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.

The Hate U Give Review

It says something unfortunate that a movie based on a book that came out in 2017, which was in turn inspired by a 2009 shooting, still feels as current as it does. Yet, that’s part of the point that The Hate U Give tries to make. The movie does what all great movies try to do, shining a light on an aspect of humanity in an attempt to get you to see it from a new perspective, and for every person who sees it, it will likely succeed.

Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is a teenage girl who is caught between two worlds. She, her parents, and her two brothers live in a part of town that would politely be referred to as the “other side of the tracks.” The area is mostly black and mostly poor. However, in an attempt to help raise them out of such a life, Starr’s parents send her and her siblings to a private school in another part of town. This area is far better off, and not coincidentally, far more white. Starr sees herself as living two lives, referring to her “at school” life as Starr 2.0, where she does her best to fit in and be as unlike her “home” self as possible. She’s got friends (Megan Lawless and Sabrina Carpenter) and even a white boyfriend (KJ Apa), all of which she keeps at arm’s length from the rest of her life.

However, Starr’s two worlds collide together when she finds herself in the passenger seat of a car driven by a friend from the neighborhood, Khalil (Algee Smith), when he is shot and killed by a white cop with a nervous trigger finger during a questionable traffic stop. Starr is forced to confront both of her lives and decide what she values most as she’s the only one who can speak about what really happened.

The first thing of note that The Hate U Give does well is show that not all movies based on YA novels need to be about supernatural creatures or dystopian worlds. The Hate U Give‘s history as a YA novel simply means that the movie is designed to speak to a wider audience than something with this sort of gravity might otherwise be trying to do. Having said that, the film also never treats the audience like they are actually children. The story is about a teen dealing with her first adult decisions, and so they are given the appropriate weight.

The biggest “problem” with The Hate U Give may be the film’s predictability. Few of the plot turns are going to be very surprising, but then again, the reason they won’t be a surprise is that we’ve seen them play out on the news too many times. The victim’s character will be brought into question. Some will seemingly worry more about the future of the shooter than the family of the victim. It’s predictable. It’s supposed to be. That’s the point.

One of Starr’s friends turns out to be less than friendly when Starr’s activism begins to sprout. Starr’s boyfriend is well-meaning, but he doesn’t actually know what he’s talking about when he spouts platitudes about race to his girlfriend. We know these people. We’ve been these people. In some instances. we still are these people.

This sort of material could easily come across as too over the top and preachy, but it never does. The tightrope being walked by The Hate U Give is handled successfully thanks to a strong screenplay written by Audrey Wells (A Dog’s Purpose) and directed by George Tillman Jr. (the Barbershop films).

What may be the most interesting about it, however, isn’t what it says or does, but what it avoids doing. The officer involved in the shooting could have been played as a stronger “villain,” but that doesn’t happen. In fact, after the incident, the cop is barely seen again. The movie isn’t about him, or his perspective. It’s about understanding what happens on the other side of the gun and the systemic problems at play.

The role of Starr is, quite literally, a star-making turn for Amandla Stenberg. She carries the entire film. Its power depends on her. Happily, she is up to the task and then some. The story asks a lot. From joy at one end of the spectrum to rage at the other, you feel all of it. While it’s difficult to guess if an actress this young will actually garner an Oscar nomination, it seems impossible she won’t at least be part of the conversation. We’ll certainly be seeing more of her. Additional shout-outs need to be given to Russell Hornsby as Starr’s father who is as supporting and nurturing as any cinema father in recent memory. Points also go to Anthony Mackie simply for being willing to play a role about as far from his MCU type as it is possible to be.

The Hate U Give also never tries to simplify the point it’s making for the audience. This is a messy and complicated topic and the film treats it as messy and complicated. The answers aren’t easy, or at least they may not be easy to accept, but that’s real life. While the film is guilty of wrapping itself up perhaps a little too neatly than it should, nothing is fixed by the end. The struggle continues, but maybe it has moved forward. It’s a start.

