Unfortunately, Sarah Hyland has found herself on the receiving end of Instagram trolling many times. She has no problem shutting down the haters herself, but her boyfriend Wells Adams stepped in for her latest bout of bullying, which happened on Sunday (October 21).
The incident happened on Instagram, of course. Hyland uploaded a photo of herself (that Adams took) in which she’s wearing a seventies-inspired gold chain-mail-esque bikini with a gold body chain, oversized hoop earrings, and trendy round sunglasses. “Blue frames. Blue skies. Even bluer ocean,” she captioned the dreamy pic. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before the trolling comments rolled in.
“Me, I’m the type of fan who really concerned. You look really unhealthy. Being that skinny can’t be safe,” on person posted, which was captured by the social account Comments By Celebs.
Adams swiftly came to Hyland’s defense, though. “You, your the type of fan who’s a d**che bag.”
See the post for yourself, below:
This isn’t the first time Adams has come to Hyland’s defense. He told a commenter on Instagram to “eat sh*t” after they suggested to Hyland that she “eat a donut.” And over the summer, he and Hyland teamed up to epically shut down another troll. “I would like to put in a request for anyone who is concerned about my bread consumption to send it to Wells Adams, because he is the sole person who knows about how much bread I consume on a daily basis. Thanks! Love you, mean it. ‘K, bye,” Hyland posted on Instagram Stories back in July. A couple who claps back together stays together.
The following contains major spoilers for The Hate U Give. See the movie, then come back here.
The Hate U Give is a powerful film that deals with subjects of race, class, culture, and violence. We see the cycle of violence play out in the form of Russell Hornsby’s Maverick, who leaves the gang life working with Anthony Mackie’s King in order to try and save his children from that life. All of it comes apart, however, when Maverick’s youngest child takes his father’s gun and points it at King, while a pair of police officers arrive on the scene. Our own Hannah Saulic had a chance to ask Anthony Mackie what King was thinking at that moment. The actor responded…
In a movie that has many emotional and heartwrenching moments, this one may be the most terrible. Sekani is only about eight-years-old and here he is holding a gun while a couple of cops are pointing guns at him. Having seen the worst thing possible happen the last time a cop thought somebody had a gun, the audience is trained to expect something terrible to happen once again.
For all intents and purposes, Anthony Mackie‘s King is the “villain” of The Hate U Give. He’s the local drug dealer who threatens Amandla Stenberg‘s Starr because he’s afraid that if she comes forward and tells what she knows about the police shooting she has witnessed, it will cause his business problems. However, Anthony Mackie says that when King sees this little boy holding a gun, he’s not selfishly thinking he might be shot, he’s realizing how his actions have led to this terrible outcome, and how far-reaching the consequences might truly be.
The title of The Hate U Give comes from a line made famous by Tupac Shakur, “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody” which transforms into the acronym THUG LIFE. That is exactly what we see in this scene, as the next generation is showing that they have adapted to the violence that they have seen around them. The cycle is continuing rather than stopping.
The Hate U Give ultimately ends with a message of hope, rather than despair, but the fact that it’s such a close thing is what the audience really takes away.
Check out the video below for Anthony Mackie’s complete comments on the end of The Hate U Give as well as Russell Hornsby‘s response to how his character, the boy’s father Maverick, is feeling at that same moment.
On social media over the weekend, Selma Blair made a heartbreaking personal announcement: she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The actress discovered the news in August, as she admits in the post, although Blair believes the symptoms have been around for a few years, at least. While it has been a difficult time for the film and television actress, Blair is thankful for the support she receives from her family, friends, and co-workers on Another Life, Netflix‘s forthcoming sci-fi drama, which is currently filming. Here’s what Blair wrote:
As Selma Blair confesses in the open and honest Instagram post, she is in “the thick of it” when it comes the debilitating disease. Still, the actress offered this personal news to hopefully inspire others who may also be struggling with this difficult journey, either themselves or through a loved one’s illness.
Selma Blair says it can be “overwhelming,” but she is thankful for all the people who help her, both personally and professionally, as she pushes forward every single day. She continued:
Selma Blair recently learned about this MS diagnosis in the late summer, but the actress believes she has potentially had this disease for “15 years at least.” Tragically, multiple sclerosis is incurable, and she has met with many challenges as she persists forward, with more to come.
But Selma Blair is thankful to both have the knowledge and the ability to share it.
