You can call me a jackass, uncultured hack, or an idiot, but I don't care! I've enjoyed every trailer I've seen for The Do-Over and I'm going to be watching it when it's available this Friday on Netflix! This one looks leaps and bounds better than The Ridiculous 6, and I'm ready for another Adam Sandler and David Spade team up! The final trailer doesn't do a ton to progress what we already know about the story, but it does look entertaining! Check it out, and keep in mind things get semi-NSFW about midway through.
Warning: spoilers ahead for season 6, episode 5 of Game of Thrones, entitled "The Door." If you haven't seen the episode yet, turn back now.
This season, I'm going to try to write up some quick thoughts about each episode the day after it airs. I won't get too deep into full-on recaps (you can find those all over the internet, and you've probably already read a few today if you're into that sort of thing) and will instead focus on what I consider to be each episode's best moments. This can be as many or as few as I want, and will likely vary every episode — today, there is only one. I'll also toss in some additional observations that don't fit into the "best moments" category, which you can find at the bottom of the post. For the best moments of earlier episodes this season, click here. Onward!
1. Hold The Door
There were a few great moments on this episode, but there's one that stands above all the rest here, and dear God, what a punch to the gut. Jack Bender, the guy responsible for some of the best episodes of Lost (including the time travel classic "The Constant") was behind the camera for this episode, and I should have known as soon as I saw his name come up in the opening credits that we were in for something legendary. The reveal of how Wilys became Hodor was as heartbreaking a moment as we've ever seen on this show, and the last few minutes of this episode contained a masterful collection of "oh shit" moments, nail-biting tension, and crushing revelations. Major props to Ramin Djawadi's incredible score, too.
So, now that we've processed the death of one of the show's most tragic figures, what do we know? The details of exactly how greenseeing works are a little unclear, because we saw Bran warg within a vision, which we'd never seen before. In another revelation, we discovered the Children of the Forest created the White Walkers, and I think we saw the creation of the Night's King himself when that knife was plunged into the man's chest. Are they simply programmed to kill all of humanity, like wintry Terminators? What is The Night's King's end game? Does he want to kill Bran because he knows Bran is now the only one capable of traveling back in time to possibly stop them, or does he want to use Bran's skills for his own nefarious purposes? Should be interesting to find out.
The reunion between Sansa and Littlefinger was about as satisfying as I hoped, with Sansa forcing him to reckon with his decision to pass her off to the Boltons. The thing is, even after that conversation, it's still unclear whether Baelish really knew about Ramsay's violence or not, and what exactly his larger plan is here (Littlefinger always has a larger plan). And Brienne has a point: why did Sansa lie to Jon about Littlefinger's message? I still can't quite wrap my head around that.
More amazing looks between Tormund and Brienne this episode. So glad we got a couple more of those before Brienne heads off to Riverrun.
I really thought we were done with scenes of Maisie Williams getting her ass handed to her by the Waif, but apparently not. The best bo staff choreography in the world wouldn't change the fact that I'm just tired of this subplot, but at least there's finally some real movement when Jaqen sends her to assassinate one of the actors in a street performance retelling the events of King's Landing. It's a telling moment for Arya, who takes the bumbling depiction of her father to heart: she has grown a little since she arrived at the House of Black and White, but it still stings, so she hasn't fully let go of her Stark heritage and truly become "no one."
I don't necessarily think Pilou Asbæk was the best casting for Euron Greyjoy, but once I got past that notion and accepted the show's version of this character, he definitely brings a swagger to the role that's entertaining in its own way. George R.R. Martin never could have known how perfectly the parallels between the Kingsmoot and our current political landscape would have aligned when he was writing the book, but the similarities are hard to ignore: a woman tries to rise to power for the first time, but a dick-grabbing loudmouth ends up swaying the population in his favor with bragging and sheer personality. I liked seeing Theon taking a stand for his sister, and for once I'm actively interested in seeing what happens to their renegade fleet with Euron and his boys hot on their heels.
