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Oct 18, 2021

Watch Apple's ‘Unleashed' event live right here



Apple is set to announce new hardware today. The company is holding a (virtual) keynote at 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris). And you'll be able to watch the event right here as the company is streaming it live.

Rumor has it that the company is set to announce some new Macs. Over the past year, Apple has updated its entry-level computers with new custom-designed M1 chips. And now, the company could bring its own chips to higher-end compu

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Oct 18, 2021

China Could Be Exploiting Internet Security Process to Steal Data, Cyber Experts Warn




To access the data of unsuspecting users, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could take advantage of a universal authentication process that is believed to be secure but may not actually be, cybersecurity experts warned, although encryption is still the preferred method of protecting digital data and Protection of computers - in some cases, the same digital certificates used for internet authentication allow the Chinese regime to infiltrate and wreak havoc on various computer networks, they said. 

Digital certificates that verify the identity of a digital entity on the Internet. A digital certificate can be compared to a passport or driver's license, according to Andrew Jenkinson, CEO of cybersecurity company Cybersec Innovation Partners (CIP) and author of the book Stuxnet to Sunburst: 20 Years of Digital Exploitation and Cyber ??Warfare. 

"Without it, the person or device

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Oct 17, 2021

A Sinister Six Movie Should Copy Spider-Man: No Way Home & Bring In Miles
Sony's upcoming Sinister Six movie should take some inspiration from Spider-Man: No Way Home and introduce a new version of Miles Morales. Sony has had plans for a Sinister Six film since The Amazing Spider-Man film franchise was in progress. The second film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, ended with a clear setup for the villain team, with the Green Goblin (Harry Osborn) and The Gentleman (Gustav Fiers) equipping allies (and possibly members) of Oscorp with advanced weapons and devices. The plans, unfortunately, never came to fruition, but Sony's new villain-focused Spider-Man universe, which began with 2018's Venom, has led to new plans for the iconic team.

Miles Morales - whose comic debut was in 2011's alternate universe Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man - is his reality's second web-slinger, taking Peter Parker's place after his apparent death in a final confrontation with the Green Goblin. Miles and his stories were well-received, quickly growing in popularity among readers, and he made his cinematic debut in 2018's animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. As the star of numerous comics, an animated film, and a recent video game, it won't be long before Miles has his long-awaited live-action debut.




With Sinister Six reportedly being the endgame of Sony's Spider-Man films, it's reasonable to assume that the movie will be a crowd-pleasing epic with more than one payoff. Sony will reportedly work alongside Marvel Studios to tie their film in with the MCU, meaning that Tom Holland's classic Peter P

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Oct 17, 2021

How Bulletproof Is Pattinson's Batsuit In The Batman?
Robert Pattinson's Batman takes multiple bullets to the chest in the latest trailer for The Batman, indicating how bulletproof his version of the Batsuit is. Although he lacks superpowers, Batman fights crime in Gotham City with superlative fighting skills, a genius-level intellect, and state-of-the-art gadgetry. A common piece of equipment for live-action Batman adaptations is a Batsuit made of bulletproof material. Not all the Dark Knight's costumes have the same level of protection, so how does Pattinson's suit compare to the others and the comic source material?

In his first comic book appearances, Batman wore no armor, using a simple, lightweight, and flexible costume with an intimidating appearance instead. One of the earliest uses of an armored Batsuit comes from the first standalone Batman book in 1940, in which the Caped Crusader survives a gunshot wound from The Joker thanks to a layer of armor underneath the main suit. Modern comic iterations of Batman wear fully armored Batsuits, offering significant protection against gunshots; partially inspired by the various film adaptations and their many shout-outs.




In the latest trailer for The Batman, Robert Pattinson's Batsuit is put to the test multiple times. While fighting a gang of criminals in clown makeup, Batman is shot point-blank with a handgun, but he shrugs this off rather quickly and continues fighting. Later in the trailer, Batman walks towards a group of assault rifle-toting assailants, who pepper him with gunfire. Batman walks through the hail of bullets mostly unimpeded before counterattacking. This indicates that Pattinson's Batman uses an

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Oct 17, 2021

How Supergirl Revamped Superman IV's Story And Made It Work
Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Supergirl season 6, episode 15, "Hope For Tomorrow."

The Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow" enhanced the story of the Superman movie Superman 4: The Quest For Peace in every respect. The final movie to star Christopher Reeve as Kal-El of Krypton, Superman 4 is widely considered to be the worst of the classic Superman films. Given that, it would be all but impossible for Supergirl to revamp The Quest For Peace and not improve it, but the episode "Hope For Tomorrow" successfully addressed nearly every common complaint about the movie.

The central storyline of the second half of Supergirl season 6 found Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) competing with the exiled 5th Dimensional Princess Nyxly (Peta Sergeant) for control of seven magical totems, tied to the seven cosmic forces of Hope, Love, Courage, Humanity, Dreams, Destiny and Truth. Each totem required its wielder to pass a test proving their mastery of each force. The Test of Hope in the Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow" proved particularly difficult, as it required the victor to "inspire a hope that burns longer and brighter than the sun." While this might ordinarily have been an easy task for Supergirl, this test came at a time when nuclear war seemed imminent between the nations of Kaznia and Corto Maltese and hope was in short supply.




The story of Superman 4: The Quest For Peace, was likewise based around the fear of n

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Oct 17, 2021

What Katey Sagal Has Done Since Sons of Anarchy Ended
Katey Sagal played one of the most important characters in Sons of Anarchy, but what has she done since the show came to an end? In 2008, Kurt Sutter took the audience to a small town in California to meet a motorcycle club and all the drama in their daily lives in the TV series Sons of Anarchy. The series premiered on FX in 2008 and lived on for a total of seven seasons, coming to an end in 2014. Sons of Anarchy got positive reviews throughout its whole run, with most praise going towards the themes it addressed (such as corruption and racism) and the performances of the main cast.

Sons of Anarchy tells the story of Jackson "Jax" Teller (Charlie Hunnam), VP of the motorcycle club Sons of Anarchy in the fictional town of Charming, California. The series kicks off when Jax finds a manifesto written by his late father, John "JT" Teller, one of the founding members of the MC. In it, JT shared his plans and vision for the club, which were very different from those of the current President and Jax's stepfather, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman). Reading his father's ideas and seeing how different the club was, among other events, send Jax on a personal journey that leads him to question his path, role in the club, relationships, family, and more. Sons of Anarchy also introduced the audience to Gemma Teller-Morrow (Katey Sagal), Jax's mother and the matriarch of the club, who even though wasn't a member of it, had a lot of influence in it and the town in general, but she was also a very dangerous woman.






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Oct 17, 2021

The Flash Trailer Confirms Batman Will Have A Bigger Role Than We Thought
The latest trailer suggests that Michael Keaton's Batman has a bigger role in the film than many initially assumed. Ezra Miller makes his DCEU return as the Scarlet Speedster after starring in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Directed by Andy Muschietti, The Flash's first trailer was released at DC FanDome 2021, offering a sneak peek at what to expect from the standalone flick.

It's no secret that The Flash was in production limbo for quite some time with a few director changes. But, the movie finally kicked into production in 2021 and is currently filming. Specific plot details are still scant at the moment, although a few pertinent details have been confirmed. That includes the return of Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and the introduction of Sasha Calle as Supergirl/Kara Zor-El. Barry Allen is also joined by two Batman variations: the first one being Ben Affleck's and the other one being Michael Keaton's. Obviously there's a lot of excitement surrounding their involvement, but there's heightened anticipation about Keaton's Batman iteration simply because this is the first time he will reprise the superhero role in two decades.




Considering the fact that it's the Flash's solo outing, it was initially unclear how involved Keaton would be in the film. Set photos revealed him back as the Bruce Wayne persona, and the actor's personal interviews confirmed that he's indeed wearing the cape and the cowl again. Still, with very li

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Oct 17, 2021

The Supergirl "Stunt" That Made Mon-El Actor Dislocate His Jaw
Mon-El actor Chris Wood recalls the silly "stunt" that resulted in him breaking his jaw while filming Supergirl. The Arrowverse series has enjoyed a long run, but it will be coming to an end very soon. Supergirl, which stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, started out on CBS before moving to The CW for season 2. During the show's 6-season run, Supergirl has faced countless enemies and teamed up with fellow Arrowverse heroes like The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Batwoman (Ruby Rose). The sixth and final season is currently airing and will conclude in November.

Supergirl has featured a wide and eclectic group of characters over the years, but some are more memorable than others. One of the most controversial is perhaps Mon-El, a Daxamite prince who joined the series in its second season. Mon-El initially hid his royal heritage from Kara, but after they formed a romantic relationship, he came clean. Wood remained a series regular on Supergirl for 2 seasons before departing, though he's come back several times as a guest star. He'll even be among those returning for the series finale, along with Jeremy Jordan (Winn Schott) and Mehcad Brooks (Jimmy Olsen).




During this weekend's DC FanDome event, Supergirl received a special farewell panel featuring the entire cast. When looking back on some of the wildest stunts from the show, Wood mentioned a scene from season 2 when he had to bite into 10 pancakes at once. His castmates were quick to laugh, but Wood

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Oct 17, 2021

Sylvester Stallone & Dolph Lundgren Reunite in Expendables 4 Set Photo
Dolph Lundgren shared a photo of his reunion with Sylvester Stallone from the set of The Expendables 4. The new film in the ensemble action franchise comes almost a decade after The Expendables 3, which was released in 2014. The film is being directed by former stunt coordinator Scott Waugh with an eye toward a 2022 release. Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, and Randy Couture are all reprising their franchise roles along with Expendables newbies Andy Garcia, 50 Cent, Tony Jaa, and Megan Fox.

In the Expendables franchise, Dolph Lundgren plays Gunner Jensen, a chemical engineer with a wild streak, a reference to the fact that the Swedish actor has a degree in chemical engineering in real life. Jensen is known for his crass jokes, and is an original member of the Expendables team, having appeared in all three previous films. He has worked under Stallone's character Barney Ross for years, though he can't always avoid butting heads with him.




Although Stallone has wrapped shooting on The Expendables 4, Dolph Lundgren shared a throwback photo from the set on his Instagram. It's a black and white shot of him and Stallone relaxing between scenes. In his caption, Dolph expresses his gratitude that the film was being shot in London at the same time as Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, in which he will be reprising his role as King Nereus. It looks like he will be keeping Nereus' long hair in the Expendables film as well, unless they put him in a wig before rolling the camera. Check out the post below:



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Oct 17, 2021

Pokémon Unite: Best Pikachu Build (Tips, Items, & Moves)
Using a combination of moves and items, players can maximize Pikachu's build in Pokémon Unite. Players will need to fight both wild Pokémon and those on the opposing team to score points and win. As an Attacker Pokémon, a well-built Pikachu can work great for an offensive, ranged strategy.

With 5-on-5 matches between trainers, and wild Pokémon in each stage, a well-rounded, carefully built team will be vital for success. Players just getting started in Pokémon Unite may need to test different skills in order to find the best build. Having a strong offensive Pokémon will help players knock out their opponents and collect their Aeos energy to score points. As Pikachu gains experience, more moves will become available, and it can become a powerful fighter.




Each Pokémon in the game, such as Pikachu or Gengar, has an ideal build. Pikachu is a Ranged Attacker class in Pokémon Unite, so it can deal high damage but has low endurance. Focusing on moves and items that maximize damage and utilize Pikachu's stun abilities will create the best build for this character. Players can also equip items that compliment or increase Pikachu's strengths and damage output.

There are two ways for players to obtain Pikachu in Pokémon Unite: they can either choose it as their first Pokémon upon completing the tutorial or purchase it from the Unite Battle Committee. Pikachu costs 6000 Aeos coins or 345 Aeos gems. Once obtained and leveled up, players can focus on using th

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Oct 17, 2021

Star Wars: How The Knights of Ren Are Different From The Sith
The Sith are the primary antagonists of the Star Wars saga, but they're largely absent from the sequel trilogy, having been seemingly replaced by a different dark side religion: The Knights of Ren. All conflicts in the Skywalker Saga lead back to the Sith sooner or later, specifically their deadliest and most brilliant Dark Lord, Darth Sidious, aka Palpatine. The Sith seemingly died with Palpatine in Return of the Jedi, but The Emperor survived, and, thus, the Sith Order did, too. With Sith influence remaining behind the scenes yet again, the Knights of Ren became the new face of the galaxy's dark side menaces, with their leader, Kylo Ren, being second in command of the Galactic Empire's successor state, the First Order.

Although the Jedi are the galaxy's most effective and famous Force users and the Sith the most powerful dark side users, the two are hardly the only Force religions in the franchise. The Sith created a splinter group, the Inquisitors, as a means to use corrupted Jedi as Imperial agents. Star Wars: The Clone Wars included a significantly reimagined version of the Legends-era Nightsisters, who use the dark side in the form of spells. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced the Guardians of the Whills, a Force-using religion separate from the Jedi who guarded the Kyber crystals on Jedha. Considering how many Force-using religions exist in the Star Wars franchise, the sequels' introduction of a dark side group other than the Sith was fitting.






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Oct 17, 2021

Dark Souls 3 & Bloodborne DLCs' Final Bosses Fight Each Other In New Mod
A new mod for Dark Souls 3 pits the final boss of the game's last DLC against the final DLC boss from fellow FromSoftware title Bloodborne. FromSoftware has developed a reputation for challenging bosses over the past decade and seems to be continuing that trend with the upcoming Elden Ring, which fans have been awaiting eagerly for some time now following its initial reveal at E3 2019. A more in-depth trailer released at Summer Games Fest earlier this year revealed many of the hallmarks fans have come to expect from the upcoming title.

Another unique aspect FromSoftware titles have cultivated over the years is a dedicated modding community that still puts out content for installments as far back as the original Dark Souls. As with other communities, the mods cover a wide range of changes and additions, including one that brings sports into Dark Souls 3. Thanks to the work of the modding community, one fan was recently able to answer a unique question: who is the ultimate final DLC boss?




