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Vikings Midseason Premiere Brought Rollo Back For A Huge Twist

Warning: Spoilers for the Season 5B premiere of Vikings lie ahead.

The father of all bombshells landed in the lap of Bjorn “Ironside” Ragnarrson in the midseason premiere. After a lot of subtle hints throughout Vikings‘ run, Rollo confronted Lagertha about Bjorn’s paternity, asserting he is actually Bjorn’s biological father. Not Rollo’s brother Ragnar.

Lagertha was left somewhat speechless by Rollo’s spoken claim and did not pointedly deny it, seemingly shocked from the decades-long twist coming to light. In confronting her, Rollo said that she could not deny it to his face, which she did not do.

For his part, Bjorn was having none of it. He pointed to his physical resemblance to Ragnar as one of the many reasons he is Ragnar’s biological son. Bjorn certainly has a point, although he could have just favored his mother.

Whether he genuinely believes this in his heart is unclear. He certainly gave a sound mental argument for denying Rollo’s paternity assertion. Can somebody please get a DNA test, stat? If only they were around back in their day, then we could learn the hard truth for sure.

Potentially blocking Bjorn from believing it is that he detests Rollo for betraying their people. Bjorn is much more favorable to Ragnar. Despite a strain in their relationship when he was younger, they managed to repair things later on. The groundwork for the paternity twist has been laid out for years though.

Suffice it to say that every episode had been leading to the scene in the Season 5B premiere. In an interview with ET, actor Clive Standen revealed that he has been playing the angle that Rollo may be Bjorn’s biological father, all along. Yes, all along. Standen shared:

Clive Standen has always done a fantastic job playing Rollo’s interactions with Lagertha and Bjorn. So, it has been natural to suspect Season 5B’s revelation regarding Bjorn. Making it not entirely surprising, but rather the much-anticipated and welcome culmination of something long in the works.

The actor went on to mention the scene from Season 3 when Bjorn nearly dies in Paris. Clive Standen said that he played that scene with a sense of “fatherly control.” His work paid off as Bjorn’s paternity has remained a lingering and unspoken mystery throughout Vikings. Discussing the journey to get here, Standen said:

A deleted scene from a previous season of Vikings seemed to address it in a veiled sense. Even Bjorn admits he was familiar with the rumors during the trio’s “family meeting” in the midseason premiere. As for Lagertha, she never seemed to return Rollo’s forlorn romantic gazes. She apparently moved on from Rollo without ever looking back.

Now, the question becomes what the confirmation of Bjorn’s potential paternity may have on him. He has been willed through many things in his life using the “fact” that he is Ragnar’s son. Ragnar was a man he pretty much idolizes, not only because he is his father, but because of who he represents to Bjorn. Rollo signifies the exact opposite of who he wants to be.

At least, we now know the real motive behind Rollo backing Ivar. It was apparently in the hopes of pushing Lagertha, and arguably more so Bjorn, into joining him in Frankia. So, Rollo betrayed them for what was essentially a larger picture. Backing the enemy of your maybe son’s mother is not exactly the best way to ingratiate yourself with your maybe son, just saying.

Will Bjorn and Rollo ever have the father/son bonding Rollo has been dreaming they would? Tune in and find out. New episodes of Vikings Season 5 air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on History. The drama is among many returning this fall and the midseason.

The Rocksteady Studios Superman Rumor Is Back Once Again

Now, obviously, the first thing most people did was test for trolling. When it comes to news like this a lot of people want to be sure that some random troll from the far side of the world didn’t log into the database and the game just to get a rise out of people. According to IGN, however, adding games to the Game System Requirements database is no hop, skip and jump, and adding titles to the website that are not confirmed, approved, or announced, is no easy task. In fact, gamers tested this by searching up games such as Grand Theft Auto VI, which has not been announced but has plenty of rumors about its announcement. Sure enough, there are no entries for GTA VI or GTA 6 or any variant of the title. There are entries for GTA V, however.

Nintendo Just Killed That Skyward Sword Rumor

There was a swelling within the Nintendo fandom; raucous amounts of cheer and glee filled the halls of certain internet communities for a short time regarding a rumor that spread about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword coming to the Nintendo Switch, but then Nintendo went and shot down those rumors.

Eurogamer is reporting that a Nintendo representative responded to their inquiry, informing them that there are no plans to port Skyward Sword to the Nintendo Switch, saying…

This response actually came in lieu of that swelling mentioned in the first paragraph. You see, it all started with a concert.

