With the biggest mystery of How I Met Your Mother solved, we've taken the past couple of months to move onto new ones: Will Barney and Robin actually get married? Will the Mother die at the end of the series? Will Billy Zabka ever find happiness? And the somewhat overlooked question that we revisit in this week's episode — who did Lily call after that big fight with Marshall?
That last one ties into the larger query of whether or not the Eriksen-Aldrins would be relocating to Italy post-series. Last we left the argument, Lily conceded that the family should stay in the U.S., but this week's turn changed gears for the couple. In a love letter of sorts to How I Met Your Mother fans, Ted dons his sleuth cap to determine who Lily called when she drove off into the night, where she went, and what she did while there. Surprisingly enough, he's pretty close.
In lieu of meeting Robin's mother, Barney high tails his groomsmen (where the hell is his brother, by the way?) to the Captain's Northampton house after Marshall concludes that he must be the one who Lily phoned. That's where the hypothesizing takes place, with Ted drawing elaborate conclusions from minuscule clues to determine the true nature of Lily's secret... well, the false nature (he thought she was hiding the fact that she'd been smoking), but it did lead to the true nature (spoilers!): she's pregnant. This reveal, plus a good swift kick in the ass from his conscience, leads Marshall to decide that the family should in fact move to Italy. And, as far as we learn from a flash forward, they do. All of them — Marshall, Lily, Marvin, Marshall's mom, Lily's dad, and their new baby daughter Daisy.
Beyond just being a moreover fun episode, the aptly named "Daisy" is in a way Carter Bays and Craig Thomas breathing life into the mile-a-minute voices of their longtime fans. How I Met Your Mother audiences are full of theories on every element of the show... something it provokes and abets with its hints, misdirects, call-backs (and -forwards), and various other teases. Even telling us who the Mother is (Cristin Milioti, in case you forgot) didn't appease viewers; we've come up with plenty of other things to wonder about this year alone.
But as we saw with Sunday night's True Detective finale, questions aren't always answered in the way that audiences might want or anticipate. Not everything is about the mystery. So we worry that after nine years, HIMYM might come to a close that leaves viewers feeling incomplete.
Right now, we're obsessing over questions like those above, perhaps at the expense of the emotional (and humorous) core of the show, as was the case with many a True Detective viewer. In the end, that show was bout Rustin Cohle and Marty Hart — two troubled men who needed one another more than they could have anticipated. This show is about plenty in that vein, but we seem to be forgetting that.
We know, we're guilty of this too. But let's not make the same mistake as we might have with True Detective. Let's step away from all these harrowing questions and hold tight to the characters. We might feel duped or misled or underwhelmed by any of the How I Met Your Mother finale's "reveals," but we can bet that Bays and Thomas have something heartfelt and substantial in store for the conclusion of Ted's journey. And hopefully happy! Milioti did say that the death-of-the-Mother theory was "crazy," after all, so there's hope.
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When the trailer for the upcoming YA blockbuster series Divergent first dropped, there were many people who began excitedly counting down the days until the film was released in theaters. But there were just as many people who were left scratching their heads in confusion. "It looks really cool," they thought, "but I'm not sure I know what's going on. Is she in a dream world? Are they really drowning her? Why is everyone lining up to have knives thrown at their heads? Doesn't that seem a little reckless? It seems like the kind of movie I would want to see, but I just don't get the premise of it."
If you happen to be someone who's struggling to keep all of the factions straight, or can't seem to make heads-or-tails of why Kate Winslet is supposed to be so intimidating, was just too distracted by all of the train-jumping and gun-loading that you've missed an important plot point, consider this your lucky day. We've taken the time to break down the difference between Dauntless and Abnegation and explained why it's such a big deal that Tris is Divergent so that when March 21 rolls around, you'll be able to sit back and enjoy the action without getting lost. Or, you know, finally undertsand what's happening in that trailer.
So, Divergent is based on a book series, right? Yes. It’s a dystopian YA trilogy written by Veronica Roth. The books are called Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant.
Like The Hunger Games? They’re both dystopian trilogies, but other than that, no, not really.
Can you sum up the premise of Divergent in only one sentence? That’s a bit difficult, as there are a lot of different elements to the plot, but we’ll give it a shot: In a world where everyone is divided up into groups, one girl discovers that she doesn’t fit into just one category, and it’s a secret she must guard with her life.
Who’s the girl? Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior, the 16 year-old protagonist of the series.
Who’s going to play her in the film? Shailene Woodley
And where is Tris’ story set? In a dystopian future version of Chicago, IL
What do you mean by ‘dystopian’? In the world of Divergent, the entire population is divided up into 5 different groups, or factions, based on their dominant personality traits. If you don’t belong to any of these groups, because you’ve been kicked out or you refused to choose one, you are then considered factionless, and therefore abandoned to survive on your own.
So, it’s important to belong to a faction? Very. Without a faction, you don’t have a community of people who will protect you and look out for you, and the government essentially wants nothing to do with you.
Kind of like The Hunger Games, then? A little bit. Anyway, stop bringing up The Hunger Games. Let’s just focus on Divergent for now.
Okay, fine. What are the different factions?The five factions are Dauntless for the brave, Abnegation for the selfless, Amity for the peaceful, Candor for the honest, and Erudite for the intelligent.
And how do they determine who is part of what faction? When you turn 16, you take a test that tells you which faction you belong in based on your personality.
What, like a Scantron? Or one of those BuzzFeed quizzes? Not exactly. The test is made up of different simulations, which allows them to determine which aspects of your personality are most dominant, based on the way that you respond to certain situations.
And who gives the test? Tris is given the test by a woman named Tori. She’s played by Maggie Q in the films.
So, is this like Hogwarts, where you’re just part of the general population until you get assigned to your faction? No, people are born into whatever faction their parents are in. Then, after they take their tests, they can choose to remain in the faction, or, if the results place them someplace else, they can choose to leave their birth faction for a different one.
I’m not quite sure I follow you. Take Tris and her brother, Caleb, for example: they were both born into the Abnegation faction, and then after their tests, Tris chooses Dauntless and Caleb chooses Erudite.
And who's playing Caleb? Ansel Elgort
Wait, isn’t he in that other movie with Shailene Woodley?Yes, After they filmed Divergent, they were both cast in The Fault in Our Stars, where Woodley plays Hazel Grace Lancaster and Elgort plays Augustus Waters.
