What Ive learned after 100 hours on FuboTV


is widely regarded as one of the best TV streaming services for live sports. While it originally launched in 2015 with an emphasis on international soccer, FuboTV has significantly expanded its reach and appeal. Earlier this year, the service inked a deal with Viacom that added MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Comedy Central, and more to its already robust collection of channels. Does the mean that FuboTV can hold its own against competitors like and ?

Ive spent the last three months and well over 100 hours streaming the service on a complimentary account, which included premium channels and add-ons like . Heres what Ive learned and what you should know before signing up for a free trial.

COST: $54.99 per month
COMPATIBLE DEVICES: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
PROS: Incredible channel selection for live sports, 4K streaming, and a great interface.
CONS: Pricey, can only stream on 2 devices, and lacking ESPN channels.

After a recent price hike, FuboTV now costs $54.99 per month. Thats significantly more than the competitionSling TV packages start at $25 per month, and costs a flat $49.99 per month, for examplebut youre also getting a robust channel package that includes a couple of specialty channels and youd have to pay extra for elsewhere. FuboTVs base package offers nearly 100 channels, and it includes almost all of the cable standards youre used to: , , , , , , , and plenty more.



Some of that is filler: Even the most ardent fan doesnt really need eight separate beIN Sports channels. Ditto for the four Big Ten Network channels. But FuboTV is one of the few live TV streaming services that offers Viacom channels like , , and . For $5.99 per month, you can get another 30 channels with Fubo Extra that cover world news (BBC World News, CNBC World, CNN International), light entertainment (Cooking Channel, PeopleTV), and more Viacom properties (TeenNick, MTV2, BET Jams).

FuboTV caters to bilingual families better than most services. Each subscription comes standard with UniMs, Galavisin, NBC Universo, beIN Sports, Univision, and Fox Deportes. The $7.99-per-month add-on Latino Plus expands your options further with CNN en Espaol, TyC Sports, and more.

As far as premium channels are concerned, you can add for $10.99 per month, AMC Premiere for $4.99 per month, and FX+ for $5.99 per month. NBA League Pass is also available for $28.99 per month. Thats the same youd pay directly or with Amazon Prime, but its convenient having all your streaming in one place.

If youre a sports fan, FuboTV will seem tailored to you. Youll get and , Fox Soccer Plus, Pac-12 Networks, NBC Sports, and CBS Sports Network, among others. It was my preferred service for streaming March Madness this year, thanks to its inclusion of , , TruTV, and CBS. You can unlock NFL RedZone, , and regional Fox Sports and Pac-12 channels with the Sports Plus add-on for just $8.99 per month. Thats an incredible deal, and there are other packages tailored to cycling, the outdoors, and international sports.


But a sports streaming service that doesnt include ESPN is like the 90s Chicago Bulls without Michael Jordan, Pink Floyd without Roger Waters, or ER after George Clooney left: Its solid but obviously lacking.

You can soften the blow by subscribing to , the networks new standalone subscription service, which costs just $4.99 per month and offers a ton of live sports programming (250 MLS games, 180 MLB games, 180 NHL games, 20 UFC Fight Night events, for starters). Or you can try the boxing service that has exclusive rights to Canelo Alvarez, Gennady GGG Golovkin, and Anthony Joshua fightsfor $19.99 per month. Even with both of those, youre still paying significantly less than you would for a traditional cable package.

But without ESPN proper, you wont be able to watch Monday Night Football, SportsCenter, the College Football Playoff National Championship, or dozens of other must-see sporting events. I felt ESPNs absence regularly. In the last week alone, I wouldve missed the game 6 showdown between the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets and game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Instead, I turned on Sling TV.

