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Don’t Expect Castle-Style Humor From Nathan Fillion In The Rookie

There are many things fans of Castle can fondly recall about the series. One of them was the sharp-witted humor of one Richard Castle. Nathan Fillion’s new role in the cop drama The Rookie is arguably more serious than his one as Castle. What challenges has he faced with a more dramatic series? Here is what Fillion had to say:

Fans worried they will not get to see Nathan Fillion show off his funny side should rest a little easier now. The actor’s answer to THR clears that up considerably. While the premise of The Rookie seems like it would not leave room for humor, Fillion guarantees its existence. Albeit, in a different capacity than the cult caper. The Rookie follows Fillion’s John Nolan, a divorced construction worker with a son in college.

After he ends up acting bravely during a bank robbery, he is inspired to move to Los Angeles. His goal? It is to become a police officer with the LAPD. Hence, his being “the rookie.” While room for humor seems a bit difficult to find given the scenario, Nathan Fillion is an expert in tapping that vein.

So much of what drove Castle‘s humor was Nathan Fillion’s upbeat character. With John Nolan arguably being a more emotionally-solemn protagonist, that side is missing. While it does not seem so at first glance, there are some parallels between The Rookie and Castle. Besides Nathan Fillion starring in both series, there are some plot connections. For one, both characters are drawn outside of their regular work.

In Castle, Nathan Fillion’s character shadows the police for his work as an author. While he writes about solving mysteries, he must adjust to solving them up-close. His interactions with Becket and others while making that happen infused a lot of the show’s humor.

On The Rookie, Nathan Fillion’s John Nolan finding his footing as a rookie police officer also involves a learning curve. That seems primed for comic moments. Both characters are also underestimated. Conversely, Castle solved a mystery during a single episode. The Rookie is more like a medical drama as it involves multiple moving parts.

While Castle‘s humor was easier to define, The Rookie‘s is “reality-based,” according to Nathan Fillion. So, expect something different yet still funny. What Fillion pointed out about the difference in making people laugh is an adept observation. He is a pro, and he knows what he is doing.

For Castle fans, there is a lot to anticipate. While John Nolan is different than Richard Castle, the two shows share something else in common: Alexi Hawley. He was a producer on Castle and is an executive producer on The Rookie. With Nathan Fillion and the executive producer having collaborated before doing this show, the new ABC drama should put off some Castle vibes. Just not in the humor department.

New episodes of The Rookie air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Nathan Fillion’s new series is a part of the fresh slate of fall premieres hitting the airwaves.

Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise Has Been Delayed

Head to the Fastpass line, because the wait time for Disney’s Jungle Cruise is going to taking longer than we thought. The Amazon-set adventure movie based on the classic Disneyland ride starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt has just been pushed back nine months from its original release date on October 10, 2019 to a prime summer date on July 24, 2020.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, fans are going to have to visit quite a few other Disney attractions before Jungle Cruise comes to theaters almost two years from now, but it’s uncertain as to why the release skipped down the release calendar. The cast and crew celebrated wrapping production on the project in September, so delays on its development don’t seem to be why, unless some reshoots have been decided on. Its previous October release was packed with other titles on and around its date, such as the Charlie’s Angels reboot, Joaquin Phoenix as Joker, Zombieland 2 and best-selling novel adaptation The Goldfinch.

Jungle Cruise does seem to be a perfect summer release, and the film will likely benefit from this date push. It’s only rivaled by two untitled projects from the Warner Bros. DCEU and Sony Animation. The coming attraction has The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra leading the project and stars two actors no stranger to a blockbuster. After his successful stint in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in 2017, Dwayne Johnson will play a boat captain in the 1930s. His passengers are sister and brother Emily Blunt and Jack Whitehall on a journey to find a tree believed to have healing powers.

Jungle Cruise will follow Emily Blunt’s other role with Disney as Mary Poppins in a long-awaited sequel coming this December. Her character is a scientist who isn’t the only seeker of the wondrous tree, as the movie also promises the adventurers will be running into wild animals and a competing German expedition. Her brother in the film will reportedly be Disney’s first openly gay character at a time when LGBT rights were basically non-existent. The studio’s decision to cast a straight actor for the role has been met with some backlash from the community.