Rating:
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4.5/5

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Rocket League Delays Update, And That’s Good News

It’s rare that gamers are hit with news about an update or a game being delayed and it’s, somehow, good news. However, in this rare case you’re probably going to be duly excited to find out the reasons behind Rocket League‘s delay for the latest update, because it will completely change the landscape of the game’s multiplayer.

Over on the official Rocket League website, there’s a fall roadmap for the updates set to arrive for the action-sports title on home consoles and PC. However, the post had to inform fans of the game that the latest update had to be delayed because of Sony. No, it’s not bad news like before… it’s good news. In the post, Psyonix reveals…

Yes, RocketID will enable gamers to log into Rocket League and play with other gamers across the wide spectrum of the online multiplayer universe that spans the likes of the Nintendo Switch, PC, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

Previously this was a limited feature that was implemented due to the PS4 not being included in the cross-play features due to Sony having blocked the feature initially.

Last year things began to escalate when Epic inadvertently allowed gamers across Xbox One and PS4 to play with one another when cross-play was briefly enabled within the Battle Royale game, Fortnite. Epic was forced to disable the feature at Sony’s behest, which did not go down well with the rest of the gaming community.

All throughout 2018 there have been efforts by the gaming community to convince Sony to enable cross-platform compatibility between PS4 gamers and Xbox One and Nintendo Switch owners. Previously Sony had only made it possible for PS4 gamers to play with PC gamers, especially for games that Sony helped publish such as DC Universe Online and Planetside 2.

Eventually, Sony conceded to the demands of the gaming community and allowed developers to enable cross-platform play across games like Fortnite and Rocket League.

Psyonix now has to go through the process of ensuring that the security measures come up to Sony’s standards before enabling cross-play for the PS4. The update will also include the Rocket Pass 2 along with enhanced Xbox One X support, which will allow gamers who own the premium console to play at 4K UHD with full support for 60 frames per second refresh rates.

Thankfully, while gamers wait for the cross-play update to go live featuring RocketID, there will be a number of events that can also be played throughout the fall and winter, including a Halloween Haunted Hallows event, along with a Frosty Fest set to take place in mid-December. Following those updates, you can look for the all new cross-platform features to go live in early 2019 for Rocket League.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Has Already Made An Insane Amount Of Money

It should come as no surprise to anyone by now that Call of Duty is a mega-power when it comes to annual revenue. There are few franchises and few publishers who can match Activision’s IP juggernaut. And, like clockwork, it’s already been revealed that this year’s outing of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has already made Activision an insane amount of money.

VG 24/7 is reporting that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has already amassed more than $500 million in global revenue over the course of the three days since its release. That’s a massive amount of money in a short amount of time.

This is counting both physical retail sales for the game on Xbox One and PS4, as well as digital sales for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. As noted in the article, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 managed more than $650 million over the course of a five day period, which means that if Black Ops 4 keeps tracking across its current sales trajectory, they could be looking at close to $830 million over the course of a five day total.

Based on initial launch day figures, Black Ops 4 has already managed to break digital sales records for Activision, so it’s not out of the question that the game could end up going on to break first-week sales records. However, it would have a tough hill to climb given that last year’s Call of Duty: WW2 had already made waves by moving more than $500 million worth of digital and physical product on the day of its release for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

VG 24/7 is also reporting that internal figures put Black Ops 4 above previous entries in the series as far as player engagement is concerned. The article notes that Activision believes engagement is up due to the game requiring the use of Battle.net instead of being used through the Steam client.

These numbers only apply to the current eighth generation home consoles and the numbers obviously don’t apply to the seventh gen behemoth releases like Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2, which is what really put Call of Duty as a brand over the mainstream hump.

One thing is for sure, Call of Duty: WW2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 have both outperformed Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which was actually one of the worst selling games in the series this generation.

In a way, Infinite Warfare was shortchanged of its success because it was coming off a multi-year stint of a whole bunch of futuristic first-person shooters, and gamers had become “future fatigued,” resulting in the announcement trailer getting downvoted straight to the depths of Tartarus. It also failed to move as many copies as Activision would have liked, despite the game itself being competently made.

