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Why The Gifted Doesn’t Feature More Comic Book Locations

Like most comic book shows, although Fox’s The Gifted is inspired by source material, in this case the X-Men comics, creative liberties are taken to ensure these TV adventures stand on their own. One example of this is The Gifted‘s locations, as so far the series has operated in more “real world” settings compared to the comics, movies and video games. With that in mind, when I asked what the thought process was for designing the headquarters for the Inner Circle in Season 2, The Gifted production designer Seth Reed noted how most of the inspiration for designing these sets and locations comes from the characters themselves. As Reed explained during his chat with CinemaBlend:

I would say that in general, we don’t borrow much from the comics that we have all the references, and we have people here that are really very imbued with the material. To some extent we look at Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, the two most recent X-Men films. Frankly, most of the inspiration just comes from the characters. I mean, the Frost sisters have blue eyes, they’re very elegant, they’re very clean and sharp in their features. And so is Reeva, our new character who is the head of the Inner Circle. So those characters themselves are the real inspiration for the spaces they inhabit, so that’s why you see this really beautiful architecture, and they tend to have a lot of blue associated with them. So just a very simplistic way, I would say the inspiration is coming directly from the characters.

Needless to say that as long as The Gifted is on the air, it will continue pulling from the larger X-Men mythology in some form or fashion. Nevertheless, there’s definitely more room for The Gifted to chart its own path, particularly concerning where the main characters spend their time. In the case of Reeva and the Frost sisters (a.k.a. the Stepford Cuckoos), who are now leading the Inner Circle after eliminating the Hellfire Club‘s leadership, their looks and appearances went into designing the fancy building where they’re hatching new plans to improve life for mutants everywhere. And it’s not just with the Inner Circle that this approach is used. Seth Reed also told me that the same holds true for the Mutant Underground, which is operating with significantly less resources and has to hide in more average places. Reed continued:

Yes, absolutely. Same exact idea. More earthy colors, more sort of ground level-based places that they’re in. The clinic and their place at the scrap yard and things that are all more normalized. Interesting, but normalized, and not exclusive. Like, they’re out in the middle of the world, so we want to make sure it’s clear that they’re interactive with humans all around, and they’re inhabiting buildings and spaces that humans are in all around them.

Because their previous base, an abandoned bank, was destroyed in the The Gifted Season 1 finale, the Mutant Underground was forced to set up shop elsewhere, with a scrap yard now serving as their new main base, among other areas. Seth Reed added that it’s important for Eclipse, Thunderbird and the rest of the Mutant Underground members to operate under the radar, hence why they’re hanging out in these “normal,” earthy places and doing their best to blend in with the general population. As time goes on, perhaps The Gifted will see its starring players traveling to more places familiar to longtime X-Men comics readers, but for now, the series will keep looking to said players to model its special, original settings after.

The Gifted airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. As for what else is returning/debuting this fall TV season, check out our handy premiere guide for that information.

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See Fenty Beauty’s Nude Stunna Lip Paints on Four Women

When Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty’s Stunna Lip Paint last year—a bold blue-red shade based off her signature look—she didn’t just drop a red lipstick. Rih went all out with a weightless formula that glides on smooth and dries into a velvety matte finish. The brand flooded Instagram with photos of everyone from Slick Woods to Duckie Thot wearing the color to show how versatile it was. And Rihanna even made her own Insta tutorial for it. Honestly, would you expect anything less?

Which is why it should come as no surprise that now, almost a year later, she’s coming in even hotter with four new additions to the Stunna family. This time they’re nudes for every skin tone. And black—because in Rihanna’s world, you’d better believe that’s a neutral. As Fenty revealed the colors one by one last week, the fan responses came pouring in. Women of color praised Fenty for finally creating a nude in mind for dark skin (a “universal chocolate brown” called Unveil), which the brand says went through rigorous testing to confirm the claim. The black (surprise, surprise) was also met with similar enthusiasm, if not some slight hesitation.

The question, of course, you probably want to know though is if they’re worth the hype. We had four staffers put them to the test. Read on for their honest thoughts.

See Fenty Beauty’s Nude Stunna Lip Paints on 4 Women

When Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty’s Stunna Lip Paint last year—a bold blue-red shade based off her signature look—she didn’t just drop a red lipstick. Rih went all out with a weightless formula that glides on smooth and dries into a velvety matte finish. The brand flooded Instagram with photos of everyone from Slick Woods to Duckie Thot wearing the color to show how versatile it was. And Rihanna even made her own Insta tutorial for it. Honestly, would you expect anything less?

