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Brian Austin Green on Lunch Date with Australian Maxim Model Tina Louise – TMZ

The ‘90210’ star seems to be dating a former Maxim model.

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‘Age of Ultron’: Taking Out 1 Useless Character Wouldn’t Have Changed the Movie At All – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

It really is no secret many Marvel Cinematic Universe fans disliked Avengers: Age of Ultron from 2014. People still complain about its useless characters.

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It really is no secret many Marvel Cinematic Universe fans disliked Avengers: Age of Ultron from 2014. Occasional complex reasons exist to why, including simply not liking the AI character of Ultron in the first place.
Since Ultron exhibited the worst traits of Tony Stark‘s personality, he became a bit of an annoying villain for some. Then again, other fans stand up for the film as only being slightly flawed.
One thing for sure is the use of Pietro Maximoff (aka Quicksilver) seemed like a wasted opportunity in a few eyes. A number of fans note if Pietro had never appeared in the film, it probably would not have improvedAge of Ultron significantly.
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Looking back at Pietro Maximoff
Maybe not every fan considered Quicksilver a useless character. As the brother of Wanda Maximoff, Pietro came off as a bit impetuous for a while due to thinking faster than the average person.
However, he eventually became a key Avengers ally, particularly in attempting to bring down Ultron. Despite siding with Ultron at first to bring down Tony Stark, Pietro turned to The Avengers side when realizing what Ultron wanted to do in destroying all humans.
In the end, Pietro ended up sacrificing his own life to save the life of Hawkeye when in the middle of an Ultron battle. Rather than be an epic send-off, it came up a little short compared to Stark’s sacrificial death years later.
Why this occurred was likely due to Pietro not having enough character development, if also not gaining enough audience sympathy. Also, the response by Wanda to Pietro’s death (tearing out Ultron’s heart) made Age of Ultron seem more disjointed than the usual MCU feature.
Fans on Reddit are split on ‘Age of Ultron’ opinion
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As one fan on Reddit recently noted: “Just the whole use on Pietro in that movie was horrible. Looking back on it that was my only big beef with Age of Ultron.”
A while back, another thread was started on Reddit asking why fans dunk on Age of Ultron so much. Fans piped in saying it was not really as bad as others try to make it. The problem was that even with a few minor story flaws, it makes it considerably lesser than all the other entries in the franchise.
Maybe others would say this raises the bar far too high for the MCU, albeit each ensuing film definitely continuing to. A good argument can also be made the director makes all the difference.
Joss Whedon was the director of Age of Ultron, ultimately paving the way toward his exit. More than a few critics think Whedon took the MCU in the wrong direction with this movie, including letting himself down, per Deadline, and going horn to horn with Marvel on creative differences.
Had Pietro Maximoff been eliminated, would it have made a difference?
Even though fan opinion of Pietro’s death seeming unnecessary, the real beef is often with Ultron himself. It was just bizarre to see an AI villain taking on Tony Stark’s own worst traits.
Others think this deviated too much from the comic book version of Ultron where he was more like a Terminator figure. Having Ultron similar to Stark made him akin to an evil human brother rather than just a robotic figure.
These creative divides over what the Marvel Comics did and what the movies do is maybe not a fair argument for the quality of the film. Most of its problem is the expectation of all MCU films since it was made.
There was nothing wrong with Pietro as a character by any means. Perhaps his timing was bad in dying in a slightly lesser MCU movie rather than waiting to die more gallantly during The Snap in Infinity War.

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Lisa Marie Presley’s Son Benjamin Keough Dead at 27 from Apparent Suicide – TMZ

Benjamin Keough has died at age 27.

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Lisa Marie Presley’s son and Elvis Presley’s grandson, Benjamin Keough, has died of an apparent suicide … TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us Ben appears to have died Sunday in Calabasas from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Not much is known about him other than the fact that he’s got a super-famous family. He’s the son of Lisa and musician Danny Keough — and his sister is actress Riley Keough, who’s been in a number of indie and horror films over the years, including 2019’s “The Lodge.”
Of course … his grandparents are Elvis and Priscilla Presley.
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Ben has kept a low profile throughout the years, but the one thing he’s well-known for is looking almost identical to his famous grandfather, The King himself.
Lisa addressed the similarity, saying … “Ben does look so much like Elvis. He was at the Opry and was the quiet storm behind the stage.” She added, “Everybody turned around and looked when he was over there. Everybody was grabbing him for a photo because it is just uncanny.” She even wrote a song about Ben called “Storm and Grace.” Storm’s his middle name.
He was also a musician … he even struck a record deal back in 2009 worth $5 million. He’s got a couple acting credits under his name, but aside from that, not much else is known about him publicly. He has few social media accounts.
One of the last times he was seen out with the family was during Elvis’ 40-year death anniversary during a vigil at Graceland.
Benjamin was just 27.
RIP

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Ensigns are the scrappy underdogs in new Star Trek: Lower Decks trailer – Ars Technica

Alex Kurtzman tapped Rick and Morty head writer Mike McMahan to spearhead the project.