Black Ops 4 is coming off a much better reveal, decent critical reception, and a lot of positive feedback from players despite not having a traditional single-player campaign mode. It looks like the risk paid off because the game has already made an insane amount of money.

Mario Is Getting A Zombie Makeover In Odyssey

With Halloween getting into full swing, Nintendo decided it was about time to get in on the frightening festivities and do so in a way that you probably weren’t expecting. Yes, Nintendo is embracing the dark side, and Mario has become the prime target of their devilish tactics, turning the usually bright and happy plumber into a decaying member of the undead.

The news was posted on the Nintendo of America Twitter account, where it was revealed that there’s a special new outfit in Super Mario Odyssey, featuring Mario in the new Zombie Headwear and the Zombie Outfit that you can pick up for the titular hero.

Mario is decked out in in green skin with ragged, dirty white gloves. His iconic red hat with the white logo on it is replaced with a red axe with a silver tip… the axe is also firmly lodged into the top of Mario’s head, meaning that someone tried to off the zombie version of Mario. This also means that Mario’s sidekick Cappy is no longer on Mario’s head either. The plumber is also missing one shoe, and he doesn’t appear to have any pupils. His overalls and red shirt are also tattered and ripped.

A few people posted their theories about how Zombie Mario came about, with a few pointing to Ridley from Super Metroid having a stab at Mario during the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cinematics, which resulted in him dying. So, now they believe that Zombie Mario straggled his way back into Super Mario Odyssey after being offed by Ridley.

The new costume didn’t arrive all by its lonesome, though. Nintendo also informed gamers that the Nintendo Switch exclusive was updated with three new filters as well, including a monochromatic manga filter to give the game a snazzy pencil and ink look, as well as a tile filter that depicts images as if they are on large pixelated tiles, and, finally, there’s the kaleidoscope effect that adds a geometrically mesmerizing aesthetic to the screenshots. All of these filters are available now in the Snapshot Mode of Super Mario Odyssey.

There’s also a lot of discussion on the Twitter thread for the game, obviously, including requests for more costumes and characters to appear in the Nintendo Switch exclusive. And, yes, there are even a few people requesting for the fan-made rendition of Bowsette to pop up in the game as Zombie Bowsette.

For now, Nintendo is focused on the new Halloween-themed update for Super Mario Odyssey. You can get your hands on the new costume after you beat the main game. Simply head to one of the in-game shops and you’ll find the Zombie Mario costume available for purchase in two separate parts.

You can either pick up a digital or physical copy of Super Mario Odyssey right now for the Nintendo Switch. The Halloween update is also available right now for those of you who already own a copy of the game.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation Spoilers: JWoww And The Situation Recreated A Classic Jersey Shore Moment

Warning! The following contains spoilers for the Jersey Shore Family Vacation episode “What A Drag.” Read at your own risk!

The Jersey Shore Family Vacation cast went to Atlantic City for a big birthday bash and concert gig for Pauly D, and sure enough, memories of the gang’s past trip to Atlantic City resurfaced. JWoww and The Situation got nostalgic about the last time they shared a hotel in the city, and recreated the spinning back fist fight that eventually became a part of Jersey Shore history:

Even Vinny was willing to step in and play his part as the failed mediator in an homage to one of Jersey Shore‘s wildest moments. JWoww’s actual punch she delivered to Mike back on the original Jersey Shore was far more brutal than the recreation, and no one was laughing after it connected. Luckily for Mike’s face, JWoww wasn’t method acting and delivered a soft pat for the recreation on Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

Those who’ve only watched Jersey Shore Family Vacation may be shocked that JWoww punched her friend, but Jersey Shore fans knew The Situation had it coming. JWoww had gotten sick in the club earlier that night and had asked The Situation to take her back to the hotel room. Situation, who was trying to hook up with a girl, refused and a small fight ensued that led to Jenni getting escorted out of the club by security.

JWoww found her way back to the hotel eventually and plotted her confrontation while Mike stayed at the club and partied. When the cast member arrived back in the room, all hell broke loose:

Jersey Shore production staff flooded the room not long after the final punch to separate the two. That didn’t happen in the Jersey Shore Family Vacation recreation, but it would’ve been a nice touch if the same panicked set of producers and crew burst in the room to prevent any further conflict. Luckily JWoww and The Situation have squashed their beef in later years, and can now look back and laugh at what was a really tense moment.