Aren’t they in love in that one? Yeah, but it’s okay. Caleb doesn’t play a huge role in this installment, so you shouldn’t have trouble keeping the characters separate, or feeling too creepy.
Getting back on topic, then: Where does Tris get placed by the test? Instead of being placed in one faction, the test shows that Tris has equal aptitude for three of them – Dauntless, Abnegation and Erudite – which means she’s Divergent.
And that’s a bad thing? Yes. Tris must keep her divergence a secret in order to keep the faction leaders from finding out.
Why, what happens if they find out? They will most likely try to kill her. Divergents are rare, and Divergents who split the results three ways are even more so, and so the government tries to eliminate them so they don’t cause problems.
How does she keep anyone from finding out that she’s Divergent? She covers it up by picking only one faction to belong to.
So, after Tris chooses Dauntless, then what happens? After you pick your faction, you undergo an initiation process. Since Dauntless is all about bravery, Tris’ initiation involves fighting, fear-inducing simulations, and feats of physical endurance. When the testing is done, she needs to be one of the top 10 initiates in order to take her place in the faction; otherwise, she becomes factionless.
And who’s giving that test? Four, the Initiate Instructor. He will be played by Theo James.
His name is Four?Yes.
Are there any other initiates I should know about? She’s initiated with a pretty big group, but the two most important characters to know going into the film are Christina (Zoe Kravitz), who becomes one of Tris’ closest friends and Peter (Miles Teller), who spends all of his time terrorizing Tris.
Why would he do that? Partly because he’s worried that she’s outranking him in the challenges and he wants to be the best, but mostly because he’s a huge jerk.
Wait, wasn't he in that other movie with Shailene Woodley?Yes, The Spectacular Now.
Aren't they in love in that one?!Yes. She's very lovable.
Okay. Well, I think I’ve got the faction stuff down, but what about the government? Isn’t there supposed to be some kind of revolution or uprising? That comes later in the series, and we wouldn’t want to spoil anything for you. For now, all you need to worry about is Jeanine, the leader of the Erudite, who is attempting to seize power. She’s the main enemy of Tris and the Dauntless faction.
And she’s the one played by Kate Winslet? She is indeed.
Wait, so, this movie’s just about Tris joining the faction? Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of action and excitement from her initiations process, and the government threat is there throughout. That particular plot just doesn’t kick off until towards the end of the book/film.
But what about romance? Does Tris have a love interest? I’m only interested in Divergent if I get to ship something. Tris and Four’s romance plays a role in the series as a whole.
Wait, it’s just Four? There’s no childhood best friend who needs to compete with him for Tris’ affections? It’s just Four.
So there’s no love triangle? No, thank god.
Can you please tell me why his name is Four? Trust us, that's not a particularly interesting reveal.
Fine. So, if I’ve got the factions down, and I understand Divergence, and I know who the hero and the villain are, is there anything else I should know before I see the film? Nope, you should be all caught up and ready for the movie!
And when does the movie come out? Divergent is released on March 21.
And if I wanted to watch the trailer again, now that I finally get what's going on? You can check it out here:
Divergent hits theaters March 21. You can check showtimes and purchase advanced tickets at Movietickets.com.
Alongside Hollywood veterans Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, and Tony Goldwyn and two young leads (Shailene Woodley, Theo James) who have already built up quite the impressive C.V., Divergent's ensemble cast also includes several virtual unknowns. Here's a brief guide to their careers so far.Ansel Elgort (Caleb)
The son of fashion photographer Arthur Elgort, 19-year-old Elgort's career began on stage in Matt Charman's off-Broadway drama Regrets. After making his big screen debut as Chloe Moretz's prom date in last year's Carrie remake, the New Yorker landed the role of Tris' inquisitive brother Caleb Prior. Elgort will then make the switch from playing Woodley's sibling to her love interest when they both star in the adaptation of John Green's best-selling novel, The Fault In Our Stars, while he's also set to appear in Jason Reitman's star-studded comedy Men, Women and Children.
Amy C. Newbold (Molly)
Amy C. Newbold is no stranger to the Hollywood blockbuster, having worked as a casting assistant on Superman reboot Man Of Steel as well as on the likes of Contagion and Raising Hope. But as Tris' factionless enemy Molly Atwood, Divergent will see her move from behind to in front of the camera for her first major acting role, with bit parts in Boss and Chicago Fire the only other credits to her name.
Ben Lamb (Edward)
Cast as skilled fighter Edward, Ben Lamb made the move to post-apocalyptic Chicago from medieval England after playing The White Queen's brother Anthony in the BBC's hit historical drama. The 25-year-old, who'd previously studied at both RADA and Oxford University, cut his teeth appearing in various Shakespeare productions and made his onscreen debut as a posh toff in BBC legal drama Silks in 2012.
Christian Madsen (Al)
One of the more experienced "unknowns" in the cast, Christian Madsen has appeared alongside his father Michael in deliverance tale Refuge from the Storm and off-kilter thriller The Brazen Bull and his auntie Virginia in comedy Jake Squared, while he also had a minor role in Justin Timberlake vehicle In Time. Cast as kind-hearted Al, he'll next be seen as Bryan, a young man who reunites with his estranged father after 15 years in the indie drama Prism.
Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Will)
Following his older brother Henry's role in Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire, the Lloyd-Hughes name will appear in the credits of another major franchise when 25-year-old Ben plays Tris' brainy ally Will. He first appeared on screen as a teenager in BBC drama Love Soup back in 2005 and has since cropped up in a string of hit British TV shows including Skins, The Hour and Young James Herriot. While his filmography includes teen horror Tormented and the 2012 remake of Great Expectations.
Divergent hits theaters March 21. You can check showtimes and purchase advanced tickets at Movietickets.com.
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Vikings began its raid on the small screen last season, coming away with a bounty of ratings riches. Surprising everyone, the show became the number one new cable series of the year with an average of over 4 million viewers. Now Vikings is sailing back to the small screen with an ambitious, dark, and dangerous new season.
When we last left off our favorite raider Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) was battling with brother Rollo (Clive Standen) while complicating his love life. On a raid he spent time with the beautiful Princess Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) while at home his wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) was dealt the crushing blow of seeing daughter Gita die. And former monk Athelstan (George Blagden) was finally starting to take to the Viking way of life.