Jungle Cruise follows a string of Disney films based on their classic ride attractions over the years, Pirates of the Caribbean being the most successful that became a highly-successful franchise for the studio. Other entries include 2002’s The Country Bears, 2003’s The Haunted Mansion and 2015’s Tomorrowland, which haven’t been able to replicate the success of Pirates and are titles Disney fans try to forget about for the most part.

While Jungle Cruise is a classic ride that has been a part of the parks’ history since Disneyland’s opening day in 1955, the ride isn’t currently a massive favorite in the parks. Jungle Cruise could either make way for the ride to see a new life or could prove that Pirates was a one-hit wonder for ride attraction movies. Considering those involved, Jungle Cruise could have a big opening when it’s released on July 24, 2020.

Why American Horror Story’s Taissa Farmiga Was Torn Over Violet’s Return In Apocalypse

Spoilers below for the latest episode of American Horror Story, so be sure to watch the crossover madness before reading on.

American Horror Story has gotten exponentially weirder since the first season, called Murder House, and the cast of that first season was called upon to reprise their roles for Apocalypse. In the latest episode, Violet came to the realization that Tate had been used as a vessel for evil inside of the house and therefore wasn’t really guilty of the awful things he’d done, and the two former lovebirds got an unlikely happily-ever-after. Actress Taissa Farmiga was torn over the events of the episode, saying this:

As fans will remember, Murder House ended with Violet and the rest of her family dead and existing as ghosts in the house. They seemed surprisingly happy for a dead family, but Violet was still troubled by the fact that Tate was a mass shooter, murderer, and rapist. His terrible acts understandably threw a wrench in their relationship, and they seemed likely to spend eternity at odds unless she somehow forgave him.

Well, Apocalypse found a way to give Violet and Tate a happily-ever-after together. Madison blew a dust of clarity — which is apparently a thing in the American Horror Story universe — onto Violet, leading Violet to the conclusion that he wasn’t responsible for his many crimes and was in fact no longer malicious after Michael Langdon (whose actor maintains isn’t evil) fled the house.

For this story, Taissa Farmiga had to step back into the shoes of a character who was technically supposed to still look 15-years-old and get back into the headspace of a character she’d occupied seven years previously. Her comments to TV Guide indicate that she was able to slip back into her character once she started filming. While she was glad that Violent got a happy ending and resolved her issues with Tate, she preferred the more ambiguous and open-ended conclusion to Murder House.

Fans may have mixed reactions to the twist as well. Although Tate is a popular character and his twisted relationship with Violet from Season 1 was also a hit with many viewers, the reveal that it was the evil house that made him do his terrible acts may strike other viewers as an all-too-easy way to absolve him and give him a happy ending. Of course, nothing is ever entirely straightforward on American Horror Story, and Apocalypse‘s wild crossovers with actors playing multiple rules is even less straightforward than usual.

For more AHS weirdness, tune in to FX on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET for new episodes. There are plenty of shows in the fall TV lineup this year, so you have options even if you’re not into all the creepiness that American Horror Story has to offer on a weekly basis.

How Much Halloween Made On Opening Night

The wait for what may be this year’s most anticipated horror movie is finally over. It’s been 40 years since the original and nearly a decade since the last film, but Halloween is back. David Gordon Green’s reboot-quel opened in theaters last night and absence has clearly made the heart grow fonder, as Halloween made $7.7 million in preview screenings.

Thursday night previews began at 7 p.m. at 3,200 locations, netting the Miramax/Blumhouse and Universal Pictures film a cool $7.7 million to get a head start on what should be a massive weekend for the horror flick. This amount falls short of the estimates that had it pegged at $10 million, but is still a great number that bests The Nun‘s $5.4 million preview opening.

This performance also lands Halloween as arguably the third-best horror preview showing ever, after IT‘s $13.5 million and Paranormal Activity 3‘s $8 million. Tracking before the opening had Halloween headed for a record $70 million opening weekend, which would be the second best for a horror film of all-time, and that is still possible given the Thursday night numbers.

