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The Gifted Paid Tribute To Stan Lee During Last Night’s Episode

Stan Lee’s impact is everywhere. The late Marvel Comics icon is being mourned by just about everyone, including the cast and crew of The Gifted. The Fox TV show is based on Marvel Comics characters in the X-Men universe. Season 2, Episode 7 aired November 13 — the day after Stan Lee’s passing — and the series paid tribute to Lee with this end shot:

Stan Lee always has a fun little cameo in Marvel projects, and The Gifted was no exception. His cameo came right away at the start of the series in 2017. Showrunner Matt Nix told The Hollywood Reporter it was not easy to get Lee in for that brief scene:

Here’s how the cameo scene in question turned out:

Short but sweet! The Gifted cast and crew also got to spend a little hang time with Stan Lee, and they are forever grateful. The official show account shared a larger version of the cast photo used at the end of last night’s episode:

The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer (True Blood) as Reed Strucker, and he shared his own photo with Stan Lee after the news of Lee’s death spread on November 12:

The Gifted co-star Sean Teale shared his own photo with Stan Lee:

It is amazing to think of how many films, TV series, comics and other media have a direct link to Stan Lee. The Gifted is connected to the X-Men film series — which also includes Deadpool and Logan — and they are all connected to the Marvel Comics characters co-created by Lee.

Marvel Studios tends to get the most attention, thanks to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the Avengers stars clearly weren’t the only ones to reach out with tributes after Stan Lee’s death. Members of the Fox family like The Gifted, and Sony’s Marvel Universe including Venom, also thanked Lee for making all of this happen.

Sebastian Stan Says He Doesn’t Know If Bucky Is In Avengers 4

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a fascinating place right now, as the future beyond Avengers 4 is largely a mystery. No one could have predicted the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, where Josh Brolin’s Thanos succeeded in collecting the Infinity Stones and wiping out half the galaxy with the snap of his finger. Tons of heroes turned to dust, including Sebastian Stan’s Bucky/ The White Wolf.

Sebastian Stan has been in the MCU since back in Captain America: The First Avenger, and he’ll continue his run via Disney’s streaming service with a planned series alongside Anthony Mackie’s Falcon. And while cinephiles are expecting the vanished heroes to be revived during the events of Avengers 4, Stan recently revealed he doesn’t know if he’ll pop up. As he tells it,

Well, that’s a plot twist. Sebastian Stan alleges all of this footage was filmed for Avengers: Infinity War, so he doesn’t know whether or not Bucky will pop back up for the Phase Three ending blockbuster Avengers 4. Since Bucky was the first Avenger to fade to dust (and considering his long tenure in the franchise), it would be surprising if the former Winter Soldier didn’t return in some capacity.

Sebastian Stan’s recent comments to Collider are definitely going to surprise the Marvel fandom out there, especially those expecting the dusted characters to rise from the dead before Avengers 4 concludes. It’s impossible to imagine the MCU continuing on with those characters staying dead, especially as they include fan favorites Spider-Man, Black Panther, and 3/4 of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Of course, part of the being in the MCU is keeping the shared universe’s secrets. As such, Sebastian Stan and the rest of the cast are expected to keep their mouths shut about each new development. And there has been no greater mystery than WTF happened after Thanos snapped his fingers. Sebastian Stan previously hinted at his role in Avengers 4, but now he’s changing his tune.

Confusing the fandom may be part of being a Marvel actor, but some stars handle this responsibility better than others. Sebastian Stan has mostly kept out of trouble, while his co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland haven’t fared quite as well. Luckily Avengers 4 is still a mystery, although there are a number of months before it arrives this May.

All will be revealed when Avengers 4 arrives in theaters on May 3rd, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Gotham Season 5 Trailer Introduces Bane More Crazy Villains

When 2019 arrives, there will be reason to celebrate, but also reason to fear for the residents of the eternally doomed Gotham City. The fifth and final season of Gotham will arrive in full force, with Batman legitimately making his way to the Fox drama at some point. But first, the entire criminal underworld will come out for one last hurrah, which includes the introductions of Bane and a more Harley-fied take on Jeremiah’s accomplice Ecco. Check it all out!

That may not be a proper Bat Signal shining into the clouds above Gotham City, but the light’s introduction last season was certainly a tip of the hat to Batman’s impending arrival. And it looks like Jim Gordon could use an extra pair of protective glove-wearing hands in reversing the “No Man’s Land” arc that Jeremiah set up by destroying all of Gotham’s bridges. Especially with a new chaotic force like Bane hitting the streets.