Maturity levels aren’t the only thing that’s changed. JWoww and The Situation look like completely different people now than they did back on Jersey Shore. They’d probably both agree the change was for the better, although The Situation has noted on Jersey Shore Family Vacation he’s not as dedicated to the G.T.L. lifestyle these days. Recent photos have shown he’s back on the workout grind, however, so maybe he’ll have those rock hard abs again before his wedding.

Big Bang Theory Spoilers: How Bob Newhart’s Professor Proton Helped Sheldon And Amy’s Marriage

Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Big Bang Theory. Be sure to come back once you’ve caught up on the show!

The Big Bang Theory is no stranger to guest stars, or guest stars who make multiple appearances as the same character. So, it should come as no surprise that Bob Newhart, who’s popped up several times over the course of the series as Sheldon’s beloved childhood TV science instructor Professor Proton, would come to the comedy at least once in its final season. That’s right, Arthur Jeffries (a.k.a. Professor Proton) came back, this time to help Sheldon and Amy’s marriage out when Sheldon made a big mistake regarding his wife. Here’s what happened.

Even though Sheldon and Amy are scientists in very different fields, theoretical physics and neurobiology, they’ve decided to work together on a scientific theory. The newlyweds are very excited about the idea of working together, but it turns out that Sheldon has a lot more time to devote to the project, because it’s already a part of his field of study. Amy, on the other hand, has been swamped at work because of the time she took off to go on her honeymoon, and needs to spend much more of her time catching up on her regular neurobiology work than going over ideas for their theory with Sheldon.

As you can probably imagine, Sheldon does not deal well with not being able to discuss his ideas with Amy because she’s busy with brain work, which he’s always considered a much lower form of science than what he studies. When he comes to Amy’s lab to try to talk to her about some new ideas he’s had on their theory, and she tells him she can’t because she’s in the middle of an experiment, he still needs to tell all the information to someone. So, after he tries to get all his excitement out by explaining the whole theory to a very confused Penny, he gets an unfortunate idea that, he believes, is brilliant and the perfect solution to the Amy-has-her-own-work problem.

Sheldon pays a visit to Caltech’s president, Dr. Siebert (guest star Joshua Malina), in his office and tells the wary man what he and Amy are working on. Luckily, Dr. Siebert is a physicist, too, so he understands the importance of the theory Sheldon and Amy are trying to put together. When Sheldon can see that Dr. Siebert gets it, he explains that Amy is so busy studying brains that she can’t spend much time on their theory, and asks that he find a way to free Amy up so she can commit all her time it.

Even though Dr. Siebert seems skeptical, Sheldon is able to convince him, and when Amy next heads to her lab, Dr. Park is there going over her work. Amy is immediately defensive, pissed and demands to know why he’s in her lab messing with her research. As Sheldon walks in saying he’s got good news for her, Dr. Park explains that he was reassigned to her project by Siebert, because she was taking a sabbatical to work on something in the physics department. When Sheldon exclaims that that was the good news her had for her, Amy is livid.

So, Amy lets Sheldon have it. She yells at him, saying that he had no right to have her removed from her own project that she’s spent so much time developing. She’s angry that someone else will be allowed to come in and take over her work, possibly getting to the answers she was looking for without her involvement. When Sheldon responds that she told him she was spread too thin, and he only thought he was helping her lighten her work load, she tells him that he wasn’t really helping at all.

The two then find Siebert as he’s trying to leave for the day, which does not make him happy, but he gives them time to talk. Amy says he had no right to reassign her research, and then it becomes very clear to Amy that even Siebert thought that this was what Amy wanted. When she asks to have her work given back to her, he says it’s not going to be that simple, and she’s left even angrier at Sheldon than she was before.

