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‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Think Catelyn Stark Could Return as Lady Stoneheart Still

Note: This post is dark and full of terrors. And also spoilers. You’ve been warned.

Game of Thrones has a mere five episodes remaining before we find out who takes the iron throne. But, before fans find out who will rule the seven kingdoms they are hoping one more character will return from the dead: Lady Stoneheart.

As far as fan theories go, the return of Lady Stoneheart does have legs. But, before we get into all that, and in case you never read the books, let us fill you in on who Lady Stoneheart is and why she was once such a pivotal character.

In the novels and in the HBO television show, Catelyn Stark dies at the tragic Red Wedding along with her son, Robb Stark. However, this is where the two mediums diverge. You see, in the books, Catelyn is resurrected from the dead after her body is found by Brotherhood Without Banners. The brotherhood brings Catelyn back with a magical kiss from Beric Dondarrion. Dondarrion dies as a result of the kiss, but Catelyn, now known as Lady Stoneheart, takes his place.

However, she’s not the loving mother we once knew anymore. Instead, she is a mere shell of a human.

“Death has changed Catelyn,” the Game of Thrones fan Wiki explains. “Stoneheart is less gracious and forgiving than in life and is consumed with a desire for vengeance on anyone she thinks betrayed her and her son, Robb. She hangs any men associated with the Freys, Boltons, or Lannisters, even if they had nothing to do with the ‘Red Wedding’ or if they are boys.”

In fact, in the books, Lady Stoneheart goes on to kill several characters including Podrick Payne and Brienne of Tarth, who are both still very much alive in the show. However, their lives could soon be in danger if fans of the series get their way.

Here’s where the theory of her return began: During a Q&A at Radio Times and BFI Festival, Joe Dempsie, the actor who plays Gendry, discussed his own character’s long absence from the show.

“They were kind of saying they wanted people to forget about him. And, I think what they underestimated and I think what everyone underestimated, because of the rich mythology that George R.R. Martin has created, this world in which there are family trees which go back thousands of years and political implications of certain relations are so crucial and it leads to endless theorizing,” he shared. “The longer a loose end is left untied, the more conspicuous it gets in Game of Thrones, rather than it just being something that fades from the memory.”

This answer prompted the interviewer to ask about Lady Stoneheart and her potential return. While Dempsie didn’t reply, Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm, interjected by saying, “Give it up!”

However, both actors and the people working behind the scenes of Game of Thrones are well-known for attempting to throw fans off the scent of what’s going to happen next, so they could merely be lying.

To make the return of Lady Stoneheart even more convincing, just look back to this quote from show’s creator, George R.R. Martin:

“That was probably the first major diversion of the show from the books and, you know, I argued against that, and [creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] made that decision,” Martin told Time. “In my version of the story, Catelyn Stark is re-imbued with a kind of life and becomes this vengeful wight who galvanizes a group of people around her and is trying to exact her revenge on the riverlands. David and Dan made a decision not to go in that direction in their story, pursuing other threads. But both of them are equally valid, I think, because Catelyn Stark is a fictional character and she doesn’t exist. You can tell either story about her.”

Kevin Feige Says Spider-Man: Far From Home Will End MCU Phase 3, Not Endgame

Leave it to Kevin Feige to completely pull the rug out from under us. It’s been widely believed that Marvel’s Phase 3 would conclude with Avengers: Endgame. It wasn’t a difficult thing to assume. The film has been teased as a true finale, closing out the story of The Infinity Saga. However, the Marvel Studios boss has officially stated otherwise, and it will instead be Spider-Man: Far From Home that wraps up the beloved MCU Phase 3.

While we know that Marvel has several projects such as The Eternals and Black Widow in development, none of those have technically been confirmed by Marvel Studios. As of now, the only two movies officially on the slate are Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Of those two, you’d think the epic Avengers blockbuster would end Phase 3, but it will be the penultimate film of Marvel’s current saga.

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will officially bring Phase 3 to the finish. During a fan event in Shanghai (via Newsweek), Kevin Feige stated that Far From Home was the final film of Phase 3. People had previously assumed that it was the first movie in Marvel’s Phase 4 (or whatever they end up calling their next slate of films).

While this might seem like a change that makes very little difference, it’s actually notable for a few reasons. For starters, this means Phase 3 is ending on a lighter note. This is similar to how Phase 2 ended with Ant-Man right after the dramatically heavier Avengers: Age of Ultron. It seems Marvel has a preference for ending its Phases with lighter comedies about bug-themed heroes to refresh the audience.

