We’re Obsessing Over Rey’s New Costume in The Rise of Skywalker

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The second I saw Rey’s new look in the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teaser, my first thoughts were that I simply had to cosplay it in the near future and that it was a fascinating choice for her final outing. In her new, all-white outfit, Rey is forging her own identity while still calling back to the classic costumes of the original and prequel trilogies, and I’m 100% here for it.

The Force Awakens sees Rey in a taupe-and-grey wrap dress and grimy clothes as she scavenges to survive on Jakku, with her hair in her iconic three bun style. In The Last Jedi, Rey donned two separate costumes. One is a grey outfit gifted to her by the Resistance that is reminiscent of Han Solo’s vest, and the other is a Jedi’s tunic in darker colors that Rey usually wears. It’s worth noting that her hair is worn down with her Jedi outfit after it falls out of place during a scene in which Rey has a mystical journey in a cave.

But in The Rise of Skywalker, Rey’s hair is back up in a more elaborate version of her three buns. The tunic and obi of her previous outfit have been exchanged for a hooded top and pants that are similar to her Resistance top and pants. She’s wearing a white wrap dress like her original scavenger outfit had, and her signature arm wraps and bracer are present, plus a new armband around the injury she sustained during the fight with the Praetorian Guards. She has her holster, a blaster, and her reforged Skywalker saber.

The hood and the color scheme off the outfit reflect two classic Star Wars costumes: Luke’s original farmboy look and Leia’s iconic senatorial dress from A New Hope. While Rey might not be a Skywalker by blood, she’s more of the heir to Luke’s legacy and Leia’s legacy than Kylo Ren has been so far. It makes sense to have her costume call back to their iconic looks from the beginning of the saga as Rey brings it to a close.

In both their original outfits, Luke and Leia were symbols of hope. They never stopped being symbols, but in those original outfits, they became legends for an entire generation of fans back in 1977. With their story now coming to an end, it makes sense that Rey is going back to that symbolic look. After all, as the teaser trailer says, every generation needs a legend.

The outfit is also very similar to the battle outfit Padmé wears in the latter part of Attack of the Clones. We’re getting callbacks to the entire Skywalker family, it seems.

Her look might seem like one step forward, two steps back in certain ways. After all, Rey is returning to an outfit that’s similar to her Force Awakens days, hair and all. However, I think it’s an excellent callback to the first film that is unique enough to stand on it’s own. She’s keeping what makes her special, including those three buns that she wore to make sure her long-gone parents could recognize her, but she’s making it her own. The pants are new. The hood is similar to Leia’s. She has a blaster and a lightsaber from both her father figures.

Rey’s costume has always been instantly identifiable. Walk around at any comic con and you’ll see the three bun hairstyle, familiar medley of taupes and greys (I’ve made my own Rey costume, I know the pain of trying to make that color screen accurate), and blue Skywalker saber. Rey should still feel identifiably Rey in the same way that Obi-Wan always wore his Jedi robes or in the same way that all of Padmé’s gowns felt identifiably Padmé.

With her drape-y wrap dress, capris/boot combo, and arm wraps, Rey is instantly recognizable as being Rey, the character audiences fell in love with in The Force Awakens. And yet, she’s changed. Her costume has hints of all three outfits she wears throughout the films, and reflects the past and well as her point in the future. Michael Kaplan did a fantastic job with her look throughout all three films, and I’m excited to don this latest costume and carry on Rey’s legacy at the next con I attend.

(image: Lucasfilm)

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I’m Here for Everything Tessa Thompson Said About Carol/Valkyrie, the Future of the MCU, and Maybe Even Thor 4

Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok

Will Valkyrie be in Avengers: Endgame? She got her own poster, and we know that Tessa Thompson was on set filming with Chris Hemsworth, but so far, Thompson hasn’t been on the press tour or shown in any footage. In a recent interview with the LA Times, she couldn’t even confirm that she was in the film.

Frustrated? Yeah, me too.

Still, we know there’s a future for Valkyrie in the MCU, as her Endgame poster all but guarantees some sort of appearance in the film. What that appearance is, we cannot say. I wouldn’t mind Valkyrie leading the charge with Okoye, Natasha, Nebula, and other women in a redo of the “she’s not alone” scene from Infinity War, but beyond that, outside of a hope that she will be Carol Danvers’ “gal pal,” I have no idea what to expect.

