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Blumhouse Just Crossed An Incredible Box Office Milestone

Blumhouse is a tiny studio by most standards, but it’s been a big success. Following on the record box office of last month’s Halloween, the studio has now surpassed $4 billion at the global box office.

Blumhouse’s first wide release was the original Paranormal Activity movie in 2009. As Variety points out, the film cost all of $15,000 to make and grossed just short of $200 million around the world. Horror has continued to be the major focus for Blumhouse, as it’s the studio behind the Insidious and Sinister movies. It also has produced the Purge franchise.

There have been some exceptions, however. This year Blumhouse produced Spike Lee’s BlackKklansman and it was also the studio behind Whiplash, which won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for J.K. Simmons.

While the $4 billion milestone is certainly huge, the big thing to keep in mind regarding Blumhouse is that a lot more of that money is profit for the studio than it would be for your average producer. Blumhouse routinely keeps the budgets low, which means that when a movie doesn’t work at the box office, the cost is low, but when it does, the profits are substantial.

And for all the success that Blumhouse has had, there have certainly been some bombs as well. Blumhouse brought us Jem and the Holograms back in 2015. The movie did so poorly in theaters that the rare decision was made by distributor Universal to pull it from theaters early. Last year’s Amityville: The Awakening did over $7 million in business overseas, which helped make up for the fact that the domestic take for the film is officially listed as $742. No, I didn’t forget any zeroes.

Blumhouse really started to make waves last year with the one-two punch that was Get Out and Split. Both movies were released early in 2017, both were solid box office success. Get Out went on to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards and win an Oscar for Best Screenplay for writer/director Jordan Peele. Split became something of a career resurgence moment for M.Night Shyamalan, who was able to go on to make a sequel in the upcoming Glass. Both films are also the two highest grossing movies from the studio worldwide, with the new Halloween following close behind.

With the upcoming release of Glass, a new film by Jordan Peele, and a likely sequel to the new Halloween on the way, it seems likely that Blumhouse success is only just beginning. It may have taken the studio nine years to make the first $4 billion, but it seems likely the next $4 billion will come much faster.

2019 will see Glass, Jordan Peele’s Us, as well as the sequel to Happy Death Day. That should make it a pretty good year for the studio, as they start work on their next billion.

Sons Of Anarchy Is Probably Getting Kicked Off Netflix Soon

This week marked the freshman season finale for FX’s Mayans M.C., the pretty stellar sequel series for the exhaust-pumping and face-bruising drama Sons of Anarchy. The flagship series has been off the air since 2014, but has remained as popular as ever due to it being a mainstay on Netflix for quite a few years now. It sounds like that reign might be over soon, though, as Netflix is reportedly getting rid of Sons of Anarchy in December.

More specifically, it’s looking like December 1 will be the day that Sons of Anarchy rides off into the non-Netflix sunset. (Note that this news is apparently specific to the company’s U.S. audiences, and not international ones.) The proof here, as it were, is Netflix itself. Below, you can check out the show’s Details page, which pinpoints the removal date.

No direct and lengthy reasons were given, obviously, but we can draw some conclusions as to why Netflix would be parting ways with Sons of Anarchy, despite the biker drama being one of the streaming giant’s most popular licensed series. The biggest factor has to be the lack of a current deal between Netflix and Fox, with the most recent partnership dissolving back in August 2017.

Since that time, Netflix has steadily been purging various Fox and FX shows from its library, which is why you can’t find animated hits like Bob’s Burgers or Archer anymore, nor live-action winners like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia or Empire. (As well, nothing that has hit the network in the past two fall seasons.) In fact, Sons of Anarchy is one of few Fox and FX projects that still remains, and it’s unclear how long others like American Horror Story and Gotham will stick around.

Netflix has gotten more comfortable with cancelling its own produced series recently — check out our full rundown — so it’s assumedly easier for execs to say farewell to other studios’ content. But even though it’s losing all kinds of shows to other companies diving into standalone streaming services, Sons of Anarchy‘s popularity with customers made it seem worthy of whatever it took to keep it around Netflix for as long as possible.

Sons of Anarchy‘s influence is still felt in many places — even in Canada, strangely enough — and it will likely continue to keep bringing in new viewers. Even if it doesn’t happen to be streaming on Netflix when that happens.