Hollywood.com was lucky enough to chat with Vikings stars Travis Fimmel, George Blagden, and Alyssa Sutherland to get the scope on Season 2. Here’s what they let slip:
Athelstan has embraced the Viking way of life... or has he?As the season begins, Athelstan has seemingly thrown his lot in with the Vikings entirely. But has he really given up on his Christian faith?
“We leave Athelstan in Season 1 in a very conflicted place. The most interesting characters to play as an actor and watch as an audience are the ones that have deep conflicts running throughout. It would have been far too easy to make Athelstan a completely converted pagan and gung-ho into Viking life,” actor George Blagden said about his character.
“What you see throughout the first few episodes of Season 2 is an attempt and potentially a bit of a bluff on his part. Hopefully what we’ve been able to capture this season is the ongoing conflict that Athelstan has.”
Ragnar’s love life gets complicatedWith his relationship with the tough-as-nails Lagertha on the rocks, Ragnar spends some quality time with the beautiful Princess Aslaug. The repercussions of their momentary fling are far-reaching in Season 2, especially when Aslaug shows up in town pregnant.
“He wants it to be like the Brady Bunch, Ragnar does,” star Travis Fimmel said about Ragnar’s hope of combining both families. “People are putting 21st century values on it, but that stuff happened back then. He had to give it a shot anyway, you know?”
Bjorn grows upSometime in the first four episodes, we jump forward in time four years. This allows little Bjorn to grow up into The Hunger Games actor Alexander Ludgwig.
“We loved Nathan O’Toole, he’s such a great little actor and we were really sad to see him leave. But Alexander’s fantastic too, so he was very well replaced,” Fimmel said. “And he’s a big, big boy. He grows quick in four years.”
Lagertha changes in Season 2Her husband’s betrayal and her daughter's death lead to a much different Lagertha in Season 2.
“Lagertha seems to be chasing a bit more power now,” Fimmel said. “She wants to be Earl. She’s had a taste of power and she’s more about that now.”
Aslaug isn’t a homewreckerAslaug’s appearance on the scene broke up power couple Ragnar and Lagertha, a relationship fans were already deeply invested in after only nine episodes.
“I think it’s really cool that we get to bring this idea to modern audiences,” actress Alyssa Sutherland said. “It’s interesting to me how they struggle with the idea and dilute it down into Aslaug being a “homewrecker” or the other woman, and I question whether that concept would have even existed back then. I like the complication of that storyline.”
Sutherland points out that Aslaug’s goal wasn’t to break up Ragnar and Lagertha when she shows up in town pregnant.
“It seems like a bold move, but what other pregnant chick wouldn’t chase down the baby daddy?”
But Aslaug might have special powersThe world of Vikings has always been filled with mysticism and Princess Aslaug is no different. In Season 2, we find out she might have the power of second sight.
“What I love about the way [writer and creator] Michael Hirst does it is you’re not totally sure if these magical elements that he weaves in every now and then are really happening or if it’s just what they believed at the time,” Sutherland said. “I like that it’s left up to the viewer to decide. I certainly think that Aslaug, whether she was a seeress or not, she certainly believed it and the people around her believed it.”
The season starts with a dramatic battle sceneSeason 2 gets off to a action-packed start with a full-tilt battle between brothers Ragnar and Rollo. But they’re not the only ones doing battle.
“The director shouted ‘cut’ and there was silence and you could just hear this giddy laughter soaring over the forest. And it was me, standing amongst the shield wall, just off my face on some adrenaline high,” said Blagden of his first Viking battle. “Because there’s no pretending; when they smash into the shield wall they really smash into the shield wall.”
Series star Fimmel remembers the dramatic season-opening battle a little differently though.
“Those two days we shot it were some of the hottest days on record in Ireland. A lot of people passed out that day and there were a few injuries,” Fimmel said. “That’s what I remember most about that day.”
Things remain complicated between Ragnar and Rollo How do you fix a relationship like Ragnar and Rollo’s? The two brothers have found themselves almost consistently at odds since the series began, since Rollo’s jealousy often transforms into betrayal.
“It’s going to be pretty hard to ever trust Rollo again,” Fimmel says. “But he’s blood and that’s an important thing to Ragnar. There are certainly big obstacles to overcome with Rollo. The two brothers have a good arc this season, and it’s a lot different from last season.”
Vikings returns for Season 2 on February 27 at 10 PM on the History channel. Will you be watching?
Copious amounts of snow? Check. 1990-something automobile? Check. Old timey tunes blaring on the radio? Check. This definitely looks something like a Fargo series. And even though FX's upcoming adaptation is only loosely based on the Coen Brothers' 1996 classic, we're beyond excited. The trailer is pretty short, only giving us a few precious seconds of Billy Bob Thornton scraping midwestern flurries off of his windshield, before giving us an icy glare, but it has to be good enough for now. Hopefully the next trailer gives us a little bit of Martin Freeman's American accent, and at least a couple "you betcha"s (we'll even settle for a "don'tcha know"). Since Fargo is getting the small screen treatment, we wondered which other of the Coens' films would work on television, let's start at the top and work our way through the list.
Blood SimpleWould it work as a series?Yes. Texas-style neo-noir on a week-to-week basis. We all love True Detective, don't we?
Raising ArizonaWould it work as a series?No. Nicolas Cage's zany baby-stealing high jinks might be fun as a one-off, but 13 episodes of this shtick would be overkill.
Miller's CrossingWould it work as a series?Yes. With Boardwalk Empire ending, the TV landscape is in need of some good old-fashioned mobster moxie.
Barton FinkWould it work as a series?No. His writers block would make us all lose our minds after a few weeks.
The Hudsucker ProxyWould it work as a series?Yes. Who wouldn't want some more Coen-infused screwball hoopla? (Get it?!) We picture it as a much wackier version of Mad Men.
The Big LebowskiWould it work as a series?No. The Dude's story started and ended back in Gulf War-era Los Angeles, and shouldn't be tampered with.
O Brother, Where Art thouWould it work as a series?No. Look at how badly Prison Break fell apart.
The Man Who Wasn't ThereWould it work as a series?Maybe, but the Coens' mostly forgotten follow-up to O Brother probably wouldn't rustle up too many viewers.
