculpted iceberg.

The glorified ice cube isn’t alone. NASA notes that IceBridge also took some photos of another conspicuously-shaped iceberg. Granted, that triangular iceberg has a bit of a misshapen hypotenuse, but some water erosion could have contributed to its slight curve. Still, it appears this iceberg isn’t the only strange one on the fringes of the ice shelf.

Beyond the hundreds of tabular icebergs that Ted Scambos, senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Date Center, tells Mashable are lurking in the ice shelf, some other familiar news has surfaced in Antarctica. Shortly after IceBridge snapped these peculiar icebergs, news broke that a Russian engineer, Sergei Savitsky, stabbed his college at a Bellingshausen station in the Antarctic, the Telegraph reports. Thankfully, the victim was promptly transported to a hospital in Chile, and Savitsky turned himself in to police.

But, we couldn’t help but notice the real-life parallels between the news headlines in Antarctica and The Thing, and we aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed the connection.

Cue The Thing theme song by Ennio Morricone, and prepare the blood cultures, because this sounds like the pre-prequel to the zoonotic intergalactic parasite. Okay, so a rectangular iceberg doesn’t really follow the quintessential introduction of the thing exactly. According to the fictional Who Goes There universe, the epidemic origin was at a Norwegian research station, and not a Russian station.

Regardless, we can’t help but recognize that we can learn a few lessons from The Thing if we’re ever faced with a shape-shifting alien. These lessons might be rooted in the fictional Antarctic researchers’ missteps, but they’re valuable lessons all the same:

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1. Don’t split up

Standard horror movie advice, really. Whether you think you may have encountered a Xenomorph, Deacon, Yautja, Altrusian, or the real thing, don’t ditch your group. Trust us, we get it. Sometimes stuff happens in any extraterrestrial encounter. In fact, it’d be weird if stuff didn’t happen. Even if you spot that rogue thing disguised as a husky that you’ve been tracking down, don’t run off from your party of alien bait.

Essentially, having the trio of researchers visit the dig site while everyone else stayed at the research facility was one of their first mistakes. Though the “let’s split up” trope is cliché, we love it for its reliability. However, most of us like to avoid becoming semi-absorbed alien matter, so stick together so you can keep your eyes on everyone. (It might make bathroom breaks a bit awkward, but we’re talking about hypothetical survival here.)

2. Listen to women

Although women, especially women of color, are still desperately underrepresented in the sci-fi genre, the few extraterrestrial movies that showcase leading women characters often subject them to sexism from their fellow characters, who flippantly ignore them in spite of the fact that women protagonists in the genre are typically depicted as scholars.

In the prequel, The Thing (2011), half of the lethal mistakes the Norwegian crew makes can be linked back to dismissing Kate Lloyd’s (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) advice. Adam Finch (Eric Christian Olsen) and Dr. Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen) recruited Kate Lloyd to examine the specimen the crew found because of her expertise in vertebrate paleontology and cold weather excavations, yet Dr. Halvorson started ignoring consultations as soon as she landed in Antarctica.

In fact, Lloyd initially warned against taking a tissue sample of the thing, but Dr. Halvorson apparently didn’t like his ego being questioned, because he went along with the sampling. Seeing as the thing can voluntarily put itself into a cryogenic slumber—which it presumably did before these researchers found it in the glacier—until it can sense a viable host, it might not have burst out of the ice so quickly. After all, the perforation in the ice and the creature likely allowed the thing’s somewhat ambiguous physiology to sense the potential hosts when Jameson (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) went to check on it, thus waking it from its stasis.

Later in the prequel, Dr. Halvorson’s decisions are obviously compromised by his parasitic counterpart, so we can’t blame him for his misogyny in the latter half. The conflict between Dr. Halvorson, his colleagues, and Lloyd mirrors the actual adversity that many women in STEM field face. However, listening to women in STEM could at least delay alien invasions.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Kate Lloyd in The Thing (2011)

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3. Don’t trust anyone

This might seemingly contradict the whole “stick together” plan, but maintaining a single group doesn’t necessarily mean you have to trust every person all the time. A healthy amount of skepticism can keep your survival alliance from transmuting into an alien species.

Don’t even trust a corpse, because the thing uses the host’s body to imitate life on a foreign planet. It just plays dead until it can invade a new host’s cells.

4. Ask questions first and shoot later

Even if you have to wade through blood tests and subsequently segmented aliens trying to attack and infect you, you might still want to hold off on killing everyone, especially if you see a researcher from another station in a remote area shooting at a husky. We don’t blame Garry (Donald Moffat) for shooting one of the two survivors of the Norwegian station, particularly since one was an accident, and Garry didn’t know if the Norwegian researcher was a threat or not.