Back on November 22, the 2018 Legend of Zelda orchestra tour began in Japan. The tour made a second stop in its three-date schedule at the Orix Theater in Osaka, Japan on November 25. The tour is part of a commemoration of the symphonic orchestra that has now become embedded within the soundtracks of The Legend of Zelda games since the release of Skyward Sword back in 2011, as noted by OTA Quest.

During the concert, executive producer over Legend of Zelda titles, Eiji Aonuma, was in attendance. He then proceeded to take the stage at the Orix Theater in Osaka, and supposedly quipped about Skyward Sword being on the Switch. The story goes that the theater erupted with applause, as many gamers wanted to play a remastered version of the game on more stable hardware.

The issue with the game’s initial release is that it was hampered by the Wii’s shoddy motion-control peripherals and it required players to get their hands on the Wii-Motion Plus enhancement in order to play the game correctly. Unlike previous games in the series where combat was controlled with the face buttons, Skyward Sword required players to swing and waggle their arms around to perform strikes. This did not go over too well at the time of the game’s release, and, due to the technical flaws, this really hampered the appeal of the game, despite having released on Nintendo’s most popular home console at the time.

Being able to play the game with the Switch’s Joy-Con devices might actually make for a better experience given how much better the motion controls are for the Switch. That’s not to mention that, visually, the game could end up getting a nice HD overhaul, and would likely look a lot better running at 1080p on the big screen.

Initially, gamers thought that the game might be announced as a remaster at this year’s The Game Awards, which is set to take place next week, as it has become a tradition for Nintendo to announce new games or content at Geoff Keighley’s awards show. The event has also regularly played host to announcements for The Legend of Zelda, especially Breath of the Wild.

However, with Nintendo shooting down the rumors it looks like an announcement for Skyward Sword may not be happening after all.

Ellie Goulding Gets All Hot And Bothered While Covering The Weeknd’s ‘Call Out My Name’

Three years after Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd scored smash hits from the Fifty Shades soundtrack (“Love Me Like You Do” and “Earned It,” respectively), the former artist has paid tribute to the latter with a cover that’s appropriately all hot and bothered.

While visiting BBC Radio 1’s famed Live Lounge on Wednesday (November 28), Goulding delivered a faithful performance of The Weeknd’s most recent single, “Call Out My Name.” Like Abel’s original version, the cover packs a ton of emotion and intensity into just four minutes — so much so, that when Goulding was done, she admitted, “I’m hot, I’m hot… in temperature!”

And for an extra dose of satisfaction, Goulding even snuck in a bit of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” in the song’s final moments. “It’s quite sexy, I think,” she admitted — and we’d have to agree.

Speaking about her decision to cover “Call Me By Your Name,” Goulding told host Clara Amfo that she was simply drawn to the song’s emotion.

“I didn’t necessarily think about the context… I just really love the way [The Weeknd] sings in this song. It’s very meaningful and very heartfelt,” the newly engaged singer said. She also noted that this isn’t the first time she’s tackled a Weeknd tune — back in 2012, she recorded a cover of “High For This,” and he reached out to tell her he was a fan. “So I feel like I can get away with doing this,” she told Amfo.

Goulding’s Live Lounge visit also included a performance of her new Swae Lee-featuring, Diplo-produced single, “Close to Me.” Check that out below.

The Creed II Character That Needs To Return In Future Films

Warning! The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Creed 2. Read at your own risk!

Creed II has gotten some solid acclaim since its release, and I think a lot of that is due to more than it just being the thrilling “sequel” to one of the most memorable Rocky films of all time. Was it cool to see Ivan Drago and Rocky meet again? Sure, but the peak of this story really shines in the background and rivalry with Ivan’s son. Put simply, we need more Viktor Drago in future Creed features.

For starters, even given the outcome of the final fight, it’s hard to believe Viktor will be denied another shot at the title down the line. Let’s not forget the grind he went through to become #1 contender when Adonis was in recovery, and now they’re basically tied with one another. Sure Adonis technically won that first fight via disqualification, but even he knew he didn’t have a chance against Viktor before the knockout blow.

The disqualification in particular is a scene I loved in Creed II, and one that does a lot to establish how deep his character really is. Does the knockout happen because Viktor is so eager to please his father that he gets lost in the moment, or is because of his lack of professional boxing experience? After all, a bulk of his experience was gained in low rent boxing bouts in the Ukraine, where the officiating is certainly a bit looser.

