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Zack Snyder’s Original Idea For Cyborg Sounds Great

Most DC fans will realize that the Justice League character who underwent the most revisions in Zack Snyder-turned-Joss Whedon’s blockbuster was Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman were well established, by Cyborg’s subplots seemed to have shifted, so Fisher is now clarifying Synder’s initial take on the character, and it sounds awesome. Fisher says:

Cyborg, more than any of the other Justice League heroes, appears to have been affected by the concept of the Motherboxes, which Zack Snyder was heavily influenced by, but fans didn’t embrace. The Motherboxes were catalysts to bring Steppenwolf to our planet in Justice League, and it would have opened the door to Darkseid, in time.

But, as Ray Fisher was telling fans at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, Cyborg’s twisted side was sacrificed in the final product. There really should have been a give-and-take angle to Cyborg where the League doesn’t really know if this metal man can be trusted. But the script was changed so that Diana (Gal Gadot) instantly deciphers that he’s on their side, and the Motherbox tech that gave Victor Stone his powers didn’t create any sort of indifference or uncertainty that would have provided an interesting shade to the new hero.

Even Ray Fisher understands that these wrinkles would have been very important to his development of Cyborg in Justice League, telling fans at the convention:

But that doubt was scrubbed from Justice League before it reached movie theaters, and that’s a shame. Perhaps Joss Whedon thought that it would have taken too much time to show Cyborg wrestling with these complicated feelings, rebelling against the alien technology that was supposed to save him, but ultimately turned him into a hero.

Maybe some of that give-and-take was being saved for a Cyborg movie, that might never happen?

In general, Justice League had a lot of origins to serve, giving significant screen time for the first time to Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and with the Motherbox history being truncated, Cyborg got shafted in the process.

This development can be seen in this extended scene:

Hopefully Ray Fisher will get an opportunity to explore more of what makes Cyborg interesting in a future Cyborg movie. Is that something you want to see? Or should we just keep lobbying for the #SnyderCut?

Ashley Graham Had the Perfect Response to a Question About Kendall Jenner’s Controversial Comments About Modeling

Even months after Love magazine published a now-famous quote from Kendall Jenner in which she said she’s “super selective” about what fashion jobs she does—all while being among the highest-paid models in the industry—her industry colleagues have been discussing and responding to her comments. Some called out Jenner’s privilege; Naomi Campbell had but two words on the matter. Now, Ashley Graham has joined the conversation, after being asked about it on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live.

On Thursday night’s episode, Graham received a call about Jenner’s controversial comments, and she gave a powerful answer.

“Well, lucky for her,” she said, with a chuckle. “‘Cause I’ve never been—that’s so lucky. These t*ts and a** have just had to fight through and break down barriers everyday.” (Jenner has since clarified her statements.)

Check out the clip of Graham, below.

Jenner’s experience in the modeling industry might not be relatable to Graham, but there doesn’t seem to be any bad blood between the two. (They’ve appeared on magazine covers together, and recently spoke on a panel about modeling during Vogue‘s Forces of Fashion conference.) Later in the episode, Graham played a game in which she had to spill “Positivi-Tea” about her friends and fellow models, during which she praised Jenner, saying: “She’s in demand, honey!”

Watch her share her love and thoughts on Jenner, Karlie Kloss, and more.

Oh, and reminder: If you want some more real talk from Graham, you can check her out at Glamour‘s Woman of the Year summit this November, where she’ll be speaking.

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Lil Wayne’s ‘Uproar’ Video Is A Party So Proper Shiggy Had To Be There

Lil Wayne was one of the stars of the BET Hip Hop Awards earlier this week. Accepting the I Am Hip Hop trophy during the ceremony, Weezy took time out to thank the off-duty police officer who saved his life after a suicide attempt at age 12. The result was a resounding round of applause and a standing O from the crowd (including folks like Busta Rhymes).

With all that in mind, it’s good to know that A) Tha Carter V has been out there for nearly a month now, and B) Wayne’s latest video for “Uproar” is a celebratory affair, complete with appearances by Swizz Beatz and by the maker of all things celebratory, Shiggy. It’s the #UproarChallenge, y’all. Join in.

When the album dropped in late September, the challenge went wide, so it only made sense that the song’s video would capture the experience. And with Wayne’s smiling face and plenty of dancers ecstatically making the song’s electricity come to life, it’s a proper celebration indeed.

That tenor makes sense given the piled-up legal battles that prevented Tha Carter V from being released for about four years. In an interview on The Tonight Show earlier this month, Weezy elaborated a bit on how the troubles sidelined his creativity.