As noted by Deadline in its box office report, horror movies are typically front-loaded with audiences falling off as the weekend progresses, so it’s somewhat difficult to judge exactly what Thursday night’s performance means for the overall weekend. Halloween could perform more like a blockbuster and bring in audiences throughout the entire weekend, thus delivering a bigger return.

If Halloween‘s box office performance from day-to-day over opening weekend is in line with movies like IT or The Nun, it could be looking at around a $75 million debut. It’ll be an easy win for Michael Myers this weekend, it’s just a question of how many wallets he will be slashing open.

We know that Halloween is the top horror pre-seller this year, and Deadline also reported that the advance ticket sales are huge. This is even after the preview screenings, with pre-sales at some multiplexes surpassing those of IT, which should raise some eyebrows as that film is currently the horror GOAT at the box office.

Halloween is bolstered by the brand name, positive reviews, the Halloween season, the horror boom and nostalgia for the franchise. Though one thing working against Halloween box office-wise is that unlike IT or The Nun, Halloween is not playing on IMAX screens, which are currently displaying First Man. So Halloween is not benefitting from those premium ticket prices.

Halloween is now playing. Make sure you remember the original before seeing it and check out what we thought. After you’ve experienced the new film, come back and let us know what you thought and read our breakdown of the ending. For all the biggest movies still to come this year, head on over to the 2018 release schedule.

Meghan Markle Touched Prince Harry’s Knee During Their Outing Today. That’s All.

On Friday (October 19), Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met with members of OneWave, a surfing group that doubles as a supportive space to discuss mental health and well-being. The lighthearted but meaningful gathering took place on Sydney, Australia’s Bondi Beach, and it included yoga sessions, a big group hug, and some time spent chatting with the group in an “anti–bad vibes circle.” Clearly, there were nothing but good vibes between Markle and Prince Harry, too, since the royals seemed to find countless little ways to stay connected to each other during their time on the scenic beach.

While standing in the sand and speaking to members of OneWave and other Australian well-wishers, Markle and Prince Harry alternated between holding hands with their fingers intertwined and standing with their hands resting on each other’s lower backs. Of course, they’ve exchanged sweet gestures like these many times before, but on Friday, they stepped up their PDA game even further: At one point, while sitting in the “anti–bad vibes circle,” Markle held onto the hand that Prince Harry had placed on her leg, and at another, she rested her own hand on her husband’s knee. Shocking, I know.

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It was during this time on the beach that Markle reportedly spoke for the first time about how pregnancy has been treating her so far. “Meghan told me that pregnancy was like having jet lag,” Charlotte Connell, a member of OneWave, told reporters. “She said she was up at 4:30 a.m. this morning doing yoga in her room, as she couldn’t sleep.” Connell, who’s also expecting a baby herself, said that Markle also told her that yoga is “so good for healing her mind.”

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Ellen Describes Death Threats She Got After Coming Out

On her daytime talk show, Ellen, Ellen DeGeneres is rarely afraid to be honest and open with her loyal viewers. Her self-deprecating sense of humor, matched with her wit and laidback honesty, has won the comedian and television personality a wealth of viewers over the years, and she continued to be honest with her life and struggles during a recent profile piece. As Ellen admitted in the conversation, it wasn’t easy for her when she decided to come out as a gay woman publicly, and the public response wasn’t friendly, to say the least. Specifically, DeGeneres claims she got death threats.

During a recent in-depth conversation with Adweek, Ellen DeGeneres discussed her life, career and long-standing impact on pop culture. As a comedian, writer, television personality, animal rights advocate and LGBT activist, Ellen has often spoken out about a number of challenges topics in the past, both on the show and off the air. Ellen DeGeneres used this piece to reflect on one of the biggest moments of her career: when she said three little words on the cover of Time that had a monumental impact: “Yep, I’m gay.” It resulted in DeGeneres later being the first character in prime time TV to be openly gay, and it wasn’t without its difficulties for DeGeneres. As the popular entertainer admits, she received death threats and more:

I knew there would be people that didn’t like it, but I didn’t realize my show would be canceled. I just thought, ‘It’s going to be interesting…’ When I came out, I had death threats and there was a bomb threat, but they misjudged the time of the taping. We had already finished, and thank God.