Which is why it should come as no surprise that now, almost a year later, she’s coming in even hotter with four new additions to the Stunna family. This time, they’re nudes for every skin tone. And black—because in Rihanna’s world, you better believe that’s a neutral. As Fenty revealed the colors one by one last week, the fan responses came pouring in. Women of color praised Fenty for finally creating a nude in mind for dark skin (a “universal chocolate brown” called Unveil), which the brand says went through rigorous testing to confirm the claim. The black (surprise, surprise) was also met with similar enthusiasm, if not some slight hesitation.

The question, of course, you probably want to know though is if they’re worth the hype. We had four staffers put them to the test. Read on for their honest thoughts.

How Daredevil Season 3 Was Inspired By The Sopranos

When Daredevil premiered its first season on Netflix back in 2015, viewers were treated to a much darker superhero series than could be found on network TV. Whether Matt Murdock was delivering epic hallway beatdowns or the bad guys were battering the good guys, it was not a series for the faint of heart. The third season of Daredevil promises to return to some of that early darkness, and new showrunner Erik Oleson revealed that HBO’s smash hit The Sopranos was an inspiration for the new batch of episodes, saying this:

Daredevil‘s third season will be dark a la Season 1, but it won’t just be more of what we got when the show first kicked off on Netflix. By combining the tone of Season 1 with the tone of The Sopranos, Erik Oleson could raise the stakes significantly. CinemaBlend visited the set of Season 3 to hear what Oleson had to say, and there are a lot of reasons to be excited about what’s to come.

Fans clearly don’t have to worry that the show is dialing down on the epic action sequences for the third season, which is at least proof that Matt’s injuries from the end of The Defenders won’t leave him on the bench too long. He may not have his Daredevil suit, but he’ll still be the red devil when it comes to beatdowns on bad guys.

The very good or very bad news — depending on your point of view — is that Erik Oleson’s comments indicate that some characters will bite the dust, and he likely wouldn’t drop such hints if the characters who die are all Henchman #3 and Bystander #2. We may want to start worrying about characters that are major but not so major that they would prevent Season 4 and beyond, which are still very possible.

Personally, my fingers are crossed that Karen won’t die. Given the fate of her character in the comics, she may not have much time left. While it may be good for a superhero series to kill somebody major off and leave them dead to raise the stakes and reduce resurrections, big deaths are rarely easy on viewers.

That said, it seems that Daredevil won’t be pulling elements straight from the comics (or straight from The Sopranos, for that matter). The Born Again and Guardian Devil arcs clearly inspired aspects of Season 3, but the show won’t follow either arc beat for beat. Even avid comics readers may not have much of an advantage when it comes to predicting what happens next. We’ll have to wait and see.

Fortunately, we don’t have all that much longer to wait. Daredevil Season 3 will debut in Netflix’s lineup on Friday, October 19 at 12:01 a.m. PT. Wilson Fisk is on the way back, and Matt won’t be the hero he was before what happened at the end of The Defenders, so it should be an interesting experience.

New John Wick 3 Image Shows Keanu Reeves Riding A Horse Through New York City

Normally if you’re eager to make a quick getaway, you pick a motorized vehicle as your mode of transportation. Not John Wick. Somehow events in his third theatrical adventure will lead to him hopping on a horse and weaving through New York traffic to avoid the foes pursuing him on motorcycles. Judging by that gash on his head, John’s been freshly injured, so he’ll need to hightail it out of there before anything worse happens. And the insanity doesn’t end there. Director Chad Stahelski also told Empire that the “maelstrom” around John Wick 3: Parabellum‘s central character will include “horses, dogs, cats, a raven, a bunch of pigeons, a motorcycle chase, car chase, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, shotguns and ninjas.” Some of those are to expected, like Fishburne, McShane and Reddick all reprising their respective roles, but ninjas?! Even by John Wick standards, that’s nuts, and now I’m wondering if these are your standard black-garbed ninjas with throwing stars, or if these ninjas will be wielding the shotguns.

‘Looming Civil War’ Review: Anticipating the Apocalypse

Ahead of the actual fighting, Americans thought of the Civil War in many ways: as an adventurous lark, as a class war between competing labor systems, as an avenging act of God. In “Looming Civil War,” Jason Phillips delves into the mid-19th-century American psyche to explore its dreams, fantasies and nightmares. “Before the Civil War was fought or remembered,” he writes, “it was imagined by thousands of Americans who peered at the horizon through an apocalyptic atmosphere.”

