Video: Netflix Adds to The Fan Theory That BREAKING BAD is a Prequel to THE WALKING DEAD

Everyone likely remembers that a bag of Breaking Bad's blue meth showed up in an early episode of The Walking Dead, but while some saw this as nothing more than a fun nod from one show to another, others thought it could be proof that the two shows actually operated in the same universe. Now Netflix is here with a brand new fan theory video (via Uproxx) that pushes the theory forward a little bit with a few more connections between the two AMC shows, including a possible reference to Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman and a potential reveal of the first walker on screen in Breaking Bad! Some of these are a bit of a stretch, but let us know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to check out this amazing mashup between the two shows that we wrote about a couple of years ago. (I just watched that for the first time today, and it's incredibly well done.)

Spoilers for Breaking Bad ahead:

Drop Everything and Listen To This Amazing STRANGER THINGS Musical Mashup

I saw the title of this video and wasn't quite sure what to expect. But I'm so glad I clicked on it because it's truly fantastic. It's a mashup of moments from Netflix's Stranger Things with fist-pumpingly awesome music in the background, and something about the triumphant nature of the song with the selection of clips that are referenced and remixed really gets to the heart of the show's core friendships. It's a wonderful example of taking a piece of pop culture you love and spinning it into something distinctly your own, and YouTuber melodysheep deserves major props for this one. Check it out:

Thanks to The Awesomer for the heads up.

Here’s Who Johnny Depp is Playing in The FANTASTIC BEASTS Movies; First Sequel Takes Place in Paris

I was already a little wary of Warner Bros.' Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, especially since the studio has already announced there will be five movies in the series before we even figure out if the first one is decent, but I was especially disappointed to hear that Warner Bros. had cast Johnny Depp in the franchise when that news broke last night. The allegations of him beating his now-ex-wife Amber Heard don't help matters any, but even if you choose to compartmentalize and leave his off-screen behavior out of the equation, it's still been a long time since Depp has given a great performance in a movie.

Screencrush points us to SnitchSeeker.com, who has a screengrab of an upcoming issue of Empire Magazine in which director David Yates confirms that the Fantastic Beasts sequel — which is already underway — takes place in Paris, France. Why come to America for Fantastic Beasts only to travel back across the Atlantic for the sequel? Well, Screencrush points out that both movies will feature the character of Gellert Grindelwald, a wizard FB star Ezra Miller gave us a brief history lesson about yesterday. He's the dark wizard whom Dumbledore beat in a duel to win the Elder Wand, and though he only has a small role in the first film, he'll be a major force in the franchise. The first movie reportedly mentions Grindelwald's attacks in Europe via newspaper headlines, so it checks out that the sequel would head over there and continue telling that story.

And yes, according to Hypable, Johnny Depp will be playing Grindelwald. They say we'll only see the back of his head in the first Fantastic Beasts (a shot we've already seen at 3:23 in this featurette), but he'll presumably have a much bigger part to play in future films. No word yet on who's playing young Dumbledore, but that ought to be a particularly interesting bit of casting news for fans.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrives in theaters on November 18, 2016.

Kickstart This Awesome ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Smartwatch

I don't normally write about Kickstarter projects here at GeekTyrant, but I stumbled across one today that was so cool, I had to break my personal rule and write about it anyway.

Remember the wrist timer that Kurt Russell's Snake Plissken is forced to wear in John Carpenter's Escape From New York? The Awesomer pointed out that Ridgewood Watch Company is trying to crowd fund an officially licensed timer that looks just like that one, and they've added a ton of badass features to it to make it much more than just a countdown clock on your wrist. This thing is a full-on smartwatch that will tell you the time, date, weather, count your steps, and it also has Bluetooth connectivity so you can link it to your phone.

Check out the fantastically-produced video below, and click here to donate if you're interested. What a cool idea.

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Claire Temple, Trish Walker, and Stick Will All Appear in THE DEFENDERS

The cast of Marvel and Netflix's superhero team up limited series The Defenders continues to grow. We know that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will join forces to take on a big bad played by Sigourney Weaver, but today Marvel shared some new casting news with us via The Defenders' official Twitter account: namely that Scott Glenn (Stick), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), and Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker) will all be back.

This isn't exactly shocking news, and it follows a similar announcement yesterday revealing that Carrie-Anne Moss (Hogarth), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), and Eka Darville (Malcolm) are on board as well:

Considering we also heard on Monday that Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Misty Knight (Simone Missick) will be in the show, it's probably safe to say that we'll get more announcements like this over the rest of this week (The Punisher, anyone?), so keep your eyes peeled to The Defenders' Twitter account for up to the minute confirmations.

The Defenders will run for eight episodes (a great decision, considering the most common complaint about these Marvel Netflix shows is that they're all too long), and Jessica Jones director S.J. Clarkson has been tapped to direct the first two installments. It'll debut sometime in 2017.

First Official Photos From Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Look Very Familiar

Recently, some photos from Disney's live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast leaked online and made the rounds at a lot of movie websites. The studio specifically asked us not to post them, and we honored that request, but now we can finally share something with you that's official. Entertainment Weekly's latest cover features the first real look at Dan Stevens' Beast we've seen so far, as he dances with Emma Watson's Belle in a recreation of one of the original animated film's most famous sequences.

Additionally, we have some new photos from inside the magazine, and I've embedded those for you to see below. I'm very impressed with what director Bill Condon has managed to do here, and these images look pretty damn close to what we saw in the 1991 animated classic. It'll be interesting to see how far they stray (if at all) from that material, or if it'll basically just be a copy and pasted version of the story in live action instead of animation.

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Latest Episode of THE FLASH Gets The Series’ Lowest Ratings

Last night's episode of The Flash received the series' lowest ratings of all time. TV By The Numbers says last night's episode got a .9 viewership while the show after it, No Tomorrow, remained at its .3 rating of last week. 

So why did this happen? The obvious answer is that the World Series is the most televised World Series of all time and dominating the primetime slots whenever it's on. Add that to the fact that the NBA is just now starting off its season and you've lost most sports fans who watch the series for the night. 

The more cynical and personal reason is because I believe the show hasn't been "can't miss" television this season. While I've enjoyed what season 3 of The Flash has brought me so far, this has been their slowest start since the series began. We're getting peppered with a lot of throwaway villains, no real clear reveals or plots in the story...and really it feels like we're all just waiting week in and out for something to HAPPEN. 

Sure, things have happened, and there are a lot of things to like/look forward to, but I feel like we are just now at the point where the story is beginning. All the build up with Caitlyn, Flashpoint, Wally, and The Alchemist all seem like they're leading up to something bigger, which I think is what makes it a bit different from the past seasons. 

That's what I want to think anyway. The more cynical side of me thinks we're about to enter another Arrow scenario where the story gets too big to reign in the audience and ends up a jumbled mess. I have a bit more faith in the Flash team...but I did with Arrow as well after their first two seasons.

Do you think The Flash is losing people, or are the World Series and basketball to blame? 

Watch: ALIENS’ Power Loader Scene Recreated Using Cardboard

Aliens had a hell of a bar to clear to be as beloved as Ridley Scott's iconic original Alien, but by going against the grain and making the sequel more of an action thriller than a horror movie, James Cameron ended up clearing that bar and creating a film that, against all odds, is pretty much just as beloved as the first one.

It turns out one of the sequel's most iconic scenes — in which Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) jumps in a Power Loader and battles the Xenomorph Queen to protect Newt — looks pretty awesome even when 99% of the props are made with cardboard. Take a look at Cinefix's impressive recreation below:

Via: AV Club