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Arrowverse Crossover: Could Tom Welling Play The Superman Of Earth-X?

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The Arrowverse is back, and this year, it brings with it the biggest crossover event yet for the DCTV universe. ‘Crisis On Earth X’ is going to bring together all four shows (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow) for a ‘four hour movie’ style event, where each episode connects completely to the others. This is an expansion of the usual crossover style for the CW’s comic universe, where heroes from each show make an appearance in each other’s episodes.

The crossover also promises plenty of opportunities for the Arrowverse to include a few new dopplegangers – or even entirely new versions of characters. Some fans are even wondering if the ‘Crisis’ in the title heralds a ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths’-style simplifying of the Arrowverse, where all four shows will be brought together into a single universe… potentially including a familiar face f rom the older DC series, Smallville.

What Is Crisis On Earth X?

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While the CW is keeping the details of the crossover close to their chest for now, there’s quite a bit that we know about Earth-X already. One of the many different worlds in the DC multiverse, Earth-X explores what the world would look like if Hitler had been successful and managed to take over the entire world. While there are pockets of resistence, led by the super-team Freedom Fighters, the majority of superheroes we know and love work on behalf of the Nazi regime to continue the oppression of the people of Earth.

The crossover event itself will take place as Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Iris West (Candice Patton) finally get married (or try to, anyway). It will pit each of the Arrowverse heroes against their evil Nazi counterparts (Dark Arrow, Dark Flash, and Overgirl), as well as Earth-X versions of various other Arrowverse villains. It’s a story that will revolve around Oliver (Stephen Amell), but that will have a huge impact on the Arrowverse as a whole.

Will Evil Superman Make An Appearance?

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While the poster for the event has confirmed that ‘Dark’ versions of the Arrowverse big three (Supergirl, The Flash, and Green Arrow) will all be appearing on Earth-X, they aren’t going to be the only ones with evil dopplegangers. We can presumably expect to see some Earth-X versions of the Legends and the other members of Team Flash, Team Arrow, and Team Supergirl – whether they will still be on those same teams or not.

Previous doppleganger universes have included versions of characters who are not superheroes, who are different heroes, or who are different villains. From Black Siren (Katie Cassidy) to Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp), there have been plenty of dopplegangers who range from an ‘evil’ version to a totally different character, and this is sure to happen on Earth-X as well. Which begs the question: is there going to be an Earth-X Superman in the mix?

In the comics, Superman is very much a part of this alternate universe, as one of the leaders of the Gerechtkeitliga, aka the Justice League Axis. He’s one of the ‘heroes turned evil’ at the core of this universe, and an opponent to the Freedom Fighters who continue to resist. As Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) has already appeared in the DCTV universe, it would be very possible for him to return for the crossover event, although this hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Tom Welling Wants To Return To DC

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The possibility of an alternate Superman has sparking speculation that this might be the role that brings Tom Welling back to the CW’s DC universe, as the Superman of Earth X. Welling first appeared in the DC live action world as the star of Smallville, an earlier superhero offering from the CW that ran for ten seasons and told the story of Clark Kent from high school teen to the Superman that we know and love.

Welling has recently commented that he would love to be a part of the DCTV universe, saying that he already has some ideas about how he could appear on The Flash. Many fans had hoped that Welling would reprise his role as Superman on Supergirl, so this would be a second option to see the actor back in red and blue for a few episodes. Adding Welling as Superman on an alternate Earth would be a great way to include the actor, and one that would allow for guest appearances in future, without committing him to a regular part. It would also be great to see another Smallville alum appear as an Arrowverse villain, as Laura Vandervoort did last year when she popped up on Supergirl as Indigo. It’s even possible that a Crisis storyline involving multiple earths could include the Smallville universe as another alternate reality – something that would certainly make Smallville fans happy, but that would be more than a little complicated to pull off.

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Harvey Weinstein ‘doesn’t recall pressuring Salma Hayek’ for an intimate scene in Frida, says statement

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On Wednesday (13 December) Hollywood actress Salma Hayek wrote an op-ed on The New York Times detailing her harrowing experiences with the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Salma Hayek (left); Harvey Weinstein (right). Images via Facebook

Salma Hayek (left); Harvey Weinstein (right). Images via Facebook

She had alleged that her continuous rebuffing of Weinstein’s sexual advances had brought upon the wrath of the latter on to her, especially during the shoot of the 2002 film Frida. She said Weinstein forced her to do an intimate scene, which was not required at all, with co-actress Ashley Judd. Along with that, she was also subjected to physical assaults, death threats by him.

In a recent statement, Weinstein denied Hayek’s accusations saying all of them were not accurate. He especially refutes Hayek’s claims of having been pressurised by him into doing intimate scenes with Judd in Frida.