FuboTV interface

FuboTV has a slightly different interface depending on what device youre streaming from. On mobile and with the Amazon Fire app, youre greeted by a collection of current and upcoming sporting events. You can swipe right to see everything thats on right now or scroll down to filter based on the sport youre interested in. Youll also see a list of replays available for recent events. Its a fantastic layout for sports fans, lending further credence to FuboTVs reputation as a sports streaming service first and foremost. But if youre looking for live TVor anything other than live sportsyoull have to click into a different tab to get started.

I actually prefer the interface on desktop. It opens with a more well-rounded menu of options that includes current live TV highlights, featured programs, news, and sports, before delivering an assortment of trending collections. (Right now, its Superhero Movies, Popular on Showtime, Popular on AMC Premiere, Popular Shows, and Popular Movies). If you arent sure what to watch or are just looking to veg out, youre bound to find something that catches your interest


No matter which app youre using, the Guide tab functions the same way, and its FuboTVs best feature. You can scroll down to see everything thats playing right now or scroll forward to see whats coming later. The formatting is clean and intuitive, and new episodes are clearly identified. You can also browse by network, which makes it easy to see all of the on-demand content available for a specific channel.


You can also favorite channels (as seen below), which prioritizes them in the channels guide and helps you channel-surf much more efficiently. Unfortunately, the feature doesnt carry over to TV shows. When I wanted to watch season 2 of Atlanta on-demand, for example, I had to search for it from the home screen. Every. Single. Time.


FuboTV features

Cloud DVR

FuboTV generously includes with your subscription, and you can upgrade to 500 hours for an extra $9.99 per month. Until recently, there wasnt an easy way for you to schedule recurring recordings, which meant you had to remember to manually schedule recordings for your favorite programs or events on a weekly basis, which is obviously not ideal. Thankfully, in the last few weeks, FuboTV launched a Record Series feature that solves that issue. Its still in beta and only works with Apple TV devices and on desktop, but its a good sign that the company is working toward improving the service.



For the times you tragically forget to record a program, theres Lookback, a feature that lets you start from the beginning of a program up to three days after missing it. You wont be able to fast-forward or rewind, but its still a valuable safety net.

4K streaming

If youve upgraded to a 4K TV, you mightve noticed that your picture isnt always as crisp as what youve come to expect from cable or satellite, especially when it comes to live sports. Theres nothing worse than shilling out for a 65-inch flat-screen only to feel like youre watching an old VHS tape. Part of the problem might be your internet connection. It takes incredible bandwidth to stream live TV, after all. But the larger issue is that none of the major live TV streaming services offer channels in 4Kexcept FuboTV.

The feature isnt widely available on the service, but youll regularly be able to stream sports events in 4K on FS1 and NBCSN. That includes Premier League matches and the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in July. (You can find a list of upcoming 4K events here.) Theres more progress that needs to be made, but FuboTV is leading the industry right now.

FuboTV review: The final verdict

I streamed FuboTV mostly on my TV, first using an Amazon Fire Stick, then with an Amazon Fire TV, which enables 4K streaming, after I upgraded to a new Samsung QLED smart TV. (FuboTV was the only major live TV service that didnt have an app readily available in the Samsung app store when I first signed up, but it recently added a beta version.) I also logged considerable hours on my laptop (a Chrome browser on a MacBook Pro) and my smartphone (Google Pixel 2). It’s worth noting you can only stream from two devices at one time, though you can a third for an extra $5.99 per month.

The streaming quality was quite remarkable for the most part, and I didnt run into any of the formatting issues I occasionally found with . But there were at least five separate occasions on mobile where the screen froze and the audio continued playing. It wasnt that big of a deal: I just had to refresh the page or rewind 15 seconds for it resync, but its worth noting, especially for those who might have a weaker Wi-Fi signal.

The biggest selling point for FuboTV isnt actually its live sports offeringsits the services compelling and customizable channel guide. For those accustomed to cable, it offers the simplicity that most new subscribers will be looking for and makes it easy to look ahead on the calendar or browse by specific channels.