As portrayed by ER vet Shane West, Gotham‘s Bane may actually come across as a protagonist when he first enters the story. Though the comic’ Bane has no identified alter ego, Gotham‘s Eduardo Dorrance was a friend of Jim’s during their Army days. His arrival in Gotham City comes equipped with a squad of top-notch soldiers with the goal of bringing the city back to its former…glory?

In any case, unless Gotham flips the script and turns the villainous behemoth into a good guy, something will happen that makes Bane’s greater-good efforts turn sour. Which, of course, will be less than ideal for Jim and Bruce and the other two or three people who want to actually help.

As seen in the trailer, though, there are way more people that want to bring Gotham City to its knees for one reason or another. Let’s not forget just how dangerous and destructive Jeremiah has already been in his extremely short stint on Gotham already — to say nothing of Jerome’s own mayhem — and he’s got both helpers and hinderers popping up left and right.

Jeremiah’s pal Ecco, portrayed by Francesca Root-Dodson, is changing her look anew, and is looking a lot more like Harley Quinn these days. What with the smeared lipstick, the eye black strip on her face, and outerwear that matches up with her color patterns.

As far as the other fan-favorite villains go, Gotham viewers will be in for a good time. The trailer gives us brief glimpses of both Penguin and Riddler, hopefully marking limited new arcs for the two former partners (in crime). As well, it’s downright cheerworthy when Scarecrow pops up with his own army of mucky looking minions.

But beyond Bane, I believe this trailer has gotten me most excited to see what happens with Selina in Season 5. The young character has sharpened her claws in the criminal world, while also deepening her fractured relationship with Bruce, but there hasn’t been that much happening on the cat front since she got mostly resurrected following her big fall. Could these glowing cat eyes be a sign of something new on the purr-izon?

With all of that happening, it’s almost easy to forget that a Joker-esque Jeremiah also shows up, and that Bruce kicks some ass, and that Barbara is going to be a man-destroying force. We didn’t forget, though, and neither will you.

Gotham, now running with the Season 5 tag “Legend of the Dark Knight,” will debut on Fox on Thursday, January 3, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Before the 2019 midseason gets here, we still have lots of good shows left to premiere, so bookmark our fall TV premiere schedule to stay current.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Should Have A Bigger Opening Weekend Than We Thought

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World has been a license to print money almost since day one and while we always expected the new movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, to have a solid box office opening, the projected numbers the movie is currently seeing are actually better than what the movie was tracking toward just a few weeks ago. The film is now expected to see an opening of at least $65 million but is more likely to do something closer to $75 million.

Early estimates for Grindelwald’s box office were in this same ballpark, but the lower range of the film’s expectations have jumped from $63 million to $65 million. $75 million was the upper limit expectation at the time, but it now seems like $75 million may not be the upper limit at all, as Variety reports that some industry analysts actually expect the movie to do that much business on opening weekend, which means exceeding it is far from impossible.

The first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them brought in just short of $75 million on its opening weekend, so it looks like the sequel is on track to match the original. Certainly, if The Crimes of Grindelwald comes up short compared to the first film there will be some disappointed studio executives. However, it does seem like if the ticket sales do add up to less than the first movie, it will be a negligible amount.

While the first Fantastic Beasts film did well at the box office, bringing in over $800 million around the world, domestically it’s actually the lowest performing film of the entire Wizarding World franchise, bringing in $234 million.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald does not look poised to change that. It will be interesting to see how the new movie compares to the previous one overall. It’s not that surprising that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them didn’t break the bank. While it was a story set in the same universe as Harry Potter, it didn’t include any of the characters that people had grown to love over the course of 10 years and eight movies. It would be expected that fans of those films wouldn’t be entirely sold on this new off-shoot story.

Now, however, people know what to expect and the question is, how many people are now on board with Newt Scamander and Grindelwald and the rest? Also, with the addition of at least one character that fans do know, a young Albus Dumbledore, old-school fans might be more willing to give the series a try.

The other thing that might draw people in is the fact that the new movie has been teasing some pretty big spoilers. There’s even a Twitter hashtag specifically for those who go to early screenings in order to ask them to keep the film’s secrets, which means that there must be secrets worth keeping. The rest of us will find out for sure this Friday.

Barack Obama Celebrated Michelle’s New Book In the Sweetest Way

Before its release on Tuesday, Michelle Obama’s new memoir Becoming had been so highly anticipated, it received more pre-orders at Barnes & Noble than any book since Harper Lee’s 2015 novel Go Set a Watchman. But it’s Barack Obama who seems to have been more excited than anyone.

On Tuesday, the former president went on Instagram and made a plug for his wife’s memoir—but being Barack Obama, he did so in the most romantic way.