Thompson also shares my excitement for a female-centric MCU team-up, though she admits she was unaware of the Carol/Valkyrie ship when she retweeted fan art. “It didn’t even occur to me, legitimately, that it was necessarily a romantic thing. I don’t even know what happens in the canon in terms of those characters or if they ever intersect, but I just love the idea of more women Marvel characters getting to intersect. I just think it’s so cool and it’s time and why not? There’s so many compelling female characters inside of the MCU. ”

She added, “And just selfishly, when I get to see those women in passing, they’re all such cool women, so the idea of getting to spend time with them and hang out is so fun. I’m just excited that this new phase promises to have women and queer folks.”

Honestly, having an MCU actor openly talk about including queer characters into the universe thrills me, especially someone who might have some knowledge of Phase 4. Marvel has yet to introduce a major queer character in their 22 films released, which is a bit of a glaring hole. While it took 18 films for Marvel to feature a protagonist of color leading a film, and 21 for a white woman to lead a film, we don’t want another decade to pass before a queer character leads one.

Thompson’s Valkyrie could be the perfect bisexual heroine to lead her own spinoff. Let Valkyrie have some space adventures, kiss a girl, and be the kickass, flawed heroine we fell in love with in Thor: Ragnarok. It’s what the audience would want!

And speaking of Thor: Ragnarok, Thompson teased something very interesting about Phase 4.

“I heard that a pitch has happened for [another Thor film]. I don’t know how real that intel is, but I hear that the pitch has happened. I think the idea is Taika [Waititi] would come back,” Thompson teased, and goodness I hope her information is correct. Thor: Ragnarok is one of the holy trinity of MCU films that everyone can agree on being perfect, a stellar action-comedy romp with smart social commentary laced through the project. Who doesn’t want another one?

Of course, that lives and dies (quite literally) on whether or not Thor lives or dies in Avengers: Endgame. While the mantle and hammer of Thor have been passed along to Jane Foster in the comics, Jane has been very much written out of the MCU. The existence of a fourth Thor pitch implies Thor might survive Endgame, but we don’t know if the pitch came before Endgame, if it’s even real, or if this isn’t some sort of tactic to throw us off before Endgame opens.

Ultimately, we have to ask to: What does Thompson ship, if anything?

She’s a Carol/Maria fan. “I kind of ship them, but I would like to have a drink with them. I also have seen some other people shipping Thor and Captain Marvel, which, when they see each other, that’s kind of steamy. [But] I don’t think I ship any two characters. I’m just for everybody.”

We’re down for everybody too, Ms. Thompson. But especially Valkyrie.

(via the LA Times, image: Marvel)

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Please Inject This Hobbs and Shaw Trailer Directly Into My Veins

If you had asked me in high school what action franchise would last nearly two decades, getting better and more outlandish with each installment, reader, I would not have said The Fast and the Furious. The 2001 film left little to no impression on me, and I wrote it off as another mediocre big-budget studio action film. Little did I know that this goofy, testosterone-fueled franchise would go on to become one of the most over-the-top and entertaining action series of the aughts.

Which brings us to Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, the first spin-off movie in the series, which takes fan favorite characters Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and pairs them together for a mismatched buddy comedy with all the explosions.

Here’s the synopsis:

Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down.

But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.

Johnson and Statham have terrific comedic chemistry together, which is hardly a surprise. Both men are full-on charisma factories, with solid comedic chops. Sidebar: if you haven’t seen Jason Statham in Spy with Melissa McCarthy, stop what you’re doing right now and watch it. He’s hysterical. The film is directed by David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2), one of the most kinetic and exciting action directors working right now.

But perhaps most exciting is the addition of Idris Elba as a genetically enhanced soldier, aka “Black Superman.” Given the escalating ridiculousness of the series, I’m surprised it took them nearly ten films to introduce super-powered people into the F&F franchise. Its heroes already have superhuman strength (Johnson is basically the Hulk at this point) so it’s nice to see them full-tilt going for it.

Another fun set piece is the team going off the grid in Samoa. In a tribute to Johnson’s Samoan heritage, we meet his family, including his army of jacked brothers, who perform a haka (a ceremonial battle dance) and wield traditional Samoan weapons in a face-off with Elba. Honestly, I would watch a movie that’s just the adventures of the Hobbs family, and with this franchise, we’ll probably get it.

There’s a lot going on in this trailer. And I can’t get enough of it. Bring me your over-the-top set pieces and gravity-defying fight sequences. My body is ready.