What does seem clear is that Viktor is not Ivan. Where Rocky IV‘s villain was rather one-dimensional in his intentions and development, there’s a whole lot more going on with Viktor. He’s not the groomed pride of his nation. He’s the impoverished son of a disgraced fighter whose own mother abandoned him. He’s hungry for the success and approval he was denied growing up and determined to go through whoever it takes to achieve it.

The Adonis Creed matchup is personal for Viktor, but I don’t think it is in the sense that he hates the Creed family. The matchup is simply a way for the unknown and unproven fighter to fast track through the ranks, much like how Rocky did in his first match against Apollo Creed. Viktor is certainly gruff and intimidating, but it’s hardly fair for anyone to label him as “evil” even in his worst moments.

Hell, you even feel for the guy when he and Ivan are invited to the formal Russian dinner, and the two are placed across the table from Ludmilla. Her apathy towards seeing him and her cold greeting clearly cut through him like a knife. If you wanted Viktor to beat Adonis a second time after witnessing that, I don’t blame you.

Now compare all of that to what we get of Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. You can’t because, if anything, Viktor is ironically closer to the Creed franchise’s Apollo. It’s not necessary for these movies to follow in the footsteps of the Rocky movies and establish a rival for Adonis, but they’ve already done 90% of the work in setting Viktor up as that guy in Creed II.

On top of that, Creed II ends with both Ivan and Viktor on this redemptive arc. Ivan can never apologize for the past, but he certainly seems to realize the dream of winning back Russia’s love is far less important to him than the son who was with him when no one else was. Ivan’s realization will allow him to go easier on Viktor, which I think has the potential to make him a better fighter.

The point I’m trying to make here is that Creed II invested a lot of screen time into a compelling origin story for Viktor, so it would be a shame if he goes the way of Ricky Conlan following this movie. This was the first time I’ve felt real sympathy for any Creed/Rocky villain, and who would’ve thought they’d walk out of the theater thinking that given the character’s roots?

And again, the Adonis and Viktor scorecard is still 1-1 in my book. Any report that the two would fight again in a future adventure, regardless of the Rocky II vibes it would give others, would legitimately have me more excited than learning a new opponent is entering the picture. Seriously, who could be brought up next that’s more exciting? Clubber Lang’s son?

The only issue I see in bringing Viktor Drago back is finding a way to make that story compelling from Adonis’ angle. The well has run dry on the “avenging dad” angle, so the filmmakers would need to bring in another kind of story that keeps his half of the film engaging. Luckily, the franchise already has its next big story for Adonis ready to go whenever it decides to pull the trigger on Rocky’s death.

Should that script ever come, then Viktor is the obvious choice for the opponent. His backstory is already laid out, so a writer wouldn’t be bogged down with establishing a new opponent and could dedicate the rest of the time to Adonis grieving and mourning. A lavish funeral, cameo appearances, maybe even a Force Ghost Apollo if the situation calls for it. It could even happen post-Rocky’s death, which might be ideal considering Sly announcing he’s done playing the character.

In summary, there are many ways Viktor Drago can live on in this franchise, and his character is deep enough that he deserves a part in another adventure. Whether that’s as Adonis’ friend or foe is for Hollywood to decide, I just want to see the foreign anti-hero get another shot at the belt and a chance to make his father proud. After all, isn’t this franchise built on underdog stories?

Creed II is currently in theaters and is having quite a run at the moment. For more on the franchise, be sure to read up on Dolph Lundgren’s request for Creed III, or check out the five ways the franchise expands the saga overall.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Is Going Plus-Size Friendly

Gwyneth Paltrow‘s lifestyle brand Goop wants to become more inclusive. Partnering with Universal Standard, Goop will be releasing a collection of five women’s styles, which come in sizes between 00 and 40. It hopes to continue the conversation about inclusivity in fashion, and with this new collection of clothes, it’s aiming to provide fashionable designs for many women. Paltrow also released a statement on behalf of her company, saying:

The new fashion line launched on Tuesday, according to Entertainment Tonight. Joined by Universal Standard’s Polina Veksler and Alexandra Waldman, the five “elegant essentials,” as the clothing collection is referred to, will include a wool tuxedo jacket, a brushed-back hi-low dress, a brushed-back jumpsuit, wool cropped trousers and a wool peacoat jacket. The prices for these clothing items will range between $225 to $395, based on the item.