As Ellen DeGeneres admitted, she knew it wasn’t going to be warmly received by some people, but she did not expect the intensity of the reaction. Specifically, she didn’t think her sitcom would be canceled due to the response surrounding the show. And not only that, but people were threatening the lives of DeGeneres and her co-workers by claiming they were going to put a bomb in the studio. As Ellen admits in this frank conversation, however, the comedy series was finishing taping by then, and she’s grateful that she didn’t have to stress about going to the studio with these threats.

Continuing to reflect on how she made a huge impact on pop culture by coming out publicly when she did, Ellen DeGeneres admits she often hears people saying she “started a conversation.” But DeGeneres finds herself believing that the response would be more immediate in its public healing, and she found herself “heartbroken” when other people in the LGBT community lost their lives and/or continued to be threatened and endangered. In Degeneres’ words:

I hear that a lot — that it started a conversation. It’s definitely something I know helped a lot of people, and I was hoping it would help more people. Right after I came out, Matthew Shepard was killed, and it just devastated me. I just thought, ‘This is going to make a difference.’ The ignorance of me to think that I would make that much of a difference… It just broke my heart.

Thankfully, Ellen DeGeneres is in a better place than she was during that scary moment in her career, but it is good to look back and realize how far we’ve come when it comes to LGBT representation and how people can feel more comfortable coming out about their sexual identity in today’s culture. Even though it was only a few years earlier, it has been a long time, in many respects, since the time that Ellen DeGeneres got death threats.

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Why The Flash’s Cisco Ramon Should Never Get Killed Off

The Flash‘s Cisco Ramon has cheated death a couple times and has survived foes ranging from Reverse Flash to Gypsy’s father Breacher. Unfortunately, his time may be up as Season 5 has him on the chopping block again in an episode titled “The Death of the Vibe.” We don’t know if Cisco will escape Cicada‘s grasp, but we know The Flash should never kill off the character. Check out our list of reasons why the snarky sidekick would be missed.

Cisco Is The Only Person Keeping S.T.A.R. Labs Running

After Harrison Wells was exposed as Eobard Thawne in Season 1, the responsibility of keeping S.T.A.R. Labs up and running fell on Cisco and Caitlin. They’ve had some help over the years keeping it in working order, and they’ve done a pretty solid job minus their refusal to install an actual security system. Seriously, how hard is it to set up some emergency power dampeners or turrets?

While the lab was left to both, it’s safe to say Cisco has been doing a lion’s share of the upkeep in recent years. Caitlin is far too wrapped up in Killer Frost drama to give the lab her full attention, which leaves Cisco to do general maintenance and inventing. If he were to die, Team Flash would have a hell of a time finding a competent replacement to be the building’s new key holder. Besides, Caitlin is a doctor and has different areas of expertise.

He’s The Perfect Companion To Any Wells

Whether Harrison Wells is evil, a misunderstood douche, idiot, or wizard, Cisco always seems to mesh well with him. Even when he seemed to dislike H.R. almost right up until his heroic sacrifice, Cisco was the perfect straight man to play off the character’s offbeat and eccentric nature. With another Wells always just around the corner, losing Cisco would be a huge disadvantage for Team Flash.

A part of this is due to the fact that Cisco and Wells are often so in-sync. Even when the two aren’t on the same level intelligence-wise, their thoughts often tend to mash together for the perfect solution to any problem they’re forced to tackle. He’s basically the “Wells whisperer” of The Flash, and trying to make that dynamic happen with any other character could feel forced.

Interdimensional Travel Would Become More Difficult

If The Flash killed off Cisco Ramon, Earth One would lose a major means of transportation between Earths. Vibe is more than a glorified interdimensional bus system of course, as his abilities keep the show from having to establish how the heroes of different worlds were able to link up time and time again. Without him, we’re not sure how Barry and Oliver would get to the action on other Earths.