Hobbs & Shaw hits theaters August 2nd, 2019.

(via io9, image: screencap)

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Mark Hamill Says That Luke Skywalker Definitely Did the Deed

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

If you’re like me, you’re team “Luke Skywalker is a big ole space virgin”—unless Mara Jade is involved. Then you’re team “Cast me as Mara Jade.” Oh, is that just a me thing? Oh well!

The long, heated debate of whether or not the Jedi have sex is now kind of over, much to my own dismay. We know that Jedi are not meant to have relationships, and for years, many of us took that as fact that it meant all the Jedi were a bunch of repressed virgins, with the notable exception of Anakin. Now, to be fair, the EU has shown that Luke Skywalker’s take on the rules of the Jedi varies from the original Jedi Order.

In the EU, Luke Skywalker meets a woman by the name of Mara Jade, and the two have a son, Ben Skywalker, which is funny since the new trilogy (which effectively erases the EU) named Han and Leia’s son Ben Solo (or Kyle Ren, whatever). So, does that mean that Luke Skywalker died a virgin in the new canon, since we’ve yet to see Mara Jade?

Not according to Mark Hamill.

What I’ve always loved about Hamill is that he wants the fans to believe what they want about Luke Skywalker. Whether it’s that he’s part of the LGBTQ+ community or whatever else our hearts desire, Hamill knows how much this character means to fans and doesn’t want to change that image for them.

That being said, he totally thinks that Luke was down to clown and, despite my belief that the Jedi do not have sex, I’m okay with this turn of events.

… But only if it means we get the young Luke Skywalker film of my dreams, and we get to watch as Luke Skywalker falls in love with Mara Jade and then watch as Ben Solo kills her. (I’m basing this off the reality of what happened to Mara Jade in the EU, so just go with me here.)

At least we know that, before he died, Luke Skywalker had a little fun!

(source: CBR; image: LucasFilm/Disney)

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Processing Our Feelings About That Devastating Magicians Season Finale

Summer Bishil as Margo Hanson, Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater in The Magicians.

**SPOILERS.**

First off: group hug. That was a tough one, and I may still be crying. This season of Syfy’s The Magicians has been a journey full of huge powerful highlights: Margo’s cathartic musical self-actualization, Eliot’s happy place escape, Alice’s slow, careful redemption and reclamation of her humanity, that time Josh was a fish for a whole episode and it was weirdly romantic.

The Magicians has always been a show about growing up—about the hard realization that the world is painful and unfair, even when there’s magic in it. It’s a show about trauma and pain, the reality of loss, and how nothing has an easy, magical answer. Sometimes you’re not the chosen one, and sometimes the important stories are the ones we forget to examine.

Nowhere has that been more true than in the fourth season finale, “No Better to Be Safe Than Sorry,” and in the shocking and truly devastating death of the series’ ostensible lead character: Quentin Coldwater, played with exquisite vulnerability and pathos by Jason Ralph. To lose a main character is always hard, but losing the theoretical lead of a show is massive. However, in hindsight, Quentin’s death is where the season, and perhaps the entire series, has been leading for a long time.

Fans knew a big death was coming, ever since we saw Penny 40 greet an old friend in the underworld in the midseason finale. The odds seemed about even that it might be Penny’s lost love Kady, monster-possessed Eliot or Julia, or perhaps even Alice, who spent most of the season atoning for her myriad crimes in seasons two and three.

I don’t think anyone expected that it would be Quentin who would sacrifice his life to expel the monsters into the seam between the regular universe and the mirror realm. His discipline of minor mending finally saved the day. It was sudden, and the scene of his death was a perfect mix of music, effects, and a heartrending performance by Olivia Taylor Dudley, who channeled every viewer’s horror and grief at seeing Quentin turned to ash before our eyes.

But what was more devastatingly beautiful was what came after, as Penny counseled his old frenemy about whether his life mattered. “Did I die doing something brave to save my friends?” Quentin asked. The answer was a complicated and heartbreaking yes.

This has been a season about grief and loss. We saw Quentin grieve his father and the lost resolution they never had. We saw Julia deal with the loss of her godly powers. Kady moved on from the loss of Penny—or tried to. Eliot revisited his greatest tragedy: the loss of a real chance with Quentin. Alice tried to do good after losing the trust of her friends. Margo grieved for her soulmate and best friend and the pain of living in a world where a woman cannot be strong and beautiful and free. Josh ate those scones off the floor.