However, we all know it would’ve been advantageous to all the researchers and the huskies—minus the imitation husky—to wait to shoot. Or, at least to develop a non-lethal shot.

5. If you do fall prey to an alien, just roll with it

Sure, it might not be a mutually beneficial relationship like Venom and Eddie, but there’s no need to be selfish. The ever-changing creature from another world is just trying to survive, like everyone else. So, if you do become an assimilated host for the thing, just accept it. There might be a lot of downsides to being co-opted by the thing—like having your very DNA swapped out with the creature’s—but you do get the perks of becoming an alien version of a Swiss army knife.

Naturally, the thing isn’t the common zombie of alien species, so it can be hard to anticipate whether you check for fillings and piercings on your friends and coworkers or if you just need to run like any other alien movie. We aren’t suggesting you keep some spare Petri dishes and matches in your pocket, even if a conspicuous iceberg is looming in the fictional landing site of the thing. After all, these suspiciously geometric icebergs obviously don’t house any dormant interstellar life. Probably.

The National Geographic notes that the newly spotted iceberg appears to have perfectly flat planes and 90 degree edges. Although this might seem like they were intentionally crafted this way, oddly perfect shapes appear in natural deposits all the time. From pyrite to galena to calcite, minerals and gemstones commonly form near-perfect angles and definitive geometric shapes on their own, so it isn’t uncommon for an iceberg to form similarly.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to prepare for an alien invasion as an excuse to rewatch The Thing. Whether it’s an update on the icebergs or the ice shelf itself, hopefully one of these should-be-canon Antarctic-related headlines will fill us in on what the heck happened to Kate Lloyd at the end of the prequel, because we need closure.

(featured image: NASA ICE)

Chelsea Jackson is a freelance writer and illustrator who spends her time rewatching Star Trek and impatiently awaiting the Young Avengers’ debut in the MCU. Follow her @nuancednerd.

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Things We Saw Today: Is This Who Katherine Langford Is Playing in Avengers 4?

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***Potential Avengers 4 spoilers? If wild rumors can be considered spoilers?***

News recently broke that 13 Reasons Why actress Katherine Langford was cast for an unspecified role in Avengers 4. Cue rampant speculation as to what part she’s playing. Join us in further rampant speculation!

While our own Chelsea Steiner wrote about wanting Langford to play an even bigger bad than Thanos, two non-villain theories have emerged as plausible for Langford’s casting. The first is that she could be playing another Katherine, “Kate” Bishop, the popular Young Avengers member and the first woman to take up the Hawkeye moniker.

There’s certainly a resemblance between Langford and Bishop’s depiction in the comics, and Kate Bishop’s inclusion in Avengers 4 would be a way of introducing the wider global audience to the Young Avengers. Starting up Young Avengers as a potential movie franchise would be a smart move on Marvel’s part, especially considering the retirement of many of the, well, old Avengers. The idea of Langford as Kate Bishop has already generated fanart and manips, of course, because the magic of the Internet.


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The other theory gaining heat about Langford’s character is that she could be the daughter of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, either traveled from the future or perhaps visited by her parents there. Since we’re 99% sure that time travel is in play in Avengers 4, anything could be possible.

Tony Stark suddenly having a grown daughter would be a way of giving him some poignant scenes before he either shuffles off this mortal coil or saves the entire universe (my money is on both happening at once). Tony-as-dad would also rather bring his MCU arc full-circle from the playboy arrogance of Iron Man to doting husband and father—a father determined to be better than Howard Stark.

As ComicBook Movie points out, this theory, that I will call “Langford Stark,” is only a rumor. It’s also worth mentioning that while some Avengers 4 stars are still at work on considerable “reshoots,” it might be illogical to assume Langford’s role is significant to the narrative, as she’s seemingly coming into the process so late. Both of these theories, however, could support Langford’s inclusion—a flash-forward to meeting Tony and Pepper’s daughter in the future, or maybe an end credits scene in which we encounter Kate Bishop. What do you think?

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  • Ben & Jerry’s new Anti-Trump ice cream, “Pecan Resist” (as in, we can) must taste spectacular. The flavor is “chocolate ice cream with white and dark fudge chunks, plus pecans, walnuts and fudge-covered almonds,” and as part of the campaign, Ben & Jerry’s is donating to progressive non-profit groups. (via Refinery29)
  • How the great Robin Wright took charge of House of Cards post-Spacey. (via Variety)
  • The director of the new It iteration will tackle the Attack on Titan movie. (via Polygon)
  • Certified goddess Cate Blanchett will be playing certified terrible person, the virulently anti-abortion anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafy in an FX limited series. (via
  • Padma Lakshmi put on a comedy show! Chris Rock guest-starred. (via Vulture)
  • The infamous Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was killed in a West Virginia jail. He was 89 years old. (via CNN)

What did you see today with your hawkeyes?