YouTuber Garden of Eyes started their channel at the end of 2020 with the focus of pitting Bloodborne bosses against one another. Since then, however, that goal has expanded to encompass more FromSoftware titles, and their latest fight features Dark Souls 3's Slave Knight Gael from "The Ringed City" DLC against Bloodborne's Orphan of Kos from "The Old Hunters." The video consists of three bouts between the two bosses, featuring an updated version of Orphan of Kos from a mod named "Call of the Abyss." Each fight takes place in a different boss arena from D

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Oct 17, 2021

Did Squidward Have A Wife? SpongeBob SquarePants Theory Explained & Debunked
Even though SpongeBob SquarePants is aimed at children, it hasn't been safe from all types of theories, of which many don't make much sense, such as one that says the reason why Squidward is always sad is that he misses his wife. Nickelodeon has been home to a variety of cartoons that have become very popular with viewers, but the most successful Nicktoon to date is SpongeBob SquarePants, created by Stephen Hillenburg. The show made its debut in 1999 and has since become one of the longest-running animated series, allowing it to branch out to other media as well.

SpongeBob SquarePants takes viewers to the bottom of the ocean to visit the underwater city of Bikini Bottom, where the title character and his friends (and a couple of enemies) live and get involved in all types of trouble. Throughout his different adventures, SpongeBob is often accompanied by his best friends Patrick Star and Sandy Cheeks, his neighbor and coworker Squidward Tentacles, and his greedy boss Mr. Krabs, as well as his pet snail Gary, who joins the fun from time to time. Every character has their own personality and quirks, and one who has become popular with viewers is Squidward, as he's the opposite of SpongeBob, and this has made way for some strange theories.




As mentioned above, Squidward is SpongeBob's neighbor and coworker at the Krusty Krab, so he has to spend a lot of time with the always cheerful sponge, much to his annoyance. While SpongeBob is

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Oct 17, 2021

Breakfast Club Star Anthony Michael Hall Says The Brat Pack Never Existed
The Breakfast Club star Anthony Michael Hall says the so-called teenage friendship group, The Brat Pack, never existed. Currently celebrating his debut as Tommy Doyle in the slasher sequel Halloween Kills, some of Hall's most iconic roles hail back to his adolescence. The now 53-year-old actor formerly starred in the likes of National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles, and Johnny Be Good.

Though he has since broken free of his more satirical roles, Hall is undoubtedly best known for his portrayal of Brian Johnson in The Breakfast Club. It was a role that kept him in close quarters with co-stars Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, and Sheedy, all of whom became synonymous with the fabled "Brat Pack". Joining them under the teen-star banner were St. Elmo's Fire castmates Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, and then-teen-idol Rob Lowe. Throughout the 1980s this collective of teenage stars was glorified for their personal chemistry both on and off-screen. The Brat Pack label was first given life by a 1985 headline 'Hollywood's Brat Pack', which alleged that the teen stars hung out regularly off set and portrayed some of their behavior in a negative light. Several Brat Pack members have since blamed the article for typecasting them and preventing their ascension into more serious work.




Now, in an interview with Insider, Anthony Michael Hall has dismissed The Brat Pack label entirely. "It didn't exist." He goes on to point out that he was an underage teenager at the time of the article and that while his co-stars, Emilio and Judd, were in their 20s and were perhaps go

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Oct 17, 2021

D&D: Why Spelljammer Is Likely To Return
The Dungeons & Dragons players of the world could soon be hanging a flag at the end of the mast and taking to the stars as explorers or pirates, as there is mounting evidence to suggest that the Spelljammer campaign setting is returning. Wizards of the Coast has slowly been updating the classic D&D campaign settings for use with the current edition of D&D, even though many groups still default to the Forgotten Realms for their games.

The most popular D&D campaign settings are the ones inspired by European folklore and The Lord of the Rings, but there were more released in the past that went in drastically different directions. The desert world of Athas from Dark Sun was controlled by the powerful Sorcerer-Kings, who ruled the small pockets of civilization with an iron fist, while the only dragon in the world was so powerful that it could decimate any opposition. Ravenloft was a gothic horror plane that trapped the unwary residents of other worlds, forcing them to reside in lands governed by the wicked Darklords, who were just as much a prisoner as their captives. The Ghostwalk campaign was set in the location where life ends and the afterlife begins, where players could use their deceased characters to explore the mysterious boundaries between the living and the dead. All of these campaigns offered different experiences to the standard adventures set in Faerun or Oerth.




One of the strangest D&D campaign settings was Spelljammer, which involved traditional sailing ships that had been empowered with magic so that they could fly t

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Oct 17, 2021

Masked Singer: Artist Who Was Cupcake Dishes on Unmasking
The celebrity formerly known as Cupcake on The Masked Singer opened up about competing on the show. In the latest episode, the Cupcake was revealed to be Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters. The show recently returned for season 6, with Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger all returning to the panel. Nick Cannon is back as host. The Cupcake was first introduced as a member of Group B and got to perform twice before being unmasked. Prior to the Cupcake's unmasking, the identities of Octopus, Mother Nature, Pufferfish and Baby were revealed. The stars under those masks, respectively, were Dwight Howard, Vivica A. Fox, Toni Braxton and Larry the Cable Guy.

One key clue from the Cupcake's first clue package alluded to the star being in a musical group and being used to sharing the spotlight. Right before the Cupcake's unmasking, Nicole disregarded her first-impression guess of Roberta Flack and decided that she thought the Cupcake was Ruth. This earned Nicole her first point towards this season's Golden Ear Trophy, in which the Masked Singer panel competes to see who can guess the most celebrities correctly. Ruth also revealed that she was supposed to perform as a duo with her sister Anita, who bowed out of the competition due to health concerns.




Now Ruth is telling EW all about her experience on the show. She revealed that she convinced her manager to book her as a contestant. "I had been sort of hammering at my manager to get on the show. He had another client that had been on it, and I said,

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Oct 17, 2021

Son of Monarchs Review: Visually Stunning Masterpiece By Auteur Alexis Gambis
From its opening shot, Alexis Gambis' Son of Monarchs is a captivating, thought-provoking film. The very first image audiences see — even before meeting protagonist Mendel (Tenoch Huerta) — is a close-up of a chrysalis being carefully, almost lovingly, dissected in a pool of clear liquid. This moment sets up the entire emotional experience of the movie: an uncomfortable clash between science and spirituality, the mundane and the sacred, precariously balanced on the quiet, hunched shoulders of a man struggling to reconcile his present station in life with the demons of his past. Written and directed by French Venezuelan film director (and biologist) Alexis Gambis, Son of Monarchs is an expertly crafted visual experience that weaves disparate themes and images.

The man cutting into the butterfly cocoon is Mendel, a scientist working on identifying and isolating the gene responsible for the monarch's distinct wing color. Specifically, he's involved in researching the optix gene, identifying how it determines color and patterns, and finding ways to manipulate the isolated gene (turning what should be orange scales on the butterfly's wings blue). It's a mildly controversial topic — at one point, a character compares it to Dr. Frankenstein's research in Mary Shelley's classic novel — but for Mendel, it's deeply contradictory work: his grandmother instilled in him a reverence for the monarch butterflies, which would migrate to the Michoacán forests surrounding his hometown en masse each year. Mendel may have dedicated his professional life to studying these delicate creatures, but in doing so, destroys countless. It's this inner conflict that drives the narr

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Oct 17, 2021

9 Best Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg Movies, Ranked By IMDb
Ever since the instant classic high school comedy Superbad put them on the map and the subsequent release of action-packed buddy picture Pineapple Express proved they weren't one-trick ponies, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been two of the most prolific and sought-after screenwriters in Hollywood. They've moved into producing streaming shows like The Boys and Invincible, but Rogen and Goldberg haven't lost sight of their big-screen roots.




Not all of their movies have been as great as Superbad and Pineapple Express, but a bunch of their scripts - including the ones they directed themselves - have impressive scores on IMDb.

9 Drillbit Taylor (5.7)The screenplay for Drillbit Taylor was written by Rogen, in his only screenwriting effort without Goldberg's contributions, and Kristofor Brown, based on a story by John Hughes, the legendary director of Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Owen Wilson stars as a bodyguard who's hired by three kids to protect them from bullies.

As the movie's mediocre IMDb rating would suggest, the execution doesn't match the greatness of its premise. But a typically charming performance by Wilson as the title character makes it at least watchable.

8 The Watch (5.7)Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade star in The Watch

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Oct 17, 2021

Why The Seinfeld & Elaine Romance Subplot Went Nowhere After Season 2
Seinfeld did have the makings of a long-term Jerry-Elaine romance, but it ultimately went nowhere - here's why. Seinfeld explored multiple romantic relationships Elaine and Jerry had with other people, but rarely addressed the prospect of bringing the two back together. Instead, Elaine remained one of the core members of Jerry's circle of friends up until the end of the show in season 9.

When Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) was brought into the fold in the show's second episode, it was explained she and Jerry had a brief relationship. Apparently, they had just broken up but decided to maintain their friendship. This served as the beginning of Elaine's presence on the show, which involved frequent visits to Jerry's apartment, lunches at Monk's Café, and all sorts of misadventures with Jerry, George (Jason Alexander), and Kramer (Michael Richards). One thing Seinfeld avoided was Jerry and Elaine becoming an item for longer than an episode.




Seinfeld actually delivered a story where they started dating again, but this was abruptly dropped. In Seinfeld season 2 episode "The Deal" their failure to work out a "friends with benefits" relationship resulted in them getting back together at the end. However, they returned to the status quo in the following episode. It took almost a whole season before this was finally explained. In Seinfeld's season 3's "The Pen", the show dropped a throwaway line from Jerry which revealed he and Elaine had broken up offscreen. Apparently, the reason it took so long for this to be addressed can be attributed to "The Deal" airing out of order. It was originally inten

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Oct 17, 2021

Apple activist reportedly fired after deleting files on work device



An Apple program manager who posted anonymous stories of discrimination against employees at the tech giant has reportedly been canned. 

Janneke Parrish, an Austin-based employee who worked at Apple Maps, runs #AppleToo, an online story-sharing group. of alleged "racism, sexism, inequality, discrimination, intimidation, repression, coercion, abuse, unjust punishment, and unlimited privilege" faced by Apple employees.

 According to The Verge, she was fired last week for deleting files - including the Goo

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Oct 16, 2021

How Squid Game Stays A Secret Despite So Many People Going Missing
Netflix's Korean survival drama Squid Game has captured the imagination of a global audience, but how exactly does the game stay a secret despite so many people going missing? The Netflix smash hit establishes that a group of wealthy individuals recruit competitors with massive debts to vie for Squid Game's 45.6 billion Won prize, and it follows 456 of these competitors as they engage in the titular games. The premise of the game - and the show - is that 455 participants will die during the games, leaving one winner to take the prize money, pay off their debts, and live in comfort for the rest of their life.

Through the investigation of Jun-ho, a policeman who infiltrates the game disguised as one of its masked workers, it's revealed that the games have been running for 30 years. Assuming that each game has around 400 participants and (as the epilogue implies) that one occurs roughly once per year, that would mean an estimated body count of 11,970 - which is an awful lot of missing people to cover up. The theory that Jun-ho is still alive might see him bring the game's existence to light in a potential Squid Game season 2, but the real question is: just how has it been kept a secret for so long?




The show does imply an answer, but it's one that requires a lot of clarification. The game is run by the Front Man - later revealed to be Jun-ho's brother, In-ho - but it exists in order to entertain some of the world's wealthiest and most powerful people, known in Squid Game as the VIPs. With this level of financial backing behind it, it can be surmised that large sums of money are able to sec

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Oct 16, 2021

Michael Keaton's Batman Returns To The Batcave In The Flash Movie Image
DC's The Flash movie trailer reveals Michael Keaton's Batman return, with the actor donning the Batsuit again in the upcoming movie. Ezra Miller will lead The Flash film as Barry Allen, reprising his DC Extended Universe role in his first solo movie. However, he'll be joined by other DC heroes in The Flash movie including Keaton's Batman from Tim Burton's 80s & 90s movies, Ben Affleck's DCEU Batman and new-to-the-universe Sasha Calle as Supergirl. IT helmer Andy Muschietti directs The Flash from a script by Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn).

During production on The Flash, Muschietti posted teaser images of Miller's Flash suit, Keaton's Batman suit and Calle's Supergirl suit that just showed their respective logos, but never revealed the full costumes. An additional teaser image featured a Batman logo with the Flash's red and gold logo painted over it, though it wasn't clear what exactly the image meant for the film's story. Further looks at the movie were revealed unofficially by photographers, with The Flash movie set photos revealing Keaton's Bruce Wayne, Calle's full Supergirl costume and Affleck's Batcyle. However, now official looks at the movie are unveiled.




During DC FanDome 2021, a first look at Keaton's Batman return in The Flash movie was revealed. Check it out in the video below.



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Oct 16, 2021

Why You Season 3 Needed To Kill [SPOILER]
Warning: This post contains major spoilers for You Season 3.

The explosive ending of You season 3 sees Penn Badgley's Joe once more free of his crimes - despite an increasingly heinous rap sheet - but with his soul mate Love (Victoria Pedretti) killed off after turning on him. It's a shocking turn of events that splits up the couple after some of the best drama of the season saw them negotiating the "safety" of married, suburban life as well as their dark impulses. But removing Joe's wife (and son) in one fell swoop does serve a purpose for the future of the show.

You season 3 is only partly based on Caroline Kepnes' books, after the first two seasons were based on her first two titles, You and Hidden Bodies. As such, while there are elements of the story adapted from third Joe Goldberg book You Love Me, the majority of the plot was invented for the Netflix show. The librarian storyline comes from the book, but the fate of Love is changed significantly: in the third book, Vitoria Pedretti's killer wife is initially not involved because the Quinn family have paid Joe $4m to stay away from them, but she appears to try and exact revenge on him. Here, of course, Love and Joe are somewhat "happily" married, and it's not until the end when Joe's new stalking victim is revealed that Love turns on him and is killed.




In both cases, Love ends up dying, but in the book it

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Oct 16, 2021

Superman Officially Gets New Motto, Drops 'The American Way'
On Friday, it was revealed Superman is getting a brand-new catchphrase, as the iconic DC Comics hero will fight for  "Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow." At DC FanDome, DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee revealed the Man of Steel will officially be dropping the "American Way" from his motto and instead, which will be replaced by the phrase "a Better Tomorrow." The new catchphrase better embodies the hero's ultimate mission of making the world a better place.