Of course, Netflix isn’t the only streaming giant on the block anymore. Hulu stepped up its licensed TV game in recent years as Netflix made its own a second or third priority, and that’s where you can find a lot of Fox and FX’s original series. The Gifted, Lethal Weapon, Hell’s Kitchen, Legion, and more.

Yes, Hulu is also where Sons of Anarchy fans can currently find Jax Teller and his violently botched attempts to bring peace and non-violence to Charming, California. All seven seasons of Kurt Sutter’s brutal epic are available for streaming in full.

Since Sons of Anarchy is set to exit Netflix’s streaming library soon, that’s probably pretty convincing evidence that Mayans M.C. won’t ever end up at the company. The Latinx spinoff isn’t yet available on Hulu, however, so perhaps conversations are happening behind the scenes.

The Best White Sneakers for Women in 2018

I kind of hate white sneakers. I’ve never bought the Stan Smith Adidas white sneakers everyone owns in multiples. I’ve also never worn the converse white sneakers everyone wears with everything. For most of my life I saw white sneakers as boring. They weren’t interesting enough to be worth the constant risk of dirtying every time I walked on the subway. Normcore came and went without me buying a single pair. But then this past summer I discovered platformed white sneakers by Naked Wolfe that I love so much, I squeal (audibly) every time I put them on. They absolutely changed my entire wardrobe and I don’t know how I could have possibly lived this long without them.

What makes them different than all the white sneakers you’ve seen before is that they are actually ridiculous. Yes, you read that right. Of all the adjectives I could have chosen, ridiculous is the one best suited to describe my perfect pair of 90s inspired chunky platform white sneakers that I love like no other. The other day I wore them out in Soho, enjoying every clunky step, when a man across the street screamed, “Hey! You! Your shoes are CRAZY. I love them!” I don’t know this man and I never saw him again but he has a point. I love them too.

Logically, I shouldn’t. They are sort of crazy. But then again so is 2018 so I don’t see the issue there. The platform is so large, it makes me look like a living Bratz doll which I don’t necessarily think is a bad thing either. Every time I wear my platform white sneakers I’m automatically 3 inches taller. Unlike with white sneakers, platform white sneakers help dress an outfit up (literally), not down. Instead of blending in, they stand out and I love how they really make me stand tall. But because they are also sneakers and not heels, the natural growth spurt and confidence boost are painless. Since they’re all white, they go with everything and the color scheme simplicity keeps them from crossing into ugly dad shoe territory. I’m also convinced they have mass appeal because whenever I wear them, someone really unexpected always compliments them.
Shop my favorite pair and all the other best platform white sneakers out there below.

Is Finn Using A Lightsaber Again In Episode IX?

Production on Star Wars Episode IX is currently underway and while we’ve heard a few rumors here and there about things that might happen in the film, we really have no idea what’s in store for our favorite characters. However, John Boyega’s recent response to a fan has people wondering if we might see his character Finn pick up a lightsaber again, as he did in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here’s the exchange.

The fan mentions his hopes to see Finn be a “badass hero” in Star Wars Episode IX, which includes seeing him holding a lightsaber once again. John Boyega responds with an affirmative statement, so perhaps this means we could see Boyega take hold of the Jedi weapon at some point.

Of course, Boyega could simply be responding to the part about Finn being a “badass hero” in Episode IX. Perhaps we’ll see the character kick some ass and take some names in the new film, even without a lightsaber.

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens Finn in given the Skywalker lightsaber after Rey refuses to take it. He takes on a Stormtrooper with it and even takes on Kylo Ren himself, though it doesn’t go well.

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi Finn doesn’t get to swing a lightsaber at any point, but I would take issue with the idea that Finn has not been a badass character previously. He does take on Captain Phasma one-on-one in that movie and he takes her down, complete with the “rebel scum” quip. He got to win a fight and say something cool at the same time. I’d say that’s pretty badass.

Still, it does make the mind wander as to what exactly might be in store for Finn in Star Wars: Episode IX. Star Wars: The Last Jedi reunited him with Rey and the rest of what’s left of the Resistance. The small band could fit entirely inside the Millennium Falcon.