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We’re Just Here for The Hilarious “Antifa Ex-Girlfriend” Memes

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It’s a tale as old as time: boy meets girl, boy loves girl, girl shaves off her hair and eyebrows and joins the antifa—at least according to Twitter user promax4trump (whose account has been suspended), who tweeted the following a few days ago:

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The tweet, which has since been deleted, quickly went viral and was roundly mocked for its absurd story and Russian bot syntax. Seriously, this thing reads like a Dalek wrote it. Luckily, the internet jumped on the ridiculous tweet and meme-ified it with hilarious results.

Here are some of our favorite takes on “antifa ex-girlfriend”:

Can’t wait to see all those last-minute antifa ex-girlfriend costumes tomorrow!

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Here, Remember the Good Old Days of Obama and Biden Memes

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden bro embrace

The era of Barack Obama and Joe Biden memes was a fun time to exist on the Internet and in the greater universe. They were just two bros, administrating from the White House and having a ball while doing it. Now, we only have sad memes about the mess that our country is in. So let’s take a look back at the world that Biden and Obama gave us. Try not to cry.

Even the president joined in on the meme trend to celebrate Joe’s birthday.

Most of the memes involved the president telling Joe to do something and Joe doing the opposite.

They are all in good fun though and now, they give us a sense of longing for a better time when Biden and Obama jokes were all the rage.

Most centered around their friendship: Biden never wanting to leave Obama’s side. Can you imagine such hilarity, levity and warmth surrounding Trump and Pence?

And some were a little more conspiratory against 45.

The memes came from a place of love (or at least the good jokes were). We loved Joe Biden and Barack Obama and so we wanted to share their poignant friendship through memes.

Obviously though, when we got a new president, it meant the end of an era.

A lot of memes began to center around Joe trying to sabotage the White House before Trump got there.

But then, of course, a lot of them were about Joe and Obama just loving each other.

They’re just two bros who love each other (and America).

But only if we’re really good do we get the Avengers to come and save the world.

This is one meme that continues to bring us joy and maybe we need to bring it back.

Let us remember the good old days, let us remember that the memes were incredible.

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Jess Wright caught it SHOCK row with ex Giovanni Pernice as they come face to face for first time since split

This comes after Strictly’s Giovanni was reported to be getting cosy with Ashley Roberts…

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Jessica Wright, Giovanni Pernice
The TRIC Awards, Grosvenor House, London, UK – 13 Mar 2018

Jess Wright and Giovanni Pernice might have broken up a good few months ago, but it looks like the dust still hasn’t settled on their fleeting romance.

Jess Wright

In fact, the pair have now been spotted in a furious argument when they came face to face at last night’s Pride Of Britain Awards.


More: Jess Wright reveals how she’s determined to become as famous as brother Mark: ‘I want success too’

TOWIE star Jess – who split with Strictly’s Giovanni in April this year – was filmed telling her ex-boyfriend he’s ‘full of s**t’ at the glitzy event.

In video footage obtained by The Mirror, the 33-year-old was overheard saying: ‘You broke my heart, you lied to me. I got in a cab and I never saw you again for six months. You’re talking s**t,’ as she waved her arms at him.

The reality star then accused her former flame – who is currently partnered up with Faye Tozer on this year’s Strictly – of dating her just to raise his profile.

‘You used me, you used me, publicity, fame,’ she continued in the fiery clip, before adding: ‘No one who loves someone drops them. You’re jealous of everything.’ Eeek!

According to the publication, 29-year-old Giovanni attempted to calm Jess down with Strictly pro Aljaz Skorjanec even stepping in to break them up.

But Jess wasn’t having any of it, as she shouted: ‘Don’t f***ing call me baby.

‘We were together six months, you never cared about me. I wanna know why. You left me!’

Giovanni dated Mark Wright’s sister for just six months, with sources previously claiming at the time that that he couldn’t cope with her level of fame.

Meanwhile, this comes after the news broke that Giovanni has reportedly been getting close to fellow Strictly contestant Ashley Roberts, but it’s just ‘early days’.

A TV insider told The Sun: ‘The spark between Ashley and Giovanni has become quite widely noticed among the crew – they just seem to really hit it off.

‘After the show each week they’ve been heading out for drinks together in London and just hanging out and looking very cosy.

‘It’s very early days but it looks like things are going well – and of course they’re both single so it’s all totally innocent fun.’

CelebsNow has contacted Jess and Giovanni’s reps for comment.

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