Superman is one of the most recognizable pop culture figures on the planet, as he originally debuted in Action Comics #1 in 1939. The hero has always been connected to the United States, as The Man of Tomorrow crash-landed on Earth and ended up being raised in Smallville, Kansas in the United States. However, despite his longtime motto suggesting he fights for the American Way, Superman has long fought for everyone across the globe - meaning his motto hasn't been all-encompassing as it should be. Now, Superman is officially losing "The American Way" from his iconic catchphrase. MORE DETAILS WILL BE ADDED SOON.






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Oct 16, 2021

Minecraft's The Wild Update Introduces Frogs & Mangrove Trees
An upcoming Minecraft update, called The Wild Update, has been announced and will launch in 2022. The hugely successful survival sandbox game places players in massive randomly-generated worlds and tasks them with gathering resources to survive. Continued updates have helped enhance Minecraft's world generation over time, with the upcoming Cave & Cliffs Update Part 2 changing biomes so that they generate more realistically.

The latest update for Minecraft, Caves & Cliffs Update Part 1, introduced major changes to the game's deepest caves and tallest cliffs. Back in June the first part of this two-part update brought interesting new mobs, unique new resources, and useful new items into the game. Underwater areas received bizarre axolotl creatures, and goats can now be found roaming the game's mountains. Copper and amethyst can also be found in caves, giving players new reasons to dig deep into Minecraft's caves. Previews of Caves & Cliffs Part 2, which show off further additions like biome blending, were shown at the recent Minecraft Live digital event.




Alongside showing previews of Caves & Cliffs Part 2, Minecraft Live also announced a brand-new update to the game called The Wild. This update, coming at some point in 2022, appears to focus on general improvements for swamp biomes. A new Mangrove Swamp biome will be added, which features shallow water and overgrown mangrove tree

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Oct 16, 2021

How Star Wars LEGO Special Pokes Fun At Kylo Ren's Need For Wearing A Mask
LEGO Star Wars: Terrifying Tales, the latest comedic holiday-themed Star Wars television special, is the latest official property to poke fun at Kylo Ren's mask. Kylo Ren, formerly Ben Solo, is one of the main antagonists of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, despite often being the subject of mockery both in-universe and in the real world. Like Darth Vader, Kylo Ren is a powerful dark side user who wears a menacing armored mask. Though Vader wore his mask as part of a cybernetic survival suit, Kylo wears his for a variety of other reasons -- namely, vanity.

Darth Vader, the grandfather of Ben Solo, was a Sith Lord who required his suit following grievous injuries sustained in a battle against Obi-Wan Kenobi. As Kylo Ren, Ben Solo worshipped Vader, but there were numerous differences between the two. Kylo was never a Sith. He was a Knight of Ren using the dark side with a different philosophical outlook from the Sith. While Vader resigned himself to his new Sith identity, Kylo craved his, killing and sacrificing everything any everyone necessary to ascend to his position as Master of the Knights of Ren.




The humorous take on Kylo Ren's origin in the non-canon Terrifying Tales took some inspiration from the canonical four-issue Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren comic series, with Ben becoming intrigued by the Knights of Ren during his Jedi days. In the LEGO parody, Ben joins the marauding gang, but receives his armor, robes, and mask immediat

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Oct 16, 2021

DC's Titans Season 4 Officially Announced By HBO Max
DC's Titans season 4 is officially announced, with the renewal confirmed during this year's DC FanDome event. The show originally premiered in 2018 as a darker, grittier take on DC's popular Teen Titans team, introducing core members like Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), Kory Anders aka Starfire (Anna Diop), Gar Logan aka Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) and Rachel Roth aka Raven (Teagan Croft). In the seasons since, Titans has added Superboy (Joshua Orpin), Donna Troy (Conor Leslie) and Jason Todd (Curran Walters) to their roster of heroes - among other characters, including iconic villains like Deathstroke in season 2.

In Titans season 3, Jason has become Red Hood and turned against his former team to antagonize them along with Dr. Johnathan Crane aka Scarecrow (Vincent Kartheiser). The season also introduced Barbara Gordon (Savannah Welch) and Tim Drake (Jay Lycurgo), the latter of which has teamed up with the Titans to help them battle Scarecrow. Now, for those wondering what's next for Titans, the show has made an important announcement at DC FanDome 2021.




During DC FanDome 2021, HBO Max announced Titans season 4, with the series officially renewed for another outing. Titans season 3 will wrap up on Oct. 21 with the finale episode. It's not yet known when Titans season 4 will release, though it's possible it'll return sometime in 2022 depending on when filming starts and wraps.



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Oct 16, 2021

Adam Warlock vs Captain Marvel: Who Is Stronger?
Which MCU character would win in a fight, Captain Marvel or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3's Adam Warlock? The Marvel Cinematic Universe's "most powerful" debate has raged among fans since Phase 2 rapidly began broadening the franchise's roster of super-powered characters. Though there's no firm consensus on which hero currently holds that title, the most common picks are Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch (especially after her WandaVision boost), and Brie Larson's Captain Marvel, though that may soon change with Eternals on the horizon.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will introduce another keen contender for the MCU Heavyweight title - Adam Warlock. Left enraged by the Guardians of the Galaxy and their light-fingered raccoon, Ayesha, leader of the Sovereign, set about advancing the genetic engineering of her people to create "Adam." The most powerful and destructive member of the entire Sovereign species, Adam (the MCU's live-action version of Marvel comic character, Adam Warlock) will debut fully in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Will Poulter is now officially cast in the role.




Adam Warlock will immediately become one of the strongest entities in the entire MCU, and as a space-faring warrior wielding cosmic power, comparisons to Carol Danvers are only natural. Brie Larson's ace pilot continues to play a major role in the overarching MCU narrative, and returns in her 2022 solo sequel The Marvels... but is Captain Marvel stronger than Adam Warlock?



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Oct 16, 2021

Iron Man Designed The Rescue Armor With A Huge Difference in Comics
In Avengers: Endgame, the sight of Pepper Potts flying into battle while wearing her very own Iron Man suit drew massive applause from audiences - but many did not yet realize the massive changes Marvel made to the armor from the comics. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has certainly seen many changes from the source material over the years (the most recent is Shang-Chi's Mandarin to the character Wenwu in the film), and some are more drastic than others. But in the original comics, the suit - dubbed Rescue - had one major restriction.

In the MCU, the writers continually teased Pepper's Rescue suit, especially in Iron Man 3. The "Prodigal Son" armor, partially inspired by the armor seen in 2006's Extremis, was directed by Iron Man to surround Pepper during the collapse of Tony's Malibu mansion. But Pepper didn't get her complete suit until the final battle in Avengers: Endgame, and while the suit demonstrated multiple weapons and offensive capabilities, the armor in the comics was quite restricted - by design.




Pepper would find the Rescue Armor Model 1 in The Invincible Iron Man #10, but wouldn't actually don the suit until two issues later. She swoops into action as an earthquake nearly devastates a school, and her quick thinking saves the day. The entire suit has been designed from the ground up to save lives, not take them; though it has the speed, strength and flight capabilities like most other Iron Man armors, Pepper observes "There's not a single weapon anywhere on this suit." Every element is designed to protect and defend; the thrust doesn

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Oct 16, 2021

Loki's Nexus Ties Venom To Spider-Man: No Way Home - Theory Explained
 

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Venom: Let There Be Carnage!

The post-credits scene for Venom: Let There Be Carnage transported the tongue-slavering symbiote into the MCU and set up a potential role in Spider-Man: No Way Home - and it could be through the "Nexus" events introduced in Loki. There's long been intense interest in the idea of Tom Hardy's Venom and Tom Holland's Spider-Man coming head-to-head. Now, finally, those hopes and dreams look set to become a reality.

Marvel movies have long been renowned for their post-credits scenes, but Venom: Let There Be Carnage's is one of the best yet in that it leaves so many questions unanswered. Eddie Brock finds himself unwittingly transported through the Multiverse, arriving to watch a news broadcast in which J. Jonah Jameson ranted about Spider-Man's secret identity during Venom: Let There Be Carnage's post-credits scene. It's safe to assume this ties in directly to Spider-Man: No Way Home, which promises to transport a number of Spider-Man villains into the MCU as a result of a magic spell gone wrong. There have long been reports of a hidden sixth enemy, and it looks as though Venom is set to fit the bill.




But exactly how has Venom jumped from one dimension to another in the first place? In truth, Marvel is still making up their minds about how their Multiverse works. They determined the rules only after producing a number of films and TV shows based upon it. However, the basic principles may already have actually be

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Oct 16, 2021

Far Cry 6 Ending Fixes Far Cry 3's Biggest Mistake
[Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Far Cry 6.]

While Far Cry 6 has issues of its own, a narrative choice made for its ending could fix Far Cry 3's biggest mistake. Far Cry 3's campaign follows protagonist Jason Brody attempting to save his friends on the Rook Islands. Players soon meet a twisted, charismatic villain named Vaas Montenegro, whose "definition of insanity" monologue has continuously appeared throughout the franchise. However, Vaas seemingly dies approximately halfway through the game and is replaced by a far less compelling antagonist.

Far Cry 6's continuity has been a matter of some conjecture. Before the game's release, some players speculated Diego Castillo, son of villainous dictator Anton Castillo, was a young version of Vaas. This theory proved untrue, as Diego meets a tragic fate during the game's final confrontation. Thankfully, it seems Vaas does return: Though players never see his face, his voice is unmistakably that of the "Smuggler" in Far Cry 6's ending.




Far Cry 6 is also not a prequel to Far Cry 3 in any fashion, as newspapers and current events place the game in 2020. Similarly, Far Cry 3 features newspapers and radio shows that place it during 2012. Vaas' apparent survival suggests several things about the continuity of the franchise; while it's possible Far Cry 6 could be an alternate universe or retcon, it's also possible Vaas never died at all. Vaas' death occurs while Jason is under the influence o

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Oct 16, 2021

The Flash: Full Look At Ezra Miller's Costume
The first full look at Ezra Miller's costume in The Flash has been revealed. Miller reprises the role of Barry Allen/The Flash in the first live-action standalone film for the character. Miller first appeared as The Flash in a brief tease in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, then made his full debut in Zack Snyder's Justice League, introducing him into the DCEU proper. He also had a blink-and-miss-it cameo in David Ayer's Suicide Squad. The actor also appeared in costume for an episode of CW's The Flash, where he met that version of the character, played by Grant Gustin.

Director Andy Muschietti directs The Flash, which serves not only as the first live-action feature for The Flash, but also brings back one of the original DC actors in Michael Keaton's Batman/Bruce Wayne, who previously starred as the character in 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns. Keaton's return marks the beginning of the DCEU's venture into the multiverse, which will have the old Batman team-up with The Flash and potentially with the Snyderverse Batman, played once again by Ben Affleck in the film. For Miller, this marks a more in-depth look at his character, as well as a sprucing up of his iconic costume.

Now, the first full look at the costume is here, after a number of teases since last year's DC FanDome. For today's event, The Flash showed off a brief teaser that revealed Ezra Miller in the new costume, which has the glowing lines throughout and gold boots. The tease features voice over from Michael Keaton's Batman and delves into the multiverse aspect of the film,

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Oct 16, 2021

Midnight Mass Hid A Twist With Erin's Baby - Theory Explained
Erin Greene's baby appears to meet a tragic end in Netflix's Midnight Mass, but the show could be hiding a twist in its vampire lore. Midnight Mass puts a new spin on vampire stories. In the show, a charismatic young priest named Father Paul (Hamish Linklater) arrives on Crockett Island and immediately makes things terrible. In reality, Father Paul is secretly Crockett Island's former spiritual leader, Monsignor Pruitt, and ingesting blood from a vampire restored his youth. Pruitt brought the vampire with him to the island, thinking it was an angel, and the creature is different enough from a traditional vampire that many of his congregation buy into the idea. Because the vampire restored Pruitt's life, the priest is on a mission to distribute vampire blood to the entire island and save his former parish. Though things start promisingly, with the vampire blood restoring the town and healing illnesses, things quickly go awry.

Midnight Mass doesn't directly connect to The Haunting of Hill House or The Haunting of Bly Manor. Still, the show does borrow several elements from creator Mike Flanagan's previous Netflix series. For instance, several actors return. Kate Siegel (Hill House, Bly Manor) plays Erin Greene, a mother-to-be escaping from an abusive past; Rahul Kohli (Bly Manor) plays Sheriff Hassan, a Muslim man whose promising career is destroyed by discrimination; and Samantha Sloyan (Hill House) plays Bev Keane, a possibly sinister member of St. Patrick's Church. Additionally, Midnight Mass brings back several story beats from the previous shows, such as having one character, Riley Fly

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Oct 16, 2021

Peacemaker Trailer Breakdown: Every Reveal & Easter Egg
HBO Max's Peacemaker trailer was revealed at DC FanDome - and here's a full breakdown of everything revealed. Played by John Cena, Peacemaker made his DCEU debut in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. Although Peacemaker considers himself a superhero, he still wound up in Belle Reve - presumably for killing the wrong people. Amanda Waller will have been delighted to get her hands on Peacemaker, because she could be confident he'd obey orders - especially if he felt those orders protected America's reputation.

The Suicide Squad may not grossed as much as Warner Bros. hoped, but they nevertheless greenlit a spinoff TV series set up in The Suicide Squad's post-credits scene, helmed by James Gunn himself. This is the first TV series to take place in the DCEU, meaning the franchise is once again imitiating the MCU by embracing the potential of transmedia. But Peacemaker has a very different tone and style to anything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; indeed, the only thing tonally similar to it in the DCEU is Gunn's The Suicide Squad.




DC released a full trailer for Peacemaker at the DC FanDome event, giving a taste of the brutal vigilante's ongoing story - and hinting he may not be fighting on the side of the angels after all. It's full of humor, introduces a number of new characters, and features just as many gunshots as you'd expect. Here's our full breakdown of the Peacemaker trailer.