Knowing, as all fans of The Big Bang Theory do by now, that Sheldon does not process these types of conflicts as most people would, no one should be too surprised to find out that the next time we see him, he’s having a fitful sleep next to Amy that night in bed. When we go into Sheldon’s mind, he’s in a deli on Dagobah (yes, an actual inter-galactic delicatessen on a swamp-covered planet) with Arthur’s glowy Force Ghost sitting across from him.

After Arthur instructs Sheldon not to order the reuben, Sheldon tells him that he needs help with a problem in his marriage to Amy. He knows he’s upset her, but he tells Arthur that he doesn’t know how to make it right. Even though Arthur mentions that, when he was alive, he upset his own wife just by getting up in the morning, he’s willing to offer Sheldon advice. He says that there are two rules of marriage: don’t go to bed angry, and if you don’t recognize the shoes under your bed then they’re not yours. Sheldon is completely confused by the second rule, assuming that the shoes must be Amy’s if he doesn’t recognize them, but Arthur tells him to just forget that and stick with the first rule.

When Sheldon snaps awake, he knows immediately that he has to apologize to Amy, but when he wakes her she is not in the mood to talk and tries to go back to sleep. Sheldon then tells her that this is important because they shouldn’t go to bed angry, and says he feels terrible about what he did and wasn’t trying to hurt her. Amy knows he wasn’t trying to be malicious, but he was being selfish, and this leads her to reveal a big fear that she had about marrying him.

Amy explains to him that, while she loves working with him, it’s scary for her, because she doesn’t want to get lost in this relationship. She was already afraid of the things that are his interests and goals are becoming things that are their interests and goals, meaning that the things that had previously mattered to her would get taken over by Sheldon’s enthusiasm for what he loves and she’d have nothing of herself left. So, when he had her taken off of her project, it felt like that was becoming a reality.

Well, with Professor Proton’s help, Sheldon was able to realize the massive error of his ways, apologize and make up with Amy. But, this hasn’t been the first time he’s stepped over the line in a relationship, and it probably won’t be the last.

You can see how Amy and Sheldon continue to navigate their newlywed status as The Big Bang Theory continues its final season every Thursday on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.

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Supernatural Just Delivered A Huge Michael Twist And It Definitely Needs To Change

Spoilers ahead for Episode 2 of Supernatural Season 14, called “Gods and Monsters.”

Supernatural knows how to end its seasons on killer cliffhangers, and Season 13 ended on a doozy. As part of the effort to take out Lucifer once and for all, Dean became vessel to the archangel Michael. While Dean as Michael was indeed able to get rid of Lucifer, Michael didn’t vacate Dean when he was supposed to, and Season 13 ended with Dean poised to act as the villain while containing Michael. Well, “Gods and Monsters” delivered a huge and unexpected Michael twist that should definitely be temporary.

Here’s how it happened. Michael spent most of the episode in Duluth, just as Sister Jo had told Sam and Co. While they prepared to try to capture Michael and free Dean, Michael was busy burning out vampires, making deals with werewolves, and setting traps. Castiel couldn’t come along on the mission to Duluth, and both Jack and the de-Lucifer-ed Nick stayed behind as well. It was down to Sam, Mary, and Bobby to get their hands on the archangel.

The good guys seemed to catch a break when they caught a vampire girl on camera and tracked her down. She had a horrifying story to tell, sharing that Michael was killing off vamps after seeming to experiment with them. She managed to escape and drop the news on the three hunters. Fortunately for her, they didn’t go ahead and kill her. Instead, they used her info to make a move. She died shortly after they left, but at least Bobby didn’t machete her to death. Yay?

Unfortunately for them, they made their move according to Michael’s plan. When they showed up at his last known location, they were mobbed by werewolves Michael had won over to his cause, and they weren’t any normal werewolves. The usual tricks to kill them weren’t working, with even silver bullets failing. The good news is that even these augmented werewolves can’t survive being decapitated, but werewolves that can survive silver are a bad sign of what Michael can do.

The good guys won the fight, and they were shocked to see Dean stumble out of the shadows. After Dean dropped a “Sammy” and seemed to express genuine fear and confusion, Sam and Co. accepted that he was not Michael pretending to have vacated Dean. He had no idea why Michael had left him, but he was effective Michael-less.