It’s difficult to guess what could be in store for Finn and the rest because we don’t really know where the final film of the trilogy will start. While The Last Jedi opened immediately following the events of The Force Awakens that was an anomaly as far as Star Wars movies go. Usually, there are multi-year gaps between them, so if that happens here, any number of things could have transpired off-screen, starting Finn’s journey in the film literally anywhere.

Maybe Rey has been training him to use the Force? While that’s a longshot, it could explain why he ends up with a lightsaber, assuming that does, in fact, happen. We’ll find out in December of 2019, unless a trailer lets us know first.

A Breaking Bad Movie Is Happening With Creator Vince GIlligan

With Better Call Saul currently one of the more popular and obsessed-over TV shows on cable, AMC is clearly not finished mining Breaking Bad‘s mythology for spinoff projects. Perhaps surprisingly, though, the next chapter of Breaking Bad‘s tale will come in the form of a movie, with creator Vince Gilligan at the helm. Will it be all good, man?

A Breaking Bad movie has been something fans have been asking for ever since the show was still on the air, and it looks like AMC and Vince Gilligan landed on a concept and pitch that made everyone finally decide to go whole hog in jumping back to that world. How exactly Gilligan will go about resurrecting the beloved crime drama is a mystery for the moment, as is the format it will be released in. However, there are at least some clues about where the story could be headed.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the logline for the in-development film says it will “track the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.” So, if the story is covering a timeline that follows Breaking Bad‘s stellar finale, then it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that the “kidnapped man” is Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman. (If it’s a prequelized story, then I’m clueless.)

After all, Jesse was indeed kidnapped by the neo-Nazis and made to do their meth-related bidding. It was only when Walt showed up with his inexplicable trunk-fulla-guns and laid those Season 5 villains to waste. The last time viewers caught sight of Jesse, he was indeed making his escape, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say he was embarking on a quest for freedom. Or even just a quest for a hot shower and some fresh laundry.

Another potential clue to where things are heading is the Breaking Bad film’s reported shooting title, “Greenbrier.” Now, shooting titles are often just temporary placeholders that don’t draw major attention. Often, the temp names are random and meaningless, but is it possible that “Greenbrier” refers to the area that the “kidnapped man” heads to in making his escape?

Perhaps the most familiar Greenbrier in the country is in West Virginia, which could very well be where Jesse (or whoever) ends up in making their escape. We know from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul that Robert Forster’s “The Disappearer” is capable to giving people brand new lives and identities when they’re on the run for whatever reason.

To bring this round of speculation full circle, what I really want to see from this Breaking Bad movie is for the story of “kidnapped man” to cross paths with Bob Odenkirk’s Gene from Better Call Saul‘s flash-forwards. That timeline may be deeper into the future than where the movie will start things off, but that would possibly be the easiest (and most excellent) way to tie all three projects together. Assuming that connecting everything is what Vince Gilligan has in mind.

On a slightly less speculative tip, we’re obviously wondering where this Breaking Bad movie is going to show up in our lives. Obviously, the goal used to be to spin a small screen project into a feature set for theatrical releases. While that could definitely still happen, it’s easier to assume that AMC will be handling the project in-house to release through its streaming service.

For one, AMC did just recently announce a smorgasbord of new and interesting projects that will expand the Walking Dead franchise in huge ways. In particular, the network will produce a series of films centered on Rick Grimes, but likely without any kind of theatrical push. AMC is planning on all kinds of additional specials, miniseries and spinoff series, too. So even though Breaking Bad doesn’t have quite the same kind of universe to pull from, perhaps fans could see more than just one Heisenberg-esque follow-up project from Vince Gilligan.

Another reason why this new Breaking Bad direction appears set for television is that the project will reportedly be the first one Vince Gilligan tackles in his overall deal with Sony Pictures TV that was made official over the summer. That factor doesn’t necessarily preclude it from showing up on the big screen — I’d like to see that blue meth in IMAX — but it’s a safer bet that AMC will be putting the film directly into people’s homes upon release.

Stay tuned to see what’s happening next with this Breaking Bad film, which is set to begin production in mid-November, and will go until February. Let us know what you think “Greenbrier” is about in the comments, too. Maybe it’s a code word that really means “Walt’s Not Dead,” and we just have to figure out how to put two and two together.

While waiting to hear what happens, be sure to catch up with all the Breaking Bad-related fun on Better Call Saul, which can be streamed in full on its service AMC Premiere. (Season 4 is set to hit Netflix at some point, but probably not until next year, closer to Season 5’s premiere.) In the meantime, the fall tv premiere schedule is also full of great shows that will hopefully deserve spinoff movies one day.