Quentin … he grieved the loss of his dreams. This is the loss every adult knows, when the promises our parents and our fiction made to us—that everything would work out, that there would be a better world—proved false. In the previous episode, in a beautiful monologue to a plant, Quentin wondered if it was enough to just love an idea, to have hope, and I think in this episode it proved true.

Quentin did die doing something brave, but that wasn’t the point. That point was that he died for something—for the people he loved, who loved him.

Quentin sits at a desk in Syfy's The Magicians.

The Magicians is a story about story. All the way back in season one, it was all about subverting the story of the chosen one—that special mediocre man who’s destined to save the world while a much more competent woman supports him with hearts in her eyes. Quentin realized, to his horror and dismay, that he wasn’t meant to be anything special. He wasn’t a hero, and was never supposed to be.

This season’s brilliant episode “The Side Effect” reminded viewers that it’s not always the white male protagonist who has the most important story. The story that’s truly important belongs to all of us together. The world wasn’t just saved by Quentin—or Kady, or Dean Fogg—it was saved by everyone choosing to cooperate together.

Magic comes from pain, but it can do more, it can save and heal and perhaps hurt less when we share that pain together Quentin’s sacrifice didn’t matter just because of what he did, but because of what he meant to the ones left behind.

Genre television is magic, literally. We could never see a scene of perfect grief set to a plaintive magical sing-along of Aha’s “Take on Me” on This is Us. Penny gifted Quentin with the closure of seeing his own funeral, as the people he touched mourned him, including the two loves of his life, Alice and Eliot, who held hands as they said goodbye.

I know this hurts for Queliot and Qualice shippers alike, but what matters is not who got the guy in the end, but that they both loved him, and that altered their lives forever. Penny said it: “The story for them, it’s just starting, but it won’t be the same story—because of you. You didn’t just save their lives; you changed their lives.”

Quentin and Eliot in The Magicians

Quentin Coldwater mattered, not because he was chosen, but because he loved and he had faith—because, as Eliot said, he was good and true. Quentin was a different kind of hero, the kind that ceded his spotlight to others, who let the story not be all about him. The producers on the show released a statement to the same effect:

“When we first met Quentin Coldwater, he was in a mental hospital, contending with painful questions of life and death. This season, we saw the rare opportunity to complete his arc, bringing him to a real understanding of the incalculable value of his own life. Quentin, and we, got to see the truth: there is no such thing as a Minor Mending. The smallest action can ripple out in powerful ways we may never fully know.”

And now that story is over. Quentin has moved on to …p eace? We don’t know, and there’s some beauty in that. Although Sera Gamble and Jon MacNamara have been very clear that Quentin is gone, there may be hope we’ll see Jason Ralph again in some form. And hey, the producers on Game of Thrones said the same thing about Jon Snow, and he’s now alice and boning his aunt. There’s always hope in genre, in so many ways.

We won’t know what’s in store until season five airs next year, but while we wait, we have a story that’s complete. A story that mattered.

(image: Eric Milner/Syfy)

Jessica Mason is a writer and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon passionate about corgis, fandom, and awesome girls. Follow her on Twitter at @FangirlingJess.

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Things We Saw Today: How Did This 2012 Tweet Predict Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

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File this under truly eerie and totally cool. A Tweet has been unearthed from 2012—sent by a seemingly random user—that broadcast information kept under tight secrecy until last week.

I’ve seen a lot of head-scratching things in my life on the Internet, but this one may take the cake. It all started with a text from a friend who’s a big Star Wars fan:

Text message about Star Wars

Intrigued, I clicked over to the Tweet:

What prompted that “EXPLAIN” is the Tweet’s time stamp of November 21, 2012. Twitter user Gabriel Garcia (@Gabby641) seems to have accurately nailed not only the exact Episode IX title announced only last week at Star Wars Celebration, but also mentions one of the biggest plot reveals from the trailer—that Emperor Palpatine is somehow alive.

Now, it doesn’t seem impossible that someone could independently come up with “The Rise of Skywalker” if they were sitting around thinking about potential new Star Wars episode titles. (Notably, the only “mistake” here is that Garcia predicted the title for episode 7 instead of episode 9; The Force Awakens did not come out until 2015.) But to tweet both The Rise of Skywalker and the Emperor lives?