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Oct 16, 2021

Blue Beetle Movie Concept Art Reveals First Look At DC Hero's Costume
New concept art for the Blue Beetle movie shows off the DC hero's costume. Blue Beetle is a character that originated in Charlton Comics, later making the jump over to DC Comics during Crisis on Infinite Earths. The superhero gets his powers from an ancient mystical scarab that grants the user the Blue Beetle armor and has a number of superhero features. Jaime Reyes is the most recent Blue Beetle, a Latinx teenager who discovers the scarab in a vacant lot and uses the armor to fight crime in his hometown. He eventually becomes a full-fledged hero, joining the Teen Titans and continuing the legacy of his predecessors.

Cobra Kai's Xolo Maridueña recently took the lead role as Reyes for the Blue Beetle feature film, which is his first major film role after the success of the show. Maridueña is being directed by Angel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings) with a script by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala). Soto said of the casting of Maridueña that "His persona is pretty much the character of Jaime Reyes. It was a natural fit." The film is set to be released on HBO Max sometime in 2022.

During DC FanDome, Maridueña, Soto and Dunnet-Alcocer sat down for a brief conversation about the upcoming film and shared a first look at the costume via new concept art. The costume looks very comic accurate, but with an updated, cinematic spin. Another interesting note is the "Kord Industries" sign in the background, which is a nod to Ted Kord, the character who previously held the Blue Beetle Armor. Maridueña said that he challenged any DC Hero's costume to best the Blue Beetle's and talked about his excite

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Oct 16, 2021

Fortnitemares 2021 Guide (Schedule, Skins, Weapons, & Rewards)
The annual Halloween event in Fortnite's, Fortnightmares, is well underway in the popular battle royale, and players can continue to earn unique rewards until Nov. 2. Fortnitemares is full of Halloween-themed maps, games, and other experiences that were created by the community during the Fortnitemares Callout event. Players can access the community-created experiences featured in the Fortnitemares section of the menus.

Throughout the rest of October, Fornitemares cards will reveal iconic monsters that will be featured in the Item Shop. Additionally, classic Fortnite characters will continue to receive new Halloween twists throughout October. Fortnitemares 2021 has various new and returning Halloween Outfits in the Item Shop, as well as costumes and items that players are able to earn during the event.




Multiple new cards are going to be flipped over through each week during the Fortnitmares 2021 event, so it's important for players to check the Fortnite Item Shop daily. Epic Games has kept these cards well hidden until they're released, but each release has always happened at 8:00 pm EST. Week one of Fortnitemares brought Frankenstein's Monster, Curdle Scream Leader, Skeletara, and The Walking Dead's Rick Grimes to Fortnite.

Week two has six cards that will be flipped over, so players should expect at least one card every night until week three begins. Two of Fortnite's Fortnitemares

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Oct 16, 2021

Turn On Enhanced & Spotify Will Improve Your Boring Playlists For You
One of Spotify's latest recommendation tricks is Enhanced, a feature that scans a user's playlist and automatically adds songs that fit with the current theme and style. The music streaming service already has a few neat tricks that make the discovery of new music easier. For example, the radio feature plays hours of music based on one song (artist or playlist) that a user currently enjoys listening to.

The Discovery Weekly playlist, on the other hand, is a weekly compilation of 30 news songs that users might love based on their listening history over the past seven days. Then there is the Daily Mixes playlist, which blends music from all genres that users listen to and presents a great mix of unexplored new music that will fit with their taste. Finally, there is Release Radar, which analyses the listening pattern and then curates a list of 30 new songs that have come out over the past week. The aforementioned tool somewhat overlaps with the purpose of the What's New feature.




While discovering fresh music hasn't been much of an issue on Spotify, maintaining and growing multiple playlists simultaneously can be a painstaking task. This is where Enhanced comes to the rescue. Enhanced reads an existing playlist, and with the press of a button, automatically adds new tracks to the playlist that the user might like based on their taste and listening habit. Spotify claims that Enhanced is the way to create a perfect playlist, and it actually works quite well. However, Enhanced is exclusive to Spotify Premium subscribers, which costs $9.99 per month for a single listener, and $15.99 per month for a family with six users. For users without a Spotify Premiu

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Oct 16, 2021

The Ghostbusters Crossing Streams Created Their Franchise's Multiverse
IDW's Ghostbusters comic revealed that their defeat of Gozer in the first film created the franchise's multiverse of film and TV adaptations. In Ghostbusters 101 #1, the Ghostbusters learn of the dimension protected by the 2016 reboot's female Ghostbusters, whose world is beginning to overlap with their own. As both Ghostbusters teams wonder how this can be, Ray and Egon believe they have an answer.

What began as a simple paranormal investigation and elimination business has expanded beyond what any of the original Ghostbusters could have ever expected. In the IDW Comics, the guys in grey have franchises in other states, liaisons with the FBI, and interns to do their bidding, but everything changes after their crossover with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. After helping them build an interdimensional gateway to return to their world, the Ghostbusters now have the ability to explore the multiverse. In Ghostbusters 101, the Ghostbusters' interns turn on the device and open a portal to another dimension, attracting ghosts. When the door is closed on an aggressive phantom, part of the other-dimensional ghost is trapped outside its home reality, and both universes begin to overlap, introducing the original Ghostbusters to the Ghostbusters from the 2016 remake.




In the story by writer Eric Burnham and artist Dan Schoening, the female Ghostbusters are confused and alarmed at the sight of a different group of people calling themselves the Ghostbusters. With both paranormal investigators meeting at the Firehouse, the scientists and their colleagues try to make sense of this unusual situation and what it means. The original Ghostbuster

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Oct 16, 2021

A Miniseries Is The Best Way To Finish Ridley Scott's Alien Prequel Story
It's looking less and less likely that Ridley Scott will helm another Alien prequel, but fortunately, Alien: Covenant could still receive a follow-up in the form of a limited series. Despite starting strong, the Alien franchise has struggled to find its feet with critics over the last few decades. The original Alien, a brutal and brilliant "haunted house in space" sci-fi horror, and its more action-forward sequel Aliens are beloved by viewers and critics alike, often still held up as classics of the sub-genre.

However, the horror-focused Alien 3 was too dark for many, and its follow-up Alien: Resurrection was too uneven, leaving critics frustrated with the once-promising franchise. Since then, original Alien director Ridley Scott returned for 2012's Prometheus, a prequel that explored the origins of the franchise in detail. However, this effort warranted a cold response by many thanks to its slow pace and excessive focus on familiar world-building.




Scott's second prequel, Alien: Covenant, wisely dropped the mythology and pseudo-philosophy in favor of a more brutal atmosphere and faster pace, and the 2017 release was well-liked as a result. That said, five years elapsed between the two outings and, although Alien: Covenant was the better Alien prequel, fans were hardly clamoring for a return to its world. The reception of the prequel series was mixed at best, meaning the odds of a third Alien prequel movie happening are slim. However, Scott mounting an event miniseries to wrap up the story o

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Oct 16, 2021

Nervos launches cross-chain bridge to connect Ethereum and Cardano
 A new cross-chain bridge is currently connected to Ethereum through a cross-chain bridge, with Cardano and other public chains to come in the future.






Nervos today announced that the Force Bridge is now live on the mainnet. The Nervos Network is a collection of protocols and public blockchain ecosystem aiming to solve the various challenges facing blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum today.



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Oct 16, 2021

Attackers Behind Trickbot Expanding Malware Distribution Channels





The operators behind the pernicious TrickBot malware have resurfaced with new tricks that aim to increase its foothold by expanding its distribution channels, ultimately leading to the deployment of ransomware such as Conti.

The threat actor, tracked under the monikers ITG23 and Wizard Spider, has been found to partner with other cybercrime gangs known Hive0105, Hive0106 (aka TA551 or Shathak), and Hive0107, adding to a growing number of campaigns that the attackers are banking on to deliver proprietary malware, according to a report by IBM X-Force.



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Oct 16, 2021

Telegram rides the wave of recent Facebook outages to 1 billion Play Store installs



 We may all have our favorite apps and services, but loyalty only goes so far. When something suddenly stops working, it doesn't take us long to go scrambling for alternatives. That's just what's been happening with Facebook and its properties lately, and a series of high-profile outages has had the consequence of pushing users to competing services, including Telegram. Now we're seeing the evidence of that exodus, as the Telegram app crosses the 1 billion installs threshold in the Google Play Store.



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Oct 16, 2021

Elon Musk is now worth $230 billion—as much as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett combined



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Elon Musk has entered rarified air in the world billionaire rankings. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO is not only currently the richest person in the world, but is now worth as much as fellow billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett combined.

The 50-year-old's net worth is $230 billion as of Friday morning, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Gates sits in fourth place with $130 billion and Buffett is No. 10 with $102 billion.



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Oct 15, 2021

Hailee Steinfeld Compares Playing Hawkeye's Kate Bishop to Dickinson
Hailee Steinfeld compares playing Kate Bishop in Hawkeye to the young poet in Dickinson. Created by Alena Smith for Apple TV , the first season of Dickinson premiered in 2019 along with the debut of the streaming service itself. It was quickly renewed for a sophomore season and now, the Dickinson season 3, its last, is set to air on November 5. Starring Steinfeld in the titular role, the series has received rave reviews for its exploration of 19th century society with a millennial sensibility and tone.

Dickinson isn't the only series Steinfeld is starring in that airs this November, with the other being Hawkeye on Disney . The Marvel show is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame as the MCU's famous archer, Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), heads back to New York City for a fun Christmas with his family, but becomes sidetracked when is he confronted by enemies from his past as Ronin. Barton is then forced to join forces with a young super-fan named Kate Bishop, portrayed by Steinfeld in her MCU debut.




Now, in an interview with Screen Rant, Steinfeld talked about how her Marvel character isn't so much different from the audacious writer that she's been playing on Dickinson over the past three years. Steinfeld described the young poet she plays as a "strong and determined and independent and driven female charac

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Oct 15, 2021

Dying Light PS5, Xbox Series X/S Upgrade Will Update the Game
The developer of Dying Light is currently working on a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrade for the zombie parkour game. Techland's announcement comes a little while after it shared the news that Dying Light 2 has been delayed by two months. This was the game's second official delay, with its lead developer later explaining that the additional time is allowing the studio to better polish game. While the Dying Light community expected a December 7 release for Dying Light 2, it may be getting another port of the first game instead.

In the meantime, Techland appears to be revisiting the original Dying Light to drum up 2021 sales, with the current-gen update now known and a previously confirmed Nintendo Switch port of the game arriving soon. A Nintendo Direct in September established an October 19 release date for Dying Light: Platinum Edition's Nintendo Switch port, which will grant Switch owners the full Dying Light experience in addition to an four DLCs and several skins. The all-inclusive Dying Light re-release originally dropped earlier this year on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Now, it seems current-gen owners will get a stab at the acclaimed zombie game, too.




Announced via the Dying Light Twitter account, Techland is evidently working on "a next-gen patch for Dying Light 1." It's not clear when the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S upda

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Oct 15, 2021

The Batman Trailer Image Reveals Different Catwoman Hairstyle
director Matt Reeves has revealed a new image of Zoë Kravitz's Catwoman/Selina Kyle ahead of the upcoming trailer for the film. Kravitz will play the iconic Batman character alongside Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne, Paul Dano's Riddler, Jeffrey Wright's Jim Gordon, John Turturro's Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard's Gil Colson, Andy Serkis' Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell's Penguin. The Batman is scheduled to release in theaters on March 4, 2022.

Catwoman has been a common inclusion in the modern era of live-action Batman films, having been played by Michelle Pfeifer in Batman Returns and Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises, in addition to a solo Catwoman film in 2004 starring Halle Berry. Kravitz is the latest star to bring Selina Kyle to the big screen, though she's previously voiced the character in The LEGO Batman Movie. Depending on how The Batman performs at the box office, she could be playing the character for years to come.

A new image released on Twitter by Reeves shows Kravitz's Selina Kyle sporting a shoulder-length haircut and a white tank top, staring intently at someone out of frame. It's not the full shot of her Catwoman costume that some may have been hoping for, but it's still a fun look at what's sure to be a fierce new version of the character. Check out the new Catwoman image below.



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Oct 15, 2021

Wheel of Time Video Introduces Eyeless Villains & Their Minions
The Wheel of Time show introduces its eyeless villains and their minions in a new video. Amazon is hoping it can find its own Game of Thrones as it adapts Robert Jordan's sprawling fantasy novel series.

The first trailer for Amazon's Wheel of Time released back in September and indeed teased a huge fantasy world filled with magic, monsters and prophecies. The magical element of the story as fans of the novels know revolves around The One Power, an energy that allows its users to perform feats like healing, teleportation and mind control. Season 1's story follows a magic practitioner named Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) as she leads a group of five young people on a journey, believing that one of them may be the long-awaited Dragon Reborn.




Of course any good fantasy story needs its villains and The Wheel of Time has some monstrous ones indeed. A new video shared on social media gives fans their first good look at these baddies, who go under the general name Shadowspawn. See the clip in the space below:

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In Wheel of Time lore Shadowspawn are in fact divided into a number of different groups. The two main groups, both mentioned in Pike's voice-over in the clip,

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Oct 15, 2021

OnePlus Co-Founder Might Release A New Android Phone In 2022
2022 could be an exciting year for Android fans, as a new rumor suggests OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei is creating a 'Nothing' smartphone. Any longtime OnePlus followers will know the company has taken a few big shifts in recent years. While OnePlus started out as an enthusiast brand focused on big specs and low prices, it's in a very different place today. Carl Pei left the company in October 2020, OnePlus is preparing to merge its OxygenOS platform with Oppo's ColorOS, and its product lineup is now very reminiscent of any other major smartphone brand.

Shortly after departing OnePlus last year, Carl Pei announced his own tech company called 'Nothing.' Nothing's first product ended up being a pair of true wireless earbuds — called the Nothing Ear (1). The earbuds didn't receive perfect reviews, but they were mostly praised for delivering good audio, a stunning design, and a competitive price. Now, Nothing is getting ready to set its sights on something much bigger.