Still, pitching FuboTV as a family-oriented streaming service is a bit like calling Die Hard a Christmas movie: Its technically true but also slightly misleading. While theres something for everyone in FuboTVs channel lineup, the overall experience is still very much geared toward sports fans. But if youre looking to cut the cord to watch international soccer or other live sportsand you can live without ESPNFuboTV is as good as it gets.


Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/fubotv-review/

How Porn Movies Get Their Wacky Names


Millions of viewers a month check out the top porn sites, sifting through an equally staggering amount of content and making easily-searchable titles more important than ever. In as few words as possiblethe consensus seems to be three to five words per titleproducers often aim to summarize the plot and grab your attention. With titles like Bust a Nut in Grandma, The Little Spermaid, OMGape and Make My Ass Pregnant, theres little doubt about what youre in for. Who comes up with these cheeky titles day after day, and how?

For many of the smaller independent companies there is no team of creatives brainstorming lists of titles to be approved by the higher-ups. When generating his own titles, Lance Hart, founder of Sweet Femdom Studios and Man Up Films, takes the distribution method into consideration.

If Im putting a DVD out to sit on a shelf in hopes of someone randomly picking it up and buying it, the title has to be bold and stick out, says Hart. My newest gay DVD is titled Big Dicked Superheroes Taken Down. I need the walker-by to know that there will be men in spandex with big dicks getting roughly boned by villains. Nailing the right title is a necessity when distributing on DVD, as reprinting the box covers for a better header is rarely worth the cost.

Within the online market, the flexibility to tweak a title can translate to better earning potentialand in some cases make a previously-unnoticed movie skyrocket to No. 1 on the charts. I made a movie where Batman gets mind-controlled by a sexy superhero girl Riley Reyes and has sex with her. It didnt do so well with whatever title it had, says Hart. In the intro Batman was kind of slut-shaming Super Riley for wearing too slutty of a supersuit, so I changed the title to Slut-Shaming Batman and it was immediately the No. 1-selling VOD on GameLink.

Though Hart claims he mostly wings it, frequently creating content inspired by his set wardrobe, there is also a method to his madness.The first step in creating a successful title is to determine what Hart refers to as the bullet points of your porn. I like to consider what outfits the performers are wearing, since often thats the only difference in the beginning. Also, theres what sex acts occur. Then theres the why. Why are they in this sex situation which would be pretty abnormal in anyones natural life? says Hart. If I can cover all of this with the title, thats a win, but it has to be a short title. So Booby Ladies in Pantyhose Pounding Men with Strap-ons is a little long. I start with something like that and try to shave it down. If I cant get it right, I try a more emotional title, like Give Her Your Ass or something. Sometimes a more emotional title wins in terms of sales.

If I cant get it right, I try a more emotional title, like Give Her Your Ass or something. Sometimes a more emotional title wins in terms of sales.

Behind some of porns hottest trends, multi-award-winning director Bree Mills believes both visuals and text should hook a viewer, as its the title and the visual thumbnail paired with it that will get the clicks. As head of Gamma Films Adult Time, Mills has the luxury of working with a pre-production team of writers and content analysts to merge data insights with creative intent when determining potential movie titles. Within Adult Time, which encompasses the Netflix-type shows that we do,we have different types of projects, like TV shows with recurring series, explains Mills. At the end of the day, what gets someone to click in and watch your episode is largely dependent on what they see in the episode cover, and that line you read under the thumbnail should be just as enticing.

Last month the most engaging episodes released, the scenes people watched the longest, were scenes that had the word daughter in the title, Mills adds. The majority of top-watched had that word in the title, though not always falling under traditional family roleplay themes, so it provided insight into the importance of that keyword.

Despite the analytics, Mills stresses the importance of connecting back to the creative integrity of the project. To get outside of those Porn 101 titles, Mills prefers to think about the project on its own, outside its adult orientation, focusing instead on the visions shes bringing to life. Mills encourages her colleagues to do the same, while still maintaining an understanding of whats going to sell it. I try to make sure the work Im doing is a mix between the data-driven keyword injections and then focus on whats going to be a good title for that story you want to tell, says Mills. Forget about the fact that its an adult film. Whats going to be a good film title?