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50+ Best Gift Ideas for Women, Just in Time for the Holidays

Looking for unique presents for the ladies in your life? Discover the best gift ideas for women, including clothing, accessories, jewelry, beauty essentials, home decor and more. From rose quartz facial rollers and skincare sets to hand-crafted bath trays and personalized necklaces, you’ll find something for everyone — even the ones who have everything! Here, 50 stand-out gifts for women just in time for the holiday season.

Ariana Grande’s First Performance of ‘Thank U, Next’ Is Clearly a Nod to Pete Davidson

Ariana Grande threw everyone for a loop Saturday night when she surprise-dropped a new song called “Thank U, Next.” To be fair, fans did see new music coming, but they may’ve been surprised by how Grande name-checks her exes in the song. “Thought I’d end up with Sean/But he wasn’t a match/Wrote some songs about Ricky/Now I listen and laugh/Even almost got married/And for Pete, I’m so thankful/Wish I could say, ‘Thank you’ to Malcolm/’Cause he was an angel,” she sings at the top of the track.

“Pete” is obviously Pete Davidson, the Saturday Night Live comedian whom Grande was engaged to all summer. Their whirlwind romance abruptly ended in mid-October, and Davidson hasn’t exactly been silent about the split. He’s made jokes in standup routines about it and even fake-proposed to singer Maggie Rogers as part of an SNL promo gag. That last stunt irked Grande and was no-doubt a reason she released “Thank U, Next” so quickly.

And she isn’t done calling out Davidson in her music. The singer’s first performance of the song will air on Ellen Wednesday (November 7), and there’s a motif going on: weddings.

In a video host Ellen DeGeneres teased, we see Grande and her backup dancers dressed in all white with a wedding cake and reception tables in the background. Grande even quasi-confirmed this theme on her own Instagram, dubbing herself and the dancers the “First Wives Club 2018.”

Watch the full performance for yourself, below:

Davidson is the only person on “Thank U, Next” whom Grande says she almost married, so all this wedding imagery is most likely a reference to him. It’s not exactly subtle.

It’s also a bit perplexing, seeing as how Grande was seemingly so upset by Davidson speaking openly about their relationship. This performance, in many ways, is perhaps the most overt nod either of them has made to their engagement.

If Grande also does an interview with DeGeneres, it’ll be interesting to see what she says.

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What It Was Like Filming Outlaw King’s Muddy, Bloody Battle Sequences

We’ve seen many different kinds of war movies set throughout all eras of society, but few get as sincerely chaotic as David Mackenzie’s upcoming Outlaw King. Not only is it a film featuring the execution of guerilla tactics, but the cinematography is specifically designed to highlight the insanity that is battle. It’s a standout element of production, and something I got to talk about with the director and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chris Pine:

Last month I joined members of the press flying out to Edinburgh, Scotland, where I sat down with the Outlaw King director and cast to talk about the new movie. It was in both my interviews with David Mackenzie and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chris Pine that the subject of the chaotic battle scenes came up, and they explained how it was all brought to life.

Speaking from the actors perspective, Aaron Taylor-Johnson admitted that it was a taxing experience to create the mayhem-filled sequences of Outlaw King — which includes a fire-filled midnight ambush, and a fight set in what’s basically a giant mud pit. Tough as it was, though, it was all part of the director’s vision, and that’s what they signed up for. Said Taylor-Johnson,

No, it was pretty chaotic, and relentless, and grueling. And I think that’s again, Mackenzie’s way of filmmaking. He likes to capture that essence, and therefore creates that kind of environment where it is authentic and real and chaotic.

When I spoke with David Mackenzie later in the day, he confirmed that his personal filmmaking style isn’t one that is all about structure. While making the battle sequences he had multiple cameras running, and apparently never explicitly explained to his performers what was being captured — instead letting them just exist in the atmosphere:

Well, as the director, I like things to be very loose. I liked my actors to improvise a bit. I like to, you know, not have a very big difference between when we’re on and when we’re off, not really to know, and for everyone to inhabit the reality of the environment in particular location.