Intolerable CrueltyWould it work as a series?Yes. Watching a savvy, debonair leading man play a ruthless divorce lawyer already sounds like something that should be a show. Tuesdays on TBS!
The LadykillersWould it work as a series?Yes. A weekly series where a southern dandy tries to charm his way into the high-stakes crime ring definitely could definitely be fun for some laughs.
No Country for Old MenWould it work as a series?No. There's only so much "floppy haired serial killer" we can take.
Burn After ReadingWould it work as a series?Yes. A workplace comedy about the U.S. government and a local gym, and the points at which they intersect, has the makings for great television.
A Serious ManWould it work as a series?No. Not even AMC could carry a series that depressing.
True GritWould it work as a series?No. Trying to understand Rooster Cogburn's old west grumble was hard enough in surround sound.
Inside Llewyn DavisWould it work as a series?Sure. A TV series about an unlikable main character trying to become a successful artist in New York? It could be like a 1960s version of Girls.
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An hour and change into Pompeii, there's a volcano. You'd think there might have been a volcano throughout — you'd think that the folks inhabiting the ill-fated Italian village would have been dealing with the infamous volcano for the full 110 minutes. After all, volcano movies have worked before. Volcano, for instance. And the other one. But for some reason, Pompeii feels the need to stuff its first three quarters with coliseum battles, Ancient Rome politics, unlikely friendships, and a love story. But we don’t care. We can't care. None of it warrants our care. Where the hell is the volcano, already?
To answer that: it's off to the side — rumbling. Smoking. Occasionally spiking the neighboring community with geological fissures or architectural misgivings. Pretty much executing every trick picked up in Ominous Foreshadowing 101, but never joining the story. Not until Paul W.S. Anderson shouts, "Last call," hitting us with a final 20-odd minutes of unmitigated disaster (in a good way). If you've managed to maintain a waking pulse throughout the lecture in sawdust that is Pompeii's story, then you might actually have a good time with the closing sequence. It has everything you’d expect — everything you had been expecting! — and delivers it with gusto. Torpedoes of smoke running hordes of idiot villagers out of their homes and toward whatever safety the notion of forward has to offer. Long undeveloped characters rising to the occasion to rescue hapless princesses who thought it might be a good idea to set their vacation homes at the foot of a lava-spewing mountain. The whole ordeal is actually a lot of laughs. But it amounts to a dessert just barely worth the tasteless dinner we had to force down to get there.
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To get through the bulk of Pompeii, we recommend focusing all your attentions away from the effectively bland slave/gladiator/hero Kit Harington — sorry, Jon Snow (he's actually called a bastard at one point) — and onto his partner in crime: a scowling Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje — sorry, Mr. Eko (he and Snow actually trade valedictions by saying "I'll see you at another time, brother" at one point) — who warms up to his fellow prize fighter during their shared time in the klink, and delivers his moronic material with a sprinkle of flair. Keeping the working man down is Kiefer Sutherland — sorry, Jack Bauer — as an ostentatious Roman senator, doling out vainglory in Basil Fawlty-sized portions. When he's not spitting scowls at peasants, ol' JB is undermining the efforts of an earnest local governor Jared Harris — sorry, Lane Pryce (he actually calls someone a mad man at one point) — and his wife Carrie-Anne Moss — sorry, Katherine O'Connell from Vegas (joking! Trinity) — and finagling the douchiest marriage proposal ever toward their daughter Emily Browning — sorry, but I have no idea what she's from.
But questionable television references and some enjoyably daft performances by Eko and Jack can't really make up for the heft of mindless dullness that Pompeii passes off as its narrative... until the big showstopper.
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In truth, the last sequence is a gem. It's fun, inviting, and energizing, and might even call into question the possibility that Pompeii is all about how futile life, love, friendship, politics, and pride are when even the most egregiously complicated of plots can be taken out in the end by a sudden volcanic eruption. But you have to wade through that egregious complication to get there, and you shouldn't expect to have too much of a good time doing so.
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Romance is in the data cloud once again. We're getting a fresh tease of the latest saga of robo-human love in the form of a new trailer for Transcendence, which stars Johnny Depp as a scientist who gets his mind uploaded into a massively powerful machine. While watching the latest trailer, It's impossible not to see the nagging similarities between Transcendence and Spike Jonze's Her... just replace the sprightly OS played by Scarlett Johansson with Depp's corrupted consciousness who just longs for something in the vein of human genocide, and you basically have the same movie. Just listen carefully to a few lines from the Transcendence trailer and you'll be brought right back to Jonze's heartrending techno-ballad.
"It's like my mind has been set free."In Her, Samantha's self-awareness grows beyond her programming until she develops feelings for Theodore Twombly and yearns to feel rea,l tangible love.In Transcendence, Johnny Deep grows beyond his programming and yearns for a real, tangible submission of the human race to their all powerful robot overlords.
"I'm going to expand. I need more power"In Her, Samantha' thirst for knowledge and understanding finds her searching for new connections and relationships with other Operating Systems.In Transcendence, Johnny Depp just wants to take over the world, but in a totally nice and loving way.
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"You're not here with me."In Her, even though Theodore's relationship with Samantha blossoms into something unique and special, there's still a stinging lack of physical intimacy between the two of them.In Transcendence, even though Rebecca Hall laments that her partner's physical body is gone forever, Johnny Depp will use technology to follow her everywhere she goes forever. Because you know, love. Big Brother ain't such a bad guy.
"Have you fallen out of love with me?"In Her, just like any other couple, Theodore worries that the ever-evolving Samantha is rapidly outgrowing him.In Transcendence, the genocidal uploaded intelligence is feeling a little unloved after wanton murder. What does a murderous mainframe have to do to get some affection around here?
"Where are you going?""Everywhere."In Her, Samantha can be multiple places at once, and is not confined to the barriers of the physical world.In Transcendence, just like that creepy song by The Police, Johnny Depp is everywhere. Every breath you take, he'll be watching you. Especially through your webcam, which he has now possessed.
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Jack Black is the sort of comedic actor that you either love or absolutely hate. We think it all depends on which movie you saw most recently. Some of his work is hilarious, some... regrettable. Now that Black is gearing up for a new indie comedy The D-Train — co-starring James Marsden and written and directed by Yes Man screenwriters Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, via The Hollywood Reporter — we decided to go through some of his well-known roles and figure out when Jack Black's boisterous style of comedy works and where it falls flat.