“I’m so into what I’m doing every day, meaning my craft, that when I have to go too far into something else, I put somebody else in charge of it,” he said. “When there’s somebody else that was in charge of it messes up, then everything blows up. That’s how everything blew up. We just needed the debris to clear.”

In the “Uproar” video, there’s not a trace of debris to found. And it feels good. Check out the clip above.

Watch Tom Holland Show Up On Kimmel, Get His Spider-Man Mask Stolen

Spider-Man: Far from Home will hit theaters next summer, but we don’t need to wait that long to see Tom Holland in action. The actor made an appearance last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he showed off his new Spider-Man costume and a bit of acrobatic skill, but only after he got his mask back from somebody who’d run off with it. Check it out.

The clip starts out with Jimmy Kimmel’s frequent comedy source Guillermo coming out on stage to the music of the classic animated Spider-man theme. He’s wearing a Spider-Man mask and making “pew pew” noises because apparently nobody ever taught him that “pew pew” is the noise a Star Wars blaster makes. Web shooters make a “thwip” sound. Doesn’t everybody know that?

Next, we see “somebody” come out in a full Spider-Man costume, save a traffic cone on his head. It’s not long before the Spider-Man in question is revealed to be Tom Holland himself. He’s sporting the Spider-Man costume that we’ve seen in set images, both those official and those leaked. It trades in the more traditional red and blue costume for a red and black outfit. The suit looks amazing. Considering this is likely to be the only real look at the suit in action until the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home hits, it’s a great way to show it off, and since images of the suit had leaked anyway, there’s no reason not to do it.

After Tom Holland officially plugs Spider-Man: Far From Home on Jimmy Kimmel Live the host asks how the new movie will work considering Spider-Man’s fate in Avengers: Infinity War. This leads Holland to beat a hasty retreat to avoid answering the question. Kimmel asks if the movie is a prequel, and as far as we know that’s not the case, but exactly what the deal is, we don’t really know.

It’s not even clear why Spider-Man will have the new costume in the first place. Between the previous Spider-Man: Homecoming outfit and the Avengers: Infinity War Iron Spider costume, Peter Parker has plenty of stuff to choose from. Unless whatever brings Spider-Man back from “the snap” brings him back without his clothes. Of course, if that happens there may end up being a lot of naked people at the end of Avengers 4.

The clip ends as Tom Holland flips his way off stage, showing off the natural acrobatic skill that helped him land the role of Spider-man in the first place.

While Tom Holland says he has to get back to the set, all indications are that principal photography on Spider-Man: Far From Home has officially wrapped. There will almost certainly be reshoots at some point, but the heavy lifting is done. Spider-Man: Far From Home is set for release July 5 2019.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Looks Like It’ll Feature A Shocking Moment From The Comics

The Walking Dead kicked off Season 9 with one of the more justifiable deaths from recent years, with Gregory no longer hanging around the communities. And it looks like showrunner Angela Kang is also bringing one of the comic series’ most shocking scenes to live-action whenever the villainous group The Whisperers make their presence known. It involves a bunch of heads impaled on spikes, and it was almost spoiled in the new opening credits.

In one of the weirdest ways The Walking Dead has hinted at future reveals, some very interesting concept art from the opening credits has surfaced. In one frame that did not make it to the final cut, seven heads are stuck atop a group of tall spikes sticking out of the ground. The slightest bit of red blood can be seen on some of the necks, which would have been another subtle use of color in the titles.

Unless some bizarre changes are in store, this shot is almost definitely in reference to the shocking reveal made in The Walking Dead #144. Without getting into mega-spoilers, I’ll just say that some major characters get killed off in one swoop. It’s easily one of the biggest and most destructive blows that the protagonists faced in the source material, and I can’t see it being any less stressful in live-action, either.

As seen on Art of the Title, the heads seen are already walker-fied, and are no longer very human. As such, they offer little room for speculation about which TV characters could get sacrificed to kick off the eventual Whisperer War. It’s obviously possible the same characters could die in both the comics and the show, but I have to assume Angela Kang & Co. will be flipping the script there to keep fans on their toes.

Is it telling at all that Norman Reedus’ credit is the one seen in the unused frame? Let’s hope not. No one is going to get behind The Walking Dead killing off Rick and Daryl (and the long-living extra Bob Miller) in the same season.

Issue #144 is also when The Walking Dead introduced the Whisperers’ leader Alpha, though it’s hard to tell if the TV show will keep those two moments linked up. We pretty much know that Rick will be a goner when Samantha Morton’s Alpha arrives, but will his head be one of the ones we see? And when is Ryan Hurst’s Beta joining the fun?

