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WandaVision’s Kick-Ass Reference Is Just a Fun Easter Egg – No Hidden Meanings Here!

By | February 14, 2021

WandaVision is packed with references to other superhero properties, but we definitely did not expect a reference to Kick-Ass to show up! The 2010 superhero movie (and superhero movie satire) is technically based on a Marvel property, but its presence in WandaVision is purely a joke about casting, not a hint about anything we should be theorizing about.

The scene is so quick, you might miss it! During a trick-or-treating sequence, Tommy is particularly delighted at his uncle Pietro’s suggestion that they go trick-or-treating together (with the implied advantage of Pietro’s super speed). “Yeah, kick-ass!” he exclaims. As they head off together, Wanda is left behind, repeating “Kick-ass…” to herself. It’s framed like a classic ’90s sitcom trope of a mother being exasperated at her kids learning more mature language, but the repetition highlights that this is no throwaway line of dialogue.

In fact, it’s a reference to the fact that playing Quicksilver isn’t the only thing that connects Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Evan Peters. Both starred in the 2010 movie version of Kick-Ass: Taylor-Johnson as wannabe vigilante Dave Lizewski (aka “Kick-Ass”) and Peters as his pal Todd. Amusingly, there’s a recast twist involving Peters in that franchise too. In Kick-Ass 2, Todd tries to become a vigilante like his friend, but he’s no longer played by Peters; at the time, CinemaBlend reported that Peters’s involvement with American Horror Story may have caused a scheduling conflict that required him to drop out of the sequel. This time, it’s Peters who is the “recast” version of an old character!

In a weird way, it’s almost nice to have an Easter egg in WandaVision that doesn’t require too much overthinking or theorizing! While most of the little hints and allusions to other superheroes have us trying to figure out what it could mean for the show and for the Marvel universe as a whole, this one is just a silly, fun casting joke!

Kate McKinnon Is Slowly Losing Her Mind Over the Weirdness of 2021 in This SNL Cold Open

By | February 1, 2021

If the transition from 2020 to 2021 taught us anything, it’s that a new calendar year doesn’t keep weird things from happening. We have QAnon-sympathizing politicians in DC, soaring GameStop “stonk” values, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers headed to the Super Bowl. Is it any surprise that Kate McKinnon is “slowly losing [her] mind” along with the rest of us?

During the Saturday Night Live cold open on Jan. 30, McKinnon asked “What still works?” in a talk show of her own devices. Spoiler: very little makes sense these days. OJ Simpson can get the vaccine before teachers and social media moguls are losing control of their own platforms. We have to laugh to keep from crying, right? Watch the cold open above to get a glimpse inside McKinnon’s mind recently. At least we know her humor still works.

JoJo Siwa Thanks Fans For Their Support After Coming Out: “I’m the Happiest I’ve Ever Been”

By | January 25, 2021

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JoJo Siwa is the “happiest [she’s] ever been” as a public part of the LGBTQ+ community. On Jan. 22, the 17-year-old performer and former Dance Moms star shared a Twitter photo of herself wearing a shirt printed with “Best Gay Cousin Ever” on the front. She also joined the “Pride House” members for a TikTok video. Her posts brought in messages of support from celebrities and fans alike, as they assumed JoJo was coming out. The following day, she addressed the conversation and opened up about her sexuality during an Instagram Live with fans.

“Personally, I have never, ever, ever been this happy before, and it feels really awesome,” JoJo said. “I’ve been happy for a little bit now. It’s just so, so, so awesome.” She thanked her network for all of the love and encouragement she received after her social media posts. She continued, “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been; that’s what matters.”

During the Instagram Live, a fan asked JoJo if she subscribed to any labels. “I have thought about this, but the reason I’m not going to say this answer is because I don’t really know this answer,” she responded. “I think humans are awesome; I think humans are really incredible people. Right now, I’m super-duper happy and I want to share everything with the world, but I also want to keep things in my life private until they are ready to be public.”

She used the opportunity to support her fans of all sexual orientations, especially those who are struggling to come out. “Right now, what matters is that you guys know that no matter who you love, that it’s OK. It’s awesome, and the world is there for you. There are so many people that are there for you. I know everyone’s situation is different and it might be harder for some people and easier for some people to come out or be themselves, but I think coming out has this stigma around it – that it’s this really, really scary thing, but it’s not anymore.”

JoJo continued, “There are so many accepting and loving people out there that it’s OK. Of course people are going to say it’s not normal, but nothing is normal. Literally not one thing about anybody is normal, and it’s OK not to be normal, it’s OK to be a little different, it’s OK to be a little weird, strange, different. That’s something we should never, ever be afraid of.” Watch her full Instagram Live below.