Drawing much of her inspiration from mainstream cinema, Mills prides herself on creating titles that draw interest without shortchanging the audience with traditional porn names. Most of my movies arent based on porn tropes; I use points of reference. Im like a pop-culture vulture, a huge film nerd, and one of the projects I calledHalf His Age, a film that won movie of the year last year in 2018, is inspired by a Police songDont stand so close to me, says Mills. If you listen to that song, youll hear the line. I took that nugget of inspiration and paid homage.

Mills company also encourages fans to pay homage by submittingtheir own scene and title ideas, promoting audience engagement. Several of our big content lines have been working closely with members for years on submitting story ideas and scenarios, says Mills. And oftentimes well take a scenarios from a member that includes a proposed title.

Thanks to digital content, porn titles are now peppered with data-driven keywords and no longer permanent (unless the movie still makes it to DVD). Despite these modern-day upgrades, and directors who think outside the box, there remains a large percentage of absurd porn titles topping the charts. And its easy to see why, if using the old naming formula:sex act + motivation to engage + visual identifier = silly porn title.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-porn-movies-get-their-wacky-names

Avengers: Endgame Review: Time Is on Their Side


There is nothing more impermeable than time. It's fixed, constant. It may be a human construct, but it is one humanity has built atomic clocks to perfect; there is no stopping its ever-forward march. Except in sci-fi. And comic books. In those worlds, it's fluid. There are rules about not killing Hitler or betting on the World Series, but other than that, the structures of time can be bent.

This, more than anything, is the core of Avengers: Endgame. Yes, there is—as most fans expected—some time travel. (More on that later, in the spoiler-y paragraphs below.) But its deeper narrative follows a thread about the years people have devoted to Marvel heroes, the nostalgia those fans already have for them, and what the future will look like as they evolve. Luckily, in comic-book stories, the future is just as malleable as the past.

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  • First, here's what you need to know: Avengers: Endgame picks up where Infinity War left off. Thanos has wiped out half of the universe's population, and the remaining heroes (Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Rocket Raccoon, and the newly recruited Captain Marvel) are trying to un-snap his fingers. The other thing to note: Avengers: Endgame is very good. No movie could have fully encompassed everything that happened in the preceding 10 years and 21 films, but it is the best possible effort at trying to achieve that goal. It's nearly three hours, and none of them feel wasted. More than that, it's exactly what fans need.

    What Marvel fans, or anyone, needs in 2019 is a tricky proposition—one that plays out twofold in Endgame, with a double-helix of a plot that constantly works on two levels. First, there's the obvious: Everyone needs closure, needs to see if the Avengers can pull off saving the universe one more time. Second, they need to be rewarded for the decade-plus they've spent with these characters, the effort they've put into seeing every film.

    Endgame achieves this using one of the oldest tricks in the cinematic playbook: time travel. As everyone who noticed that Doctor Strange, Wong, and Ant-Man were largely unaccounted for at the end of Infinity War predicted, there is only one way to press Undo on what Thanos did: pull a Cher and turn back time. Though, they don't just rewind what happened and stop it. Instead, they find a more permanent solution that involves going back to retrieve the Infinity Stones before Thanos got his big purple hands on them and using their power to reverse the damage.

    This review won’t reveal if this plan succeeds at defeating Thanos, but it will say that it’s a wonderful ride and a narrative tool that provides a chance for the Avengers and their posse to revisit a large chunk of the movies in the franchise. It’s a trip that, in the best ways possible, feels like a band reuniting for a greatest-hits tour, one where the songs gets played by a frontman or frontwoman who wasn’t on the original track—some Traveling Wilburys covering a George Harrison track, Jay-Z and Nas ending their beef to perform “Dead Presidents,” and Beyoncé reuniting Destiny’s Child at Coachella all rolled into one. (In this case, it’s more like “Rocket goes to Asgard” and extended beats of Bruce Banner explaining science to The Ancient One.) It’s a service to every fan who remembers those early films fondly, and a final tug on the threads that have held the franchise together since the beginning.