Now, on the one hand, it’s very good for Dean and his loved ones that he’s no longer occupied by an archangel determined to make deals with monsters to enslave the human race. Sam and Nick weren’t exactly changed for the better after being stuck with an archangel for significant portions of time, and Nick may not be able to ever entirely shake off Lucifer’s influence. If Dean was inhabited by Michael for long, he could have been permanently damaged. Huzzah for the good guys that they got Dean back!

For those of us watching from home… well, it may not be so good for us that Dean has already been de-Michael-ed. After spending months of hiatus expecting Dean to kinda sorta be the primary antagonist of Season 14, losing Dean as Michael’s vessel in only the second episode is disappointing. This is similar to what happened back in Season 10 when Dean’s arc as a demon was cut short after only three episodes.

Let’s face it: Supernatural is long in the tooth by TV standards now that it’s in fourteenth season. While running for such a long time has given Supernatural a rich history and developed the relationships between the central characters in some compelling ways, the show does need to find ways to reinvent itself as time passes, and there are only so many times the Winchesters can stop the apocalypse. Using Dean as vessel to the primary villain of the season would have required Supernatural to reinvent in a good way.

Dean as Michael’s vessel gave a valid reason for the characters not to take Michael down permanently. As much as they’re willing to sacrifice just about anything (certainly including their own lives), these guys aren’t the best at sacrificing each other. Sam was just wishing he’d thought of dealing with a demon to get info on Dean in the previous episode, and Castiel explicitly said to Jack in “Gods and Monsters” they they couldn’t kill Michael because it would mean killing Dean. Mary isn’t likely to let him die.

For a show that can’t kill off its villain in the first couple episodes, a valid reason for the heroes not to kill him is quite important. We wouldn’t have to wonder why the characters or the show keep letting Michael get away for as long as he was in Dean’s body. Sure, Jack was on board with letting Dean die if it meant killing Michael, but nobody else would be on board at this point.

Jensen Ackles also looked like he was having a great time flexing his acting muscles as Michael. For a guy who has spent more than a decade playing a hero, he’s pretty great at playing evil. To lose Ackles as Michael after only two episodes would be a shame, especially after all signs seemed to point toward Ackles being isolated from the rest of the cast because of Dean’s status as a vessel.

Hopefully showrunner Andrew Dabb’s comments about Jensen Ackles will be missing for episodes of Season 14 mean that Michael will be jumping back into his Winchester vessel and not that fans got their hopes up for Dean the villain over hiatus. Michael certainly isn’t done as the villain of Season 14, even though “Gods and Monsters” indicated that the Winchesters should also keep an eye on Nick on top of Michael and all their other regular monsters. Perhaps Dean’s Michael-less status will change.

Obviously I’m not suggesting that Michael remain in Dean for however much longer the series runs on The CW, especially since it seems like there’s something supernatural at work to keep the show on the air and delivering for fans indefinitely. Dean was always going to be freed of Michael at some point in Season 14. My fingers are just crossed that Supernatural will change the twist that saw Michael leave Dean and put the two back together for a bit longer.

If anything, a temporarily free Dean could heighten the drama for when he would be back as Michael’s vessel. As Jack said in “Gods and Monsters,” Dean would totally want to be killed if that was the way to kill Michael. Dean could certainly tell his friends and family that he’d want them to take him out to take down Michael, and that could brew more conflict.

We’ll have to wait and see. New episodes of Supernatural air on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW as one of the many offerings in this year’s fall TV lineup.

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Halloween Ending: What Happens And What It Means For Sequels

Forty years separate John Carpenter’s original horror classic Halloween and the new movie that shares its title. And a LOT happened between Carpenter’s film and this new one, unexpectedly directed by David Gordon Green. Several sequels took the story of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers into wild directions. But the 2018 Halloween resets the slate, while also leaving doors open for possible new avenues to explore.

As most of you likely have heard, long before you even entered into this article, the new Halloween acts as a natural sequel to the original Halloween… and in the process, it pretends that none of the other sequels took place. No, Laurie and Michael aren’t siblings. There is no Cult of Thorn, and Rob Zombie’s interpretations are a thing of the past.