The Walking Dead Season 9 airs Sunday nights on AMC at 9:00 p.m. ET, so keep your head screwed on tight while waiting for the next episode. Wrap that same head around our fall TV premiere schedule to see all the shows coming to primetime soon.

How James Wan’s Horror Background Plays Into Aquaman

While always invested in the horror genre, director James Wan has been expanding his oeuvre in recent years. It began with Furious 7, and soon we will see his latest contribution to the blockbuster world with Aquaman. That being said, the man certainly isn’t letting go of his horror roots, and you can definitely expect them to play into his DC Extended Universe work in specific ways. Said the director during an on-set interview,

The subject of James Wan’s history in the horror genre was one that came up frequently last year when I joined a small group of journalists visiting the set of Aquaman last summer in Melbourne, Australia. It was discussed in multiple interviews throughout the tour, leading to our conversation with Wan himself after production had wrapped for the day. He explained that his vision of Atlantis is going to be a beautiful and wondrous place, but he’s also not ignoring the instincts that tell him to explore the terrors that lurk miles below the waves.

So what are these “creatures of the deep” to which James Wan refers? As described by producer Peter Safran, they are the inhabitants of the kingdom known as The Trench, and they are just a bit more monstrous than the other individuals found in the other six undersea kingdoms. Discussing the influences of Wan’s horror past on Aquaman, Safran said,

The producer continued, however, and explained a very different way that Aquaman will feel familiar to those who have followed James Wan’s career. More than just being scary, the director’s past films have a way of making you legitimately care about the characters, which in turn makes you care more when they are in danger. According to Peter Safran, who has worked with Wan on all of the Conjuring Universe titles, that approach is very much in play in his debut superhero movie:

James Wan’s finished work on Aquaman will arrive in theaters on December 21st — and between now and then be sure to be on to look out for a lot more of our set visit coverage.

Gigi Hadid Just Blasted the Paparazzi After She Found Out One Is Allegedly Suing Her

On Thursday (October 18), Gigi Hadid took to Instagram to respond to paparazzi after she found out a photo agency is “legally pursuing” her for reposting a photo of herself without proper permission. “These people make money off us everyday, LEGALLY stalking us day in and day out- for nothing special- for us to walk six feet to a car and six feet into a work building. They drive dangerously close and extremely recklessly; they put the general public in danger in pursuit of a photo (I and many people I know have gotten in car accidents in cabs/car-services because of paparazzi) and it seems that they can never get enough,” she wrote, adding that she typically tries to cooperate as much as possible with photographers.

“All this to say that it is not spoken about enough the mental/emotional toll that this kind of pressure has on people,” Hadid continued. “For someone to take a situation where I was trying to be open, and sue me for a photo I FOUND ON TWITTER (with no photographers name on the image), for a photo he has already been paid for by whatever outlet put it online (!!!), is absurd.”

The 23-year-old went on to express her sympathy for the fan accounts that have been similarly sued and, in many cases, forced to shut down their accounts. “Please know that if I could help more I would, and I think about you all the time,” she wrote. “To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living, and I respect that this is something I must accept with my job. But there is a line. We are human beings.”

Hadid’s post earned likes from fellow regularly photographed celebs like Kim Kardashian West, Taylor Swift, Chrissy Teigen, Blake Lively, Gisele Bündchen, and more. “We’re ‘public figures’ and it’s legal for them to invade our privacy. it’s pretty disappointing. we gotta change this,” Kylie Jenner commented, while Emily Ratajkowski added, “Yesss thank you.”

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This Is Probably Why Taylor Swift Wasn’t at Karlie Kloss’ Wedding

Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner tied the knot in upstate New York on Thursday (October 18), and one person noticeably absent from nuptials was Taylor Swift, Kloss’ longtime bestie. However, there isn’t trouble in friendship paradise: According to Swift’s Instagram Story, she’s in Perth, Australia for a stop on her Reputation tour, which totally explains why she wasn’t present to see Kushner and Kloss say, “I do.”

Now, unless Swift bought herself one of Elon Musk’s cross-continental rockets, which really don’t even exist yet, getting from New York to Australia in that small window of time would be physically impossible. After enjoying a very public friendship for many years, Swift and Kloss haven’t been seen together lately, leading some to speculate the two are no longer close.

Kloss did her best to squash those rumors in a recent episode of Vogue’s “73 Questions”, when she was asked if she and Swift are still tight. “Don’t worry, Taylor and I are still really good friends,” Kloss said. We’re inclined to believe her, especially since her wedding was seemingly an intimate affair. In fact, the only details that emerged from the proceedings came via an Instagram from Kloss herself.