    This kind of nostalgia is delicate, though. It’s tempting to want to go back to the first arc in these heroes’ journeys, the origin stories when they were ascending. It might even be tempting to just go back to 2008, before Mueller reports and Harvey Weinstein investigations and Michael Jackson documentaries, when it seemed easier to believe in heroes in general. That’s impossible, and foolhardy. Longing for those days is akin to longing for a time of ignorance, a time when all the superhero movies were led by white dudes. Everything has changed, and while revisiting days of future past is fun, time (in our world) only moves forward, and the future is more important than what’s come before. Or, to borrow a phrase from Tony Stark, “That’s the hero game—part of the journey is the end.”

    Acknowledging this reality is Endgame’s strongest suit. Because while it spends a fair amount of its second act playing to its base (with some excellent surprise cameos), it spends its final third establishing its new world order. In one of the film’s most telling moments, Captain Marvel—sporting a haircut sure to be the toast of Lesbian Twitter for months—charges into battle flanked by the franchise’s women heroes, the MCU’s version of a Time’s Up meeting (remember this?). Marvel’s Phase 4 is still fairly uncertain, but if Endgame has any takeaway it’s that the future is female. And less white. And at least a little bit queer.

    Avengers: Endgame could become the biggest movie the world has ever seen: It may make nearly $1 billion in one weekend. Theaters are staying open around the clock to keep up with demand. It’s the culmination of 11 years and 21 films—an unprecedented feat that may never be repeated. The only thing that may come close is December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which will be the ninth film in a nostalgia-filled franchise spanning more than four decades. That film, too, will see the reins handed over to a new generation of heroes, folks whose chance to lead is long overdue. Endgame is a beautiful, massive finale—and it paves the way for all the warriors to come. It’s about time.

    Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/avengers-endgame-review/

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe explained


    SPOILER ALERT! This article contains details of the plots of some Marvel films, including recent releases.

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    Image caption Why so serious? Perhaps the Avengers: Endgame cast are getting theirs heads round the ins and outs of the MCU

    Marvel sequel Avengers: Endgame hits UK cinemas on 25 April and is widely expected to be the biggest release of 2019.

    The film will be the 22nd entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with 2008’s Iron Man.

    If you want to watch Endgame, but feel daunted by the sheer size of the MCU, never fear!

    Here’s everything you need to know.

    What is the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe – or MCU for short – is the shared place where all 22 films featuring the comic book characters are set.

    Each tells its own distinct story but also connects with other films in the MCU, to tell an overarching tale. It’s a technique Marvel Comics pioneer Stan Lee also used in his comics.

    The MCU is the most successful film franchise of all time, making more than $18.2bn (£13.7bn) to date.

    What order should I watch the films in?

    We suggest you watch the films in chronological order, rather than the order in which the films were released.

    Handily, in the book Marvel Studios: The First 10 Years, Marvel released an official MCU timeline to help you do just that.

    We’ve added the films released since that book came out and voila, here is a handy diagram to help you organise your Marvel viewing!

    Just one geeky note on the diagram. Technically the main events of Ant-Man and the Wasp happen before Infinity War, but we suggest you watch it afterwards to fully appreciate the post-credits scenes, which takes place later.

    Why did Marvel start with these characters?

    In 2007, Marvel was recovering from bankruptcy and had sold off the film rights to some of the company’s most popular characters like the X-Men and Spider-Man.

    Marvel still owned the superheroes who form the core Avengers team – Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and Captain America – so used the early MCU films to introduce these heroes.