There’s no doubt that Selma Blair‘s heartwrenching revelation is a difficult one to learn, but we are thankful to know that the actress is continuing to move forward as best she can. She has a wide wealth of support from a variety of different people keeping her focused on the bright side.
A common scene at department stores nationwide: a poor child gets dragged to the “Husky” section by his mother. Photo: Graham Roumieu
FOR JOHN SPIER, last Monday’s news that Sears was filing for bankruptcy brought back a 7th grade-shopping trip he wished he could forget. His mother steered the young Mr. Spier, in need of jeans, to a section of their suburban Massachusetts Sears he’d never noticed before. The section “was pushed off into the corner, very delineated from the rest of the stuff,” recalled Mr. Spier, 25, who now works in technology and healthcare public relations in Boston. “There was a sign that said ‘Husky.’” Though he hadn’t thought much about his size until that point, he recalled suddenly feeling “crappy” that he had to shop somewhere different from the other boys.
Though Mr. Spier felt like an isolated loser in that moment, he is certainly not the only boy to have frequented the “Husky” section, where jeans and khakis with larger waistlines and fuller pant legs accommodate heavier-set kids. “I think you’re still sort of growing into yourself, and they invent this other category for you to fit in,” said Keith Barry, 28, a law student and musician in New York City who recalled wearing “Huskies” when he was still a baby fat-plagued tween.
Memories of the Husky section, which worked its evil at Sears, Target and J.C. Penney among other stores, are far from fond. More than one man I spoke with said that the mere mention of the word “husky” could trigger painful memories of insecurity and schoolyard teasing. “Having to wear these swingy, MC Hammer jeans—I really hated it,” said Jake Lahut, 23, a political reporter in Keene, N.H., who wore Huskies as a kid.
Husky clothes stretch back to the mid-century, when Sears catalogs showed stockier boys in “Tough Skin Husky” jeans. Dr. Michael Thompson, 71, a child psychologist in Arlington, MA. wore Husky clothes in the 1950s and says that back then the term may have been intended as a compliment. “I think Sears meant it to [describe] a healthy strong boy,” said Dr. Thompson. Yet 18 years ago, a reporter described Dr. Thompson as “husky” in a magazine article, and he didn’t like it at all. In the intervening decades, “husky” had become a word that stings.
As childhood obesity rates in American rose, “husky” no longer connoted ruggedly beefy. The percentage of children under 19 who are obese has tripled since the 1970s. Today, nearly one in five young people are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevenetion so it follows that the percentage of children in need of larger clothes has expanded significantly. “Obesity is certainly a serious problem in the U.S. and it is increasing the demand for a plus-size selection,” said Ayako Homma, a senior analyst at Euromonitor International, a market research group. Childrenswear brands like the Children’s Place have subsequently extended their size offerings.
Yet, strangely, a better, less provocative term than “husky” has not been found. Gap, JCPenney, Old Navy, the Children’s Place, Kohl’s, Levi’s, Target, Land’s End—all of these retailers still use the term, a fact that shocked most of the Husky vets that I spoke with. “It’s terrible. It sounds offensive,” said Mr. Spier. Added Mr. Lahut, “It sounds like something from ‘Leave it to Beaver,’” describing the word as a “euphemism for a fat kid.”
That’s exactly what it is, for better or worse, said Dr. Alan Kazdin, 73, a professor emeritus of child psychiatry at Yale University, who likened the use of the term to saying “passed away” instead of “died.” It’s meant to be polite and, as Dr. Thompson explained, at one point it was. Yet, today, when so many view it as a negative, why do brands still use a term that dings the delicate pre-teen psyche and lingers for years? (The aforementioned brands either did not respond to request for comment or declined to comment for the article.)
In adult clothing, companies have updated terms to keep with the times: Plus-sized women’s clothing is often called “curvy,” a term that is generally viewed as less judgmental. Could a similar alternative be found for “Husky”? Each former Husky wearer I spoke with had a different suggestion. Evan Waldenberg, 26, a clothing designer in New York, proposed a color-coded system in which a “green tag meant slim straight and then an orange tag meant wider fit.” Mr. Lahut thought “‘comfortable-cut’ would not offend anybody.” For Mr. Spier, numerical sizing, as used in adult clothes, made the most sense: “Why not just call it size 34 or 36?” In the end, replacing one euphemism for another is challenging. Do you have ideas? Send them to me. Or better yet, send them to Gap.