Funny: High FidelityThis adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel is mostly John Cusack's story, and Black only pops up every once in a while. Scaling Black's more outlandish behavior back to smaller doses is usually the way to go, since his brand of humor can grow tiring easily.
Not Funny: Shallow HalBlack plays mostly straight man in this Farrelly Brother's comedy, and the film would actually benefit from some trademark Jack Black energy. Here he feels neutered, and boring Jack Black is way worse than obnoxious Jack Black.
Funny: Tropic ThunderBen Stiller's film is completely off the wall, and Black's high-energy humor fits right into the tone of the film. He's just as loud and ridiculous as everything else going on in the film so it works.
Not Funny: Tenacious D in: The Pick of DestinyThis is a classic case of Black doing way too much and overstaying his welcome. The comedy stylings of Tenacious D might work wonders onstage, but not in a full-length, poorly written movie that banks on Black flailing like a buffoon.
Funny: BernieIn Bernie, Black shows some hidden acting talents and does something completely removed from his normal persona. The actor delivers his best performance ever; Richard Linklater's dark comedy is a clear sign that Black should keep stretching his range.
Not Funny: Envy To his credit, this piece of s**t never gave him much of a chance.
Funny: Be Kind RewindOn the contrary, Michael Gondry's off-kilter ode to community and creation gave Black a venue to use his big energy to great effect in the many of the home movies that need to be outlandish and absurd. The film is so weird itself that Black really works here.
Not Funny: Saving Silverman We don't care how many times you watched this when you were a freshman in high school. Black is much funnier sharp than he is dumb as rocks (and Saving Silverman is sub-rock dumbness).
Funny: School of RockBlack's shtick works better at material for a younger audience, which is part of the reason why the Kung Fu Panda movies are such a huge success. Here his high energy and manic charisma is used to enthuse kids with a love of music, which makes him an altogether charming and funny hero.
Brilliant: Orange CountyIn a moment of panic, Black took off his socks before diving into a swimming pool to save his drowning brother. Something about that screams comic genius.
So on which side will The D-Train land?
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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is adding someone new to their lineup, and it might be someone we already know and love. According to The Daily Mail, the film will be adding The Vision to their already massive cast, and are reportedly looking at British actor Paul Bettany to play the role — yes, the same Paul Bettany who currently provides the voice for everyone's favorite artificially intelligent butler and personal assistant JARVIS. The actor was apparently spotted recently with Jeremy Renner on the set of the film, and that he appeared to be participating in some costuming and make up tests for the part.
It seems like every time we turn around, there's a new character being added to Age of Ultron, and with so many other superhero franchises also in the middle of casting and filming, it can be difficult keeping everyone and their powers straight. To help you out, we've created a handy rundown of all of the new heroes and villains who will be in the next Avengers film, in order of how excited we are to see them on the big screen.
Unspecified Villain Played By: Kim Soo-hyunWhat We Know: Honestly? Not much. Kim, who is a Korean actress, was recently cast in an "villain role," which means that her character will either play a supporting role to one of or both of the film's two main villains, or she will be revealed to be a significant character somewhere down the line. How Excited We Are: Well, that depends on who she's playing, doesn't it?
The Vision Played By: Paul Bettany (Allegedly)What We Know: Vision is a robot created by Ultron as a way to enact revenge against his own creator. Though Vision starts off as a bad guy, he eventually becomes good and joins the Avengers, and even falls in love with and marries Scarlet Witch. His powers include flight, phasing, the ability to project solar energy, and regeneration, which is sure to make things complicated for the Avengers. There's been no word yet on whether this version of Vision will be tied to JARVIS in any way, but many people are theorizing that Ultron may corrupt JARVIS and turn him into Vision. How Excited We Are: We'd prefer if he made a Wimbledon 2, but we'll take it.
QuicksilverPlayed By: Aaron Taylor-JohnsonWhat We Know: Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff is the twin brother of Wanda/Scarlet Witch, and is also a mutant and a former member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. He can move and think at superhuman speeds, a trait which Taylor-Johnson revealed causes him to become easily bored and irritable. He's incredibly protective of his sister, likely due to the fact that they were abandoned as children, and have spent most of their lives running away and protecting themselves from people who wanted to harm them. Quicksilver will also appear in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, although he will be played by Evan Peters, and they characters will not move between the two universes. How Excited We Are: Well, it's got to turn out better than the other Quicksilver's Empire cover, right?
Scarlet Witch Played By: Elizabeth OlsenWhat We Know: Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch will be joining the Avengers lineup in Age of Ultron. She originally appeared in the X-Men comics along with her twin brother, Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver as part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, but she was later recruited by Iron Man to join the Avengers. She's a mutant, and her powers come from her ability to perform "hexes," and telekinesis, which allow her to move or control objects as well as causing bad things to happen to her opponents. Olsen also revealed that her character can "connect with the dead and people from the past, the future, other universes," so we're excited to see how that ability comes into play in Age of Ultron. Scarlet Witch and Vision fall in love in the comics, so we're likely to see some sparks fly onscreen as well. How Excited We Are: We're always up for more female superheroes. Always.
Baron Wolfgang Von StruckerPlayed By: Thomas KretschmannWhat We Know: Strucker is a former Nazi officer who founds HYDRA, is the mortal enemy of S.H.I.E.L.D., and has spent most of his life attempting to take over the world through genocide. He is incredibly intelligent and strong, and is excellent at hand-to-hand combat, as well as having an aptitude for military strategy and disguise. Strucker has been thought to be killed many times, although he has survived or regenerated each time, and although it hasn't been revealed which powers he will have in Age of Ultron, in some comics, he is able to kill his opponents instantly by releasing the Death Spore from his body. He also sues his HYDRA resources to develop serums that give him additional powers and prevent him from aging, so that he can stay eternally youthful and torture Nick Fury for all of eternity. How Excited We Are: He's cool, but we've already seen one Super Nazi, and we're more interested in the maniacal AI.