According to a new report from 91Mobiles, Nothing is preparing to launch its first Android-powered smartphone in early 2022. The report doesn't go into great detail about the device, simply stating that the site has "exclusively learned from noted tipster Mukul Sharma that Nothing will launch its first phone." It's also teased that Nothing will release the Nothing Power (1) battery bank "in the next few weeks," but all attention is obviously on the rumored smartphone.



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Oct 15, 2021

Far Cry 6 Secret Ending Explained
The Far Cry 6 secret ending offers an early, grim conclusion to the events of the game. Far Cry 6's relatively lengthy story follows guerilla soldier Dani Rojas in their attempt to bring down oppressive dictator Anton Castillo and save the Cuba-inspired country of Yara. It's a tale full of the bombastic action and open-world shenanigans found in most Far Cry games, but a majority of the events can be avoided if players choose to follow the secret ending.

The Far Cry series has become well known for providing secret, early endings that can be unlocked through unconventional methods. In Far Cry 4, players can choose to avoid fighting Pagan Min in Kyrat's civil war by simply waiting for him to return to the room he's trapped protagonist Ajay in. When he comes back, he decides to let Ajay scatter his mother's ashes exactly where she wanted in a moment of unexpected camaraderie. Far Cry 5 goes a similar route by allowing players the chance to ignore the prompt to arrest Joseph Seed at the beginning of the game, which sees the lawmen give up on trying to take the Montana cult down and go home.




These alternate endings go against the grain of Far Cry's intended violent and heroic acts by asking players to abandon their missions entirely, and Far Cry 6 continues that series pattern. Just like the previous ones, its secret ending involves choosing between two options and is considered the "bad" ending for Dani's story, but players who

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Oct 15, 2021

Southern Charm: Madison LeCroy & Brett's Relationship Timeline
Madison LeCroy from Southern Charm and her now-fiance Brett went from being strangers to getting engaged in a matter of months. Before Madison met her future husband, she had quite the rollercoaster of a dating life. Her relationships were at the center of some serious celebrity drama this year. Late December, Madison began dating Jay Cutler, who is a former NFL player. She got involved with him shortly after her ex Austen Kroll was rumored to be romancing Jay's ex-wife, Kristin Cavallari.

After Jay and Kristin shared a photo that made people assume they were back together, Madison and Jay ended faster than they began. Shortly after they fizzled out, Madison was accused of having an affair with ex-MLB player Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez sometime last year. Madison says those rumors are false and claims that she and A-Rod never met up in person. However, some of her costars didn't believe her. Nonetheless, Madison is over her time as a single woman. The Southern Charm star is ready to become a wife.

Related: Southern Charm: Madison LeCroy Reveals She Is Engaged To Boyfriend Brett

In April, following her A-Rod controversy, Madison confirmed that she had a new man. After a fan said the former baseball player might not want to date her even though he's now single, she shared her new romance on social media. Madison quick

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Oct 15, 2021

Spider-Man 3's Hobgoblin Mask Easter Egg & Future Setup Explained
The Sam Raimi Spider-Man films were filled with Easter eggs, including a reference to The Hobgoblin in Spider-Man 3 which allowed for his potential introduction in a future installment. Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy is celebrated for its seamless combination of comic accuracy and heartfelt, realistically-written characters, but one occasionally overlooked aspect of the films is that it's firmly set in a populated Marvel universe, with references to Spider-Man stories and characters in the films and even some shoutouts to other Marvel characters in the Raimi continuity's non-movie material. One such reference was to The Hobgoblin, one of Spider-Man's most prominent adversaries for years in the comics. A Raimi iteration of The Hobgoblin's mask can be found in act 1 of Spider-Man 3.

The Hobgoblin, aka Roderick Kingsley, was a major Spider-Man villain for years in Marvel's comics. Upon discovering one of the seemingly deceased Norman Osborn's hidden stashes of the Green Goblin's (played by Willem Dafoe) gear, Kingsley, a corrupt corporate executive, modified Osborn's formula to eliminate its insanity side effect and increase its physical enhancements. With a modified costume, Kingsley became The Hobgoblin. Although he was stronger than Norman, Kingsley's lack of insanity made him an overall less dangerous adversary than the unpredictable Norman. Like the Green Goblin, the comics made the Hobgoblin's true identity a running mystery, with several red herrings and fake reveals, explained by Kingsley brainwashing people like Ned Leeds into becomi

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Oct 15, 2021

Steam Games With Crypto, NFTs Being Removed From the Platform
Steam is banning games that are built on blockchain technology or that allow the exchange of cryptocurrency and NFTs, establishing another hurdle for the world of blockchain games. Playable NFT video games are growing in popularity and a few have stuck out in the crowd, gaining considerable financial and commercial support. One company in particular, Mythical Games, announced a $75 million partnership in June, which will help it produce several NFT video games. One of its more popular titles, Blankos Block Party, is an open-world free-to-play game that is built on blockchain technology and uses vinyl figurine NFTs as playable characters. Players purchase new Blankos with cryptocurrency and can sell their collection on the marketplace for actual money.

NFTs or non-fungible tokens have previously garnered negative press. Much of the criticism stems from the environmental impact that NFTs can have, based on its Proof of Work crypto mining. What has attracted many people to NFTs despite this is the fact that there is proof of ownership tied to the NFT. Thus, unlike other virtual items, like many in-game skins or outfits, NFTs hold a particular value and can be collected or sold on an evolving marketplace, much like physical collectibles like trading cards. In spite of evidence that NFT video games are bad for the environment, many have chosen to get involved in the controversial new economy. Their efforts to do so in the video game market have now been hindered considerably by Steam.



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Oct 15, 2021

Titans' New Beast Boy Transformation Recreates A Classic Batman Villain
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Titans season 3, episode 12, "Prodigal."

HBO's Titans season 3 finally sees Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) getting a new animal transformation, and he ends up recreating a classic Batman villain in the process. While Gar Logan is still struggling to control his transformations (beyond turning into a tiger), a traumatic scene triggers a new transformation in season 3, episode 12 when Beast Boy and Raven are trying to help Nightwing. Furthermore, because the Titans have been operating in Gotham for the majority of the season, Gar's transformation makes perfect sense.

With Bruce Wayne having left Gotham in the wake of Jason Todd's death and the Dark Knight's own murder of the Joker (the former Robin's killer), Dick Grayson brought the Titans to Gotham to serve as its new protectors. However, the Scarecrow had Jason resurrected, ushering Todd's transformation into the darker and corrupted Red Hood as they began their plans for a Gotham takeover. During that time, Beast Boy's limited ability to transform into animals has been something he's been struggling with while helping the Titans, seeing as how he's only ever been able to turn into a tiger on command.

Related: The REAL Reason Titans' Jason Todd Turned Into Red Hood Explained

However, Titans season 3, episode 12 sees Beast Boy and

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Oct 15, 2021

Eternals Early Box Office Predictions Highest Of MCU Phase 4 So Far
Early Eternals box office projections indicate its opening weekend will be higher than Black Widow and Shang-Chi. While the box office still has a long way to go before it gets back to 2019 levels, theaters are very much on the road to recovery amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year saw a number of high-profile titles leave an impression at the box office, with Shang-Chi even breaking the pre-pandemic record for highest Labor Day debut. Venom: Let There Be Carnage was another strong showing, posting $90.1 million domestically in its first three days.

One of the next major projects on the horizon is Marvel's Eternals, which is set to open in November. The film introduces a bevy of new characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many of whom are largely unknown to casual audiences. However, Marvel has demonstrated a knack for turning obscure properties into household names before, so the belief is they'll have similar success with Eternals. If the box office estimates are anything to go by, the MCU will be rewriting the record books again.




Per Box Office Pro, Eternals is projected to earn between $82-102 million domestically in its opening weekend. Even the low end of those figures would be the highest opening in Phase 4 to date. Shang-Chi posted $75.3 million in its first three days ($94.6 million for the four-day Labor Day weekend), and Black Widow earned $80.3 million i

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Oct 15, 2021

FTC Warns Hundreds Of Brands To Avoid Misleading Ads & Fake Reviews
The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sent out a notice to over 700 companies — a list that includes the likes of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Tesla — warning them about the menace of fake reviews and misleading ad practices using social media, and has asked them to abide by the rules or face penalties. Over the years, fake online reviews have become a menace, and many brands have actually been caught paying for favorable or false reviews on e-commerce platforms.

An Amazon data breach earlier this year revealed that a number of vendors negotiate terms with buyers who are paid to purchase their products and then post sham five-star reviews to boost the star ratings. But it's not just e-commerce platforms where such practices thrive. In the ballooning world of social media marketing, influencers are often paid to praise a particular product or brand. But the problem arises when these influencers don't actually disclose whether they are endorsing a particular product after inking a deal, and are just commending it from their personal experience. Pyramid schemes and crypto frauds find a lot of mention on the internet where people with influence — deliberately or unwillingly — often end up promoting a scam.




To combat the rising problem of misleading marketing and shady advertising tactics employed by brands, the US FTC has issued a notice to hundreds of companies to keep their ledgers clean and make proper disclosures if

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Oct 15, 2021

Young Sheldon Shows The Issue With Penny & Leonard's TBBT Ending
The latest episode of season 5 shows the issue with Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard Hofstadter's (Johnny Galecki) ending in . After their inappropriate flirting, George Cooper (Lance Barber) and Brenda Sparks (Melissa Peterman) continue to try to keep the details of their night out a secret. But after Meemaw (Annie Potts) sensed that there was something sketchy happening between the pair, she started snooping around — which, unfortunately, brings her son-in-law and his neighbor closer together.

In the Young Sheldon season 5 episode titled "Snoopin' Around and the Wonder Twins of Atheism," Meemaw coincidentally bumped into Brenda at the grocery store. She began asking about what really went down the night that George had a mini heart attack. But instead of answering her queries, Brenda panicked and bolted out of the conversation. This alarmed Meemaw, who then subtly asked her son-in-law about the same thing. Suspiciously, George was equally evasive, which made things worse. This resulted in an emergency meeting involving George and Brenda at the latter's chicken house. What was supposed to be a discreet and brief conversation, however, turned into a lengthy chat.




Among the few other things the pair discussed was the subject of the Cooper patriarch's workmate choosing his wife as his best friend. Both George and Brenda were perplexed about the notion, but in the end, concluded that the reason why George's coworker has such a relaxed and consistently happy marriage is because there are no kids. This indirectly highlights the potential issues in Leonard and Penny's The Big Bang Th

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Oct 15, 2021

Prophetic 2007 Tom Cruise Movie Clip Circulates After Afghanistan Exit
A clip from the 2007 movie Lions for Lambs is circulating the internet due to its eerily accurate predictions about events surrounding America's withdrawal from Afghanistan. Lions for Lambs features an all-star cast with names like Tom Cruise, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and Andrew Garfield. Although the movie's cast is impressive, it still struggled at the box office when it was released and also faced a barrage of bad reviews by critics.

Lions for Lambs centers around the war in Afghanistan, analyzing the government and personal responses to a Taliban attack that leaves two American soldiers stranded in enemy territory. Cruise plays a senator from Illinois who tries to use his plan for the situation to increase support for an upcoming presidential bid. He invites a liberal reporter to interview him about his ideas in hopes that he can win her and her devoted readers over.




In one of the movie's more memorable scenes, the journalist suggests that the United States should simply remove its troops from Afghanistan. The response he gives is a surprisingly accurate foresight detailing the insurrection and lasting effects that would occur if the US withdrew from the nation. Television actor and director Kevin Sorbo pointed out the uncanny resemblance to recent international events by reposting the clip on his social media. Watch below to see why Sorbo found the scene to be so relevant in regards to current events.

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Oct 15, 2021

Marvel Reveals The Shocking Truth Behind Its Most Powerful Character
Warning! Spoilers for Immortal Hulk #50 by Marvel Comics below.

In this week's Immortal Hulk finale, Marvel Comics revealed the truth behind the One-Above-All, which completely changes the most powerful character in the Multiverse. In the comic, the cosmic being responsible for creating everyone and everything in the Marvel Universe was revealed to also be the One Below All. The revelation means One-Above-All, who is basically God, is also the Devil in disguise.

In the recently wrapped up Immortal Hulk series, the Jade Giant's ultimate enemy was the One Below All, a being living in the Below Place who wanted to destroy the Marvel Universe and end the process of the cosmos being reborn. The being is responsible for giving the Hulk his incredible strength, as when the Gamma Bomb went off and changed Bruce Banner, it opened the Green Door, allowing the One Below All to give him his powers. Now, Marvel Comics has told the truth behind the Hulk villain, which connects the being to the Multiverse version of God.




In Immortal Hulk #50 by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, Belardino Brabo, Paul Mounts, VC's Cory Petit, and Alex Ross, the Hulk finally encounters his maker in the Below Place. After fighting the villain, the Hulk demands to see its real face. The One Below All agrees, and suddenly the sky fills with brightness as the One-Above-All appears. It turns out, the One-Above-All an

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Oct 15, 2021

Love Island USA: Connor Trott Shows Off New Girlfriend Sage Sunner
Connor Trott has taken to Instagram to show off his new girlfriend, Sage Sunner, which follows the breakup with his Love Island USA season 2 co-star Mackenzie Dipman. Both Connor and Mackenzie were introduced to Love Island fans as day-one islanders as they walked into the Las Vegas villa of season 2. Mack and Connor coupled up right away on that first day just based on first impressions of each other.

As the days went by, Connor and Mackenzie actually started to develop feelings for each other and take their relationship seriously. A lot of viewers questioned whether their relationship had what it took to survive outside the villa, which prompted fans to vote for Connor and Mack to be tested time and time again on the show. After Mackenzie had her head turned for Jalen Noble at Casa Amor, it was only a matter of time for her and Connor to be dumped from the villa. With that said, they reunited post-show and dated for many months, only breaking up in early 2021.