This also means that we now don’t know any of the films slated for Phase 4. Marvel has never officially confirmed what it’s working on, which means that Phase 4 is totally blank right now. I imagine that once Far From Home is out in theaters, it won’t be long before Marvel makes a ton of announcements, hopefully in the style of its Phase 3 press conference. Marvel announced the entire Phase 3 slate in one go, so here’s hoping we get something similar this year.

Tonally, I don’t think this changes very much for Far From Home. It’s still partially setting up what the MCU will look like in a post-Endgame world and it’s fitting that it’s a Spider-Man film. Spider-Man is sure to be a key player in the MCU’s future, so it makes sense that he helps to usher in the new age of superhero films.

Thankfully, there isn’t that much longer to wait for any Marvel movie. Avengers: Endgame is out on Friday, April 26 while Spider-Man: Far From Home is in theaters on July 2 (the movie was recently moved up a few days).

Ryan Reynolds Wraps The Hitman’s Bodyguard 2, And He Looks Terrible

Ryan Reynolds is still getting his ass kicked as bodyguard Michael Bryce. He’s back for The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel — called The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard — which also stars Samuel L. Jackson as Darius Kincaid and Salma Hayek as Sonia Kincaid. It looks like Reynolds’ Bryce might have a smaller role than the Kincaids, considering Ry-guy has already wrapped his role while the others continue filming:

Oof. When you and your husband are looking A+ sharp and your bodyguard friend looks like THAT. Something must happen, once again, to Michael Bryce to get him so roughed up in the sequel.

Ryan Reynolds already showed a photo of bloodied Bryce last month, as the first photo from the movie’s set, so it sounds like he just stays messed up through his entire arc in the sequel? Bad sign.

The photographer tagged is Sam Speranza, who had this note to share on Ryan Reynolds wrapping, while Sam Jackson and Salma Hayek continue:

Samuel L. Jackson shared the same photo with his own note on Ryan Reynolds:

So the journey continues with Salma and Sam. That makes sense, in a way, since Jackson’s Darius should be the hitman of the title, with Sonia as the wife. But is Bryce not her bodyguard for the whole movie?

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard follows bodyguard Ryan Reynolds’ Michael Bryce, who’s enlisted by Samuel L. Jackson’s Darius and Salma Hayek’s Sonia Kincaid to join them on a mission along the Amalfi Coast. Patrick Hughes is returning as director, with a script by Tom O’Connor. According to Variety, Frank Grillo is reported to play an Interpol agent who needs the trio’s help to prevent a cyber attack in Europe. The rest of the supporting cast is very impressive, including Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman, with Richard E. Grant reprising his role as Bryce’s drug-addicted corporate client Mr. Seifert.

Here’s the logline of the sequel, per Deadline:

Salma Hayek has been sharing her own photos from production, including this one — which also seems to show Ryan Reynolds’ character looking roughed-up and in no condition to be grocery shopping:

Salma Hayek looks amazing, as usual. She’s 52, did you know that? Enough about Paul Rudd looking young for 50. It was Hayek’s dream to return to the role of Sonia after the first movie. When doing press for The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the main trio all said any sequel would have to follow the Kincaids. As Ryan Reynolds told Moviefone:

Salma Hayek was all the way down for that idea:

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard started filming in early March in Europe, and apparently it will continue on from here without Detective Pikachu himself. The first movie made $176.5 million worldwide off a reported $30 million budget, per Box Office Mojo, so hopes are high for the sequel to continue the profits. Critics weren’t huge on the first movie, but fans seemed to like it a bit more, giving it a 67% RT audience score vs. 42% from critics. CinemaScore’s polled moviegoers gave it a B+.

There’s no word yet on a release date for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, but stay tuned. In the meantime, keep up with all new releases with our 2019 movie release date schedule.

Kate Middleton Wore the Perfect Baby Blue Outfit for Easter

On Sunday, the British royal family stepped out for Easter church services at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Although the entire brood looked expectedly dapper, it was once again Kate Middleton that stole the royal fashion show.

For the services, Middleton took an old favorite out of the back of her closet—a baby blue Alexander McQueen jacket she wore at least once before during a 2014 trip to Sydney, according to PopSugar. Middleton wore a matching dress underneath the tailored jacket and accessorized the coat with a coordinating Jane Taylor hat, which she also recycled from the same 2014 trip. Middleton then added a bit of sparkle to her look with the Robinson Pelham earrings she wore on her wedding day, a matching clutch, and simple suede Emmy London pumps. According to Footwear News, the pumps are made from kid suede, come with a 4.5-inch heel and retail for $545.