Dany finally letting Ser Jorah back into her good graces was a sweet moment, but coming off her big fiery badass moment last week, it felt a little small scale. Good luck finding that cure!
It's rare we ever see Varys get rattled, but that Red Priestess certainly seemed to know a lot of specifics about his tortured past.
It seemed like a lot of pieces were being moved around during this episode (literally, in the scene in Castle Black), so it was a little slower than normal, but it's the kind of necessary maneuvering that happens in Game of Thrones for the big payoffs to really land later on down the line. Still, this was a solid episode, and I'll never again hear the words "hold the door" without thinking about poor Hodor.
What did you all think?
Writer/director Shane Black got his big break in Hollywood when he sold his screenplay for Lethal Weapon at the tender age of 24. He originally worked on the sequel before the production decided to move in a different direction, and he's largely stayed away from the franchise ever since. But there was a time, years after Lethal Weapon 4, when he was thinking about getting involved again and making another sequel of his own. While making the rounds promoting his new movie The Nice Guys (in theaters now, our review here), Black told the Nerdist Writers Panel podcast his plan for what his version of Lethal Weapon 5 would have been:
I wrote a 62-page treatment with my friend Chuck for “Lethal Weapon 5” that would’ve been, I think, a very good movie. It was interesting. It was essentially an older Riggs and Murtaugh in New York City during the worst blizzard in east coast history, fighting a team of expert Blackwater guys from Afghanistan that’s smuggling antiquities. And we had a young character that actually counter-pointed them. But I didn’t wanna do what people do when they’re trying to transition which is, they sorta put the two older guys in the movie, but really it’s about their son! And he’s gonna take over and we’re gonna do a spinoff. Fuck that, if they’re gonna be in the movie, they’re gonna be in the movie — I don’t care how old they are.
I don't necessarily think this is a movie I'd like to see right now, but a few years ago, pre-Mel Gibson antics and before Danny Glover became a go-to guy for direct-to-DVD fare? Sure, that sounds like it would have been a pretty good time. I admire how Black is so vehemently against the idea of passing the torch, which seems to be something studios are constantly looking for a way to do these days. You know what? I'd actually rather spend two hours with current Gibson and Glover than watch a single second of that godawful-looking Fox TV version of Lethal Weapon. What a joke.
Then again, Lethal Weapon 5 already exists in one form, and it's pretty close to perfect as is:
Come this September, Netflix will be the destination for all things Disney. That's pretty substantial when you realize Netflix will have exclusive access to Disney/Lucasfilm/Marvel/Pixar films. The deal highlights that all films post-September 2016 and beyond will be available on Netflix the same time they become available for "first pay run," which means when networks can still purchase them after the Blu-ray and DVD release.
The Verge says this agreement also blocks Starz, HBO, Hulu, Amazon, and all other competitors from getting access to films as immediately as Netflix from that point on. When you think of all the Star Wars and Marvel films alone coming in the next decade, this is a huge win for Netflix!
Ultimately, I view this as a good thing. As streaming services continue to grow, we need deals like these to allow some to fail and fade away. The last thing I want is a decade from now to have streaming options that equal the cost of a current monthly cable bill!
Jason Statham has worn many hats. He's become a respected actor, danced in a loin cloth in music videos, and apparently was a pretty awful competitive diver. I'm just going off this video though. Maybe he was better in other competitions? (Editor's note: He was on the British national diving team for twelve years.) It's kind of hilarious listening to the commentator rip him to shreds after he completes dives I could only dream of!
It's super weird to see Statham with a full head of hair by the way. Watch his dives in the 1990 Commonwealth Games below.
This past weekend marked the 41st season finale of Saturday Night Live. Host Fred Armisen brought the season to a close with a memorable episode full of great sketches, including this hysterical riff on Dead Poets Society. But one of the other standout moments came when The Lonely Island made their triumphant return to the comedy series where they got their start. Andy Samberg, in character as Conner4Real from his upcoming movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, debuted a new song called "Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song)," and it's pretty damn funny. Watch the uncensored, NSFW version below.