Outlaw King is the second collaboration between David Mackenzie and Chris Pine after their work on the Oscar-nominated Hell Or High Water. This time around Pine is playing Robert The Bruce, a noble Earl who picked up the revolutionary torch left by William Wallace in 14th century Scotland. In the name of freedom, and not wanting to live under the boot heel of England’s King Edward I (Stephen Dillane), Robert led his small resistance group (including Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s James Douglas, Lord of Douglas) in a battle against tyranny, waging a bloody war and being declared by his followers as the Outlaw King.

The film makes you feel like you are on the battlefield right alongside Robert The Bruce and his men, and a great deal of credit goes to the cinematographer — who has some experience with capturing reality. As Aaron Taylor Johnson explained, it was shot by Barry Ackroyd, who not only has a background in documentaries, but also visceral thrillers like The Hurt Locker and United 93.

Barry Ackroyd shot this, and his whole background is documentary filmmaking. So it felt like we were a pack of wild animals, and it was capture what you can and there were moments of realism.

As David Mackenzie explained, there was simultaneously every effort made to make sure the set of Outlaw King was as safe as possible, including not only the stunt work, but also all of the performing with the horses. At the same time though, if you watch the film and feel like you’re watching madness unfold, then that means Mackenzie accomplished his mission.

Following its premiere earlier this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, Outlaw King will soon be arriving for consumption — but it won’t be at your local cineplex. Instead, Netflix subscribers will find it available to stream this Friday, November 9th. Give it a watch when it lands, and be on the lookout here on CinemaBlend for more from my interviews with David Mackenzie and the movie’s cast.

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12 Great Netflix Shows Yet To Premiere In 2018

Netflix has given the world a lot of great shows in 2018, and surprisingly, it still has quite a few to give. Those curious about the best of the best the streaming service has to offer in the final months of the year need look no further as we have 13 entries highlighting the creme de la creme of Netflix streaming.

The Great British Baking Show (Collection 6)

The Cast: Noel Fielding, Paul Hollywood, Sandy Toksvig, Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith

Why We’re Pumped: The Great British Baking Show has been one of the premiere food shows on television, and now the latest season has arrived for Netflix viewers to binge to their heart’s delight. Granted, it’s already aired in the U.K., so those with friends across the pond may want to avoid conversations about the show in the meantime. Those who don’t can watch in peace and be wowed by the mouth-watering dishes that are showcased each episode.

When Does It Premiere: Friday, November 9

Narcos: Mexico (Season 4)

Cast: Diego Luna, Michael Peña, Matt Letscher

Why We’re Pumped: Narcos has already proven its television worth keeping tabs on in its first three seasons, and the lineup for Season 4 is a testament to that. The series grabbed stars in Diego Luna and Michael Peña as it prepares to tell the story of the Guadalajara cartel in the 80s. We’re excited for the story that’s in store, but also to see these two actors doing their thing in what should be an exciting season.

When Does It Premiere: Friday, November 16

She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power (Season 1)

Cast:Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, AJ Michalka, Lorraine Toussaint

Why We’re Pumped: She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power looks a lot different than the series of old, but that’s not a bad thing. Change is the only constant, after all, and the animation and tone of trailers thus far looks very similar to one of Dreamworks Animation’s other animated Netflix show, Voltron: Legendary Defender. We’re psyched to see how Season 1 plays out, and whether or not it will pave the way to a future Masters Of The Universe series.

When Does It Premiere: Friday, November 16

Frontier (Season 3)

Cast: Jason Momoa, Alun Armstrong, Landon Liboiron

Why We’re Pumped: Hype surrounding Frontier hasn’t been particularly high since its Netflix debut, but with Aquaman set to make a splash in December, more might be encouraged to check the Canadian drama set in the 1700s. Those who do who have a love of Momoa and his ass-kicking characters won’t be disappointed as Declan Harp is almost as much of a badass as Khal Drogo. Come for Momoa, stay for the dramatic storylines and harsh world of fur traders.

When Does It Premiere: Friday, November 23

Death By Magic (Season 1)

Cast: Drummond Money-Coutts

Why We’re Pumped: Death By Magic is another magic series on Netflix that promises to show some of the most dangerous stunts that have claimed magicians in the past. Magician Drummond Money-Coutts isn’t just going to examine these dangerous feats; he’s going to perform them as well. It’s an interesting premise that teases potentially life-threatening situations, and a look at what went wrong in the situations where other magicians failed.