Warning! The following contains spoilers for the Doctor Who Season 11 episode “Rosa.” Read at your own risk!
Doctor Who revealed a new foe to Jodie Whittaker’s Time Lord and her friends during the Season 11 episode “Rosa.” Since then, fans have been trying to figure out the mysteries behind Krasko’s identity. After all, it’s often significant when the Doctor encounters another time traveler, so it stands to reason this villain is more important to Doctor Who than he initially seemed. That said, how significant can the new villain really be?
We’re guessing he’s pretty important indeed if he’s linked to a particular phrase revealed in a previous Doctor Who episode. There’s also the possibility that Krasko is someone important from the franchise’s past that might not be recognizable to the Doctor (or fans) just yet. Here are our best theories regarding Krasko’s potentially secret identity so far, as well as some evidence that could clue us all in on who he really is.
Krasko Is Captain Jack Harkness
John Barrowman‘s Captain Jack Harkness has not been seen on Doctor Who in a very long time, but it’s possible the character resurfaced in last night’s episode, only without Barrowman in the role. Krasko’s vortex manipulator had many wondering if he was actually Torchwood‘s time-traveling lead. There were also the initials on Krasko’s bag that read “G.F.B.” Those could potentially be a reference to Jack’s nickname, “The face of Boe.”
If Krasko is Jack Harkness though, why doesn’t The Doctor recognize him? Perhaps Josh Bowman is portraying a much younger Jack who has only just met The Doctor along his own timeline. That could explain the different looks and why neither one recognizes the other. If Krasko is revealed to be Captain Jack Harkness, he’s got a long road to travel and some others things to work out, judging from his time in “Rosa.” If Krasko isn’t Jack, though, we’re curious as to how he got ahold of that vortex manipulator.
Krasko Is The Time-Meddling Monk
Another wild theory sees Krasko’s identity being tied to a Gallifreyan villain from the classic run of Doctor Who episodes. This theory identifies Krasko as Mortimus, or “The Monk,” who went up against William Hartnell’s First Doctor during The Time Meddler serial in Season 2. Like the Doctor or the Master, the Monk is also a Time Lord, although that phrase was not explicitly used in the series at the time of his debut. (He has since appeared in the expanded universe, as well.)
The Monk theory is rooted in Krasko’s keen understanding of the TARDIS, and his desires to alter history in “Rosa.” Time meddling has been the Monk’s bag in Doctor Who lore, and while Krasko’s motivations appeared to be more race-related, he could also just be wishing to create widespread chaos, much like the Monk. There’s also the bit where Ryan possibly sent Krasko deep into the past, which could very well set the stage for the villain’s Viking showdown with the First Doctor in 1066.
Krasko Is The Timeless Child
The Timeless Child was first introduced, so to speak, in Doctor Who‘s previous episode when the Remnants pulled the phrase from Thirteen’s mind. The phrase mystified and confused the Doctor, and it’s possibly tied to a repressed memory from long ago. It’s certainly possible and relatively sensible for Krasko to tied into this mystery, especially given his first appearance happening in the very next episode.
That said, Krasko isn’t exactly a child, timeless though he may be. The villain is rather young in his appearance, however, and when measured up against the age of the Doctor who is thousands of years old, a time-traveler in his 30s could be viewed as “a child.” Krasko certainly makes his youthful mentality seem evident, so perhaps the “timeless child” phrase was meant to be more metaphorical than literal.
Let us know below who you guys think Krasko really is. Catch all-new episodes of Doctor Who on BBC America Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET. For more on other shows coming to television over the next couple of months, visit our fall premiere guide.
Lauren Alvermann is “so excited she could cry.” This is the first beauty festival the 23-year-old has ever been to, and she’s about to meet her idol—not a celebrity, not a vlogger, but makeup artist and brand founder Charlotte Tilbury.
“Her brand is 100 percent my favorite,” says the Los Angeles-based marketing manager. Among her vast collection of Charlotte Tilbury products includes the Vintage Vamp palette and Penelope Pink Kissing Lipstick, and she’s actively on the hunt for more. “I’m still trying to get my hands on her Pillow Talk quad that sold out online,” she says, lips covered in shimmer after stopping by the Pat McGrath booth downstairs.
Alvermann and her friend Katie Moran, a 26-year-old graphic designer, are among the 5,000 devoted beauty fans experiencing Sephoria—the euphoric buzz provoked by a love of beauty and the name of Sephora’s first-ever beauty festival. “What drew me to come to this is that it seems customer-focused first as opposed to other events where the main draw is that you get to take pictures with influencers,” says Alvermann. “That’s fun, but this is an interaction with brands, and I love that.”