Was Gabriel Garcia some sort of rogue Lucasfilm insider, who somehow got their hands on the studio’s plans for the trilogy? Was it just a really lucky guess? There are so many variables here. The films’ directors appear to have some degree of control over the direction of the story; would the title and plot of The Rise of Skywalker have been on anyone’s map in 2012? At the time that Garcia Tweeted, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher had not signaled that they would return to any Star Wars property.

Garcia even offers further speculation on how the Emperor survived:

We may never know what happened here: the account has been inactive since 2013, and the rest of their Tweets appear to be irreverent observations on everyday life and news. Perhaps they were only imbued with the spirit of prophecy on that long-ago day. If this is all a coincidence, this person should play the lottery now, because probability has blessed them.

Needless to say, the Tweet’s recent rediscovery and circulation prompted a lot of attention in Star Wars circles, with thousands of likes and retweets. The reactions mirror my own amazed disbelief:

What’s your theory on the far-seeing tweet? Tell us in the comments.

(via Twitter, image: Disney/Lucasfilm)

We also saw some more stories as we went time-traveling:

  • Letitia Wright and Gal Gadot in the upcoming new Poirot big-budget Death on the Nile remake? Mon Dieu! (via Twitter)
  • High schoolers are making videos of themselves getting accepted and rejected from college and uploading said videos to YouTube for consumption. But … why? (via Washington Post)
  • In less dystopian news, some Christian students are rejecting Mike Pence and his hateful brand of Christianity. (via Washington Post)
  • This alone makes me want to subscribe to HBO:

  • Don’t you fret, Monsieur Marius: Our very own Princes Weekes co-wrote this video on Les Miserables with Lindsay Ellis!

We’re counting down to the weekend, Mary Suevians. What did you see?

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The Trump Administration and Their Game of Thrones Counterparts

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Another day in the cursed Trump administration brings with it another unauthorized use of someone else’s copyright material. Specifically, Trump once again used imagery and fonts from HBO’s smash hit series Game of Thrones, as seen in his tweet below:

HBO has released a statement saying, “Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes.”

This is hardly the first time Trump has used the fantasy series to promote his own agenda: He did the same thing with his Iran sanctions tweet “sanctions are coming.” Despite how often he dips into the GOT well, it’s doubtful that Trump has ever even seen the series.

As we did with our Trump administration/Buffy the Vampire Slayer counterparts, this got us thinking about the parallels between Westeros and the White House. Who would the rogues gallery of White House employees be in the world of Game of Thrones?

Donald Trump/King Joffrey

donald trump and king joffrey from game of thrones

This is an easy one: Trump and Joffrey Baratheon share several traits: malignant narcissism, unbridled arrogance, and a sense of entitlement for a position they did nothing to earn. Both also delight in wanton acts of cruelty, whether it’s putting children in cages or beheading their fiancee’s father. These spoiled little princes are bad news for their respective countries, causing stress and dismay across their kingdoms.

Mike Pence/The High Sparrow

mike pence and the high sparrow from game of thrones

(image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images/HBO)

The Vice President and the High Sparrow share more than just white hair. Both are religious zealots who hide behind their holiness while promoting misogynist and anti-LGBTQ policies. Let’s be real: if Mike Pence could parade shamed women nude through the street, he totally would. But not without Mother by his side, of course. Both men would feel right at home in The Handmaid’s Tale, a terrifying prospect for us all.

Ivanka Trump/Cersei Lannister

ivanka trump and cersei lannister in game of thrones.

(image: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images/HBO)

Okay, so this comparison may be a little unfair (to Cersei). After all, the queen of shade deserves better than to be compared to favorite daughter Ivanka Trump. But let’s look at the similarities: Both are blonde princesses from devious wealthy families. Both have serious daddy issues. Both think they are entitled to a seat at the table. Oh, and both of them aren’t very good at their jobs. Look, I love me some Cersei, but she brought the whole High Sparrow mess down on herself. She may be sitting on the Iron Throne, but it took her a lot of mistakes to get there.

John Kelly/Roose Bolton

john kelly and roose bolton from game of thrones.

(image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/HBO)

The former White House Chief of Staff may have resigned in January, but his brutally cruel policies remain in effect. Like the cold and calculating Roose Bolton, Kelly showed unfailing loyalty to his superiors under the guise of respectability, while enacting their nastiest policies. While Kelly and Roose maintained an unearned sense of honor, the same cannot be said for their bastard sons.