Further elaborating on its intentions and desires for these new clothing options, Alexandra Waldman said the following in the statement:

Meanwhile, this clothing collection isn’t the only project currently in the works for Goop. Gwyneth Paltrow’s company is also reportedly in talks at the moment for a possible television deal with Netflix. It is hoping to make a series based on Goop-related content. Uh… I’m not quite sure how that is going to work exactly, but it is figuring out the details at the moment. We should expect to hear more if it comes to light in the next few months.

Goop has found themselves in hot water for a number of reasons recently, but it are hoping to win more people over with its latest projects, including its newest fashion line made available earlier this week. We can only hope it stays out of trouble based on some of its past controversies.

Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t the only celebrity who is introducing clothing for women of all sizes. As it was reported by Saks Off 5th (via The Hollywood Reporter) yesterday, Amy Schumer recently teamed up with celebrity stylist and costume designer Leesa Evans to create Le Cloud, which is a collection of women’s clothing that is made to “empower women of all ages and sizes.” It is also hoping to make women feel “comfortable” and “confident” through its new and stylish collection of clothing. The name was based on the actress’ desire to have clothing that feels as light as a cloud.

We’ll continue to keep you posted on the latest development and updates in celebrity culture and more right here at CinemaBlend.

A Buffy And Angel Vet Is Heading To Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Season 2

The first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina just came out and we already have new info about Season 2. A Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel vet has joined the cast of the series’ next installment. There are several possibilities, so who is it?

Alexis Denisof! The actor starred as Wesley on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff, Angel. He appeared in the first series during Season 3 and the latter for all of its seasons. So, who is he playing on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina? Denisof has signed on to star as Adam Masters, the boyfriend of Ms. Wardwell, per TVLine.

In Season 2, Adam will be returning to Greendale following a period of time spent overseas. He was there working with Physicians Without Frontiers. Adam returns to town blissfully unaware that his fiancée is no longer the woman he loves. In his absence, she was taken over by the demoness, Madam Satan.

Should that come to light, it is unlikely to be something the couple can work through. The twist would also seem to put Adam in danger. How long until he starts to figure out that something is amiss with Ms. Wardwell? If he does, it would make sense for Madam Satan to potentially take action that puts him in harm’s way.

As for Alexis Denisof, his joining the series will remain totally in keeping with his previous roles. Since Angel wrapped, he appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series Dollhouse. He also made his way to NBC’s supernatural drama, Grimm. So Denisof joining Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a return to form for the actor.

The casting of Mrs. Wardwell’s boyfriend seems to indicate that Madam Satan’s role will do anything but diminish in Season 2. How long Alexis Denisof will appear as Adam Masters on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is not clear. The report did not mention how many episodes he has signed on to do. Let’s face it, sharing that info could be a significant spoiler regarding Adam’s fate.

Casting a familiar face to horror and supernatural fans is a major plus for the Netflix series. Producers undoubtedly know audiences are familiar with him and that could help them invest quicker with the character.

To keep you satiated in anticipation of Season 2, Netflix is giving fans a seasonal treat. The streaming giant is set to roll out Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s holiday episode on Friday, December 14. So, go ahead and mark your calendar.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s first season is available to stream on Netflix. A release date for Season 2 has not been revealed yet. The horror series is one of many TV shows that made their debut this fall. Other shows will join it on the streaming giant throughout the midseason.

Star Wars: Battlefront II’s Battle Of Geonosis Update Brings Obi-Wan Kenobi And More

The time has come and the major update featuring the first time Obi-Wan Kenobi will be playable in DICE’s Star Wars: Battlefront II is now upon us. If you’re gaming on the Xbox One, PS4, or PC, you can log in and start enjoying the new Geonosis content once the update is done installing.

Over on the official EA website, the details of the update were rolled out for gamers looking to dive back into the interactive Star Wars universe. This includes the ability to play as Obi-Wan Kenobi and dress him up in various skins that are available to unlock in the game, this is despite the fact that Electronic Arts originally stated that they wouldn’t have additional skins in the game or make them microtransactions because a pink Darth Vader would have broken canon.

Nevertheless, Obi-Wan Kenobi gets two different outfits, including as a Jedi Master and as General Kenobi when he was leading the 212th Attack Battalion of clone troopers. The update also includes an all new General Grievous skin that gives him a shattered armor appearance.