PHOTO: Instagram

In it, she’s seen wearing a custom Dior gown, alongside her new husband. A source told People that “the wedding was intimate and moving,” and that “the couple was beaming with happiness.” According to the report, they plan on hosting a larger affair for friends and family in the spring. We’ll put our money on Swift being there, unless she’s once again busy doing that whole global-pop-star thing.

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Meghan Markle Just Gave Her First Pregnancy Update

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are currently on a royal tour of Australia, which has about a 10-hour time difference to their home in London. No one would blame them for still reeling from that change, especially given the fact that Markle is newly pregnant and the couple seemingly has one engagement after the next. On Friday (October 19), while she and Prince Harry spent time talking about mental health on Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Markle reportedly confirmed she has been up at odd hours this week—but she has a strategy for pushing through the exhaustion.

Charlotte Connell, a member of the OneWave surfing community that prioritizes mental health and well-being, told Sky News that she and Markle had discussed their concurrent pregnancies on the beach Friday. “Meghan told me that pregnancy was like having jet lag,” Connell said. “She said she was up at 4:30 a.m. this morning doing yoga in her room, as she couldn’t sleep.” Connell spoke further about Markle’s love of yoga to the Associated Press, reporting that the Duchess of Sussex told her “it’s so good for healing her mind.”

The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 4

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The conversation took place while Prince Harry and Markle reportedly participated in OneWave’s weekly “anti-bad vibe circle,” during which they candidly discuss their mental health issues in between surfing and yoga sessions. For his part, Prince Harry spoke to the group about his own decision to seek counseling after the death of his mother. “Each and every one of us will experience poor mental health, it doesn’t discriminate,” he said, according to Sky News.

Markle, whose mom, Doria Ragland, is a yoga instructor in their home state of California, has previously opened up about her love of yoga, People reports. In a 2016 cover story for Canada’s Best Health magazine, Markle noted that she’d been practicing yoga for almost her entire life. “Yoga is my thing. My mom is a yoga instructor, and I started doing mommy-and-me yoga with her when I was 7. I was very resistant as a kid, but she said, ‘Flower, you will find your practice — just give it time,'” Markle said, adding, “In college, I started doing it more regularly.”

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A Good Chunk Of People Think A Star Is Born Is Going To Win Some Oscars

A Star is Born has been part of the Oscar conversation since before it came out, but just which awards might it walk away with when the show airs next year? A decent chunk of people think that it’s going to very nearly sweep the acting categories as 34 percent in a recent poll think A Star is Born will take three of the four acting awards and almost two-thirds believing it will take at least two. And all this is on top of Best Picture

The survey comes from Gold Derby which is a site dedicated to awards races like these. According to them, more than a third expect Lady Gaga to take the award for Best Actress, Bradley Cooper to win the Best Actor Award, and Sam Elliott to take the Best-Supporting Actor trophy.

If this happened, A Star is Born would be only the third movie in history to take three acting Oscars, after A Streetcar Named Desire in 1951 and Network in 1977.

Both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are favored to win their respective acting categories according to the site. Sam Elliott is actually in the number two slot overall based on the way the Best Supporting Actor race is handicapped, with Timothy Chalamet’s role in Beautiful Boy the current favorite, but Elliot is still a strong number two, so there are a lot of people who think he could take it.

The other major award that A Star is Born is currently favored to win is Best Picture, which is an award that neither of the films that previously won three acting awards were able to bring home.

There are a couple other major awards that A Star is Born is likely to be nominated for. Bradley Cooper is in the hunt for Best Director as well as Best Adapted Screenplay, though the film is not favored in those categories.

While this may not be the most scientific way to break down the Oscar race, it is, in the end, simply a poll of people who don’t necessarily look at the race the same way the actual voters will, but it’s clear that a lot of people who are interested in the race itself think A Star is Born is going to be the movie to beat.

On the one hand, people responding to a poll about the Oscar race might be more discerning than your average moviegoer. Most of the people who have seen A Star is Born probably aren’t closely following its Oscar chances. Having said that, the fact that A Star is Born has been a box office hit as well would indicate that the film is more popular with the average movie fan than your normal awards contender. That’s something that, at least in theory, could skew these results.

There’s also a lot of potential awards winners that haven’t even hit a limited, much less wide, release yet, which means there’s a lot that people haven’t seen. Once some of these other films hit theaters it’s quite possible that a poll like this could have very different results.