“Of course, @MichelleObama’s my wife, so I’m a little biased here,” he wrote in a post that included a picture of the memoir sitting on a table. “But she also happens to be brilliant, funny, wise – one of a kind. This book tells her quintessentially American story. I love it because it faithfully reflects the woman I have loved for so long.”

It’s not the first time the Obamas have showered each other with love on social media. They commemorated their most recent anniversary with some adorable photos, and Michelle posted this stunning wedding throwback ahead of the book’s release. We also can’t forget (or stop playing) that Valentine’s Day mix Michelle made Barack in February.

Becoming is an intimate look at Michelle’s early life and career, and it takes readers behind-the-scenes during her tenure as First Lady. Michelle describes deeply personal moments in detail, discussing everything from embarrassing her daughter Malia on prom night to coping with a miscarriage and fertility issues earlier in her marriage.

On Wednesday, Michelle kicked off a 12-stop tour in Chicago, where she joined Oprah Winfrey for an interview about the memoir. She shared a few things that weren’t in the book, including how she broke down in tears after Inauguration Day in 2017.

“I didn’t write about this in the book, because I had forgotten about it … when I got on the plane I think I sobbed for 30 minutes,” she said. “I think it was just the release of eight years of trying to do everything perfectly. I said to Barack, ‘That was so hard. What we just did that was so hard and I’ve wanted to say that for eight years.'”

Becoming is already striking a chord with audiences. It topped Amazon’s best-seller list days before its official release, showing that most people are with Barack when it comes to his wife’s brilliant work.

The Best Designer Fashion You Can Get for $50 or Less

When you find yourself with $50 to spend on something for yourself, you might look to the same few high-street fashion brands or mall stalwarts. And you’ll likely find something that scratches that itch for newness. But with a little bit more time (and patience) on your hands, you could also get yourself a brand-new designer piece—and no, we don’t mean putting it towards one, though that’s always an option. Rather, there are a handful of ways to shop designer on a budget: You can stick to the not terribly exciting but still accessible basics (the plain tees, the branded socks, the phone cases, which are normally under $100, even at big labels), or you can hit up the Nordstrom Racks, Saks Off 5ths, The Outnets of the world (off-season designer is still designer.) In either case, the key is to move in quick—those wallet-friendly fashion buys don’t tend to stay in stock for very long. We round up some of our favorite designer pieces under $50 right now, ahead.

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Did Zayn Malik Just Confirm This Wild Fan Theory About Taylor Swift?

Zayn Malik might’ve just confirmed one of the craziest Taylor Swift fan theories in history: that she actually did hide in a suitcase to avoid the paparazzi last year.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Let’s back up. In July 2017, images surfaced on Splash News, a photo sourcing website, of two hunky bodyguards carrying a large suitcase from Taylor Swift’s Tribeca apartment. That’s not unusual, but what Splash News captioned the photos sent thousands of fans into a tizzy.

“Taylor Swift being transported in a huge suitcase from her Tribeca apartment…almost a dozen of Taylor Swift[‘s] security guards were present to move this package carefully as Taylor Swift remains to be unseen for a long time,” the original description read. But was it true? Was Taylor Swift actually stowed away in that giant suitcase so people wouldn’t see her? A rep from Splash News told Spin they had to retract their report after speaking to someone on Swift’s team, leading everyone to believe this was just a rumor.

But Malik said something in his new interview with Vogue U.K. that has Swift’s fans thinking otherwise. Read the article passage, in full, below:

[Malik] seems more like an undergrad than an internationallyswooned-over famous person. Though his small talk is a giveaway. “Shewas travelling around in a suitcase,” he says, eyes agog, of his palTaylor Swift’s ability to avoid the paparazzi.

So is this a confirmation? Malik literally says Swift was “traveling around in a suitcase,” so it certainly seems so. Of course, it’s possible that Malik was kidding, but this statement reads a little too matter-of-fact to be cheeky or ironic.

Regardless, Swift’s fans are doing cartwheels on Twitter:

We won’t know the answer to this mystery for sure until Swift comments herself, but Malik’s comments are certainly telling. If Taylor Swift was, in fact, hiding in her suitcase, no one would blame her. In these trying times, every now and then you just need to escape. For some, it’s to the beach. For others, it’s their carry-on.

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10 Nintendo Switch Games Everybody Should Own

The Nintendo Switch has turned out to be a massive success, due in large part to its impressive lineup of games from a wide variety of genres; some of which really make the console shine.

One of the biggest criticisms leveled against Nintendo in recent console generations was the lack of a robust library. Nintendo has always brought some heavy hitters of its own to the table, but their consoles have struggled in the past to draw third-party developers or make indie teams feel at home. That’s no longer an issue with the Nintendo Switch, as the console’s ever-growing library is one of its strongest assets.