Middleton stepped into the church services—which also doubled as a birthday celebration for Queen Elizabeth, who turns 93 today—alongside her husband, Prince William. Other members of the royal family quickly joined them, including Princess Beatrice and her father Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, and Mike and Zara Tindall. Prince Harry also made an appearance, however, his wife Meghan Markle skipped the service as her due date is quickly approaching.

Although we didn’t get to see Markle’s Easter fashion choices, she was still a part of the celebrations. At least in spirit. Prior to the services, both she and Prince Harry posted an adorable message to the Queen on their Instagram account to honor her birthday.

“Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny. Wishing you the most wonderful day,” the duo wrote in the caption of their post. They signed it, “Harry & Meghan.” And now that this year’s service is over we can start looking forward to next year’s service, where hopefully all the royal children—including Harry and Meghan’s new baby—will get to join in the fun too.

Captain Marvel Fan Watches Film 116 Times To Break World Record

A Wisconsin chiropractor has been workin’ like a Flerken to watch Captain Marvel over and over in local theaters to break the Guinness World Record.

Steve Ruppel “only” had to watch the MCU movie 104 times to break the current record for most times seeing the same movie in the theater, but he went for 116 times to try and make sure he’ll keep the record for a while.

Can you imagine? The person with the previous record must be seething with Seinfeld/Newman resentment that this guy swooped in and stole his superheroic title.

Steve Ruppel told his local WSAW news the most he’s ever seen is seven showings in one day. So far, his 116 viewings total 14,268 minutes of Captain Marvel footage:

So the big question: Why? For the love of Goose, why do this?

This is not Steve Ruppel’s first Guinness World Record. Apparently he has made it a hobby to break records, and this is his fifth — the Wisconsin news reports one of his previous four included running a half marathon wearing the most amount of t-shirts.

So it’s not like he’s just such a massive Captain Marvel superfan he HAD to see Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) on screen 116 times. However, he did add that he picked this movie because he loves superhero films and figured it would be a good fit to break this particular record, since he knew Captain Marvel would be playing in theaters for a while. If you’re wondering why he didn’t pick a movie under two hours, well…

Watching the same movie 116 times in a theater would drive me crazy. I’m still amazed that he had the time and money to do that. Good for him, I guess? Marvel Studios should send him a thank you card for contributing to all of the money Captain Marvel has made at this point, over $1 billion and counting.

He probably didn’t wait to try to break the record with Avengers: Endgame viewings because that movie is over three hours long and many other MCU fans will surely watch that hundreds of times.

Clearly, Steve Ruppel is prepared for Carol Danvers’ role in what’s to come, since he must have everything she said and did memorized by now. How about you? Are you ready for Endgame? It opens in theaters this Friday, April 26. Be careful of spoilers, since even more may come out in the days leading up to the opening. Here’s what else is headed to theaters in 2019.

9 TV Shows and Movies to Watch the Week of April 21, 2019

I’m sure you have a ton on your plate this week: work, exercise, making sure you get enough sleep, trying to see friends. But none of that is as important as these nine TV shows and movies, which will be premiering over the next several days. Seriously, your responsibilities can take a backseat to Avengers: Endgame and this new Netflix show about S&M. Throw your to-do list in the trash! Actually, just modify it by putting HBO’s new drama Gentleman Jack at the top.

Below, all the TV shows and movies to prioritize over everything else this week.

Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration: Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, Tori Kelly, John Legend, and Ciara are among the artists slated to appear in this tribute special. 8 P.M. ET on CBS

Gentleman Jack: This historical drama, loosely based on real events, centers on a woman who tries to get ahead in the Industrial Revolution by marrying a wealthy woman. 10 P.M. ET on HBO

I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson: A new sketch comedy series produced by the Lonely Island and featuring Andy Samberg, Will Forte, Sam Richardson, Tim Heidecker, Vanessa Bayer, Steven Yeun, and Cecily Strong. Streaming on Netflix

Bonding: A New York City grad student who works as a dominatrix enlists her gay best friend to be her sex dungeon assistant. (Starts playing “S&M” by Rihanna.) Streaming on Netflix

What a Girl Wants: This early 2000s classic starring Amanda Bynes, in which she plays a girl finding her long-lost father in London, is leaving Hulu in May. So watch it now! Streaming on Hulu