Her feelings are no coincidence. That was exactly Sephora’s intention.
As more cosmetic and lifestyle companies ranging from Ipsy to Goop to NARS are trying to cash in on the successes of experiential marketing, Sephoria: House of Beauty marks the beauty giant’s first foray into the crowded festival space. It’s hard not to compare it to other beauty and wellness conventions—especially given that Sephora had previously been in talks with BeautyCon CEO Moj Mahdara to partner up. (The discussion, it seems, ended on a somewhat sour note.) But the beauty behemoth went to great lengths to carve its own niche in the market.
“We wanted Sephoria to feel like a fun house party. We’re just here to celebrate beauty.” —Jeffrey English, Sephora beauty director
Where festivals like BeautyCon have grown exponentially to a record size of 23,300 attendees (which has led to much critique), Sephora set out to create an experience that felt more personal and elevated—and one that focused heavily on the retailer’s roster of prestige brands, personalities, and mission (teach, inspire, play). “A lot of times when you walk into a convention, you find that they’re really driven by deep discounts and a sort of big-box environment,” says Sephora beauty director Jeffrey English. “[Our goal with Sephoria] was to feel a little more intimate.”
To further add to the intimacy, Sephoria was capped at 5,000 tickets, which were available in three different tiers: Bronze for $99, Silver for $249, and Gold for $449 per session. (By comparison, BeautyCon L.A. tickets ranged from $50 for a single-day pass to $1,000 for two days of jump-the-line privileges. While the 600 attendees at Gwyneth Paltrow’s NYC In Goop Health Summit earlier this year paid anywhere from $650 for a basic pass up to $4,500 for an elite weekender package.)
And to control the issue of overcrowding and hours-long lines, Sephora broke up the weekend into four separate sessions of 1,200 attendees max. As a result, no wait seemed to total more than 20 minutes. Silver and gold ticket holders also received a “Fast Pass” (one for silver, three for gold) that allowed them to skip to the front of any line they wanted.
The venue also played a pivotal role in delivering that VIP experience. An old Brooklyn warehouse or characterless convention center this was not. Sephora rented out The Majestic Downtown, a luxurious 25,000-square foot event space in downtown L.A. often used as a set for music videos (J.Lo’s Dinero was shot there) as well as movies and TV shows including Bridesmaids and The Good Place.
After roping through a line outside with plenty of photo opps and a tiny-house-sized jar of La Mer (which you could walk into to get a sample of the brand’s famous $325 Soft Cream), shoppers were met with the scene below—a cascading grand staircase (decked out in #Sephoria logos), moody lighting, and a soundtrack manned by one of four “It” DJs of the moment. In addition to the free Essentia water and Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee being passed out, the basement was stocked with two full bars where you could buy cocktails.
“That’s actually something shoppers always request when they come into the store,” says English. “They’re like, ‘if I’m going to get a service, the only thing that would take it to the next level would be a mimosa.’ We wanted Sephoria to feel like a fun house party. We’re just here to celebrate beauty.”
Also on the main floor was The Neighborhood, a set of activations including a Tarte-themed Volkswagen made for the ‘gram and Urban Decay slot machines (winners could get a range of prizes from Naked Cherry palettes to pins). There were make-your-own Make Up For Ever palette stations and fancy couches to rest—or Insta Story—on; plus, the main stage, where brand founders and beauty pros offered masterclasses.
Just a few names on the roster: Dior makeup artist (and Meghan Markle’s bridal guru) Daniel Martin, Kardashian makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, and Fenty Beauty global artist Priscilla Ono. A few Gen-Z favorites also held talks and made appearances, including former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth and influencer Kandee Johnson, who boasts a whopping 3.9 million followers on YouTube alone.
In addition to the Foundation Closet, where you could get swatched and matched with one of Sephora’s expansive base makeup options, the top floor was all about makeovers. Benefit brow experts were on-hand to help train women how to shape their arches. Sephora artists stood in front of mirrors, ready to teach new techniques on everything from mascara to highlighter, and DryBar had an entire mini salon set up where you could book appointments for a blowout.