Stephen Miller/Ramsay Bolton

stephen miller and ramsay bolton from game of thrones

(image: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images/HBO)

Stephen Miller and Ramsay Bolton are two of the most reviled men in their respective worlds, and with good reason. The alt-right flunkie rose through the ranks to become the architect of Trump’s heinous immigration policy, in addition to becoming the president’s trusted senior adviser. Ramsay Bolton is a murderous psychopath who delights in torture and cruelty. Both men do terrible things in the name of ambition and recognition from cold father figures who will never love them. What a couple of bastards.

Kirstjen Nielsen/Melisandre

Kirstjen Nielsen and Melisandre from game of thrones.

(image: Mark Wilson/Getty Images/HBO)

Again, this feels kind of unfair to Melisandre. After all, she did resurrect Jon Snow. But both Nielsen and the red sorceress suffer from a slavish devotion to the men in their lives, so much so that they are willing to sacrifice innocent children to ensure their success. It’s the worst kind of villainy, done to serve a higher purpose so that they can later claim they were “just following orders.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders/Septa Unella

Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Septa Unella from game of thrones

(image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/HBO)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Septa Unella both love calling folks out and publicly shaming them. Whether they’re insulting members of congress, the press, or standing behind Cersei ringing that shame bell, they’ve made quite a career out of putting people down. And yet when the tables are turned, they immediately play the victim. Both are devout believers in their cause, no matter how toxic. It doesn’t matter if you’re telling the truth, as long as you shout louder than everyone else.

Who do you think should make the list? I tried to find a serviceable Littlefinger, but frankly I don’t think anyone in the Trump administration has the survival instincts or string-pulling ability. As for the White Walkers, those are likely the Trump voters who remain blindly supportive zombies to this terrible man. Or it’s climate change coming to kill us all. Your choice!

Throw your suggestions into the comments!

(image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/HBO)

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The Avengers Answer Your Burning Questions on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

As the seemingly endless press tour for Avengers: Endgame continues, the team swung by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to answer questions about the upcoming film. In the segment Just One Question: Avengers Endgame Edition, Late Show staffers and folks off the street pose questions to the Avengers.

The questions began fairly normally, with staffers asking your typical questions like “what super power do you wish you had?” and “who is your favorite Avenger?” but quickly escalated to goofier queries. When asked who the team’s greatest enemy was, Chris Evans replied with “chafing. If you’ve ever run through an inter-dimensional portal wearing a skin-tight body suit, you know what I mean.”

Brie Larson is asked about Captain Marvel’s secret weapon for taking down Thanos, and she replies “easy: it’s compassion”, before following up with “no, I’m going to punch him into the sun.” She also reveals that Carol Danvers says she’s allergic to scallops, when in fact she doesn’t like them. Avengers: they’re just like us!

We also see Scarlett Johansson signing the shirts (and faces) of the janitorial staff, as well as another staffer goading Jeremy Renner into shooting an apple off his head with an arrow. It does not go well for said staffer. We also find out fun facts, like Don Cheadle wishing he was Emilio Estevez in The Mighty Ducks and “Ruffalo” is short for “Rufflet Lohansson”.

Oh, and if you’re putting together some furniture, you might want to borrow Thor’s Allen wrench, Flinjor. While the Avengers: Endgamepress tour continues, it’s always fun to see the stars interact and be willing to show off their comedic skills. It seems like everyone is having a good together, and that chemistry reads onscreen, which is part of what makes the ensemble so successful.

There is also a bittersweet quality to this tour, as this is the last time we will see all of these Avengers together. Who knows what the future holds for the MCU, but we’re not likely to see this cast reunite for future movies. A handful sure, but never all the Avengers together at once, like this. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts. One more week, folks!

(via Syfy Wire, image: CBS)

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Real Captain Planet Jason Momoa Shaves Beard for Recycling Awareness

Jason Momoa, Khal Drogo, Aquaman, Mr. Lisa Bonet, and nature lover, has shaved his beard in order to bring attention to the climate, recycling, and general environmentalism. Momoa has been outspoken about these issues on his social media accounts, especially Instagram, and so I’m glad that, as he rides the waves of success from Aquaman, he’s going to keep highlighting these issues.

In the video, as he shaves, Momoa talks about aluminum and how it can be used as an alternative to plastic. 75% of all aluminum is still in circulation, and it’s 100 percent recyclable and it frustrates him to see plastic being used everywhere when it doesn’t have to be.

While people are discussing whether or not Momoa is attractive without a beard (wow, guys, the jawline is right there), if we really want to honor that beard … we need to talk about the environment.