Chambers: Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn star in this new drama series about a teenager who begins having sinister impulses after receiving a heart transplant. Streaming on Netflix

Family: Taylor Schilling stars in this indie dramedy about a career-obsessed woman whose life turns upside down after her estranged brother asks her to babysit. In theaters

Avengers: Endgame: If Captain Marvel isn’t leading the ship by the end of this movie, then I’m rioting in the streets. In theaters

2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Inductees this year are Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, The Cure, Roxy Music, and The Zombies. 9 P.M. ET on HBO

Kate Middleton Had a Sweet Moment With the Queen at Easter Service

Celebrations are in order! Not only is it Easter Sunday, but today marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 93rd birthday. As per tradition, the royal family attended Easter service at St. George’s Chapel (yes, the same one where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married) in Windsor on Sunday morning.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was photographed arriving with Prince William, and the two seemed to be in good spirits. For the occasion, she chose a very spring-appropriate baby blue coat (another Alexander McQueen re-wear), along with a matching dress underneath, a corresponding fascinator, and beige pumps. Their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, however, didn’t walk in with them.

Middleton also shared a sweet moment with the queen before heading in for mass. First spotted by Elle, cameras caught the Duchess giving the birthday girl a perfect curtsy and big smile.

Queen Elizabeth also went for a spring-y palette to celebrate her big day, though her coat and hat skewed more than teal than Kate Middleton’s powder blue. Photographers caught her in another cute exchange with two young attendees who appeared to be giving her a bouquet of flowers for her birthday.

Prince Harry was also in attendance, but notably without Meghan Markle by his side. That’s hardly surprising though. The Duchess of Sussex is set to give birth literally any day now to her and Harry’s first child. Rumors have been circulating widely as to when the baby will come (or if it already has come), what the sex will be, where Markle will choose to have her child, and when she’ll first introduce the baby to the public. As is her right, she’s deciding to break with the protocol Middleton and Prince William followed for their three children and is asking for more privacy and recovery time before returning to the global stage. (I mean, really, can you blame her?)

So instead, Harry walked to in to the church with his cousins Autumn and Peter Phillips.

Just think, this time next year, Baby Sussex will be joining for the holiday. Now those are Easter Bunny photos we’ll be wanting to see.

Turns Out The Emperor’s Laugh In The Rise Of Skywalker Trailer Was Old Footage

Last week, fans were finally treated to the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, and were clued into some exciting news – the return of Emperor Palpatine to the franchise. At the end of the teaser for the over-40-year saga’s final film, titled The Rise of Skywalker, an iconic maniacal laugh flooded the convention room floor. Right after that, Darth Sidious himself, Ian McDiarmid, took the stage to confirm his involvement and say “roll it again” to the uproarious fans at the event and watching at home.

But apparently Emperor Palpatine’s grand re-entrance to Star Wars was not an exclusive bit he helped bring to life for the new trailer (and movie?). Check out what Ian McDiarmid recently said:

I don’t know about you, but this bit of information is conflicting to me. If Palpatine is in the movie, why would they dig up an old laugh track of the actor’s voice from George Lucas’ movies? Was the inclusion of the moment purely to inject that nostalgia in our veins – wait, will Ian McDiarmid even be in Rise of Skywalker at all?

Once I give this a bit more thought, my guess is: Yes, Emperor Palpatine will be back. (How can he not after that teaser reveal?) But maybe the inclusion of that specific laugh was just a means of getting the fans to identify the character’s return. The recycled laugh could still be a component of the movie, or maybe Palpatine isn’t quite as chipper in the upcoming Star Wars installment. In fact we don’t even know if he’ll actually be alive or not in the film.

Empire Magazine writer James Dyer, who was at SWCC, did take to Twitter to seemingly confirm that Ian McDiarmid was physically on the set of Rise of Skywalker. He confirmed the return via an interview with director J.J. Abrams, per this post:

During Ian McDiarmid’s interview at the Star Wars Celebration Chicago, the actor discussed why he particularly loved the trailer he got to be part of revealing:

Of course, Ian McDiarmid can’t say anything about his role in the trailer and movie and has to play a little dumb during an interview such as this one. He does perhaps reiterate how the heroes in the new film may have to face Palpatine and of course The Dark Side. Since Snoke was killed off in The Last Jedi, and Kylo Ren has been struggling with his place as either a hero with a redemption story or the new trilogy’s main villain, it makes sense for Palpatine’s comeback to take place in a big way. Although the Star Wars actor is playing a villain with a quote like this one:

How dare you tell us to laugh, Ian McDiarmid! Star Wars is serious business and not at all for our entertainment! If you need a refresher on the villain, check out our guide to everything you need to know about him. Start the countdown, as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20, 2019.