Not only has Nintendo released some top-tier offerings for its own portable/home console hybrid, but more and more third-party developers seem to be falling in love with the platform, too. Square Enix is all about the Switch these days, and Bethesda has done a solid job of bringing games new and old to Nintendo’s hardware. As for indies, not a week goes by without a collection of games from smaller developers hitting the Nintendo eShop, offering plenty of bang for your buck and yet another opportunity for those developers to get their games in front of a massive audience.

Nearly two years following the launch of the Switch, there’s a little something for everyone up for grabs. Whether you like platformers, sports games, racers, shooters, puzzlers or just about anything else, you should be able to find plenty of games to fit your interests. And if you’re looking to grab some of the best games the console has to offer, we’ve pulled together our top 10 picks.

*The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild *

Arguably the Switch’s best game launched the same date as the console itself, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild taking everything fans love about the series and cranking it up to 11. Breath of the Wild felt like it was in development forever, but all of that waiting paid off when the game finally arrived. Set in an open Hyrule, players are able to explore the game’s various regions freely, visiting towns, fighting monsters, exploring dungeons, equipping new gear and tackling side quests along the way. An amazing adventure on par with the genre’s most beloved entries, Breath of the Wild is one of those games we know fans will be talking about for years and years to come.

Super Mario Odyssey

Nintendo knocked it out of the park with Super Mario Odyssey, offering up a rather hefty adventure through loads of bright and colorful worlds. The game’s real beauty is how it’s designed for all types of players, with a not-too-difficult quest supplemented by extremely challenging extra objectives peppered throughout its varied locales. There’s a lot of fun to be had while running, sliding and jumping through the magical realms of Odyssey, with Mario’s new “Cappy” ability introducing all sorts of new mechanics to the game. It’s fresh and inventive, which is a pretty surprising feat for a series that’s three decades old.

Splatoon 2

While the Switch might not have a boatload of shooters on offer, games like DOOM and Wolfenstein are a fine way to blast your enemies to smithereens. And then there’s Splatoon 2, which sets itself apart from the pack by being a shooter that is also family friendly, with commandos and guns exchanged for adorable Squid Kids and weapons that splatter ink all over the place. A recent expansion has given the game an even larger number of single-player challenges to blast through, while the cooperative Salmon Run mode is a great way to get in some blasting with your friends or online. And then there are the competitive modes, which are as full of energy and color as you would expect out of a Nintendo game.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The quintessential fast and furious racing game, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe brings the arcade antics of the time-tested series to the Switch in a big way. The game looks and runs super well on the Switch, with the biggest roster of drivers, kart combinations and tracks the series has ever seen. Whether you want to speed through the Mushroom Kingdom or challenge your friends in a number of competitive activities, a gathering of friends can be turned into an instant gaming party simply by booting up Mario Kart.

*Fortnite *

Fortnite is one of the biggest games on the planet right now and has even managed to gain popularity with folks who don’t even play video games. A battle royale extravaganza, Fortnite drops 100 players onto a big map and challenges everyone with being the last player standing. The developers have done an amazing job keeping a steady flow of fresh content flowing into Fortnite, with weekly events and oodles of unlockables giving everyone plenty of reasons to keep diving back in for more. And while most battle royale games are all about grit and realism, Fortnite has made a name for itself by being light, fun and way over-the-top. Also, it’s free to play, meaning anyone with a Switch should at least give it a shot.

Octopath Traveler

Even Square Enix didn’t expect Octopath Traveler to be such a big hit on the Switch, where the exclusive RPG carved out an immediate niche for itself by bringing back classic genre tropes and pairing them with some clever new concepts. The game features a sweeping story and eight protagonists, meaning dedicated fans can squeeze dozens upon dozens of hours out of this single adventure. Oh, and that newfangled take on retro graphics? Yes, please, and thank you.

Stardew Valley

The ultimate “chill” game, you shouldn’t be fooled by Stardew Valley‘s retro graphics. The game is an extremely deep simulation tasking the player with returning both a farm and a quaint little village to its former glory. You’ll need to build up your farm, raise livestock, take part in dozens of activities, adventure through mines and befriend your neighbors in a game that gives you an insane number of tasks to perform, but never really pushes you to rush through them. An extremely addictive throwback to games like classic Harvest Moon titles, Stardew Valley is even gearing up to introduce cooperative play for folks who want to farm with their friends.