Finally: the basement. Like any good house party, that’s where it was lit. I already mentioned the booze, and there was also a dance floor. Meanwhile, the hair, makeup, and fragrance installations could all be bucketed into the “night-out” category. IGK had samples of its glitter hairspray out for the trying. Milk Makeup had an entire greenhouse room (“greenhouse room”) for its buzzy Kush mascara. Sephora Collection was also personalizing Lipstory lipsticks for $8—literally printing photos right off your phone and onto your lipstick tube. (Pets, I’m told—as I’m making a matte berry shade with my cat’s face on it—were a popular choice.)
A few of the many Sephoria photo opps
Despite reps’ claims that the event was for all ages—and there were certainly plenty of teens there—the whole thing felt more adult than similar conventions. I was half-expecting there to be swathes of glitter everywhere and plenty of freak’um dresses (sorry, but it is L.A.), but it honestly felt more like an amped-up version of Sephora itself. Everyone was dressed well, but outside the occasional Pat McGrath lip, people looked relatively like what you’d see in the store on any given day. (This could also be because the retailer held a special early-access party for the top-of-the-rung Instagrammers the night before, though.) Also noticeably missing: unicorns.
It’s something that didn’t go unnoticed by Melissa Castro, a 31-year-old software product owner, and Jen Webb, 34, who works in property management. “We went to a different beauty convention last year and it was absolutely awful,” says Castro. “It was overcrowded, had no product, and it was only focused on YouTube influencers, which is really a letdown when you don’t watch that kind of stuff. We were like, ‘Who are all these people?'”
The two say they’re obsessed with Sephora. They shop at least once a week on the app and have been to every beauty class offered at their local San Diego store—which is what led them to buy tickets to the event. They know both the people and the brands that are at the first session (they’re hyped for Chrissy Teigen and skin care), and say their expectations were beyond what they could have imagined. “I think this is a lot more hip and trendy [than other conventions],” says Castro. “It’s more Instagrammable, and it’s definitely more targeted to people who are more experienced in skin care and makeup. If they do it again next year, I’ll be here.”
In line for Tatcha‘s exhibit, which featured a photo booth covered in purple flowers, plus a meet-and-greet with founder and CEO Vicky Tsai, 23-year-old Parnian Mohajerin and her friend Claire Tang, 24, were eagerly waiting with their fast passes in hand. “I’m a huge skin care and hair care fan, personally, and I think it’s so cool that we’re able to meet brand founders and hear about why they believe in their brand so much,” Mohajerin tells me. She and Tang had just sat in on Tsai’s masterclass about Japanese beauty and said they were inspired by how passionate Tsai was about the topic—that, and they walked away having learned so much more about skin care. “It was super informative,” says Tang. “This is actually the first time I learned about Tatcha.”
For Tsai, that’s part of the draw of participating as a brand founder. “It means a million times more to me than it means to them,” she says, explaining that as a CEO she spends the majority of her time in Japan at Tatcha’s R&D lab or in meetings working to get her products out the door. “It reminds me why I get up and work as hard as I do every day.”
On top of that, though, it’s smart business strategy. While Sephora declined to share revenue or production costs for Sephoria (which purely from the looks of it was easily in the millions), the return on investment from these Instagram-ready experiences is well-documented. Last year, BeautyCon’s estimated revenue was $10 million.
Regardless, according to both Tsai and English, Sephoria was meant to be about experience above all. Sales? Not so much. “When I think about what it was like when I was growing up, if you wanted to buy makeup or skin care, you went into a department store, and it’s pretty intimidating,” says Tsai. “You’d go up to a counter where there’s a sales person who’s perfectly coiffed and ready to sell to you. It’s kind of awkward.”
“I think [experiential events] are the next level of shopping—making beauty not just not intimidating but joyful,” she continues. “Honestly, this isn’t a selling event at all. [For Tatcha] there were no goals. It’s really thoughtfully done for clients to have the best experience possible.”
Pushing sales might not have been the strategy, but that’s not to say women were walking away empty handed. A handful of brands, like Fenty and Dr. Jart+, were offering exclusive access to buy not-yet-released products. There was also a merch shop with tees and travel-sized goods; plus, a booth for Levi’s denim jackets you could customize with patches for $99. And every level ticket holder left with a swag bag full of items (including Marc Jacobs Dew Drops highlighter and lots of skin care) that cost more than the value of their ticket.
“I’ve spent probably $350 on stuff so far today,” says Sara Valdez, 32, a full-time acting student who traveled from Chicago with her husband for the event. (He stayed behind at their hotel while she attended alone, but there was a surprising number of male significant others in the crowd.) Between the plane ticket, the hotel, and her Silver pass, she estimates she spent at least $1,100 just to get here.