Instead, Laurie is a traumatized survivor, who spent (wasted?) 40 years preparing for the return of the lunatic who senselessly butchered her friends one fateful Halloween night. Laurie’s obsession has affected her entire life, bleeding down to her relationship with her daughter, Karen (Judy Greer), and her granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak).

How does it all get resolved? Let’s dig into the spoilers for Halloween, and discuss what happens, how it happened, and what the final shots mean for potential sequels and future storylines in the Halloween universe.

What happens at the end?

David Gordon Green’s movie concludes with the confrontation that has been 40 years in the making. Michael Myers arrives at Laurie’s fortified home.

Driven to the outskirts of Laurie’s house by a suddenly homicidal Dr. Sartain (Haluk Bilginer), Michael makes quick work of the doc — in the movie’s most brutal kill — then dismisses the bumbling police officers who slowly react to the scene of that crime. Michael’s not finished yet. The serial killer distracts Karen’s husband, Ray (Toby Huss), by using one cop’s skull AS A JACK-O-LANTERN! Then he quickly kills Ray, and turns his attention to Laurie’s house.

With Karen tucked safely in the basement, Laurie begins to confront Michael. The Shape is somewhere in the house, and David Gordon Green milks enormous tension out of Laurie’s hunt for Michael in her darkened abode.

Using only a shotgun and a flashlight, Laurie sweeps room after room, securing each doorway once she knows an area has been cleared. This takes her to one bedroom that’s loaded with mannequins she normally uses for target practice. Not creepy at all. And Laurie’s forced to investigate a closet that looks similar to the one from the original… wire hangers and all.

Michael isn’t there. He’s hiding behind the mannequins. He subdues Laurie, temporarily, then sets off to eliminate Karen. By now, Allyson has joined her mom in the basement, and Karen — armed with her childhood rifle (that has her initials burned into them) — tricks Michael Myers in the movie’s greatest “gotcha” moment.

Laurie and Michael fight. The three women manage to lure him down the steps into the basement, where Karen confirms that the safe room is not a cage, as Allyson believed. It’s the ultimate trap for Michael. Bars come down across the only entrance. He silently looks up and the three surviving Strode as Laurie launches the final phase of her plan. She has gas nozzles all through the house. She ignites each one, and the home is engulfed in raging flames as Laurie, Karen and Allyson leave, meeting a pickup truck that’s passing by in the road. They’re safe… for now.

Does Michael survive?

How could he… right? When last we actually see Michael, the flames are surrounding him in Laurie’s basement. There’s no way out of the Safe Room that Laurie has constructed in her home. The likely assumption is that Michael Myers finally bit off more than he could chew by going after Laurie and her family members, and he met his end in a fiery confrontation as Laurie, Karen and Allyson fled.

Only, David Gordon Green gives us one last look at the basement. And he shows the place where Michael Myers was standing. The flames are still consuming the safe room… but Michael isn’t there.

Still, there’s NO WAY that he got out of the room, right? Laurie had him trapped for good, and the flames were closing in.

Let’s be real, though. Once David Gordon Green’s Halloween breaks the bank — and we expect this movie to make a lot of money over the Halloween season — Universal will come knocking looking for potential sequels ideas. And classic killers NEVER stay dead in horror movies, meaning that Green’s decision to cut back into the basement one last time and NOT show a charred corpse means that The Shape could live to stalk another day.

Stalk who? Let’s break that down.

Who might be affected next?

The final shot of Halloween 2018 shows the surviving Strode ladies in the back of the pickup truck that has carried them away from Laurie’s burning home. In any other movie, this would be a sweet and tender group shot, as Jamie Lee Curtis’ head is resting on Judy Greer’s shoulder, and Andi Matichak is snuggled beside these two strong women.

But the camera pans across their troubled faces, then scans down to see the kitchen knife still in Matichak’s hand, and we remember that this is a traumatic movie ABOUT how trauma affects attack victims for decades. Think these new characters are walking away from this new Halloween unscathed? They’re not.

