Watch Paula Faris’ Emotional Farewell On Final Good Morning America Episode

This weekend marked a big day for someone within the Good Morning America ranks, as anchor Paula Faris took part in her final episode on the ABC morning news program. Faris, who also recently stepped back from hosting duties on The View, got quite a mid-morning celebration on Saturday that championed her as an anchor, as a person, and as a friend to everyone on the show. Check it out below!

The video captures a fun lineup of moments from Paula Faris’ years on Weekend GMA, starting off with a segment that boasts the kind of journalistic credibility that everyone in the field strives for: she talked about buying tons of toilet paper at Costco. We also got to rewatch Faris trying to find her way out of a corn maze, and as she unwittingly derailed a meditative exercise by talking the whole time.

Her (now former) co-anchor Dan Harris was having a pretty good time with the whole thing, too, poking fun at her, but making sure to keep it on the lovingly respectful side of the coin. He even started to get a little teary-eyed when talking about how much he’s appreciated getting to know Paula during their time on the show together.

Speaking of lovingly respectful, I’m not sure the Weekend GMA crew could have done better with their early-hours appreciation for Paula Faris than by bringing out their table of refreshments, which included cake, champagne, and Faris’ frequently referenced food of choice: bacon. This is a breakfast made for royalty, no doubt, and Faris gets much respect for not just pouncing on the bacon bowl and shielding it from others.

And hey, the video even had a goodbye message from Paula Faris’ former onscreen colleague and lifetime journalist Ron Claiborne, who was the “more news reporter” for Weekend GMA before retiring this year. He pointed out that the show won’t be the same without both of them, and many would probably agree.

As it was stated in the video, Paula Faris isn’t actually leaving the overarching ABC News family by exiting the Good Morning America crew. Details have been kept under wraps about her future with the company, but she will indeed have a new role on the news side of things, and will reportedly be seen across the spectrum of ABC news programming.

Faris originally joined ABC News in 2012 and was seen on World News Now and America This Morning, and later started filling in for spots of Good Morning America. It was in 2014 that Faris got the full promotion to Weekend GMA anchor, replacing Bianna Golodryga, and she later broadened her job slate by joining The View as a co-host for Season 19. It was earlier this year that she stepped away from hosting duties on that show.

The Good Morning America shows have seen quite a bit of talent juggling and time slot-shifting in recent years, with Michael Strahan being in the middle of most of it. When will we see Paula Faris showing up again to visit the new-ish anchor team? Stay tuned, and head to our fall TV premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows are on the way.

Ellen Calls Out Lady Gaga For Ignoring Her Texts

Ellen DeGeneres is not too happy with Lady Gaga right now. The singer-turned-actress is celebrating one of the high points of her career following her acclaimed turn in the remake of A Star is Born, starring and directed by Bradley Cooper. There’s a good chance she’ll walk away with a few new awards in the next couple of months for her stunning performance. But in the midst of all these accolades and acclaim, Lady Gaga must not be picking up her phone, because there are apparently a ton of texts from Ellen that have gone unnoticed or, worse, simply ignored. It resulted in a somewhat unpleasant conversation when the singer/actress appeared on Ellen.

During her conversation with Lady Gaga to promote the musical film, Ellen DeGeneres aired out her disgruntlement with the pop artist superstar.

In the heat of the intensity, Lady Gaga tried to defend herself by claiming that she switches phones constantly and that it’s possible that she didn’t know it was Ellen DeGeneres trying to contact her during these one-sided text message correspondences. But did Ellen really buy that excuse?

But there’s some suspicion from Ellen DeGeneres about this reasoning. Namely, because Ellen claims she writes “This is Ellen” within her text messages to Lady Gaga. Suffice to say, the pop star wasn’t necessarily in the clear when it comes to Ellen’s annoyances, but at least they had a good laugh about it. And Ellen was at least a little sympathetic towards Lady Gaga, admitting that she does change her phone number quite a few times, which might explain why Lady Gaga doesn’t know who is texting. Or, rather, that the Star is Born actress doesn’t have the right number, since she admits she also changes her phone number a lot. Therefore, it’s possible the communication is being lost if both parties don’t have the right phone numbers to reach out too.

Check out the clip from Ellen below.

The mystery of these lost texts lives on. But hopefully, this recent appearance on Ellen allowed Lady Gaga and Ellen DeGeneres to clear the air a little bit and they will make sure they have the right phone numbers to respond to each other should Ellen try to text Lady Gaga again in the near future. Of course, whether or not Lady Gaga keeps up with the correspondence and texts back is a question that will need to be answered in the days to come.