“I’ve absolutely already bought more than I expected,” she says of the Beautyblender, Drunk Elephant kit, and early-access Fenty Glitter Bomb Powder, among others, in her bag. “The environment here really inspires you to want to buy. The energy, the drinks, the music—everyone is super friendly. It’s been worth it.”
Luke Skywalker’s story in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is one of the most talked about things in the entire franchise now. However, the way Mark Hamill talks about it is completely unique. The Luke Skywalker actor recently posted the panels from the recent Star Wars: The Last Jedi comic book which show Luke’s final moments, and the man behind the Jedi compares Luke’s (apparent) death to that of an addict who dies at the hands of a drug. Give it a look.
At this point, even if you somehow haven’t actually seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you likely know how it ends for Luke Skywalker. Luke appears to face down Kylo Ren only for it to be discovered that Luke is only projecting an image of himself from across the stars. The effort is extreme, however, and Luke is wiped out when it’s done. Luke takes his place watching a binary sun as he fades away.
While the comparison to a drug addict is certainly an extreme one, it’s difficult to argue that it’s not apt. Luke Skywalker had cut himself off from the Force for years. When we see him in The Last Jedi he’s not using his power at all, even passively. As Hamill says, Luke goes from cold turkey to a massive overdose.
There is certainly an irony to the fact that Luke disappears after giving in to the thing he’s been neglecting for so long. Of course, exactly what that means isn’t entirely clear. One thing that the Star Wars: The Last Jedi does do is make it plain that Luke hasn’t simply died, but has joined “a larger world.” He has become part of the Force in the same way that Ob-Wan Kenobi and Yoda have done before him. This, combined with the fact that Mark Hamill is confirmed to appear in Star Wars: Episode IX would indicate that we’ll see Luke again as a Force Ghost or something similar.
Luke Skywalker’s story in The Last Jedi is still a hot-button topic among fans. Some fans felt very strongly that a Luke Skywalker who nearly gave in to the dark side and killed his own nephew was the wrong direction for the character, while others felt that seeing Luke continue the struggle with doubt that we saw in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi made a lot of sense. Even Mark Hamill himself has said that he wasn’t entirely on board with the story as written at first, though he’s come to its defense since.
The battle over Luke’s fate continues. The responses to Mark Hamill’s tweet are full of people debating the decisions all over again. Not only do people both praise and criticize Luke’s end, but both sides of the argument are also using the tweet as some sort of endorsement by Hamill of their particular point of view. It seems this fight won’t be ending anytime soon.
Guillermo del Toro might be the director with the most cancelled passion projects currently working. If not, then he’s certainly one of the most notable, as projects like his anticipated adaptation of Pinocchio have been dumped after spells in development hell. However, it looks like del Toro has found his Blue Fairy, as the film is actually going to be made, as a Netflix original film.
This was officially announced by Netflix, as they’ll be partnering with del Toro to turn Pinocchio into a real film. With a history of over a decade languishing without financing, Pinocchio was cancelled completely, despite having puppets and designs already completed for the stop-motion feature. Production is expected to begin this fall, with producers Lisa Henson, Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Gary Ungar all lined up to bring Pinocchio to screens all over.
Over The Garden Wall and Adventure Time writer Patrick McHale will co-write Pinocchio’s script with Guillermo del Toro. Meanwhile, Mark Gustafson of Fantastic Mr. Fox fame is co-directing, with Guy Davis taking the post of co-production designer.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio has a rather interesting twist to its telling. It’s going to take the classic Carlo Collodi story and set it against the backdrop of fascist Italy and the rise of Mussolini. So one could see why traditional financing may not have been readily available previously. Though a couple of recent developments probably changed the course for this project’s fate.
Netflix and Guillermo del Toro have become quite the team over the last couple of years, with the Trollhunters franchise building a strong relationship between provider and auteur. The director confirmed as much, when speaking about what Pinocchio means to him, and how the deal came together, in the following statement:
What probably changed the tide the most though were the events of this past February, when The Shape of Water cleaned up at the Academy Awards. Most importantly, with the film winning the coveted Best Picture trophy, Netflix probably saw not only an opportunity to help a valued partner, but also a good shot at golden glory themselves.