The whole point of the new Halloween is that Laurie carried the burden of Michael’s senseless attack for 40 years, and she let it ruin her life. For the bulk of Halloween, Judy Greer’s Karen resented her mother’s state, and begged her to move on. But Andi Matichak’s Allyson sympathized. Now, both women have seen Michael Myers in action. And he took away men who were important in their lives. What affect will that have on them?

A sequel easily could shift focus to the new ladies introduced in Halloween 2018. Laurie’s legacy, passed down to her daughter and granddaughter, could be the paranoia and fear that both consumed her, and helped her prepare for the inevitable return of her stalker. That’s fertile ground to explore.

Also, you don’t need Michael Myers, traditionally, to carry on the series. I mean, this could be sacrilege, but the new movie already showed two groups of people so obsessed with the idea of Michael that they made bold strides to understand him.

The podcast producers actually provoked his new rampage by showing him his classic mask. None of this would have happened, one could argue, if those two just left well enough alone and let the hospital transfer Michael. Side note: Who the hell thought it was a good idea to transfer Myers to a new facility on the evening before Halloween? That couldn’t take place in, like, January??

Then there’s Dr. Sartain, or “the new Loomis,” who actually kills a man just to know what Michael feels when he murders people. Sartain goes so far as to wear the mask of Michael Myers. And while he dies in this movie, do we think he’s the only one out there obsessed with the lore of Michael, who’d kill to be the next person to wear the mask?

Again, the new Halloween has to do well at the box office if Universal is going to pursue a sequel with these characters. But I think that keeping Michael alive (probably) and passing the baton — or large, shark blade — to Judy Greer and Andi Matichak means there are plenty of possibilities for more stories on this timeline. Do you agree?

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The Quantum Realm Will Play An Important Role In Avengers 4, According To Michael Douglas

The introduction of the Quantum Realm in 2015’s Ant-Man opened up new doors for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as now there were other dimensions to visit. We revisited the Quantum Realm this past summer in Ant-Man and the Wasp, but since the sequel’s release, many Marvel fans have speculated that this particular reality will also factor heavily into Avengers 4. According to Hank’s actor, Michael Douglas, that is indeed the case, as he responded when asked if Ant-Man and the Wasp is directly connected to Avengers 4:

So there you have it, MCU fans. Your suspicions were confirmed by Michael Douglas during his appearance on On Air with Ryan Seacrest, although naturally, given how secretive these movies are, he didn’t reveal any more details. We don’t know if Douglas will reprise Hank Pym in Avengers 4, but evidently Kevin Feige, director Peyton Reed or one of the other Marvel Studios bigwigs clued him in on future happenings in this ever-growing franchise.

In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hank Pym, inspired by how Scott Lang was able to make it into the Quantum Realm and get back out in the first Ant-Man movie, ventured into this strange reality to rescue his wife, Janet van Dyne, who’d been trapped there for over 30 years. Naturally there were some complication, but eventually the couple reunited and made it back to Earth. Unfortunately, both Hank and Janet, as well as their daughter Hope, were among the half of the universe snapped out of existence by Thanos, and Scott was consequently left trapped in the Quantum Realm.

It’s expected that we might catch a glimpse of the Quantum Realm in Avengers 4 to show how Scott Lang gets back to our plane of existence, possibly by entering one of those time vortexes that Janet van Dyne told him to avoid. Beyond that, we haven’t officially heard anything about how the Quantum Realm fits into the Phase 3 capper, let alone anything else regarding Avengers 4‘s story.

That said, there’s been no shortage of fan theories in this area, from the surviving MCU heroes traveling to the Quantum Realm to go back in time to undo what Thanos did, to the people who were dusted at the end of Avengers: Infinity War not truly being dead, but somehow languishing in the Quantum Realm. Thanks to Michael Douglas, we now know for sure that the Quantum Realm is somehow integral to what goes down next year, and that we could see even more of it in Phase 4.

Avengers 4 opens in theaters on May 3, 2019, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. Don’t forget to also look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other major motion pictures come out next year.