Now, Connor is showing off his brand-new girlfriend, Sage Sunner. As seen in the many Instagram posts included below, Connor and Sage have been all over each other as of late. On her Instagram profile, Sage describes herself as a Pittsburgh-based model. She appears to be signed to Docherty Model & Talent Agency. She also identifies herself as the mother of two adorable chihuahuas called Russ and Rambo. This is Connor's first public relationship since breaking up with Mackenzie earlier in 2021. Even before their breakup, Mack and Connor talked openly about the

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Oct 15, 2021

How to Catch Snails in New World (& What They're For)
During the "Baited" quest in New World, players are tasked with catching two aquatic creatures for crafting bait — a Snail and a Clam. The quest starts after players speak with Dena Ruby, an NPC near the Stolen Shores. Snails, in particular, can be found in freshwater, meaning New World players should fish in lakes and rivers. Although it is entirely possible to catch a Snail with a basic fishing pole and no lure, using a higher-tier rod along with special bait will undoubtedly increase the chances of catching a Snail.

While players may wish to cast their line out into the deeper areas of a lake or river to catch a Snail, keep in mind that characters in New World currently cannot swim if submerged. As mentioned above, Snails can be found within about any freshwater area; however, some places may yield better results than others. Continue reading to learn how to catch Snails in New World.




To catch a Snail in New World, players should use the proper bait to increase their chances of capturing one. Two excellent choices are Woodlouse Bait and Firefly Bait. These lures can be obtained by harvesting Bushes, Bulrush Plants, and Briar Plants in New World. While the baits do not guarantee a successful Snail catch, they will significantly boost the chances of fishing one out, particularly Firefly Bait.

After procuring bait

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Oct 15, 2021

Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Remake's Exp. Share Could Ruin The Games
The return of the permanent Exp. Share in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl has become a major concern for many fans. Generation 6 made the Exp. Share item provide experience points to every party member, as opposed to only the one holding it, offering a much easier time for Pokémon series newcomers. The change to a universal Exp. Share has become a point of contention in the community, and it could negatively affect the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes' game balance and difficulty.

In just over a month, fans will finally get to play these long-awaited Gen 4 remakes. Many were initially disappointed that the Brilliant and Shining versions may be too similar to the original Diamond and Pearl, unlike Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which more fully reimagined their original games. But as new trailers and previews have been revealed, the remakes have looked increasingly more impressive. However, in spite of growing optimism, the biggest takeaway from recent early press previews has been the potential detrimental effect of the new Exp. Share system.




The confirmation of a universal Exp. Share in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl isn't surprising or even unwelcome; party-wide experience gain, in itself, has been a mostly well-received mechanic. The problem is that, once again, Exp. Share cannot be disabled in BDSP. When the Ex

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Oct 15, 2021

Halle Berry Is An MMA Champion With Demons In Netflix's Bruised Trailer
A new trailer for the sports drama Bruised, starring Halle Berry as a former MMA fighter seeking her chance at redemption, has been released ahead of the film's Netflix release in November. Bruised stars Berry as Jackie Justice, a disgraced former champion who enters the gritty world of underground fighting by circumstance and finds herself with a chance to reclaim her former glory in the octagon. Jackie's story is complicated when she is reunited with the infant son she gave up years prior and is forced to face her demons as she seeks her comeback.

In a new trailer released by Netflix, Berry showcases her renowned acting talent as a tormented and strong sportswoman. The trailer also gives audiences their first look at the film's tone and supporting characters, with Black Snake Moan's Adriane Lenox and Dune's Stephen McKinley Henderson among the cast. See the official trailer below:

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As well as being somewhat of a dramatic comeback venture for Berry, who in recent years has taken blockbuster supporting roles in the John Wick and Kingsman franchises

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Oct 15, 2021

Which The Manor Character Are You, Based On Your Zodiac Sign?
The characters in Amazon Prime's new horror film The Manor encapsulate all different types of people. When Judith moves into the titular manor after her stroke, she becomes part of a system that doesn't have concern for the old or people with declining health. While she is lucky that her grandson Josh visits her, she's concerned that she'll be forgotten. Meanwhile, in such a large house, Judith encounters a variety of different people.




Nurses at the manor, as well as the other residents, have different personality types. Some of those personalities are more forceful than others. And some are even more nefarious. There are enough types that it's worth examining the various character in The Manor through the lens of the astrological zodiac signs.

One of the more gregarious characters in The Manor, Roland is a classic Aries. Aries signs are known for having no filter. They say what they mean and mean what they say. Roland specifically takes this attitude to another level. His charismatic energy becomes aggressive from time to time.

Roland inserts himself in Judith's path. He makes sure she is involved in his friend group so he can take advantage of her ignorance. His energy is forthright and at times sexual, making him the quintessential Aries.

Liesel is a kind and understanding nurse at The Manor. She wants to take care of people, just like any Taurus sign would. She enjoys nature and takes Judith out on walks on the grounds. She shows this caring side even in the face of evil lurking in the house.






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Oct 15, 2021

Valve bans blockchain games and NFTs on Steam


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Oct 15, 2021

Google Search on mobile just got its biggest change in years
 




If you've used Search on a mobile device recently, it will function quite differently starting today, at least in the US.






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Oct 15, 2021

Chrome OS will soon let you set your wallpaper from Google Photos
 

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Chrome OS will soon have a way to set your wallpaper to one of your favorite images or albums from Google Photos.

Across Pixel phones, Chromecasts, and Nest smart displays, Google has made it all too easy to set your wallpaper to your favorite shot from Google Photos or run a slideshow from an album. Meanwhile, to use something from Google Photos as a wallpaper on Chrome OS today, you need to download the image and manually set it as your background. There also isn't an option to rotate through a local folder of images.



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Oct 15, 2021

DocuSign phishing campaign targets low-ranking employees
 




Phishing actors are following a new trend of targeting non-executive employees but who still have access to valuable areas within an organization.

As reported by Avanan researchers, half of all phishing emails they analyzed in recent months impersonated non-executives, and 77% of them targeted employees on the same level.

Previously, phishing actors would impersonate CEOs and CFOs to trick company employees in targeted phishing attacks.



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Oct 15, 2021

Pixel ‘Personal Safety' gets automatic video recording when you trigger ‘Emergency SOS' [U]



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Car Crash Detection is a key part of the Pixel experience, and Google is now updating the Personal Safety app with the ability to automatically record video when you invoke an Emergency SOS. The UI has also been refreshed with Material You.

Version 2021.09.16 is more widely rolling out — via the Play Store — this Emergency SOS upgrade, as well as Material You and Dynamic Color modernizations. These features are ripe for inclusion in the next Pixel Feature Drop.



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Oct 14, 2021

MCU Spider-Man 4 Would be Different To Homecoming Trilogy
Tom Holland reveals that, should he reprise his role as Spider-Man for a fourth film after No Way Home, it would have to be very different from the Homecoming trilogy. No Way Home is set to conclude Holland's Spider-Man trilogy when it releases later this year. The film, which is one of the MCU's most hotly anticipated upcoming releases, examines the aftermath of Far From Home and the implications of Peter Parker's newfound fame now that his identity as Spider-Man has been shared with the world.

The trailer for No Way Home, which surpassed Avengers: Endgame's previous record for most views within a 24-hour period, shows that the conclusion to the trilogy isn't pulling any punches. After Doctor Strange casts a spell to help Peter regain his anonymity and bring back a sense of normality to his life, a series of threats emerge that threaten the safety of the entire world, including villains from past Spider-Man films, including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and Electro. For months it has also been rumored that former Spider-Men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will also appear in the film in some capacity.




Although it seems that No Way Home will act as a conclusion for Tom Holland's standalone Spider-Man movies, the actor hasn't totally ruled out appearing in a fourth installment. In a new interview with EW, Holland explains that, should a fourth film ever move forward, it would have to be notably different from what they've done with the Homecoming trilogy. The film would have to explore new territory and be tonally different

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Oct 14, 2021

Minecraft Mob Vote Compared To Pokémon Starter Choices
Mojang recently revealed the three new Minecraft mobs available for Minecraft Live 2021's mob vote, and one Reddit user compared the options to Pokémon starter choices. Like last year, Mojang is allowing the Minecraft community to decide which mob will be added next to the 3D voxel sandbox. During Minecraft Live 2021 on October 16, fans will choose between the Copper Golem, Allay, or Glare, three new mobs with their own unique abilities. Mojang did the same thing last year, allowing the community to pick Minecraft's new mob during Minecraft Live 2020. The choice then was between the Glow Squid, Iceologer, and Moobloom. The Glow Squid ultimately came out on top and arrived alongside the Caves & Cliffs Part 1 Update earlier this year.

For this year's Minecraft mob vote, Mojang first introduced the Glare, a passive mob that shows players dark spots where other mobs can spawn. This utility will be especially useful when the Caves & Cliffs Part 2 update drops later this year, because the update adjusts light level requirements for dangerous mobs to spawn. The second new mob was the Allay, a flying creature that delivers gifts to players in exchange for music. Upon receiving a collectible, craftable item, or block, the Allay looks for more of said item and gives them to players if a music note is nearby. The Copper Golem is a completely buildable mob and would bring with it a brand new copper button.






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Oct 14, 2021

Hidden Water Vapor Was Just Discovered On Europa's Icy Surface
After studying years of old Hubble space observations, a scientist just discovered all-new signs of water vapor lingering on Europa. When it comes to our Solar System, there are certain destinations that tend to take up the spotlight. Mars is the focal point for many people right now, there's a reemerging interest in the Moon, and everything else tends to take a backseat in mainstream conversations. One location that's quickly rising in interest, however, is Europa.

Europa is one of four Galilean moons orbiting Jupiter. It's the sixth-largest known moon in the Solar System, has a surface covered in ice, and is widely believed to have vast liquid oceans beneath its harsh exterior. Many people in the space and science communities believe that alien life is living in that ocean deep beneath Europa's surface. Europa may not receive the same attention as its Mars and Moon cousins, but it has countless secrets just waiting to be uncovered.




This latest discovery comes from the hard work of Lorenz Roth — a member of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Space and Plasma Physics in Sweden. After analyzing observations Hubble made of Europa between 1999 and 2015, it was revealed that there's a constant stream of water vapor in one particular hemisphere of the moon. Hubble previously found water vapor on Europa in 2013 when it captured plumes coming up through the ice (similar to geysers on Earth). However, this latest finding suggests water vapor is much more prevalent than anyone realized.



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Oct 14, 2021

90 Day Fiancé: Tania Confirms She's Also On The Single Life With Syngin
Tania Maduro will be joining 90 Day: The Single Life season 2 as a cast member with 90 Day Fiancé husband Syngin Colchester after their split. South African man Syngin first ignited rumors of a messy married life with his cryptic Instagram posts. Soon enough, Syngin was spotted with a new woman from Arizona whom fans thought was his girlfriend. While the 90 Day Fiancé season 7 couple kept TLC viewers confused about their relationship status, Syngin was announced as a cast member for The Single Life. And as it turns out, the discovery show will also have Tania joining the likes of Big Ed Brown, Jesse Meester and Natalie Mordovtseva.

Interestingly, Tania was never meant to meet Syngin in South Africa as she had traveled there for a date with a different man. But Tania ended up rejecting her man and walked into a bar, where Syngin worked as a bartender and thus began their 90 Day Fiancé relationship. The road to the altar wasn't an easy one for Syngin with Tania away in Puerto Rico for a month out of his K-1 visa's 90 days. And later came a time when Tania confessed that her husband wasn't her soulmate as Syngin felt that he did not belong in the United States. Still, no one expected that Tania and Syngin's next spin-off after 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? season 5 would be 90 Day: The Single Life.




Recently, Tania shared an Instagram post saying, "I am single, [Syngin] is single - we're all single!!" But neither Tania nor Syngin shared the reason behind their breakup. A curious TLC fan reached out to

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Oct 14, 2021

Iron Man's Secret Armor Doubles as a Corporate Lawyer
Marvel's Iron Man is one of the smartest characters in the Marvel Universe - and he's also one of the shrewdest businessmen on Earth, so it's no surprise that the genius, billionaire, playboy-philanthropist would quite literally invent a lawyer for himself. As the CEO of Stark Industries, Tony is often beset by legal troubles; lawyers accompanying him everywhere he goes would not be seen as out of the ordinary. In the short story collection Iron Man: Titanium, the tale Railguns, Power Ties and Titanium Men, written by Adam Warren with art by Salva Espin and colors by Rachelle Rosenberg, introduces readers to Tony Stark's very own "Lawyer Armor."

At the start of the story, Tony Stark accompanies Pepper Potts (along with bodyguards and lawyers) to a public meeting in a new skyscraper; the young Chief Technological Officer of the company Designed Intelligence, Huang Qiaolian appears ready to announce the company's IPO before dozens of potential investors. Instead, she kidnaps all the attendees and holds them hostage through the use of the Titanium Man: a robot that can also deploy smaller versions of itself. To add insult to injury, Huang Qiaolian isn't from Designed Intelligence at all, but Advanced Idea Mechanics, or A.I.M.




Huang Qiaolin's plan is revealed as she ushers the hostages toward high-speed electromagnetic elevators. They're not elevators; they're mass drivers, designed to launch the cabins into orbit where they'll reenter the atmosphere and land near an A.I.M. ship. But Tony Stark has a plan; he stands in the middle of his two lawyers and  initiates a high-speed transformation sequence. The two lawyers disassemble and

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Oct 14, 2021

Why Chucky Chose To Target Hackensack, New Jersey
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Chucky season 1, episode 1.

Chucky episode 1 saw the iconic villain unleash his unique brand of horror upon Hackensack, New Jersey — here's why he chose that town and how it ties to his origin. Since Don Mancini created him in 1988, the Brad Dourif voiced Chucky has rampaged through a variety of locations. In his human form, the serial killer was dubbed the Lakeshore Strangler and terrorized Chicago for years. After Charles Lee Ray transferred himself into a doll in Child's Play, he retained the same stomping grounds for a few more outings before moving on. Chucky subsequently targetted a distant Military Academy in Child's Play 3, went on a road trip in Bride of Chucky, and then resurrected in Los Angeles for Seed of Chucky.

After an extended hiatus, the titular doll returned for 2013's Curse of Chucky. Going on a more centralized murder spree, he picked off the extended Pierce family solely within the confines of their home. Cult of Chucky followed a similar formula, with the killer doll terrorizing the patients and staff of Harrogate Psychiatric Hospital. With the ending of Cult of Chucky, Mancini directly set up Chucky. In the process, he promised a much wider playground for every one of Chucky's movie forms to inhabit and unleash havoc.