Granted, we’re sure the Arrow-verse would find a way, but that would take time. Time is typically of the essence in the usual Arrow-verse crossover and Cisco’s established powers ensure less time is spent explaining how the worlds collide and more time is spent on things people are excited to see. Is explaining a new method of world travel really worth the time that could be spent in Gotham City or with new heroes? We don’t think so.

Villain Names Would Probably Suck

Cisco Ramon always has the perfect name for The Flash‘s villains, and we’re not so sure someone could pick up the slack in his absence. Sure, other characters have had solid assists in helping a name be constructed, but by and large, he deserves the credit for 90% of the show’s rogues. Even the villains might complain with him gone, as they often seem more than willing to adopt the nicknames he’s given them.

Okay, so we know Cisco’s expert naming ability on The Flash is mainly because most villains he’s named was established in the comics first. That said, the whole “coming up with the villain name” part of the show has become a staple at this point. Losing Cisco would make those scenes a lot less enjoyable, and possibly a bit corny if instead Barry just happened to know every villain’s perfect nickname on the spot.

No More Cool Gadgets

Cisco’s inventions are another core part of The Flash, and are constantly relevant throughout the series. Without them, Leonard Snart would’ve never gotten his Cold Gun, and Barry wouldn’t have gotten an airbag system in his suit. Cisco also invented the power-dampening cuffs, which are used so often at this point they’re almost taken for granted.

Losing Cisco would remove the ability to introduce fresh gadgets to the show that service the plot, or just provide a laugh or two throughout the season. Much like the villain naming, the gadgets have become a key element to The Flash formula that would be sorely missed without the character around. The Flash could still press on without it, but it would kill a bit of the fun and whimsy that sets it apart from other Arrow-verse offerings. Nora can’t just bring everything from the future!

No More Sweet Pop Culture References

Cisco Ramon has been The Flash‘s connection to the outside world, and the character’s various pop culture references always get fans talking whenever he makes them. Whether it’s The Big Bang Theory or Harry Potter, one can never predict what trendy thing he might reference next. Seriously, who would’ve ever thought an Arrow-verse show would reference Thor’s hammer in this competitive age of superhero programs?

Of all the things that may not work organically with another character, this may be the biggest. Cisco’s inherent geekiness and love of pop culture are what makes these references more natural than if someone like Iris, Caitlin, or even Barry said them. Taking him out of the equation would make these nods to other popular things a bit more forced, especially since few characters on The Flash may represent the interests of the audience as well as Cisco Ramon.

The Flash airs on The CW Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. Keep tabs on all shows coming to television both new and returning this fall season by heading over to our handy fall premiere guide.

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Spider-Man’s New Game Plus Is Here

If you’ve already completed Insomniac’s Spider-Man game, there’s now a reason to swing back in. The long-promised New Game+ for Spider-Man was made available via a free update today. Now those who have completed the campaign can jump back in and play it again. In addition to the New Game Plus Mode, a new “Ultimate” difficulty setting has also been added to the game. Here’s what you’ll be greeted with when you update your game file right now.

The New Game Plus was promised early on and was actually expected to ship with the initial game, however, Insomniac decided that the mode wasn’t quite ready for launch day, and was held back. Insomniac had stayed quiet about a specific launch date, and didn’t officially announce this update was coming, but here it is.

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This 20-Year-Old Artist Carves Pumpkins Of Your Faves Every Halloween

Super fans dress up as their faves for Halloween. Super duper fans carve deeply-intricate portraits of their faves and their album art into pumpkins for Halloween!

That’s the prerogative for Megan, a 20-year-old artist whose pumpkin carvings have caught the eyes of fellow stans. Megan’s IRL-to-pumpkin comparison photos often rack up thousands of likes on her Twitter and Instagram pages.

In 2017, Megan’s intricate carvings of Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift caught the eyes of fans across the internet. It was Taylor Swift, in fact, who was at the core of how this all started a year earlier.