When Does It Premiere: Friday, November 30

F Is For Family (Season 3)

Cast: Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long

Why We’re Pumped: The dysfunctional Murphys are always a blast to watch, even if some subscribers have forgotten them and this show may have existed. Now, almost a year-and-a-half after being renewed, Season 3 is finally set to arrive and feature more of the politically incorrect family and a reminder of the way things were for some families back in the 70s.

When Does it Premiere: Friday, November 30

Ratched (Season 1)

Cast: Sarah Paulson

Why We’re Pumped: Who wouldn’t be pumped by the news that living television legend Ryan Murphy is producing a spinoff of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest? Even better, it’s a series called Ratched and will follow the iconic nurse character. Many details have been kept under wraps since the original announcement in 2017, but we do know Sarah Paulson will play the nurse and Ryan Murphy was believed to have directed the pilot. That’s all we need to know!

When Does It Premiere: 2018

Fuller House (Season 4)

Cast: Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber

Why We’re Pumped: There are whispers floating around that Season 4 will be the final season of Fuller House. If that’s the case, then fans need to make the most of these upcoming episodes, which are said to be jam-packed with guest stars. While we’d love to see another season that could wrap up the series neatly and possibly allow for an Olsen twins appearance, we’re still grateful there are still episodes to come in 2018.

When Does It Premiere: Friday, December 14

Watership Down

Cast: James McAvoy, John Boyega, Olivia Colman, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Daniel Kaluuya, Taron Egerton , Peter Capaldi

Why We’re Pumped: Who would’ve thought a miniseries about a small group of rabbits would be one of the most star-studded affairs Netflix may do in 2018? The classic Richard Adams novel adaptation has a slew of big names to recreate the story of rabbits and a harrowing journey. It’s also been revealed recently that Sam Smith will be recording the theme song for the original, so that’s something to look forward to as well.

When Does It Premiere: 2018

Dogs Of Berlin (Season 1)

Cast: Fahri Yardim, Sebastian Achilles

Why We’re Pumped: Netflix’s original international offerings have brought some solid shows to America in 2018, and it looks like there’s another promising one coming out of Germany before the year’s end. Two Berlin detectives are forced into working together and attempt to take on the criminal underworld. Apparently, things get a bit sticky as the synopsis teased the men will begin to question whether they’re truly on the right side of the law. We’re excited to find out why!

When Does It Premiere: 2018

Voltron: Legendary Defender (Season 8)

Cast: Josh Keaton, Steven Yeun, Jeremy Shada, Rhys Darby

Why We’re Pumped: Voltron: Legendary Defender is gearing up for its final season, and those who have been watching thus far know it’s been a hell of a ride. The show has perfected that balance of a kids’ show that appeals to adults almost effortlessly, which is not a feat many shows achieve. It’s been a gem in Netflix’s animated lineup for a while now, which will make it all the harder to say goodbye this December.

When Does It Premiere: Friday, December 14.

Holiday Specials

Cast: (various)

Why We’re Pumped: Netflix is not afraid to get in the holiday spirit, and this year they’re getting weird with it. This includes a one-off Christmas special for Jaden Smith’s weird anime Neo Yokio, and a special holiday edition of Nailed It! called Nailed It! Holiday! Let’s be honest, it’s not all that hard to get excited during the holiday season, but it’s going to be even easier with Nicole Byer making us laugh with her crazy show.

When Does It Premiere: 2018

For a full list of offerings headed to Netflix before the year is up, be sure to visit our Netflix premiere guide. For a look at what’s happening on cable television as the weeks wind down to the end of 2018, visit our fall premiere guide.

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Mayans M.C. Finale Connected To Sons Of Anarchy In Big, Shocking Ways

Warning: many spoilers ahead for the Season 1 finale of Mayans M.C. on FX.

Mayans M.C. finally hit the airwaves in 2018 as the long-awaited spinoff of Sons of Anarchy, and it quickly proved to be a big hit. The show could have a long future ahead of it on FX, and the Season 1 finale guarantees that fans will be dying to find out what happens next for however long the wait is until Season 2. The episode featured some unexpected and shocking ties back to Sons of Anarchy that few probably saw coming.