Before it was cancelled, Guillermo del Toro said that if anyone had $35 million, and wanted to make a Mexican happy, funding Pinocchio would basically be the way to go. So if Netflix saw it fit to give Orson Welles a proper send off from beyond the grave, their decision to give del Toro this creative roll of the dice is pretty much on brand.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio has no release date as of now but is supposed to go into production this fall. However, you’ll be able to see the further adventures of del Toro and Netflix’s collaborative efforts on Dreamworks’ Tales of Arcadia. The next chapter, 3 Below, hits the streaming service shows up on December 21st.
Major spoilers below for the entirety of Daredevil Season 3, so be sure to watch all 13 episodes before reading on.
As soon as Netflix’s Marvel deal cemented Daredevil‘s future on the small screen, fans have been amped up to see the iconic comic villain Bullseye making his introduction. Curiously, Daredevil waited until the final moments of Season 3 to get “official” about Benjamin “Dex” Poindexter’s evolution from disgruntled FBI agent to the psychologically warped supervillain. It happened, though, and when (or if) Netflix confirms Season 4’s renewal, we can anticipate Bullseye’s frightening presence within Hell’s Kitchen. So how did it happen?
From his earliest moments on screen, Wilson Bethel’s Dex showed viewers two things: his insane accuracy with projectiles, and his disregard for following most orders. As the season progressed, viewers witnessed his mental digressions, which tended to revolve around the unwilling apple of his eye, Julie. As well, Dex unwittingly had his puppet strings controlled by Wilson Fisk, who cared not how much he caused his troubled henchman.
In fact, Daredevil changed up Bullseye’s comic origins by having Fisk be almost entirely responsible for sending Dex over the edge. It’s Fisk who twists Dex’s beliefs about Matt and Daredevil. It’s Fisk who murders Julie and then pins it on the blind hero. It’s Fisk who puts Dex through a wall, breaking his back and paralyzing him.
The show held off on revealing Dex’s fate until after Matt’s happy reunion with Foggy and Karen. That very last scene took place inside an operating room, in the middle of a surgery meant to reverse Dex’s paralysis.
The person operating on Dex was none other than Dr. Oyama, who is better known in the comics as Lord Dark Wind. It was Oyama’s research and experiments with adamantium that eventually led to the Weapon X project that gave Wolverine his signature skeleton. As well, adamantium was used to heal Bullseye’s broken back, which Daredevil was actually responsible for in the comics. (He somewhat shockingly dropped the baddie from some telephone wires.)
For the TV show, Dr. Oyama says he is using cognium steel to fix up Dex’s spine. Cognium doesn’t have the deep Marvel history that adamantium does, but it’s necessary to use here since the latter alloy is exclusive to X-Men projects. Regardless of what it’s called, though, it’s going to make Dex a lot harder for Daredevil & Co. to take down. Seems like a good time to bring The Punisher in, since Bullseye and Frank Castle have a history together.
Daredevil doesn’t make it through the entire surgery, so we don’t get to see just how successful it all went. However, that final shot of a literal bullseye superimposed over Dex’s eyeball is all the on-the-nose proof we need to know the deadly comic villain has officially arrived. Now he just needs some official branding with his moniker on it.
With Wilson Fisk behind bars now, presumably for longer than just a single season, Bullseye won’t be able to actually get revenge on the man who ruined his life. So it’s presumed that he’ll have to turn his focus on Daredevil for being the person who got in the way of Dex’s ultimate revenge quest. It’s terrible news for Matt, who was already having a hell of a time stopping Dex’s vicious attacks.
If Matt had just let Dex kill Fisk (or if he’d done it himself like he repeatedly said he would), then no paralysis and no enhanced bone structures for the ruthless villain. Which still wouldn’t have guaranteed Hell’s Kitchen safety from proto-Bullseye’s wrath, but it might have kept him just sane enough to keep the lethal side of his personality under wraps.
Of course, it’s not like spending so much time inside the Daredevil suit influenced Dex’s decaying mental state in a positive way. It likely just further affected his identity issues, while also giving him his first taste of causing havoc while wearing a protective suit. Something tells me Bullseye is going to have his own comic-familiar costume to wear in the future, even if Matt never goes back to his own.
Daredevil Seasons 1-3 are currently available to stream on Netflix, and we’re hoping to hear something concrete about Season 4 sooner rather than later. While waiting to see what happens, head to our 2018 Netflix rundown and our fall TV premiere schedule for a look at everything else coming to the small screen soon.
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