“The pumpkin carving actually started out as a bet with my sister in 2016,” Megan told TRL over Twitter direct messages. “She told me if I could carve the cover of 1989 on a pumpkin almost perfectly she would fly with me to Austin, Texas to see Taylor Swift’s Formula 1 concert.”

Taking the bet seriously, Megan carved a perfect set of Taylor pumpkins and discovered a new, spooky talent. And yes, she got to go to that concert in Texas.

There weren’t many tutorials for the detailed, shading-based type of pumpkin carving that Megan has perfected, but with a lifelong passion for art and design, the technique came naturally.

“It’s all about carving different depths to create shading,” Megan told TRL about her method. “The more you carve out the lighter the pumpkin is, and vice versa. I mostly use an x-acto knife to do that but I also use clay modeling tools and a pumpkin drill.”

Last year’s carving of Shawn Mendes went particularly viral with more than 11,000 likes on Twitter. Not only has Megan mastered Shawn in pumpkin form, but as a fan she’s met him a few times, too.

“Not only do I love his music, but also his character,” Megan said. “He’s so genuine and real with his fans. He treats us almost like his friends.”

This year, Megan has already begun her pumpkins for Halloween, including a carving of Why Don’t We’s album art for 8 Letters that’s caught the attention of the boy band itself. Daniel responded “no way” to the pumpkin, Jonah followed her and the main band account retweeted the photos.

“I loved every song on the album,” Megan said of her newfound love for Why Don’t We. “It’s inspiring to see such young artists do what they do and be so successful.”

With Halloween quickly approaching, Megan has more pumpkin plans for 2018. “I’m planning on carving the cover of Shawn’s new album,” Megan said, “and another Taylor Swift one of her AMA performance. But I‘m also going to be carving some for a few local businesses, too.”

Watch out for Megan’s pumpkin carving talent to continue to blow minds on her Twitter and Instagram, right in time for the peak of spooky season.

Fuller House’s Candace Cameron Bure Is Shutting Down Those Cancellation Rumors

While another season of Fuller House is on the horizon, a storm cloud appeared overhead earlier this week. That is when a report surfaced that Netflix was planning to cancel the revival. Well, one of the series’ stars is shutting down the rumors. Candace Cameron Bure said:

There you have it! An enthusiastic reaction from Candace Cameron Bure, who also told E! another critical tidbit. The cast has never been informed of a renewal before a new season of Fuller House has premiered. So, Netflix not renewing the series ahead of its fourth season’s premiere is not foretelling of its future.

That is not entirely surprising. The streaming giant usually waits a while before it gives the green light for more of any of its originals. Even the popular Ozark had to wait a while after its second season bowed to receive a renewal.

At the time of the report, Netflix issued a statement saying they had not reached a decision about the show’s future. While it did not pour cold water on the rumors, it did confirm they had not decided either way. Candace Cameron Bure’s upbeat outlook regarding Fuller House‘s future will definitely give many cause for relief.

If Season 4 were Fuller House‘s last, there is no indication the show would have creatively been prepared for it, as in plotted a proper wrap-up to the revival. For all we know, Season 4 ends on a cliffhanger of some sort. Or at least a dangling plot thread.

That would have given Full House fans a bad flashback to the highly unfortunate way the original ended. Spoiler: It was depressing. Hence, why the revival was so important. The opportunity to bring the characters back to life to rectify the way things ended.

Not to mention how short a run the revival would have received. If a cancellation were to take place, Fuller House would have lasted four seasons. While that is a respectable run, it only would have spanned roughly two years. Fuller House premiered on Netflix back in February 2016.

Had the show been cancelled, it would have been an abrupt end to a project many had been desiring for 20 years. That is a long time to wait for something that only lasted two years. Of course, it is way better than nothing and the show did accomplish what it set out to do. So, this fan will always be grateful.

Thanks to Candace Cameron Bure, fans can now enjoy the upcoming season without worrying it will be its last. There will be a lot of exciting guest stars and a new character making their debut in Season 4. So, there is no shortage of reasons to anticipate the upcoming season.

Fuller House‘s fourth season is expected to premiere sometime this year, along with 2018’s other premieres on Netflix this fall.