Servant Is the Weirdest Show on TV – You Should Watch It

By | January 20, 2021

Apple TV+ is best known for being the home of The Morning Show and Ted Lasso, but the streamer also houses the most unabashedly weird show on television. That show is Servant, and you should definitely watch it. Granted, you’ll spend most of each episode confused, horrified, and flummoxed by the events unfolding in front of you, but that’s all part of its (dark) magic.

In a nutshell, Servant is about a couple, Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) and Sean (Toby Kebbell), struggling to cope after the death of their infant son, Jericho. Sadly, Dorothy doesn’t accept that her son is dead, and at the start of the series, she’s clinging to a reborn doll to get her through her grief. However, her family believes the only way for Dorothy to move forward is for her to return to work in the hope that she might begin to accept the fact that Jericho is gone. Enter Leanne (Nell Tiger Free), a sheltered young nanny hired to placate Dorothy and “care” for the doll while she’s at work.

While Sean and Dorothy’s brother Julian (Rupert Grint) fully expect Leanne to freak out when she realizes she’s being asked to tend to a doll, she just rolls with it. By the end of the first episode we find out why: Jericho the doll has been replaced by a real baby, and Leanne behaves as if nothing strange has happened at all. Is the baby actually Leanne’s? Did she bring Jericho back to life somehow? Is the entire household suffering from the same delusion? Those are just the questions you’ll be left pondering after the first episode’s final scene – things don’t get really wild until episode two.

Before you decide to watch Servant, you should know that it could be triggering for anyone who has experienced the loss of a pregnancy or a child. The episode in which Jericho’s fate is revealed is particularly heartbreaking, and it’s also the only episode in season one without any sort of potential supernatural strangeness going on. It’s just a painful half-hour of television with a standout performance from Ambrose.

But the rest of the series is just absolutely bonkers. Here are a few things that happen in season one, without context: Sean randomly begins pulling giant splinters from his body (including his throat), an entire party full of people are fed human placenta without their knowledge, and, at one point, Grint’s Julian walks through his sister’s opulent brownstone banging a pot and screaming “Baby!” as loud as he can in a scene that manages to be both unsettling and hilarious, as is Servant‘s way. Add in a man sleeping in a crib, an actual cult that just pops over to visit Leanne, and enough grotesque shots of foods to put you off snacks for good – seriously, do not watch this show while you’re eating dinner – and you have some small idea of what you’re in for.

Ultimately, watching Servant is an experience, and I mean that in every sense of the word. Writer and creator Tony Basgallop excels at crafting a general feeling of unease. From the music to the dim lighting and the claustrophobic setting of the Brownstone, once you enter the show’s universe it’s impossible to know whether the events unfolding in front of you are happening for real or if it’s all just a long con being played by an opportunistic nanny preying on a vulnerable family. And as strange as it may sound, that’s all part of the show’s appeal.

Servant is great in part because it serves up so many questions for the audience to ponder. Will those questions ever be answered in a satisfying manner? Years of watching puzzle-box shows like Lost and Game of Thrones suggest that they won’t be, but that’s hardly the point. This supremely weird show packs mysteries inside mysteries and is full of ominous Biblical references destined to keep you up at night. I feel absolutely confident in saying there’s nothing else like it on TV – and that’s exactly why you need to check it out (just, please, for your own sake, don’t forget to heed my warning about eating food while watching Servant – even croquembouches aren’t safe from chef Sean).

So, Taylor Swift Ended the Year in a Fuzzy Bear Costume: “Bye 2020, It’s Been Weird”

By | January 1, 2021

2020 may have been the year that Taylor Swift came back sronger than a ’90s trend, but I don’t exactly remember rocking a life-sized bear costume with my jelly bracelets and butterfly clips. To ring in the new year and say farewell to 2020 once and for all, Taylor shared a photo of herself wearing a faux bear coat on Instagram. Yes, including the mouth, eyes, and nose. “Bye 2020, it’s been weird,” she captioned the post, which, while somewhat unsettling, also sort of makes a lot of sense.

Through the good and the bad, the “Well, this might as well happen” meme seemed to be applicable all year round, and this photo fits right in as weird, wonderful, and very 2020. As much as we appreciate (and deeply understand) the sentiment, Taylor, we can’t help but ask a few questions about this particular photo:

  • Long story short, we love this look but where did she get it?
  • Also, why the heck was she wearing it in the first place?
  • So, is that a coat or, dare I say, a cardigan?!
  • Wait, is this a hint about her mysterious Woodvale album? BRB, scoping out clues!
  • Is she wearing matching pants? And slippers?
  • Can we expect a new music video with Taylor in this fantastic costume?
  • Is this the new look of 2021? Should we all be wearing bear costumes right now?
  • We love this look but why doesn’t it come with paws?!
  • Is or isn’t this a hint at a new song? New album? New aesthetic? We can’t bear to wonder any longer, Taylor!

Yeah, 2020 might have felt unbearable at times, but this photo was definitely a nice way to send off the year. Thanks, Taylor – it’s been weird!