Popstar hits theaters on June 3rd.
What a lucky duck you are! In just 4 minutes, you can make yourself smarter than you once were just by watching this video on the universe! Exurb1a breaks down everything from quarks to the observable universe in a very short NSFW (language) rant that I'm sure you'll enjoy! Some of it is a bit basic, but that doesn't make it any less interesting! Watch it below.
Carrie-Anne Moss will be reprising her Marvel universe role as lawyer Jeri Hogarth in the upcoming Netflix series Iron Fist. The character was first introduced to us in the Jessica Jones series, and she even briefly appeared in Daredevil's second season.
The news comes from Marvel, who says that she will provide Danny Rand (Finn Jones) with help as he returns to New York. Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb had this to say in a statement:
“Carrie-Anne has fast become a fan-favorite part of our street level saga, and we share our viewers’ excitement in bringing her into Marvel’s Iron Fist. As Marvel fans know, Hogarth in the comics plays a critical role in the life of Danny Rand so it seems only fitting that Carrie-Anne join in.”
Since that is the case, it seems like there’s a good chance she’ll have a decent sized role to play in Iron Fist. Executive Producer and Showrunner, Scott Buck goes on to explain:
“Danny Rand lives in the highest stratosphere of New York’s business society and he’s going to need a ruthless lawyer to help him navigate this alien world. I’m very happy to have the opportunity to bring Carrie-Ann Moss as Jeri Hogarth into Marvel’s Iron Fist.”
Moss will also join Jessica Henwick, who is playing Colleen Wing, David Wenham as Harold Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, and Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum.
In “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” Danny Rand returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting his world around him with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
Iron Fist is currently shooting in New York City, and I’m sure that it will turn out to be another great Marvel and Netflix collaboration. If you want, you can check out some set photos here.
If you're interested in learning a few rumored details of Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming, thanks to JoBlo, we've got something for you. I'll throw out a SPOILER WARNING for some of you spoiler sensitive souls out there.
The new version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man made his big screen debut in Captain America: Civil War, and audiences loved him! He was easily one of the most entertaining parts of the film, and now we can't wait to see how his upcoming solo film from director Jon Watts turns out.
There were some rumors about the plot of the film that were previously leaked. Those rumors could very well be false, but it's still a good read! We now have some new details from the film that come from a trusted source.
JoBlo offers up some details on the villains in the film, saying that they can confirm Michael Keaton is, in fact, playing The Vulture and that he is the main villain of the movie. They go on to say that The Vulture will be aided by another villain named The Tinkerer, who is going to help build Vulture's suit with recovered Chitauri technology from the Battle of New York in the first Avengers film.
They go on to reveal some information about some of the upgrades in Spider-Man's costume that we'll probably see. As you know, Tony Stark will be in the film, and he will have a mentor type role in the story and that will include making some modifications to Spidey's suit. In regards to that, the site reports:
"What kind of modifications? Well, if you stuck it out for the end credits of Civil War you got to see Peter Parker discover Stark’s costume Easter Egg for the web shooters that also featured Spidey’s signature signal light. Well, it looks like we’ll be seeing more old-school signature Spidey features, as Stark will also be supplying the classic Web Wings from the comics that will be able to deploy as needed. So, it appears Spider-Man is going back to his Stan Lee/Steve Ditko roots and that is pretty badass."
Badass indeed! I was actually kind of hoping that the web wings would eventually be incorporated, so this rumor gives me hope for that! There's lots of really cool and exciting stuff here, and I can't wait to see Spider-Man back in action in his own adventure! What do you think of the latest rumors?
The upcoming film also stars Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark, Tony Revolori as Manuel, and Zendaya as Michelle. Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on July 7th, 2017.