Falcon Played By: Anthony MackieWhat We Know: Though it hasn't yet been confirmed whether or not Samuel Wilson/Falcon will appear in Age of Ultron, but since we know that it will deal directly with the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it's likely that he will pop up in some way. Although his backstory differs somewhat in the comcis, in the film, Falcon works as a tactical leader for S.HI.E.L.D. and bonds with Captain America over their shared military experience. He is able to fly using a pair of mechanical wings, and in the comics he also has the ability to connect with birds, see through their eyes and communicate with them. Falcon has been Captain America's sidekick since the 1970s, and joined the Avengers shortly afterwards, which means it's only a matter of time before we see him line up with the rest of the team. How Excited We Are: Finally, Mackie will be in a film worth seeing. Sorry dude, we love you, but even you couldn't make Runner, Runner bearable.
Ultron Played By: James SpaderWhat We Know: Ultron is an artificial intelligence with an unfortunate god complex who is hell-bent on getting revenge on his creator and taking over the world. He's a long-term nemesis for the Avengers, having first appeared in the comics in the 1940s, so even though he's the main villain of this film, that doesn't necessarily mean we won't see him in future films. Ultron will be rendered on-screen through CGI, though he will be based on the motion-capture work that Spader will be doing. His range of powers includes superhuman strength, speed, and stamina, flight, and the ability to shoot rays of energy from his hands that renders opponents unconscious; however, Joss Whedon has revealed that not all of his powers will be featured in Age of Ultron. How Excited We Are: He's the big bad of the film and he's voiced by Spader. Need we say more?
Bo and Dyson are celebrating her return…by fighting. It looks like Dyson has new digs: a boxing gym. Strange choice. Even stranger, despite their sordid history, they’ve resumed their f-buddy-ship. Afterwards, Kenzi takes Bo to the Dal to celebrate her return. But, the Dementors Una Mens have made everyone miserable. Bo uses her sexy touch to start a dance party…to the Spice Girls. Is this opposite world?
Teenage Tamsin is adjusting to her new life. She’d practicing twerking and bonding with Kenzi. It looks like when she grows up she will be a lot more fun. She stays home alone because despite being ancient she’s too young to drink. Bizarrely, some ninjas storm the clubhouse. It causes a scared Tamsin to grow into her adult self. She still wasn’t able to stop the masked men from robbing the house. Adult Tamsin still has the mind of a teenager, but ends up rejoining Dyson as his partner. Their latest case is the hunt for Lauren.
In an undisclosed bunker (possibly an unused set from Homeland), Lauren and Crystal are imprisoned. Crystal confesses she “spy-banged” Lauren because she was believed nothing bad would happen. But she fell in love. Now paging, Mademoiselle Cliché. Lauren reveals she has a brother, her real name is Karen, and she built bombs for a terrorist cell. This is a huge departure from the meek doctor we used to know. Cue the Gotye song. A mysterious voice threatens Lauren into helping a sick Fae Elder. Lauren, finally fed up with all the Fae drama, negotiates Crystal’s release and challenges who she thinks is Hale and the Light Fae. Big reveal…she’s talking to someone else. Who is she talking to? Is it The Morrigan? Vex? Or could it be, Aife?
Kenzi’s pixie-dust addiction comes to a head. Massimo the Druid is behind the robbery at the Clubhouse and kidnaps Kenzi. Bo saves the day, per usual, and finds out they can erase Kenzi’s debt if they get some herbs from Lauren’s apartment. It ends up being a trap. They get stuck in the apartment by a Fae blocking spell. But why is Massimo trying to keep them hostage? As a Druid, he wants Valkyrie hair because it’s powerful and valuable. He wants a crack at Tamsin. Meanwhile, Kenzi reveals her Jubilee power abuse and that she kissed Dyson. Dyson later pops by to console Kenzi about the mess and offers to teach her how to be "more than human."
At Massimo’s lair, Bo arrives in time to save Tamsin. But while she’s battling Massimo, Tamsin reveals an epic set of wings. That means this is her last life on Earth. Looks like there is a limit to the circle of life. Bo steals a little of his chi and finds out he’s human. She takes back the hair he tried to steal and throws it in a pit of fire. He starts to cry and says it’s for him “mommy.” Then he jumps into the fire to get it. Bo and Kenzi have a heart to heart about her addiction and she’s been scared this whole time because the Una Mens are after claimed humans. Bo forgives Kenzi and decides to take care of it once and for all.
All episode, Bo has been stalked by a gargoyle. She finds out gargoyles only serve Elder Fae. So the inevitable Bo/Una Mens confrontation happens. They reveal they only wanted her because she was unallied. But now she is. It turns out Bo has chosen a side…the Dark side. Insert Darth Vader theme here. It looks like her memory isn’t all she lost on the terror train.
Bo is Dark now. This means there’s bound to be a big shift in the show. Lauren's mysterious kidnapper is probably Dark. Bo will probably get closer to Tamsin, Vex, and The Morrigan who are all dark. Bo will have friction with the members of the Light including her grandfather, Trick, who did something sketchy to Aife.
Kenzi and Hale are bound to get together soon. They’ve been almost there forever. But there relationship will get into trouble when he finds out that she sold Massimo the twig of Zamora. It's a family heirloom that makes you immortal... you don't just give that away.
This isn’t the last we’ve seen of Massimo. He jumped into the fire voluntarily so he knows something we don’t know. Is his mommy Aife?
Dyson plans to teach Kenzi about being more than human. This sounds like the perfect occasion for a montage.
The contestants arrive at the house and meet their preselected "soul-mate" partners. The first challenge consists of one partner, suspended from the ceiling holding up the other partner. The last couple to hang on has the power to eliminate one couple. Jen and Parker make a deal with Natalie and Matt and Jen and Parker win the contest.
Episode 2. Episode 902
(AIR DATE 02/13/2008)
Sheila and Adam fight over the way he refers to the special needs children he works with. Someone calls Parker a snake and he's determined to learn who it is. Sharon comes clean and says it was Ryan. Parker wants to evict Ryan, which forces Jen to come clean about her relationship with Ryan. Ryan also tells Allison. Parker and Jen evict Sharon and Jacob. For the HoH competition, the contestants must correctly answer questions about their partners. Alex and Amanda win the competition and become the first HoH.
Episode 3. Episode 903
(AIR DATE 02/17/2008)
Allison is not happy about Ryan's secret and doesn't want to help Jen. Amanda reveals some personal information about her father's death. Nervous that Allison will reveal Jen and Ryan's secret, Jen and Parker begin telling their housemates the truth. Alex and Amanda nominate Ryan & Allison and Jen & Parker for elimination.