Check out Lady Gaga in A Star is Born, which enters theaters starting this weekend.

Netflix Is Planning Shows That Will Let Viewers Choose The Ending

Have you ever watched the ending to a show and thought it could have been better? Or, perhaps, wanted something entirely different? Well, Netflix is ready to explore the possibility of letting you choose how the story you have invested tons of time in should progress, as well as end. The opportunity comes by way of something known as interactive TV, and with Netflix getting behind it, interactive television could be the next big thing.

It is not going to be as simple as watching an entire television show and then going back to view an alternate ending. Rather, this format will allow viewers to choose how that journey unfolds in the first place. The streaming giant is currently developing a set of specials that will let viewers decide the next plot development in an episode of television or a movie, per Bloomberg. The move comes following Netflix having already released the kid series Puss in Book, which features the same model.

So, when can you expect to start seeing these new special projects? Soon, as in, before the end of the year soon, which is a time that is fast approaching. One of the shows set to try the experimental format is Netflix’s sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror, which will be Netflix’s first live-action adult-aimed series to do so. A deal for another live-action project has reportedly been closed with others being negotiated. At this point, though, you should probably not expect Stranger Things‘ upcoming season to offer various story offshoots.

Interactive television is a cool idea, and it will be interesting to see how it is utilized and on which shows. As you can imagine, it may not fit every series to take this route. The desire for viewers to have more control of the show they are investing time in does make this a sticky proposition, as creatives may have a singular vision for how the story they have created, unfolds.

Video games, which are readily mentioned in the report, have undoubtedly played a role in opening the door to a desire for this sort of storytelling. Years ago, when DVDs were taking over from VHS, there was ample talk of deleted scenes and alternate endings. Deciding to put those into the movie or allow viewers to watch it with the alternate ending first has not become as common a thing as first anticipated. That is something that makes interactive television so much more appealing.

You will get to choose plot lines as the show progresses, which means you will get to select the initial ending you get to see. This could make for a first impression that is, arguably, the most pivotal and long-lasting. Netflix is gearing up for a massive fall with this news, along with a lot of new television content set to bow this fall on the streaming giant, and, it is far from the only outlet offering tons of new content.

The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman Explains Why Avengers: Infinity War Is So Great

When it comes to success with a comic book property, Robert Kirkman knows a thing or two. The creator of The Walking Dead has seen his comic book series become the most successful comic book adaptation ever on TV, spawning a spinoff series and a zombie-fueled empire that, according to reports, is just getting started. Robert Kirkman has also written for Marvel Comics in the past, and is a huge comic book fan that grew up with these characters. So as you might guess, he loved this year’s Avengers: Infinity War as much as the rest of us. The writer also has an interesting take on why he thinks that the film is so great, saying:

In Robert Kirkman’s opinion, what makes Avengers: Infinity War so great is that it is very much the culmination of what came before it. There is no time spent introducing the characters or recapping what happened up to this point. The film starts in media res aboard the Asgardian refugee ship, and it doesn’t let up from there. Marvel already put in the legwork introducing all of these characters to audiences and it is assumed that if you are seeing this film, you saw the preceding 18 films and know where things stand. Infinity War has a ton of faith in the audience in this regard, trusting them to know their stuff. So Marvel rewards that, giving fans the cosmic clash that unites (almost) all of the universe’s heroes against an existential threat.

Robert Kirkman’s description is sort of like the audience ate their vegetables with the Phase 1 films, had the main course with Phase 2 and 3, and now with Infinity War and Avengers 4, they are getting rewarded with dessert, and it tastes wonderful. And that is part of the accomplishment of Infinity War; it didn’t need to adhere to traditional filmmaking rules because it is part of a cinematic universe that audiences have already invested in. Robert Kirkman also expounded upon this point when speaking to Kevin Smith on the SModcast, saying:

Ironically, Robert Kirkman’s reasoning for what makes Infinity War so great is actually the same reasoning used by some of the film’s detractors to criticize it. Some critics don’t like Infinity War because, as Kirkman says, it does not do some things that movies generally do. It doesn’t have a traditional structure with resolution and it doesn’t have a ton of character development across the board. However, if you view the film as Robert Kirkman does — and most fans do — through the lens of how it fits within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is great.

You aren’t supposed to watch Infinity War as if the other films don’t exist because they do and Infinity War wouldn’t if they didn’t. Like Robert Kirkman was saying to Kevin Smith, Infinity War‘s events are important to audiences because they know and care about these characters because of the development that has taken place prior to this film. Avengers: Infinity War is basically like part 1 of a season finale in a long-running cinematic television series and in that regard it delivers in spades.