With Chucky season 1, episode 1, "Death By Misadventure," the show has already begun to live up to that promise. The Child's Play franchise has bee

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Oct 14, 2021

Why Diana: The Musical Is So Controversial



Diana: The Musical is controversial largely because it attempts to turn Diana's real-life into a fun romp without really acknowledging the tragedies of her life. Diana dances in a Madonna-style wedding dress, hoping to make Charles "a rocker." James Hewitt arrives riding a saddle and making double-entendres. This version of Diana is a resilient woman who wants to make her marriage work and tries to use the press to her advantage in doing so, with no proper recognition of the fact the real person is known to have suffered from depression, paranoia, and anxiety.

There are 21 songs in Diana: The Musical, and none of them really highlight the struggles that were a key part of her life. They attempt to touch on her postpartum depression and barely mention her eating disorder. It is well-documented that she was stalked by the press, and the film initially sets that up to be part of the plot, only to abandon it at the end. Many people still remember watching her funeral live on television, as well as the hardships she endured. With this all in a relatively recent timeframe, the decision to not recognize the struggles that are an integral part of Diana's life to many leaves the musical to be in bad taste, as it risks reducing crucial elements of her personal life down in order to add in more jokes.

This said, one of the reasons the film has been accepted by some is because she is such an

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Oct 14, 2021

Judy Greer Spoils Major Halloween Kills Character Death In Interview
Warning: SPOILERS for Halloween Kills below

Actress Judy Greer has revealed which death scene from Halloween Kills she found to be the most vicious, accidentally spoiling one character's fate in the process. The killer Michael Myers has been on a gruesome rampage since 1978 when he first appeared in John Carpenter's classic slasher Halloween. David Gordon Green helmed a direct sequel to the original film in 2018. Simply titled Halloween, an older but still traumatized Laurie Strode prepares to confront her would-be killer 40 years later. Michael's reign of terror continues on October 15 when Halloween Kills hits theaters and streams on Peacock.

Halloween Kills will see the return of much of the cast from the first installment, including Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie, Judy Greer as her daughter Karen, and Andi Matichak as Laurie's granddaughter Allyson. The film is set to pick up moments after the 2018 film left off, with the women rushing to the hospital to seek medical treatment for Laurie. In part one, Karen dismissed her mother's seemingly put-on paranoia. Now that Karen has experienced Michael's wrath firsthand, the pair's estranged dynamic is certain to change in Halloween Kills. Unfortunately for Karen, she's doomed to witness even more of Michael's bloodlust as he tears through Haddonfield.




In an interview with Collider, Greer filled fans in on Michael's grisliest murders in Halloween Kills, highlighting one in particular that made the actress shudder. One of the franchise's more un

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Oct 14, 2021

Madden 22 Is Removing Raiders Coach Jon Gruden After Email Comments
Recently retired Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden will be removed from Madden NFL 22 after hateful emails surfaced, with EA Sports announcing a near-future update will replace him in-game. The annual sports title launched in August and brought a number of improvements, with the majority of changes coming to the new-gen console versions of Madden 22. This included more realistic in-stadium atmospheres and better AI functionality through NFL Next Gen Stats, and the new Madden also customarily updated the current league player and coach rosters.

Perhaps the most significant improvement in Madden 22 is Dynamic Gameplay. This new system affects how the crowd reacts to situations, and spectators can even directly influence the action on the field, making home-field advantages into an actual game mechanic. For example, a loud roar might drown out a quarterback and make mistakes on the snap more likely. Players also have access to more endzone celebrations than previous entries, and there are additional broadcast packages for Madden 22 games.




On Wednesday, EA Sports revealed it will remove former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden from Madden NFL 22 following offensive emails publicly surfacing. Gruden will be replaced with a "generic likeness" in a title update schedule to release "in the coming weeks." Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders announced his resignation earlier in the week, following his use of misogynistic and homophobic language in a series of emails that have come to light. According to a New York Times report, Gruden made disparagin

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Oct 14, 2021

Marvel Is About To Make The Avengers Unnecessary
The arrival of the Eternals could make the unnecessary in the MCU. In less than a month, Marvel Studios is debuting a brand new superhero team through Academy Award-winner Chloé Zhao's much-anticipated blockbuster, Eternals. Created by the Celestials, they were sent to Earth to protect humans from Deviants. The Eternals, some of Marvel's most powerful characters, have been in existence for thousands of years, but this is the first time that they will make their presence known.

MCU's main Eternals team is composed of 10 heroes, and Marvel Studios assembled a star-studded cast to play them. Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff ), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry ), Ajak (Salma Hayek), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Sersi (Gemma Chan), and Druig (Barry Keoghan) initially operated as a unit. But after a couple of centuries, they decided to part ways, and they haven't reunited since then. Smart Hulk's (Mark Ruffalo) reverse snap in Avengers: Endgame inadvertently kicked off the mysterious Emergence, forcing the team to band back together. It's currently unclear what this new MCU tragedy entails, but it sounds quite serious, to the point that the Eternals are called back for duty.




Eternals has a lot to introduce, with a runtime that is longer than Infinity War, and given the looming intro

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Oct 14, 2021

RHOC: President Joe Biden Attends Meghan O'Toole King's ?Wedding
On Columbus Day, Meghan O'Toole King from The Real Housewives of Orange County revealed that she got married in a small ceremony to President Joe Biden's nephew, Cuffe Owens. The couple only made their relationship Instagram official on September 25, but their budding romance blossomed at a whirlwind speed. Meghan has moved on to bigger aspirations with her new husband, leaving fans to believe that all roads lead back to Bravo.

The Real Housewives of Orange County fans may not know that the mother of three has two marriages already under her belt. When Meghan was 22, she tied the knot with her University of Mississippi classmate Brad McDill. They were married from 2007 to 2011. Meghan then married Jim Edmonds in 2014. The MLB superstar swept her off her feet as fans watched their union unfold on the series. Sadly, in 2019, news broke that Jim cheated on Meghan when she was pregnant with their twins. Meghan was in a relationship with Christian Schauf and, most recently, her friend Will Roos.




The White House will officially have another family member to invite over for Christmas. Meghan spoke with Brides, sharing that she and her new husband, Cuffe, decided to tie the knot on October 11. The couple exchanged vows in the groom's childhood home in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The 37-year-old blushing bride told the magazine that their wedding was about two things, saying, "Our love for and commitment to each other, and our family—each of our families, and the new very large and very tight family that we were bonding together by getting married. That's it." Meghan channeled Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the Ci

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Oct 14, 2021

GTA Online Players Get Free GTA 3 Shirt For Anniversary This Week
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto 3, Rockstar is offering all players a free t-shirt in Grand Theft Auto Online this week. GTA Online has become incredibly successful since it first launched, giving players the chance to explore the large open-world with friends and other users or compete in a series of multiplayer game modes. Extensive creation tools even allow fans to create their own content, such as iconic real-world racetracks in GTA Online races, and the online game has an active community of creators adding to the vast library of available content.

News of the free t-shirt comes just after Rockstar officially revealed that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy is in development. The studio announced the remasters of Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas last week, announcing that the collection was "coming soon" to PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. However, Rockstar did not reveal what graphical and performance upgrades would be included in the remaster or when exactly Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy will release.




Players will be able to get access to a free Grand Theft Auto 3 t-shirt in GTA Online to celebrate the game's 20th anniversary. Rockstar revealed the news in a press release, confirming that users simply ne

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Oct 14, 2021

Google is making it easier to doomscroll through search results
Illustration: Alex Castro / The VergeGoogle is making it easier to doomscroll through search results by automatically loading newer results as you get to the end of the page. Previously, when you got to the end of a page of Google search results, there was a big "See more" button at the bottom you could tap to, well, see more results. With continuously loaded results, you'll be able to just keep on scrolling to see more.


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Oct 14, 2021

You can now sign up to buy Spotify's Car Thing, but you probably shouldn't
Photo by Ashley Carman / The VergeSpotify is making it easier to get ahold of its first hardware device, the Car Thing, by opening up a waitlist to purchase the device that anyone can join starting today. The catch is that now the streaming service's previously invite-only product is $79.99 when it used to be free with paid shipping and handling.

While Spotify will let anyone with an account sign up for its waitlist, whether free or premium, you do still need a premium account to actually use the device. Also, at its new $79.99 price, it's worth re-examining what the Car Thing can do.





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Oct 14, 2021

AMD CPU owners won't be pleased with Windows 11's latest update





 AMD chips are having issues on Windows 11 and the latest OS update has made the problems even worse.

AMD and Microsoft previously revealed that Windows 11 was causing a reduced performance for AMD Ryzen CPUs for certain applications, with extreme cases seeing as much as a 15% performance hit.

Microsoft revealed a software update is in development to address these issues, but it looks like the very first Windows 11 update since launch has made the problem even worse.

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Oct 14, 2021

The Apple Watch Series 7 officially ditches the hidden diagnostic port
 




The Apple Watch's diagnostic port has been a mysterious part of the wearable lineup since its first model, but the new Series 7 officially ditches the six-pin port entirely.

First noted by MacRumors, the lack of a port can be seen when you remove the bo

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Oct 13, 2021

Animal Crossing Streamer Hosts Squid Game With Big Bells Prize
An Animal Crossing: New Horizons content creator has devised their own Squid Game contest within the Nintendo game. The YouTube streamer invited players to their island to take part in a series of Animal Crossing minigames, and while competitors weren't playing for their lives, they were playing for an impressive 99,000 Bell prize.

Netflix's Squid Game is one of the biggest shows of the year, engrossing viewers with its dark premise and narrative twists and turns. The Korean drama focuses on a series of competitive games in which players compete for a cash prize, with those eliminated from the games also losing their lives. The show has been a global success that has spawned countless fan-made video game recreations in releases including GTA Online, Roblox, The Sims 4, and of course, players have also been reimagining Squid Game in Animal Crossing.




Streamer and YouTuber Nikachu has created their own competitive Animal Crossing Squid Game, with seven of their viewers invited to their island to take part in three minigames. First is the "Red Light, Green Light" game seen in the first episode of Squid Game. In Nikachu's Animal Crossing version, Nikachu plays the ocarina as contestants try to reach a Face-Cutout Standee, with players eliminated if caught moving when the music stops. The second game pits teams against

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Oct 13, 2021

Adult Swim Festival 2021 Has Rick & Morty Panel, Live Streams & More
Adult Swim Festival 2021 has announced its lineup, including a Rick and Morty panel and several musical performances. This is the latest in a run of exciting live stream festivals featuring huge announcements from popular properties. Just a few weeks ago, Netflix had its TUDUM event, which included the trailer drop for Stranger Things season 4 and the announcement that Chris Hemsworth would be returning for Extraction 2. On October 16, DC FanDome 2021 is poised to feature similar blockbuster announcements for its popular superhero projects.

This year's Adult Swim Festival will be the fourth annual iteration of the event, which includes live music performances in addition to panels and screenings. Last year, when the festival switched to a virtual format, the lineup included The Eric Andre Show, Toonami, and Run the Jewels. Back in 2019, the in-person event included a performance from Lil Nas X hot off the success of "Old Town Road," as well as a screening of a full episode from the then-upcoming Rick and Morty season 4.




This year's Adult Swim Festival will be live-streamed on the Adult Swim YouTube channel on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 with additional exclusives on HBO Max. This year, the musical lineup is huge, including Lil Baby, Karol G, 21 Savage, Flying Lotus, Alessia Cara, and Angel Olsen along with 19 additional artists. There will also be star-studded watch parties of 12

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Oct 13, 2021

Blumhouse Wolfman Movie Script Still In Development With Ryan Gosling
The script for Blumhouse Pictures remake of The Wolfman starring Ryan Gosling is still in development says producer Jason Blum. The Wolfman is one of the most iconic of the Universal Monsters, having first appeared in the 1941 film starring Lon Channey Jr. In 2010, a remake starring Benenco Tel Toro in the title role opened in theaters after a very troubled production to negative reviews and was a box-office bomb.

After Universal attempted to relaunch their monster's property with the critical and box-office failure of 2017's The Mummy, they scrapped their plans for their cinematic universe called the Dark Universe. The studio decided to do stand-alone horror stories, the first being 2020's The Invisible Man, which was a box office and critical success. Hot off the success the studio reteamed The Invisible Man director Leigh Whannell and producer Jason Blum to do another monster property, The Wolfman, which had already secured actor Ryan Gosling for the lead role.




In an interview with Collider, producer Jason Blum confirmed they are still developing a script for The Wolfman. The successful horror producer says they are waiting on the script to be just right for star Ryan Gosling, one that the actor feels comfortable with. Ryan Gosling is very involved with The Wolfman as the film was green-lit from his pitch to Universal Pictures. Blum said:


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Oct 13, 2021

Letitia Wright Denies Black Panther 2 Set Conduct Reports
Letitia Wright denies a report that claims she is expressing anti-vaccination views on the set of Black Panther 2. Following a few COVID-19 related delays, production of the sequel to 2018's Black Panther began in Atlanta this past June ahead of its July 2022 release date. Original director Ryan Coogler is returning along with writer Joe Robert Cole. However, the sequel had to be reworked considerably following the tragic passing of T'Challa actor Chadwick Boseman. The film will see Black Panther stars Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong'o, and Winston Duke reprising their roles.

There has been a lot of intriguing news coming out of the Black Panther 2 set as of late, including the revelation that Dominique Thorne will be making her MCU debut in the film as Riri Williams, a brilliant inventor who creates her own Iron Man suit, ahead of her upcoming Disney series, Ironheart. Letitia Wright, who will be returning as Shuri, was hospitalized in late August after suffering a minor onset injury, though she was able to return soon after. Earlier this month, Wright became embroiled in another controversy when The Hollywood Reporter claimed she was speaking out against the COVID-19 vaccine on set.