Episode 4. Episode 904
(AIR DATE 02/19/2008)
Joshuah's partner, Neil, leaves the house to deal with a personal matter, allowing Joshuah to bring back the evicted Sharon to be his partner. Alex is resentful of Parker's friendship with Amanda. Matt and Natalie win the PoV competition, but decide not to rescue either of the nominated couples.
Episode 5. Episode 905
(AIR DATE 02/20/2008)
Amanda's gossiping leads to a major fight among the house guests. Jen spreads a rumor that Ryan is racist, but Sheila tells Ryan about the rumor and he denies it. Ryan goes to Parker and tells him it's a lie and Jen goes to Sheila angry that Sheila told Ryan. In a 3-1 vote, Parker and Jen are evicted. The HoH competition consists of the contestants guessing what the majority would chose to do. Chelsia and James win the competition and become HoH.
Episode 6. Episode 906
(AIR DATE 02/24/2008)
James and Chelsia agree to keep Matt and Natalie safe. The contestants have their first food competition and team "Sea-duction" (Joshuah, Sharon, Ryan, Allison, Matt and Natalie) wins. Allison and Sheila admit to Chelsia that they made up the lesbian story. Matt and Natalie and Alex and Amanda are nominated and Matt is furious that James double-crossed him.
Episode 7. Episode 907
(AIR DATE 02/26/2008)
Allison and Sheila talk, Sheila feels like they aren't friends anymore. For the Power of Veto competition the teams must connect cables to power a generator correctly. Sharon and Joshuah win. Allison complains of an allergic reaction and Amanda passes out. Sharon and Joshua decide not to use the Power of Veto.
Episode 8. Episode 908
(AIR DATE 02/27/2008)
The house guests all look out for Amanda after her collapse, making sure that she is eating enough. Natalie and Matt talk to their friends trying to ensure enough votes to stay in the house. Julie talks to the house guests. Alex and Amanda are voted out. For the new HoH competition the contestants must correctly name the source of love quotes placed around the house. Joshuah and Sharon win.
Episode 9. Episode 909
(AIR DATE 03/02/2008)
Joshuah continues to argue with Allison. James tells him to calm down, but Joshuah insists that she started it. He tells everyone how upset he is about the fact that she lied about her sexuality. Natalie continues her pursuit of Matt. For the food competition, the men must guess their the weight of their partner and then gather enough asparagus to match the weight. The teams win beverages, veggies and fruits, and meats and cheeses. Allison starts a fight with Joshuah, but then tries to smooth things over with Joshuah. Allison & Ryan and Natalie & Matt are nominated for elimination.
Episode 10. Episode 910
(AIR DATE 03/04/2008)
Matt believes he and Natalie are safe because the target is Allison. Natalie and Matt win the PoV competition. Sheila and Adam fight about losing the PoV competition. Matt and Natalie have a talk about improving their tense relationship. Joshuah and Sharon put Sheila and Adam on the block.
Episode 11. Episode 911
(AIR DATE 03/05/2008)
Matt makes promises to both teams nominated for elimination, but James calls him on it. Allison and Ryan are voted out, but when they try to leave they find that the door is locked. A siren sounds and Julie announces that they are no longer teams, they are playing as individuals and now the players must vote out either Allison or Ryan. Allison is voted out unanimously. Ryan wins the HoH competition and Julie announces that viewers will be voting back one of the previously eliminated players.
Episode 12. Episode 912
(AIR DATE 03/09/2008)
Adam and Matt are glad to be without partners, but James worries that his closest ally is now his enemy. Joshuah shows his spiritual side. James and Chelsia admit their feelings to each other. Ryan, Matt and James form an alliance. Matt, James, Ryan and Natalie win the food competition. Chelsia and Sharon are nominated for elimination.
Episode 13. Episode 913
(AIR DATE 03/11/2008)
Natalie and Joshuah convince Ryan he should put Matt up for elimination. Natalie spills the plan to Matt and he starts plotting a way to get ahead of the others. Chelsia comes out of the PoV game with the Veto. Chelsia uses her veto leaving Ryan and James on the block.
Episode 14. Episode 914
(AIR DATE 03/12/2008)
Chelsia fights with Ryan and Matt and Ryan and Joshuah reassert their alliance. Sheila and Natalie decide it might be a good idea to evict Sharon. The house guests get to see where the evicted house guests are now before Julie announces that America has chosen to bring back Alex. James is voted off. But he has a chance to return. The remaining house guests must vote to bring back the mystery house guest America has voted back, or bring back James. They vote to bring James back. The house guests prepare for the Disco Ball HoH competition.
Episode 15. Episode 915
(AIR DATE 03/16/2008)
For the HoH competition, the house guests must hang from disco balls. Knowing she can't make it much longer, Natalie makes a deal with James and then drops letting James become the HoH. Matt gives Natalie a massage. Ryan goes to talk with James and try to keep James from nominating him. Ryan and Sheila are nominated for elimination.
Episode 16. Episode 916
(AIR DATE 03/18/2008)
James tries to figure out the identity of the third person who voted against him. Shelia worries about the PoV competition and the rest of the house guests make fun of her. For the competition, the teams must walk along balance beams transporting blocks. James wins the PoV competition. Sharon tells James that Matt was the third person to vote against him. James uses his veto on Sheila and puts Matt on the block instead.
Episode 17. Episode 917
(AIR DATE 03/19/2008)
Matt breaks down in tears about being nominated. Adam encourages Matt to fight to stay even though Ryan is campaigning against him. Sheila considers changing her vote. Julie announces Evel Dick from Big Brother 8 will be visiting next week. The house guests vote on who to eliminate, Matt or Ryan, but it's a tie and HoH James breaks the tie by evicting Matt. The house guests must answer questions about the evicted house guests in the HoH competition. Adam wins, but admits he's uncomfortable with nominating people for eviction.
Episode 18. Episode 918
(AIR DATE 03/23/2008)
Adam isn't very excited about winning HoH. Natalie is sad over Matt's departure. Sharon loves the House guinea pigs. Instead of a food competition, the house guests compete in a luxury competition to win a chance to see the premiere of "21." Ryan wins the Big Brother Blackjack game. He decides to take Natalie, Adam and James with him to the screening. Ryan risks the screening to win a trip to Vegas, but he loses and Sheila, Joshuah, Sharon and Chelsia get to go to the screening instead. Adam nominates James and Chelsia.