Celeste

While most of the games on this list can be enjoyed by just about anybody, Celeste is a challenging platformer that requires dedication and constant practice in order to master. The game starts out easy enough, but pretty soon you’ll find yourself leaping, darting and sliding around levels that require pinpoint accuracy to work through, meaning that each victory feels that much more rewarding. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a rather lovely story stringing all of those tricky puzzles together, too, making Celeste a solid recommend for folks who want to push their skills to the limit.

Shovel Knight

We can’t say enough wonderful things about Shovel Knight, a game that wears its inspirations on its sleeve proudly and manages to pay homage to genre greats without falling back on parody. As the titular Shovel Knight, you’ll adventure through a series of inventive levels on a quest to topple the Order of No Quarter, a band of rival knights set on keeping you from rescuing your love, Shield Knight. If you love classic Mario, Mega Man or Castlevania games, Shovel Knight is a must-have that manages to complement time-tested systems with plenty of original ideas. On top of that, the game includes two additional campaigns to work through at no additional charge, with a fourth gratis quest set to launch sometime soon.

*Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *

Set to launch on Dec. 7, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is sure to be this holiday season’s must-have Switch game. A love letter to video game history, the roster of nearly 100 characters includes fan-favorites and oddballs alike, complete with levels and music ripped straight from 30 years’ worth of classics. Smash Bros. will be huge on the competitive scene, but it’s also a blast to play casually with friends. There’s also a whole bunch of extra content to dive into on your own, making this latest brawler in the beloved series an obvious inclusion for any Switch library.

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It Sure Looks Like Channing Tatum and Jessie J Are Instagram Official

Are we totally over Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s breakup? Not really, but that doesn’t mean the two stars aren’t moving on—and that’s OK.

Back in April, the Step Up couple announced they had “lovingly chosen” to separate but “are still a family and will always be loving dedicated parents to Everly.” By all accounts, everything has been amicable since, even amidst rumors that both Tatum and Dewan are dating again.

And Tuesday night, November 13, Tatum seemed to confirm his rumored relationship with singer Jessie J via an Instagram post. “This woman just poured her heart out on stage at the Royal Albert Hall,” he captioned a photo from the singer’s latest Rose Tour concert at Royal Albert Hall in London. “Whoever was there got to witness something special. Wow.”

Tatum also posted a short video clip to his Instagram Stories writing, “She went off tonight!”

PHOTO: Channing Tatum Instagram

News broke of a possible relationship between the two back in October when a source told Us Weekly, “It’s new, casual, and they’re having fun together.” And People reports that Tatum took his daughter Everly to J’s recent Los Angeles show while she showed her support at the opening of Magic Mike in London.

Along with touring the world, the couple also takes part in very normal date night activities like mini golf. One Twitter user says she ran into the two while working at a Seattle-area miniature golf course. “They were hella nice. Jessie came down and I was shook and then when I went to get them to play, Channing turned around and I was like 👀,” she wrote. “We hugged and got a pic and then I got to hear Jessie singing somebody to love with the radio at the end of the course.”

Jessie J’s tour is continuing around Europe so perhaps we’ll have more sightings soon.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham Are Expecting Their First Child

Surprise! Bachelor alums Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham are expecting their first child together, the couple exclusively revealed to Us Weekly on Wednesday (November 14).

Naturally, Arie and Lauren celebrated this news with a photo-shoot in which they made out all over a house (presumably their house) while holding a four-picture sonogram. It’s hard to tell if these photos are promoting their baby, their house, or their kissing, but I’m here for them, regardless.

One of the pics features the sonogram placed right next to a pair of driving gloves—because, remember Arie loves cars!—and a sketchbook. Does Lauren…draw? Was that ever discussed on The Bachelor, or was their entire season dominated by Arie making weird noises when he kisses and saying, “I love that” 6,000 times? Either way, this is going to be one happy race car-driving, dress-sketching baby! The world’s first-ever car and fashion enthusiast! See all the photos here.

“I kind of had a feeling that I might be pregnant. So my friend insisted on bringing a pregnancy test over,” Burnham tells Us Weekly. “Arie came out with the test in his hand and tears in his eyes. He was like, ‘You’re pregnant!’”

If you somehow forgot, Arie and Lauren were at the center of perhaps The Bachelor‘s biggest controversy in March when Arie decided to break up with Becca Kufrin, the woman he proposed to, to try things out with runner-up Lauren. Becca found her happily ever after, though, with the polarizing Garrett Yrigoyen on her season of The Bachelorette, and Lauren and Arie are slated to tie the knot in January 2019.

Arie says Lauren bought several pregnancy tests just to make sure she was expecting. “Lauren took all of them and they were all positive,” he says. “We weren’t trying, but we are so excited. It’s going to be a whole new chapter in our lives.”

Congrats!

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