See how the rest of this story plays out when Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019. Check out all of next year’s biggest movies in our 2019 release schedule.

Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born Music Video Kind Of Ruins The Movie’s Best Scene

The social media buzz surrounding Bradley Cooper’s debut directorial effort, A Star Is Born, has been significant. The trailer received a whopping 10 million views on YouTube. Bot ready to be outdone, the first official music video off of the movie’s soundtrack, “Shallow,” dropped on Lady Gaga’s YouTube page, and it has tallied 7.2 million views to date… and counting. I’ll post it below, but I will also warn you that watching that video kind of ruins one of the best moments in A Star Is Born, so you might want to skip the embed and just read why it’s better to avoid it.

The timing of the release of the soundtrack for A Star Is Born is significant. It’s poised to drop on the same day that the movie opens, and that’s largely because the songs in the movie tell the story of starcrossed lovers Jackson (Bradley Cooper) and Ally (Lady Gaga). Listening to the songs ahead of time will almost chart the course for the movie — not that originality is a calling card for a movie that, yes, has been made three times prior to Cooper’s new effort.

We’re going to dive into real spoilers for A Star Is Born now, so back away if you really don’t want to know anything.

But the trailer for “Shallow” is particularly revelatory, as it captures a moment in the movie where Ally first overcomes her fear and steps on stage with Jackson to perform one of her original songs. Prior to this point, she’s only briefly revealed her talents to him. He knows what a gifted artist she is, but she isn’t ready to spill those details yet. So he kind of forces her hand by starting to play a composition of her song during one of his concerts. And you can see the range of emotions dancing across Gaga’s face in the movie, and in the music video.

But truthfully, it’s far more effective when you see it play out in context in the moments of A Star Is Born. Just don’t tell that to the millions of people who have enjoyed the music video for “Shallow” before seeing the movie.

A Star Is Born is making its way to theaters as we speak. Select AMC Theaters will allow you to see the movie as early as Wednesday, though it will be available everywhere on October 5. We would advise you to pick a theater that is screening the movie in Dolby Atmos, as Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga poured their hearts and souls into the sound of this film. See, and hear, for yourself as soon as you can.

The Doctor Is Shocked To Find She’s A Woman In New Doctor Who Clip

The Doctor will be all out of sorts when Doctor Who Season 11 premieres on BBC America, so much so that she’s forgotten her biggest change to date. A new clip from the Doctor Who‘s premiere, titled “The Woman Who Fell To Earth,” features the time-traveling hero confused by her surroundings and shocked to be embodying a female form. We also get a peek at two of the show’s newest companions in action, and both of also appear confused by their first encounter with the Doctor. Check it out!

The fact that the Doctor has been wandering around oblivious to the fact that she’s now a woman is hilarious, and it’s the type of obliviousness the character has been known to display from time to time. Her soon-to-be companions/friends Yasmin and Ryan are questionable about her behavior, of course, as they had no clue she was a “white-haired Scotsman” not that long ago. The Doctor moves on from the new info about her body changes rather quickly and is on to the next mystery as she presses through a locked train with Yasmin and Ryan searching for her name and, hilariously enough, a doctor.

One important revelation from the Doctor Who clip that slides right in there is that this regeneration only took place, by the Doctor’s estimation, about 30 minutes ago. That explains the title of the Season 11 premiere “The Woman Who Fell To Earth,” as the Season 10 finale showed Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor literally falling out of the exploding TARDIS and into the night sky. Obviously we’re wondering how she survived that fall, but perhaps more importantly, how did she find her way into that locked train car? That seems to be a mystery everyone should be concerned with, as others can be seen behind Yasmin and Ryan shortly before she chases after the Doctor to tell her not to interfere with what could be a possible crime scene.

Beyond the footage shown, we do know a little more about what to expect from Doctor Who‘s Season 11 premiere thanks to a previously released episode synopsis. The Doctor won’t be the only person confused in this South Yorkshire town, as it was revealed there are some strange events happening around town. That’s old-hat for the Doctor, of course, provided she can remember her name and past well enough to help solve whatever problem is plaguing everyone. The Doctor also may be wiped from the excessive amount of energy her body expelled for the regeneration, which often takes a toll on most new Doctors starting out. Hopefully, she’s aware of that, since it would be bad news for the Doctor to drop out of commission in the heat of battle.

Doctor Who Season 11 will premiere on BBC America in a special simulcast scheduled for Sunday, October 7 at 1:45 p.m. ET. There will also be an encore showing later that day at the show’s regularly scheduled time going forward, Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET. Those curious about what other television shows are coming in the near future needn’t search too hard, CinemaBlend’s fall premiere guide has all the answers.