There is a lot of back and forth about the environment and how much, if anything, individual people can do about the problem. If you don’t pay attention to the larger concepts of the Green New Deal, it may sound like it’s asking every person to just cut this out, but the reality is that the reason individuals get called to the charge is because corporations don’t want to take on the responsibility for their global footprint. Anti-littering ads are drummed up by companies in order to deflect from their actions and make the impact on the world our responsibility.

That doesn’t mean you aren’t a jerk for littering, but we’re not the ones creating the billions of products that get wasted. As Momoa brings up, when we get water in airports or other places, we get it plastic bottles. While a lot of us to try to carry our own bottles, how many of us go into places to get an iced coffee, tea, etc. and get it in a plastic cup? Why haven’t companies found alternatives or have incentives to get people to bring their own bottles? If you went into a Starbucks and got 10-15% off an iced drink by bringing your own cup, more people would do that. Would it be so hard to create canned water when we already have canned seltzer water?

That’s what Momoa has done; he’s made canned water from aluminum cans that can be 100% recycled and therefore won’t leave a footprint of destruction on the planet. Because of the world we live in, we need companies to be responsible, and if Momoa is creating a product that’ll help, it’s a step in the right direction. So I hope people listened while looking at his beard go away. We should 100% do our part and try, but we need to push for legislation that will get companies to make green business decisions.

To everyone printing out the Mueller report right now, y’all contributed to this. 400 pages! Use the PDF version. Also, please let Aquaman 2 be about climate change.

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Anthony Rapp Says That He Opened up About Kevin Spacey Because of Lupita Nyong’o’s Story

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Anthony Rapp changed the way many viewed the #MeToo movement, as one of the most vocal and well-known men to speak about his experiences. Rapp went public with allegations of sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey, stemming from the time when they worked together on Broadway when Rapp was a teenager. In the year and a half since Rapp spoke about his experiences with Spacey as a young actor, other men have come forward to share their own experiences in Hollywood. There have also been additional allegations lodged against Spacey.

It was a chaotic for Rapp, to say the least, when he came forward. House of Cards fans would blame Rapp for Spacey’s exit from the show, focusing their energy on a television program rather than grapple with the kind of man Kevin Spacey turned out to be. The news was picked up and broadcast worldwide. Still, Rapp stood strong and unflinchingly shared his story. An inspiring new revelation is that he got his inspiration to open up from Lupita Nyong’o’s own courageous move.

In a piece written for the New York Times, Lupita Nyong’o shared a story about how Harvey Weinstein had made an advance her. Nyong’o’s clarity and uncompromising language spoke volumes. Her strength and certainty were looked to as proof of the extent of Weinstein’s power and abuse of said power. So much so that her action inspired Rapp to go public about his experience at 14 years-old with a then 26-year-old Spacey.

On Cameron Esposito’s podcast Queery, Rapp spoke about why and how he came forward.

“I was following along with the Harvey Weinstein stories, to some degree, but I wasn’t like diving into them. … And I hadn’t yet really made the connection for myself. … Lupita Nyong’o wrote a first person piece in The New York Times about her experience with Harvey. And as they go, she was pretty fortunate in that she was able to avoid the worst of it, but she wrote so beautifully and eloquently about what experience was like for her. … Coupled with it was the knowledge that that had been going on for decades to so many people, and that I knew for a fact several people in my own circle who had had experiences with Kevin Spacey, that it was like that was when the penny dropped, and I had to do something. It wasn’t about my own experience, it really was not about airing out my own laundry. … I thought that would be the only way that we could stop him.”

When he first started to talk about Spacey, Anthony Rapp talked about what seeing Spacey’s rise felt like.

 “My stomach churns. I still to this day can’t wrap my head around so many aspects of it. It’s just deeply confusing to me.”

Anthony Rapp has a full, flourishing career and life separate from what happened to him. So much so that we, throughout the Broadway community, have long admired Rapp and his talent, and the actor is also part of the main cast on Star Trek: Discovery. He could not be accused of trying to tear down Spacey for any conceivable motive, as those who were fans of House of Cards and supporters of Spacey might try to argue. Rapp was a victim telling his story for the greater good of all of Spacey’s alleged victims.

It took actions like Lupita Nyong’o’s to inspire Rapp, which resulted in an extremely important moment for the #MeToo movement and victims everywhere—and his bravery continues to inspire others in a ripple effect.

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