John Travolta Is Bloody And Unrecognizable Filming New Movie

We know John Travolta as a dance move icon for Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Hairspray, but he’s also quite the character actor — known memorably for Face/Off, Pulp Fiction, American Crime Story, and Gotti. Next up, the actor has another big-screen transformation on the way for suspense-thriller Moose… and it’s quite the sight for a bloody eye. Take a look:

Whoa! What’s happening here? The Instagram post features John Travolta in character for Moose, as the titular character with chopped gray hair and some gory makeup that indicates his eye will certainly take a beating sometime during the film. To cut the tension of Travolta’s look is Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst peeking out from behind the actor.

Fred Durst is the director and co-writer of Moose, and while the musician-turned-filmmaker hasn’t had much luck providing crowd-pleasing movies to audiences in the past, his upcoming project with John Travolta certainly has an interesting premise. Check it out, according to another post on the Moose Instagram:

This is kind of exciting, right? John Travolta will be playing a fanatic fan to Devon Sawa’s Hunter Dunbar; Travolta’s Moose reverts to some intense stalking of the action hero following some ill feelings after an encounter with him. It looks like things are going to get real bloody, based on this image, and judging by the description of this movie, it could be a crazy ride to go on.

Moose is apparently based on an actual incident from the Limp Bizkit singer’s past. Fred Durst has previously directed music videos for his band, commercials, and two films: 2007’s The Education of Charlie Banks with Jesse Eisenberg and 2008’s The Longshots with Ice Cube. Previously, Durst had a cameo in Travolta’s 2005 film Be Cool, but this is a much more involved collaboration.

On Friday, TMZ spoke with John Travolta on Moose, and the actor had some great things to say about the time on the project. In his words:

Wow! Does Moose trump his time with Quentin Tarantino? As John Travolta commented, he loved having the space to craft a crazy character with the director and looks to really dig the unique vision he has for the project. Maybe this dark comedy/thriller hybrid will join Travolta’s many iconic roles and potentially signal a long-awaited comeback for the actor?

No word on the exact release date yet, but Bloody Disgusting did just report that Moose — or The Fanatic, as it may ultimately be called — was acquired by Amazon and may be released this summer. Stay tuned and check out our 2019 release calendar for your next trip to the movies.

Chris Hemsworth Is Open To Returning To Thor After Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame has been teased as a finale. The film will close the book on 11 years of storytelling, and that finality extends to the characters. The original six Avengers (plus some surviving friends) are on a collision course and not everyone is going to make it out alive. While we can only speculate as to who may be leaving the MCU, Chris Hemsworth has decided to leave the door open for himself.

It’s no secret that Chris Hemsworth wasn’t entirely pleased with playing Thor before Thor: Ragnarok came around. The actor has admitted in the past that he was feeling frustrated in the role and that the films have never quite found the right tone, with Thor: The Dark World as a perfect example.

But then Taika Waititi came along to direct Ragnarok, creating one of Marvel’s funniest and most entertaining films. It was just the revitalization that Chris Hemsworth needed, and now with Endgame fast approaching, the actor is happy to return should he get the call.

In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, Chris Hemsworth spoke on his feelings playing Thor changing after Ragnarok, and what an experience it has been to play the character for a decade. It sounds like Hemsworth is not entirely ready to put the hammer down for good, and he would love to play the character again if it was ever needed. (Darryl needs you, man.)

While it’s rumored that Chris Hemsworth’s contract is complete after Endgame, the future of Marvel is fairly unclear. While we do know of plenty of projects in development — like Black Widow, Shang-Chi, and The Eternals — none have technically been officially confirmed. There’s plenty of room in Marvel’s slate for a Thor 4 if it wants it.

It’s good to hear that Chris Hemsworth is down for more Thor. The character just found his stride, so why call it quits now?

As for where Thor could show up again, it’s not hard to see him popping up as a side character in other cosmic franchises like The Eternals or Captain Marvel. Also, it would be really fun if Thor had a cameo in the Loki series over on Disney+.

We’ll be able to better judge what fate has in store for Thor after seeing Avengers: Endgame, which is out in theaters in less than one week on April 26. To learn more about the film, here’s what we know so far.