The most unexpected tie to Sons of Anarchy in the Mayans finale came with the bombshell reveal of who murdered EZ’s mother all those years ago. The mystery of her death has been an undercurrent of the series, even when none of the Reyes men were explicitly dwelling on her. After all, if not for EZ’s quest to track down her killer, he never would have wound up behind bars. Who could have guessed that the truth would lead to a Sons character?

Yes, the truth behind the big mystery is that none other than Happy Lowman killed EZ’s mom. EZ finally learned the truth when the Mayans were joined by some SAMCRO members at a party, in what should have been a joyous event for all. Well, as joyous an event as is possible for a show set in the Sons of Anarchy universe, anyway.

Happy’s arrival brought him face to face with EZ, who realized that Happy is the man who killed his mom. His role as an enforcer on Sons of Anarchy put him in the position to get very violent with those who got in his and SAMCRO’s way, so it’s not shocking that he would kill somebody. The fact that he killed the Reyes matriarch of all people does come as a shock. The episode didn’t reveal why Happy killed EZ’s mother, but the twist does seemingly promise more crossovers between Mayans and Sons.

Showrunner Kurt Sutter weighed in on the Happy twist, and he revealed that it wasn’t the culmination of an arc he’d planned from the beginning. Additionally, Happy as the killer isn’t just a Sons of Anarchy cameo for the sake of a cameo. Instead, the inclusion broadens the scope of Mayans M.C. and connects it to the larger mythology already in place thanks to Sons. In a chat with THR, Sutter had this to say about Happy as the killer of EZ’s mom:

I started thinking about the payoff with EZ chasing the ‘one-armed man who killed his mom. I wanted it to pay off and find out who that guy was, and plug that guy into the bigger mythology. I didn’t know if it was going to be a cartel guy. Was it going to be a cop? Would it have something to do with EZ’s dad? In the shaping of the season, I realized, “What if we intersect with the mythology that’s already there?” We did the historical mythology homework to realize at the time [EZ’s mom died], Happy was a Nomad. We established him as a button guy and a killer for hire. That piece of it worked, in terms of it not impacting the Sons mythology. He wasn’t a member of the charter at that time. He was free and clear. Then the trick was, how do we allow EZ to have that reveal? It can’t be someone he’s seen before. We established that it’s not how they buy their guns. In a previous episode, we saw they bought guns from the San Bernardino charter [of the Sons of Anarchy], so there was no direct conflict with Charming or with Redwood. We could criss-cross the mythologies in a way I was good with, because it doesn’t impact the Sons mythology at all.

If the Happy twist wasn’t enough of a connection to Sons of Anarchy, there was another. Jax Teller was explicitly mentioned on Mayans M.C. for the very first time. We’ve known for a while that we shouldn’t hold our breath for Charlie Hunnam to somehow reprise the role for Mayans, so the name drop was a nice treat. Here’s how it happened.

The Mayans were seated at their table to discuss a new arrangement with regard to supplying the cartel. The Mayans came to the conclusion that SAMCRO would be able to supply the cartel “under the radar,” going through the Mayans to keep the feds out of the entire situation. The deal would allow the Mayans to continue their relationship with the Charming chapter of SAMCRO that was the center of Sons of Anarchy.

Marcus Alvarez was the one to mention Jax, saying this:

Our club has a relationship with Charming. Volatile past but a profitable peace. I’m gonna make sure I keep that promise to Jax Teller.

Sentimentality aside, Bishop did his job as leader and clarified that it would be their chapter to handle the business between SAMCRO and the cartel. Therefore, the entire group had to be on board with the risky arrangement. Unsurprisingly, the Mayans gave unanimous approval, and the stage is set for more Sons of Anarchy crossovers in the future of Mayans M.C.

Only time will tell how far the spinoff will go in touching on its parent show. Mayans has already proven that it can stand on its own without relying on Sons for material, so future crossovers will hopefully only enrich the new show’s arcs. We’ll have to wait and see.

Mayans M.C. was renewed for a second season back in October, so there’s no need to worry that there will never be any payoff on the cliffhanger. The ratings were excellent from the beginning, proving that it has the potential to carve out a niche on FX to last for years. The second season is slated to debut at some point in 2019.

For some viewing options sooner than the new year, swing by our fall TV premiere schedule. If you’re in the mood to relive some of the Sons of Anarchy glory days, you can find the series streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.

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