Episode 19. Episode 919
(AIR DATE 03/25/2008)
Sheila complains to Adam and Natalie about Chelsia and James. Sheila, Joshuah, Chelsia and Sharon enjoy the screening of "21" that they won and Chelsia finds the winning ticket for the $21,000 VIP trip to Las Vegas. James, Chelsia, Joshuah, Sheila and Sharon compete for the PoV. Dick arrives in the house and wakes the guests in his traditional manner with a frying pan. The guests play a game of croquet and James wins, earning himself the PoV. James uses the PoV to remove himself from the block and Sharon is put up in his place.
Episode 20. Episode 920
(AIR DATE 03/26/2008)
The house guest dye Easter eggs. Chelsia decides to go out with a bang and smashes all the colored eggs. Julie comes in and asks the house guests some random questions and then talks with HoH, Adam. The house guests all vote to evict Chelsia. The house guests play Big Brother Election where they must correctly answer questions poised by viewers in order to win the HoH. Natalie wins the competition and is the new HoH.
Episode 21. Episode 921
(AIR DATE 03/30/2008)
James tries to come up with a new game plan to stay in the game. He talks with HoH Natalie about her intentions. Joshuah tells Sheila how he came out to his parents. James and Natalie have a frank talk about whether or not it would be in Natalie's favor to nominate James. In the food competition, Adam is the only one to earn food privileges so Adam and Natalie get food while the rest of the house is on slop. Ryan presents a new plan to Natalie, but she opts to nominate James and Joshuah.
Episode 22. Episode 922
(AIR DATE 04/01/2008)
Sheila gives both James and Joshuah pep talks before the PoV competition, but James overhears Sheila's talk to Joshuah. James confronts Sheila. James breaks down and cries when talking with Joshuah about Sheila's betrayal. James wins the PoV. Joshuah cries, knowing that Natalie will put up Sharon, which she does.
Episode 23. Episode 923
(AIR DATE 04/02/2008)
Joshuah works to convince the house guests not to vote him out. Sharon and Natalie have a talk and Sharon promises if Natalie helps her stay, she will have Natalie's back the next week. Joshuah's mother reveals that she's been surprised by his behavior. Joshuah is voted out and Sharon cries when he leaves. Adam wins the HoH competition.
Episode 24. Episode 924
(AIR DATE 04/06/2008)
The contestants talk about their strategy for the week. The house guests win the grill in the food competition. Ryan and Natalie try to convince Adam he has to put James on the block. James goes to make a plea for his safety. James has an emotional breakdown and Adam takes pity on him and tells him he's safe for the week. Adam nominates Sharon and Sheila.
Episode 25. Episode 925
(AIR DATE 04/08/2008)
Sheila yells at Adam for putting her on the block. Adam apologizes to his teammates for not putting James up; he regrets it. Ryan wins the Power of Veto. Ryan decides to save Sheila and Adam replaces her with James.
Episode 26. Episode 926
(AIR DATE 04/09/2008)
James begins campaigning against Natalie. Sharon's parents talk about how she's doing in the game. The house guests in the jury house give their opinions on the game. Sharon and James give their pleas for staying in the house. The house guests vote James out. The house guests must hang from a rope inside a box. The last one hanging on will be the new HoH.
Episode 27. Episode 927
(AIR DATE 04/13/2008)
Sharon drops out of the HoH competition first, hoping she'll win the PoV instead. Natalie finally drops, allowing Sheila to win the HoH. Sheila tells Sharon and Adam her plan and Adam agrees to be put on the block so Sheila can backdoor Natalie. Sheila convinces Ryan to use his PoV on Adam if he wins it. Sheila puts Sharon and Adam on the block.
Episode 28. Episode 928
(AIR DATE 04/15/2008)
Adam is worried about being nominated. Sheila and Natalie both console him. The contestants have a puzzle to put together for the PoV competition. Adam puts it together in the shortest amount of time and wins the PoV. The house guests throw a surprise birthday party for Sheila. Adam removes himself from the block and Sheila replaces him with Natalie.
Episode 29. Episode 929
(AIR DATE 04/16/2008)
Adam and Ryan want a house meeting, but Natalie is dying her hair and refuses to come, so they bring everyone else to the bathroom and have the meeting there. At the meeting it is revealed that Natalie has been playing both sides. Sheila and Sharon mostly observe the meeting, rather than participating. They are surprised by Natalie's responses. James and Chelsia talk in the Jury House. Ryan votes Natalie out while Adam votes Sharon out, leaving Sheila to break the tie. She evicts Natalie. The remaining house guests play a true or false trivia game to determine the next HoH. Ryan wins and becomes the next HoH.
Episode 30. Episode 930
(AIR DATE 04/20/2008)
Ryan is upset that Adam reveals to Natalie that Ryan voted to evict her. The house guests learn that there is another pre-existing relationship in the house. Sharon grabs Ryan to be her teammate for the Luxury competition leaving Sheila and Adam as a team. Ryan and Sharon win the competition and Adam and Sheila are stuck together for 24 hours. Ryan puts Sheila and Sharon on the block.
Episode 31. Episode 931
(AIR DATE 04/22/2008)
Sharon tries to console Sheila and Ryan tries to convince Adam that they need to eliminate Sheila. Adam tells Sheila he will protect her. Ryan wins the PoV competition. Adam tries to make a deal with Sharon, but she won't committ. Ryan decides not to use his PoV and Adam votes Sharon off. The remaining three contestants begin their battle for the final HoH spot.
Episode 32. Episode 932
(AIR DATE 04/23/2008)
Ryan reveals that the plan had been to evict Sheila, but at the last minute Adam convinced him that Sharon was a stronger player and should be the one to go. Sheila gives up first in the HoH competition and Adam lets Ryan win the first round. Adam wins the second round. Ryan wins the third round making him the final HoH. He chooses to evict Sheila, leaving Adam and Ryan to compete for the big prize.
Episode 33. Episode 933
(AIR DATE 04/27/2008)
The seven players in the jury house discuss the eviction of Sheila and who of the two remaining contestants, Adam or Ryan, played the game better. The jury questions Adam and Ryan. The jury members vote and then Julie talks to each of them. Adam wins, while James wins the special prize of $25,000 as America's favorite juror.