Now, Letitia Wright denies those claims in an Instagram post. The actress says it "saddens" her to have to address the report published by THR and went on to "honestly assert" that th

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Oct 13, 2021

Kurt Busiek To Write New Arrowsmith, Astro City Comics For Image
Kurt Busiek is returning to Image Comics and bringing along his fan-favorite series Astro City and Arrowsmith. Fans can expect a new Arrowsmith miniseries beginning in January 2022 and an Astro City one-shot in March 2022 that introduces the new status quo of the upcoming series. Image also teased that the creator would be bringing more new comics such as Free Agents and another story in The Autumnlands series, as well as re-releasing some of his other popular titles.

Busiek is well-known in the comic book industry not only for his creator-owned projects but also for his work at the Big Two, including Avengers, The Marvels, Superman, and JLA. Arguably his biggest creator-owned series is Astro City, a superhero comic book that began back in 1995 at Image Comics before going through several other publishers, including Image's partner studio Wildstorm before eventually ending up in the hands of DC Comics and Vertigo. The series paid tribute to many iconic superheroes, notably including homages to characters like Superman (The Samaritan) and the Fantastic Four (Furst Family) while also exploring struggles superheroes could face in the real world. Then there was his fantasy title Arrowsmith, which began as a miniseries back in 2003 under the Cliffhanger imprint of Wildstorm.  The title took place during World War II with not just guns but also magic.






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Oct 13, 2021

James Gunn Pitched A Gilligan's Island Movie With A Cannibal Twist
The Suicide Squad director James Gunn says he once pitched a movie of Gilligan's Island with a cannibal twist. The original show about a group of castaways becoming stranded on a desert island during what was supposed to be just a three-hour-tour aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967.

Years after that original three-year CBS run, the show received a revival in the form of three TV movies: The Castaways on Gilligan's Island, The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island and Rescue From Gilligan's Island. Today Gilligan's Island is probably most known by younger people for its barroom-argument-inspiring "Ginger or Mary Anne?" question and its classic theme song, and of course older folks still cherish it. But despite the enduring popularity of the CBS sitcom, Gilligan, The Skipper and company have to this day never been brought back in theatrical movie form.




It was just revealed by James Gunn however that efforts have been made to revive Gilligan's Island as a movie. In fact, according to Gunn legendary screenwriter Charlie Kaufman at one time pitched a Gilligan's Island movie that in true Kaufman oddball fashion added the gruesome twist of the castaways turning on and cannibalizing each other (unsurprisingly the idea went nowhere). Gunn went on to say that he revived the pitch some years later and actually received studio interest, but the whole thing was shot down by the

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Oct 13, 2021

Marvel Never Asked Richard Madden To Go Blond (Or Change His Accent)
Marvel never asked actor Richard Madden to dye his hair blond or change his accent for his role in Eternals. Madden plays Ikaris, who has traditionally had blonde hair in his comic-book incarnation. Created by Jack Kirby in 1976, Ikaris is an Eternal, created by the Celestials thousands of years ago, gifted with superhuman abilities that are meant to protect and guide humanity. Ikaris' earliest appearance shows him with longish blonde locks and he is fitted with a blue-and-red costume with three circular-shaped designs on his chest.

Eternals is directed by Academy Award Winner Chloé Zhao and stars Madden, Gemma Chan, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Lauren Ridloff, Ma Dong-seok, Bryan Tyree Henry, and Barry Keoghan. The film takes place in the MCU's Phase Four series of films, which ushers in a new era for the franchise universe, introducing a bevy of new characters, which began with last month's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Eternals will be the first live-action realization of the characters in the MCU.




During the Eternals set visit in January 2020, Screen Rant and other venues were on-hand to talk to the filmmakers about the film, including producer Nate Moore, who gave some insight into the appearance of Ikaris in the film. In the live-action Eternals film, Ikaris is featured as a short-cropped brunette and sports a blue-and-gold costume, which similarly replicates the

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Oct 13, 2021

Stellan Skarsgaard & Dave Bautista Interview: Dune
The latest adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune is making its way to the screen on October 22 when the film premieres in theaters and on HBO Max. The film features an incredible cast and epic science fiction story with warring factions, alien races, and political scheming. Including in this cast are Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, the leader of House Harkonnen and enemy of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac), and his nephew, Glossu Rabban played by Dave Bautista.




Screen Rant spoke to Skarsgård and Bautista about bringing Dune to life.




But I never hit up Denis personally, because I didn't want to be that guy. I didn't want to try to capitalize on our friendship, so I just waited and waited and waited - and finally, I got a phone call from him, and he offered me the role. I almost bro

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Oct 13, 2021

Radeon RX 6600 Vs. RX 6600 XT: Best AMD Budget Card To Buy
The Radeon RX 6600 and RX 6600 XT are two of AMD's most affordable PC gaming GPUs, but which one is ultimately worth buying? While top-of-the-line graphics cards are a lot of fun to talk about, the reality is that most people aren't buying them. The vast majority of gamers are relying on low and mid-range cards to power their rigs. They may not be capable of the best graphics or highest frame rates, but budget GPUs are getting better every year.

Along with affordable options from Nvidia, AMD also understands the need for these types of GPUs. AMD launched the Radeon RX 6600 XT in July 2021. At the time, AMD was hailing it as its cheapest GPU launched during the year. A few months later in October, however, AMD one-upped itself with the even lower-priced RX 6600. Both graphics cards are compelling options for budget-minded gamers, but which is the best overall choice? Here's what you need to know.




As the nearly identical names imply, the RX 6600 and RX 6600 XT are very similar graphics cards. Both are powered by the same Navi 23 chipset, albeit with a couple of tweaks mentioned below. Each card also has the same 32MB infinity cache and 8GB of GDDR6 RAM. At the end of the day, both cards should be able to run most games at 1080p with very high graphics enabled (and even max graphics in some cases).



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Oct 13, 2021

Life After Lockup: How Shawn Contradicts Himself With Poor Parenting
Shawn has introduced his second relationship on Life After Lockup, and both times he's seemingly pushed his parenting aside to pursue love. On Life After Lockup season 4, viewers followed Shawn's new relationship with Sara after a messy breakup with his ex Destinie. It was just last year when Shawn was driving around town trying to hunt Destinie down to get his car back. He also proposed to her and wanted to build a future together, but Destinie was seemingly only interested in his financial stability. All the while, Shawn upset his ex Kelly due to how neglectful he was being to their six kids.

Shawn has now gotten into a relationship with Sara and things appear to be going well for the couple. He admitted to lying about his age and owned up to being 10 years older than the original 36 he told Sara. While Sara is aware that Shawn has other children back home, she isn't fully aware of how big Shawn's sacrifice for her was. He relocated to Ohio to be with Sara and left his six kids behind. While he expresses his hopes of being a step-father to Sara's daughter, he already has six kids of his own who are missing their father.




Recent reports say that Shawn and Sara might even be married and expecting a child together after about a year of dating. A video from YouTube channel realiteasquad (included below) recently unearthed alleged evidence hinting at Sara and Shawn being married while filming their couples confessiona

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Oct 13, 2021

American Idol: Adam Lambert Reveals Details About New Cover Band Show
American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert is returning to the small screen as a judge on E's new series Clash of the Cover Bands, premiering on October 13 at 9:30pm. Since leaving American Idol, Adam has had a successful solo career and a superstar turn as the lead singer of the rock band Queen. Adam's experience with performing both on a reality competition show and on tour in the real world will be great assets to him in this new endeavor.

?Adam first won America's heart in 2009 on American Idol, during which he established himself as a glam rocker with a voice that soared to heights never before heard on the show. Although he came in second to winner Kris Allen, his career took off as soon as the show ended. His loyal faction of fans, the "Glamberts," are some of the most passionate around. They followed his career from his 2009 debut album For Your Entertainment, which included the hit single, "Whataya Want from Me," for which he earned a Grammy nomination, to his collaborations with Queen. In 2019, he founded the non-profit Feel Something Foundation to support LGBTQ and human rights activism. This year, Adam has an upcoming two-weekend residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas with an additional livestream special on Friday, October 29.




?In an interview with 

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Oct 13, 2021

Eternals Ticket Sales Beating Black Widow & Shang-Chi
Within just a day of going on sale, the early tickets for Marvel's Eternals have already begun to outpace Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. After being forced to take 2020 off due to the coronavirus pandemic, the MCU has returned in full force this year. So far, the franchise has put out two movies, and both have provided some sorely needed life to the domestic box office. Black Widow kicked things off in July with what was then the biggest opening weekend of the pandemic era, and Shang-Chi followed in September, breaking Labor Day records on its way to becoming the current highest-grossing film of 2021.

Next up is Chloé Zhao's Eternals, a cosmic epic that is very different from Black Widow and Shang-Chi. For one thing, Eternals is an ensemble piece instead of a solo story. For another, it will span thousands of years and introduce a team so powerful, fans are wondering why they didn't take out Thanos on their own. Eternals will follow in Shang-Chi's steps and debut exclusively in theaters. Tickets went on sale this past Monday, and they're already hinting Marvel has another moneymaker on its hands.




Per Deadline, Eternals reportedly earned $2.6 million in advance ticket sales within its first 24 hours of being available. This is 86% over Shang-Chi, which scored $1.4 million

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Oct 13, 2021

Warzone Season 6 Battle Pass Adds Vanguard's StG 44, M1 Garand For Free
Editor's Note: A lawsuit has been filed against Activision Blizzard by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which alleges the company has engaged in abuse, discrimination, and retaliation against its female employees. Activision Blizzard has denied the allegations. The full details of the Activision Blizzard lawsuit (content warning: rape, suicide, abuse, harassment) are being updated as new information becomes available.

The Season 6 Battle Pass for Call of Duty: Warzone was expanded with Call of Duty: Vanguard's Stg 44 and M1 Garand, which players can earn for free ahead of the game's official launch on November 5th. Sledgehammer Games' Call of Duty will have full integration with Raven Software's free-to-play battle royale when it launches, just as both Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War have had integrations with Warzone. The developers have confirmed many aspects of that future integration, including a massive new battle royale map that will replace Verdansk, as well as additional maps, modes, and events post-launch. Vanguard's link with Warzone is reportedly stronger than past Call of Duty iterations, and the two will also share a new PC anti-cheat system developed by Raven Software.

Last week, the StG 44 and M1 Garand dropped into Warzone, likely by accident, after the Season Six update. The mistake was quickly addressed and the weapons were stripped from the battle royale. The American M1 Garand and German StG 44 we

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Oct 13, 2021

We're One Step Closer To Uncovering Secrets Of Ancient 'Centaur' Comets
Comets are a frequent and gorgeous occurrence in outer space, and a study recently outlined plans for how scientists could watch them be created in real-time. As it's been proven time and time again, the mysteries of space are continually fascinating. Planets in our Solar System have many stories to tell, faraway galaxies hold countless other secrets, and there's a constant drive in the science community to uncover as many of these as possible.

Thanks to constantly advancing technology, each day brings us closer to answering previously unsolvable questions. In 2021 alone, there have been numerous milestones in the space exploration world. Perseverance collected the first Martian rock sample that'll be returned to Earth, InSight created the first interior map of Mars, and Ingenuity became the first helicopter to fly on an alien planet. In that context, it's almost unfathomable to think what we'll be able to achieve in 5, 10, or 50 years down the road.




Thanks to a new study from the University of Chicago, researchers have now outlined plans for astronomers to follow the creation of a comet from start to finish. More specifically, the study describes how we could document comet creation that takes place in Jupiter's orbit. As described by the author of the paper, Darryl Seligman, "This would be an amazing opportunity to

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Oct 13, 2021

The Family Chantel: Season 3 Cast Ranked By Villain Status
Since The Family Chantel season 3 recently premiered, it's a good time to rank the season's most problematic cast members. Viewers know that the Jimeno and Everett families have had messy moments over the years. Chantel and Pedro Jimeno faced tension created by their respective in-laws, while friends of both families have also caused drama for the 90 Day Fiancé alums. Learn how The Family Chantel season 3 cast members stack up when it comes to memorably bad behavior.

When Pedro and Chantel first appeared on 90 Day Fiancé, Chantel's family was deeply suspicious of Dominican Pedro's intentions with the Atlanta beauty. Chantel's parents Karen and Thomas Everett eventually accepted Pedro, though the Everett family then attacked son Royal Everett's now-wife, Angenette Everett. The season 3 premiere revealed that Angenette and Royal are sitting out The Family Chantel, and the couple is not on speaking terms with the rest of the Everett family at the moment.




While Chantel's family is known for bringing drama, Pedro's family is just the same. Pedro's mother Lidia Jimeno and sister Nicole Jimeno have both clashed with Chantel on numerous messy occasions. Meanwhile, Nicole appears to encourage her best friend Coraima Morla to flirt with Pedro, who has been accused of cheating on Chantel with Coraima. Pedro also faces drama from Nicole's married boyfriend Alejandro Padron, as Lidia and Pedro both notoriously dislike Nicole's partner.



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Oct 13, 2021

RHOBH: Garcelle Beauvais Thinks The Cast ‘Blindly' Supported Erika Jayne
Garcelle Beauvais from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills thinks the cast put too much faith in Erika Jayne and followed her "blindly." Garcelle has been campaigning for a new cast member she can trust but has yet to be granted one. The mother of two is hoping next season brings her some more allies instead of the same sheep she has been surrounded by for the entirety of RHOBH season 11.

?The reality star joined the series for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 10 and was an instant fan-favorite. RHOBH season 11 showed fans a whole new side to Garcelle as she opened up to the ladies. Viewers were upset to see that some of the housewives made the Coming to America star feel unwelcome. Numerous times, the actress divulged that she was meant to feel like an outsider. Garcelle showed a more vulnerable side, leading fans to empathize with her. The entire season, Garcelle stood firm with Sutton Stracke, leading Bravo viewers to call them the VIPs of the series.




Garcelle recently spoke with Page Six, claiming that she felt her fellow 90210 housewives were just following Erika like lost sheep. The 54-year-old shared her confusion as to why some of the women lost their backbone, pointing out that they tried desperately to preserve their relationships with Erika. Garcelle said, "I felt like some people were blindly behind her." The entire season showed the women kowtowing to the "Pretty Mess" singer, but Garcelle and Sutton had a list of questions they wanted answered.



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