Zack Snyder Wanted To Kill Off Batman In A Justice League Sequel

We all know that although Zack Snyder’s name is on the film, he was not the one who oversaw Justice League to completion. In the time since Justice League came out, however, Snyder has been quite forthcoming about his original intentions for the film and the DCEU as a whole, revealing a vision that stands in stark contrast to what Justice League actually turned out to be. Now the director has revealed a new nugget about his plans. Responding to a fan asking musing on “What we may have seen in the 5 story arc…” accompanied by a picture of Superman holding a dead Batman, Zack Snyder affirmed that he wanted to kill off Batman in a Justice League sequel. Take a look at the exchange below:

Zack Snyder’s simple response on Vero (via Batman-News.com) makes it clear that he had every intention of taking his story in this direction after the first Justice League. Snyder had no problem killing off Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and if he had his druthers, Batman would have met a similar fate before the completion of the director’s five-film arc. It is almost unthinkable to kill Batman, given that he arguably is the most popular DC character, but you can kind of already see how Zack Snyder was building to a huge event such as this.

The image the fan is using on Vero is evocative of a moment that occurs in Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis event series, which deals with Darkseid’s plot to upend reality through the use of the Anti-Life equation. In the sixth issue of the multi-verse-shaking series, Darkseid apparently kills the Caped Crusader with his Omega Beams after which Superman recovers his body and then faces off with the ruler of Apokolips. By the end of that series we discover that Bruce Wayne is not dead and has in fact been sent back in time by the Omega Beams.

Whether Zack Snyder would have undid the death as well in Justice League 2 or if that would have occurred in a later film (or not at all) is unknown. You can sort of see though how Sndyer was setting this up in Justice League, with the Mother Boxes and Steppenwolf, building towards a contest with Darkseid that would have given the opportunity to recreate the iconic moment of Superman holding a fallen Batman. DC storyboard artist Jay Oliva has spoken about Zack Snyder’s five-film vision being epic, emotional and unforgettable and killing Batman in the midst of a universe-shaking battle would have certainly fit the bill in that regard.

Keep an eye on our guide for everything going on in the DCEU and check out all of the biggest movies heading to theaters the rest of this year in our release schedule.

How The Simpsons Season 30 Premiere Referenced A Longtime Fan Theory

TV history was made this weekend, as The Simpsons premiered its groundbreaking thirtieth season on Fox. It’s likely that not everyone watching could be considered a superfan, so many likely missed how the episode provided a winking reference to a longtime fan theory concerning the long-hidden “Dead Bart” episode. It wasn’t so much an on screen gag, though, but rather the title itself. Here’s how showrunner Al Jean put it.

The Simpsons has always had a lot of fun in having conversations with its fans through the show’s humor (and we’re still waiting on a real answer for how many times Homer has actually seen someone say goodbye to a shoe). And here, Al Jean and the creative team went with a send up of the “Dead Bart” creepypasta entry, which is perhaps the most bizarre Simpsons fan theory out there, in that it’s not so much about the characters or the canon, but rather an alleged “lost episode” that was immediately shelved after animation due to its horrific imagery and subject matter. (Insert joke here about how that should have happened with any number of episodes over the past 15 years.)

Per the patently conspiratorial materials offering background on this story, the episode “Dead Bart” was written by Matt Groening during production on Season 1, at a point when the co-creator was supposedly acting very withdrawn and angry. The episode, whose production code was said to have been given to another Season 1 installment, had a plot that started off with the Simpson family taking a doomed plane ride. Not long into the flight, Bart gets sucked out of a window. It’s then stated that a near-realistic image of Bart’s corpse was shown, in the vein of Ren & Stimpy‘s more grotesque animation. (Or this Homer recreation.)

Things stayed dark and depressing from there, with the family visiting the grave, along with lots of weird visuals. Perhaps even more infamous than Bart’s death shot are the alleged last moments that depict the tombstones and death dates for every Simpsons guest star, present and future. It somehow sounds darker than even the Six Feet Under spoof.

Granted, the episode “Bart’s Not Dead” doesn’t do a whole lot to directly contest the validity of the lost episode fan theories, although I guess it does involve Bart presenting a scenario that isn’t real, and then someone bringing that scenario to a visual format. In the episode, Bart ends up in the hospital, and tells his parents that he met Jesus while unconscious, which sparks a faith-based movie adaptation. Not exactly the same, but we’re pretty sure Bart would be capable of mashing together episode footage to create the video below, which stands alone as “proof” of the “Dead Bart” installment.