Vanity Fair carries a report which contains the whole statement issued by Weinstein’s spokesperson:

Mr Weinstein regards Salma Hayek as a first-class actress and cast her in several of his movies, among them Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Dogma, and Studio 54. He was very proud of her best-actress Academy Award nomination for Frida and continues to support her work.

While Jennifer Lopez was interested in playing Frida and at the time was a bigger star, Mr Weinstein overruled other investors to back Salma as the lead. Miramax put up half of the money and all of the P&A; the budget was over $12 million. As in most collaborative projects, there was creative friction on Frida, but it served to drive the project to perfection. The movie opened in multiple theaters and was supported by a huge advertising campaign and an enormous Academy Awards budget.

Mr Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female co-star and he was not there for the filming. However, that was part of the story, as Frida Kahlo was bisexual and the more significant sex scene in the movie was choreographed by Ms Hayek with Geoffrey Rush. The original unibrow used was an issue because it diverted attention from the performances. All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired.

Ed Norton, who was Ms Hayek’s boyfriend at the time, [worked with Mr Weinstein on the rewrite of the script in Mexico] did a brilliant job of rewriting the script and Mr Weinstein battled the WGA to get him a credit on the film. His effort was unsuccessful to everyone’s disappointment.

By Mr Weinstein’s own admission, his boorish behavior following a screening of Frida was prompted by his disappointment in the cut of the movie—and a reason he took a firm hand in the final edit, alongside the very skilled director Julie Taymor.

Hayek hasn’t yet responded to Weinstein’s denial of the accounts mentioned by her on The New York Times‘ op-ed.


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Fukrey Returns box office: Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal starrer steadily inches towards 50 cr

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The ground-breaking success Fukrey Returns proves that 2017 was a year of comedy sequels.

Starring Richa Chadha, Pulkit Samrat, Ali Fazal, Varun Sharma and Manjot Singh in leading roles, the cult comedy is steadily inching closer to the 50 crore mark. Its current box office collections stand at a neat Rs 46.65 crore.

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Richa Chadha in a still from Fukrey Returns. YouTube

Backed by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment, the film had crossed the 40 crore mark in just five days — unusual for a film with a cult following. It also saw consistent growth in the opening weekend.

Internationally, too, the film has been doing great and has minted over Rs 5 crore, its key markets being the USA and the UAE.

All the cast members reprise their roles in the second installment of the Fukrey Franchise, which revolves around two boys — Hunny and Chucha and their amusing encounters.


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Rajinikanth sets aside six days to meet fans; thousands of people expected to attend

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If you’re a superstar Rajinikanth fan, here’s your chance to get a photo clicked with your matinee idol. For the second time this year, the 67-year-old actor is all set to meet his fans later this month and it is expected that thousands of people are likely to grace the occasion.

In a statement released by All India Rajinikanth Fans Association on Thursday, it has been confirmed that Rajinikanth will meet his fans from December 26-31 at his Raghavendra hall. The statement added that over 1000 people per day are expected to attend the event and therefore police protection has been sought.

Letter written by All India Rajinikanth Fans association.

“He couldn’t meet most of his fans earlier this year in May. This time he hopes to meet as many as possible during the six days. A photo session from 8 am to 3 pm on all days has been planned just as last time. He will also address the gathering as and when possible,” a source close to Rajinikanth told Firstpost.

In May, addressing a large gathering of his fans, Rajinikanth clarified that he hasn’t completely ruled out a career in politics and that he will take the path if god willing. “At every phase, God decides what we have to do in life. As an actor I have a responsibility and I’m fulfilling it now. If god willing, I will enter politics. If I enter, I’ll be honest and won’t entertain those who see this as easy means to make money.”

Talking about his brief stint in politics when he supported DMK in 1996 Tamil Nadu assembly elections, he said it was a political accident. “Supporting a political alliance 21 years ago was a mistake on my part. My name was misused by a lot of politicians and some of them even earned money using my name. My support is for no party,” he added.

Rajinikanth. PTI Image.

Rajinikanth also warned his fans to stay away from drinking and smoking. He said that not only does these habits affect someone’s health but also their decision making ability. “I always used to wonder how people can lose their whole wealth just by drinking. It took me a while to realise that drinking leads to bad decision making and some bad decisions and end someone’s life. I have been personally affected by drinking and smoking, please don’t fall prey to it.”

On the career front, Rajinikanth awaits the release of 2.0 and Kaala. Both these films – which are riding on high stakes – are expected to hit the screens in 2018. Shankar-directed magnum opus 2.0, with a budget of Rs. 450 cr, is set for release on April 27, 2018.

Pa. Ranjith’s Kaala, in which Rajinikanth plays a slum lord-turned-gangster, is most likely to release during summer of 2018. It is strongly believed that he will take his political plunge in 2019.


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