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Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid lend their voices to the new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks, premiering next month on CBS All Access.
With the success of Star Trek: Discovery and Picard, CBS continues to expand its offerings within the Star Trek universe, this time with a new animated comedy series: Star Trek: Lower Decks.  The series boasts a unique angle: it focuses on telling the stories of the lower-ranking crew members, with all the big dramatic events of a typical Star Trek episode happening in the background. As Ensign Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome, Space Force) says in the new trailer, “We’re not really elite. We’re more the cool scrappy underdogs.” That sounds like a Star Trek series the fans can get behind.
This is the first animated Star Trek series since the Emmy-award-winning Star Trek: The Animated Series (TAS) which ran from 1973-1974. That show served as a sequel to the live action Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)effectively a fourth seasonwith many of the original cast members returning to voice the characters. Among the new characters introduced were a three-armed, three-legged alien crew member named Arex, and a Caitian (a cat-like alien) crew member named M’Ress. The 22 episodes included a sequel to the famous “The Trouble with Tribbles” episode from TOS, in which the breed is genetically altered to not reproducewith the tradeoff being that they grow extremely large (or rather, clusters of tribbles are able to function as a single whole).
Star Trek: Lower Decks is a different beast. It’s part of a five-year overall deal Discovery co-creator and showrunner Alex Kurtzman signed with CBS to expand the franchise. Kurtzman tapped Rick and Morty head writer Mike McMahan to spearhead the project. Mike won our hearts with his first sentence: I want to do a show about the people who put the yellow cartridge in the food replicator so a banana can come out the other end, Kurtzman told Variety back in October 2018. His cats name is Riker. His sons name is Sagan. The man is committed. Hes brilliantly funny and knows every inch of every Trek episode, and thats his secret sauce: he writes with the pure, joyful heart of a true fan.”
Kurtzman was adamant from the start that Star Trek: Lower Decks would not be in the same R-rated vein as Rick and Morty, although it would “skew slight more adult” than TAS. Since late March, production has been taking place remotely because of the coronavirus pandemicsomething that is easier to do on an animated series. The biggest challenge, per McMahan, was figuring out how to record the voice actors with remote equipment in their private homes.

  • Space: The Funnest Frontier.
  • Check out the USS Cerritos
  • Ensign Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome) catches Ensign Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid) pretending to record a captain’s log.
  • Meanwhile, on the bridge, Captain Carol Freeman (Dawnn Lewis) relies on Commander Jack Ransom (Jerry O’Connell), a Bajoran lieutenant named Shaxs (Fred Tatascriore), and medical officer T’Ana (Gillian Vigman).
  • Ensigns Tendi (Noël Wells), Rutherford (Eugene Cordero), Boimler, and Mariner reporting for duty.
  • They keep the Cerritos repaired and running.
  • Mariner gets stuck with Holodeck waste removal.
  • She’d rather be exploring strange new worlds
  • Just a couple of adjustments. Probably.
  • T’Ana is dealing with a crisis.
  • Tendi has a heart. Well, someone’s heart.
  • The crew prepares to defend the ship.
  • Ransom’s negotiations with an alien species don’t appear to be going well.
  • A moment of triumph for the crew.

Kurtzman has described Lower Decks as a “love letter” to Star Trek. Chronologically, it takes place after the events of the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis; the name is an homage to an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG). Per the official premise, the new half-hour animated comedy series “focuses on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, in 2380. Ensigns Mariner, Boimler, Rutherford, and Tendi have to keep up with their duties and their social lives, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies.”
Newsome’s Mariner adopts a lax approach to following the rules, which contrasts sharply with the attitude of Ensign Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid, The Boys), who is a stickler for the rules and dreams of being captain of his own starship one day. Eugene Cordero (Tacoma FD) voices Ensign Rutherford, who sports a cyborg implant and bears some resemblance to Geordi La Forge from TNG. Rounding out the main below-decks crew is Ensign Tendi (Noël Wells, Master of None), a new addition to the medical bay.
The cast also includes Dawnn Lewis (A Different World) as Captain Carol Freeman; Jerry O’Connell (Sliders) as Jack Ransom, a character McMahan compared to TNG’s William Riker “if he was on speed and had less shame”; Fred Tatascriore (Robot Chicken, Bojack Horseman) as a Bajoran lieutenant named Shaxs; and Gillian Vigman (Sons & Daughters) as T’Ana, a Caitian doctor who heads the medical bay on board the Cerritos. Her character is a callback to M’Ress in TAS, described by McMahan as “a good doctor, but she’s an unpleasant cat.” There have also been rumors of cameos by a few original TNG characters, although nothing has been confirmed.
The trailer opens with Boimler pretending to keep a captain’s log, much to the amusement of Mariner. (“I can’t believe you’re wasting your shore leave on this.”) We meet Tendi, who is overwhelmed with awe at being aboard the Cerritos, although reality sets in the second she enters sick bay and T’Ana hands her a human heart. (“Hold this. Don’t pass out!”)  Meanwhile, Mariner learns she’s been assigned Holodeck waste removal, rather than having the chance to explore strange new worlds and solve “space mysteries.” She is excited to get to check in out the new shuttle with the blast shield, though. (“It comes down and it goes up, blast shield!”) And it looks like Rutherford, in addition to be a handy mechanic, has some mean fighting skills.
Star Trek: Lower Decks premieres on CBS All Access on August 6, 2020.
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