The new skins and characters also join the all new map, the Battle of Geonosis, where players will fight to bring down the Separatist’s droid transports. On the Clone side players will have to lead the charge across the battlefield while guarding their AT-TE walkers on the surface. On the Separatists Droid side, you’ll need to prevent the AT-TEs from getting close enough to destroy the Hardcell transports.

And speaking of the AT-TE… it’s one of the new vehicles added to Star Wars: Battlefront II. It was featured in the original Battlefront II that Pandemic made way back in 2005, but it took them a while to reappear in DICE’s game. The six-legged tanks are also joined by two additional vehicles, the personal vehicle the STAP, and the BARC speeder. You’ll be able to use all three vehicles on the Geonosis map.

In a way, DICE has almost finally brought this new iteration of the game up to the content standards set by Pandemic’s version of the game. The original 2005 version launched with the Battle of Geonosis as one of the key maps in the campaign mode that afforded up to four players to play through in split-screen mode. A lot of those old features didn’t make the initial cut of DICE’s 2015 outing of the game, but the developer has been working hard to (re)implement them into the 2017 outing of Battlefront II.

With Obi-Wan Kenobi now part of the roster and additional skins being made available for General Grievous, gamers may have some added reasons to hop back into the multiplayer shooter.

Things were initially hostile in the Battlefront camp with the whole loot box drama that took place last year, but over time things have cooled off and now the game is in a much better place.

DICE has been updating the content at regular intervals, adding new maps, characters, vehicles, and events to keep gamers coming back for more.

If you already own the game you can boot it up right now and get in on the new Geonosis map featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Stephen Amell Says The ‘Elseworlds’ Crossover Is The Most Fun He’s Had In The Arrow-verse

The Arrow-verse’s annual crossover extravaganza is only weeks away, and this year’s looks to be the most spectacular to date despite the absence of one superhero show from the three-night event. The “Elseworlds” crossover will see Oliver Queen and Barry Allen swap places against their will, and it will take the combined strength of some of the multiverse’s greatest superheroes to figure out how to make things right.

Arrow star Stephen Amell, who will be wearing a red cowl rather than a green hood for this crossover, recently revealed how the 2018 crossover compares to years past:

Stephen Amell shared his feelings about the “Elseworlds” crossover with CinemaBlend and other outlets on a recent Arrow-verse set visit, and although he acknowledged that the absence of Legends of Tomorrow means fewer heroes running around than in last year’s Earth-X invasion, it turns out that “Elseworlds” is more fun than all previous experiences. Interestingly, the crossover actually sounds a bit similar to Legends of Tomorrow, in a way.

In the last couple of years, Legends has really moved away from grim and grit to embrace some of the inherent ridiculousness and fun of a superhero universe. The “Elseworlds” will certainly not be a three-night event of endless laughs (not least because a member of the Bat-family is entering the mix), but it sounds like the crossover will embrace the Arrow-verse’s potential for fun. How can it not be entertaining if Oliver has to be The Flash and Barry has to be the Green Arrow?

Of course, the crossover won’t be lacking in DC characters just because the Legends will be dealing with their own special event episode. In addition to Barry, Oliver, and Supergirl, “Elseworlds” will showcase Batwoman, Superman, Lois Lane, Monitor, another Flash, and more. Given that only limited amounts of crossover footage have released so far, some fans may be wary of seeing Oliver and Barry swap places. As great of friends as they are, they are very different.

According to Stephen Amell, he and Grant Gustin worked on how to play each other’s iconic superhero character. Here’s how Amell put it:

The good news for fans who are nervous about the switcheroo is that trailers have already revealed that we won’t just have Grant Gustin playing Oliver Queen or Stephen Amell playing Barry Allen. Oliver and Barry are the only two heroes aware that they’ve been swapped, and Oliver is in for a very awkward kiss with Iris. As for Barry… well, he’ll just have to work with his learned abilities as he spars with another Arrow hero.

Tune in to The CW on Sunday, December 9 for the first installment of the “Elseworlds” crossover, which will actually be an episode of The Flash airing on a special night. Arrow will continue the action in its regular Monday time slot, and Supergirl will finish things up the next night. For more of what you can expect on the small screen in the not-too-distant future, swing by our midseason TV premiere guide.