Mr. Phillips, a professor of Civil War Studies at…

CBS Has Officially Fired Former NCIS: New Orleans Boss Brad Kern After Investigation

A number of high-profile people in power have been toppled over the past year after allegations of abuse and misconduct, and now one more has lost his job. Former NCIS: New Orleans boss Brad Kern has officially been fired from the hit drama as well as CBS altogether. His firing ends the process of investigation first reported way back in 2017, and here’s how it finally happened.

Following a third investigation into Brad Kern’s behavior on set at NCIS: New Orleans, CBS Television Studios made the decision to fire him from his role as a consulting producer on the show and from his overall deal with CBS TV. Brad Kern’s firing actually went into effect on October 1, although news did not break the next day. The news comes four months after CBS shocked many by renewing Kern’s contract even as another investigation into his behavior on set was being conducted.

At the time, he had been demoted from his role as showrunner to “consulting producer,” and the investigation was to be handled by an outside investigator rather an somebody in-house in human resources at CBS. Sources then alleged that a “toxic” atmosphere at NCIS: NOLA had continued due to Brad Kern despite his demotion, and the outside investigation clearly provided the kind of results that were serious enough for CBS to make the move to fire Kern.

A key difference between the in-house investigation and the outside investigation is that the outside investigation was not limited to the complaints originally filed to CBS HR. Claims of harassment and abuse from his previous projects could be taken into account. Complaints against him from the likes of Beauty and the Beast, Charmed, and more were valid this time around.

News of Brad Kern’s firing comes only about a month after it was officially announced that CBS CEO Les Moonves was leaving the network after allegations of misconduct were levelled at him. THR states that multiple people who had previously worked at NCIS: New Orleans shared their opinion that Les Moonves’ ousting is what opened the door for Brad Kern to be fired from the network. If so, Moonves’ departure continues to impact the CBS slate. 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, also accused of harassment, left CBS shortly after Moonves, and Moonves’ wife Julie Chen decided to leave her long-running gig as co-host of The Talk to focus on her husband and child. (Notably, she does still work at CBS as host of Big Brother.)

We’ll have to wait and see if there are any notable changes behind the scenes at NCIS: NOLA in the wake of Brad Kern’s departure. He was already working on the show in a reduced capacity, although he was reportedly present in the writers room ever since it opened for work on Season 5, and then previous plan was for him to work with editors when production began. His role as “consulting producer” seemed substantial, if not quite as expansive as showrunner.

Disney World Has Added Alcoholic Push Pops, No Really

If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World and especially if you’re a huge fan of the most magical place on Earth, you know that there are certain snacks that you simply have to eat on every visit. Examples include the Mickey Ice Cream Bar, a chocolate-shelled vanilla treat that keeps you cool in the hot Florida sun, the massive and juicy turkey leg that’s well worth its high price, and the refreshing cult favorite Dole Whip. These iconic snacks are synonymous with Disney World, and now, a new contender destined for similar greatness has entered the fray. Alcoholic push pops are now available at Disney World. That’s right, push pops, but with alcohol.

The new adult-only treats will be available at the Paddlefish restaurant located in Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World’s shopping and dining district. That means you won’t be enjoying one of these drunken delights while riding It’s a Small World or the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom. According to People, the alcoholic push pops are made by Buzz Pop Cocktails and are 15% ABV, or the equivalent to one cocktail, so enjoy responsibly. The push pops come in flavors including blueberry pomegranate, Moscow mule, mango passionfruit, with white Russian and grasshopper sorbet on the way. The pops are also fat free and less than 100 calories each, just in case you want to tell yourself you’re being healthy while basically eating candy and getting drunk in Disney World.

Unlike some of Disney’s theme parks, there are plenty of options for inebriation in Disney Springs, so this isn’t a groundbreaking introduction of alcohol. If you’re going to Disney Springs, you’re either shopping, eating or drinking, and probably all three. The alcoholic push pops are the perfect transportable snack for the young at heart who still want to reap the mind-altering benefits of their advanced age while they admire art they can’t afford in The Art of Disney store and act like a kid in The LEGO Store.

The Disney parks have been going through something of a transformation when it comes to alcohol in recent years. Walt Disney himself famously didn’t want alcohol served in the parks, and that mandate was maintained for some time, at least in Disneyland proper and Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. However, the addition of the Be Our Guest restaurant in 2012 introduced alcohol to the Magic Kingdom, and now it is served in all of that park’s sit-down restaurants. And now even the original Disneyland park will be adding alcohol with the addition of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, because you can’t really have a dry cantina.

Check out our guide to see all of Disney’s upcoming live-action remakes, and for all the latest reasons to visit Walt Disney World, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.