As it has happened with most Simpsons fan theories that stretch believability to its breaking point, Al Jean debunked this “Dead Bart” episode ridiculousness some years back. So it has kept good company with other crazy Simpsons ideas, such as Homer having been in a coma for the past 30 years, or that Springfield actually exists on another plane of reality.

The Simpsons Season 30 is here, and fans can find it airing on Fox every Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. For those who need other shows that may or may not have ridiculous fan theories attached to them, head to our fall TV premiere schedule.

Tom Hardy Says His Favorite Venom Scenes To Film Didn’t Make The Final Cut

Movies are fluid. Directors often shoot a ton, and leave some of it on the cutting room floor as they figure out, in the editing room, what the final feature actually is going to be. When it comes to Venom, the standalone anti-hero movie that will be in theaters later this week, some of Tom Hardy’s favorite scenes to film didn’t make it into the final cut of the movie, as the leading man explains a chunk of footage he recalls shooting was exorcised as the movie was being assembled. When asked what his favorite scene in Venom was, Hardy candidly replied:

Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed were having fun during the recent press day for Venom, when they were asked a relatively harmless question by ComicsExplained, about what was their favorite scene in the upcoming film. And Hardy revealed that his favorite scenes — to film, at least — were cut. Which is a little strange, because this sounds like a LOT of material, when you mention 30 to 40 minutes.

And yet, in other interviews, the producers have made it clear that there isn’t a longer, or even an R-rated, cut of Venom that could be released. So it’s probable that this was stuff between Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy’s character) and the symbiote as director Ruben Fleischer was figuring out what their dynamic was going to be.

Here, see Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed’s back and forth on the topic in the video below:

There’s a balancing act that has to happen in Venom. The movie essentially serves as an origin story for two important characters — Eddie Brock (Hardy), and the alien symbiote. The challenge lies in the fact that their origins had to shift, because Sony couldn’t use Spider-Man in this story… even though Venom and his heroic counterpart tend to go hand in hand.

You will be able to see for yourself if it worked or not when Venom opens in theaters on October 4. Stay on CinemaBlend all week for more coverage from the Venom junket, and for our review of the film, which drops on Tuesday night, once the embargo lifts.

Watch Paul Faris’ Emotional Farewell On Final Good Morning America Episode

This weekend marked a big day for someone within the Good Morning America ranks, as anchor Paula Faris took part in her final episode on the ABC morning news program. Faris, who also recently stepped back from hosting duties on The View, got quite a mid-morning celebration on Saturday that championed her as an anchor, as a person, and as a friend to everyone on the show. Check it out below!

The video captures a fun lineup of moments from Paula Faris’ years on Weekend GMA, starting off with a segment that boasts the kind of journalistic credibility that everyone in the field strives for: she talked about buying tons of toilet paper at Costco. We also got to rewatch Faris trying to find her way out of a corn maze, and as she unwittingly derailed a meditative exercise by talking the whole time.

Her (now former) co-anchor Dan Harris was having a pretty good time with the whole thing, too, poking fun at her, but making sure to keep it on the lovingly respectful side of the coin. He even started to get a little teary-eyed when talking about how much he’s appreciated getting to know Paula during their time on the show together.

Speaking of lovingly respectful, I’m not sure the Weekend GMA crew could have done better with their early-hours appreciation for Paula Faris than by bringing out their table of refreshments, which included cake, champagne, and Faris’ frequently referenced food of choice: bacon. This is a breakfast made for royalty, no doubt, and Faris gets much respect for not just pouncing on the bacon bowl and shielding it from others.

And hey, the video even had a goodbye message from Paula Faris’ former onscreen colleague and lifetime journalist Ron Claiborne, who was the “more news reporter” for Weekend GMA before retiring this year. He pointed out that the show won’t be the same without both of them, and many would probably agree.

As it was stated in the video, Paula Faris isn’t actually leaving the overarching ABC News family by exiting the Good Morning America crew. Details have been kept under wraps about her future with the company, but she will indeed have a new role on the news side of things, and will reportedly be seen across the spectrum of ABC news programming.

Faris originally joined ABC News in 2012 and was seen on World News Now and America This Morning, and later started filling in for spots of Good Morning America. It was in 2014 that Faris got the full promotion to Weekend GMA anchor, replacing Bianna Golodryga, and she later broadened her job slate by joining The View as a co-host for Season 19. It was earlier this year that she stepped away from hosting duties on that show.

The Good Morning America shows have seen quite a bit of talent juggling and time slot-shifting in recent years, with Michael Strahan being in the middle of most of it. When will we see Paula Faris showing up again to visit the new-ish anchor team? Stay tuned, and head to our fall TV premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows are on the way.