    Marvel then brought these characters together for the crossover film Avengers Assemble. You can see a list of all the current members of The Avengers here.

    The crossover was planned from the very beginning.

    The first MCU film released, Iron Man, included a post-credits scene in which Samuel L Jackson’s super spy Nick Fury gives the first mention of the Avengers.

    I don’t have time to watch all the films! What can I skip?

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    Endgame is the finale of a series of 22 films.

    But, don’t worry, you don’t need to watch every single one to be fully prepared.

    Here are the 10 films you could skip and still understand the basics of Endgame.

    • The Incredible Hulk – you’ll learn all you need to know about the key characters here in Avengers Assemble
    • Thor – ditto
    • Thor: The Dark World – you don’t need to see this to get the gist of Avengers: Age of Ultron
    • Iron Man 2 – Scarlett Johansson fans may not want to skip this one, as it marks her entry into the MCU
    • Iron Man 3 – Robert Downey Jr is always watchable, but skipping this won’t leave you confused
    • Ant-Man – Scott Lang and his superpowers get introduced all over again in Captain America: Civil War
    • Doctor Strange – all you really need to know is this film introduces the Time Stone.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 – there’s some nice character development here, but it won’t give you new information on the final battle
    • Black Panther – we hesitate to suggest you skip this Oscar-winning film, as it’s one of the MCU’s best, but other than introducing Wakanda as a location, you’ll get most of the relevant information about the characters introduced here in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War
    • Captain Marvel – again, watch this if you can but if you’re pushed for time, all you really need to know is that Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) got her powers from the Space Stone (aka the Tesseract) and she’s going to be important to the final battle in Endgame. Also, the man who put together the Avengers – Nick Fury – lost his eye to an alien disguised as a cat.

    What’s so important about Avengers: Endgame?

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    Marvel’s plans for its films are structured in phases, with each one ending with an Avengers crossover movie.

    Avengers Assemble spelt the end of Phase One, and Age of Ultron brought Phase Two to a close.

    Endgame not only ends Phase 3 but also wraps up the series of 22 films that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is now calling The Infinity Saga.

    The new title for the first three phases of the MCU references their overarching story, which sees the gathering of the Infinity Stones (six powerful gems that grant their owner great power) and the war against the mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin). You can read a complete guide to the Infinity Stones here.

    Endgame will see the remaining Avengers try and rescue everyone, after villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) got hold of all the Infinity Stones and wiped out half of all living things with a snap of his fingers in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

    You can see a complete list of everyone who died here.

    All bets are off as to who makes it to the finish line in Endgame, as it also coincides with the end of the contracts of some of the biggest Marvel stars.

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    Image caption Could Avengers: Endgame be the end of the road for Chris Evan’s Captain America?

    It’s been widely reported that Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Robert Downey Jr (Tony Stark/Iron Man) have come to the end of their contracts.

    There’s also been speculation that their Marvel co-stars Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romonova/Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye) and Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk) have also reached the end of their tenure at the studio.

    Though a solo Black Widow film is reported to be in the works, it could be a prequel, so there is no guarantee Johansson’s character survives.

    One thing is for sure though – whatever happens, it will take time for Endgame’s story to unfold.

    It’s the longest entry in the MCU so far, clocking in at three hours and two minutes. That’s the same length as the first instalment in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey (2012).

    What’s the future of the MCU?

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    Image caption Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), probably reacting to rumours that one of the core Avengers team might not make it through Endgame alive

    We can expect a major shake-up of the MCU, in the wake of Endgame.

    Phase Four begins with the release of Spider-Man: Far from Home on July 5 2019.

    According to producer Amy Pascal, the film “will start a few minutes after Avengers 4 wraps as a story”.

    Tom Holland’s Spidey was one of many heroes wiped out in Thanos’s Snap in Infinity War, but given his starring role in this film, we can expect he’ll be alive and well before the Endgame credits roll.

    New films involving other supposedly dead characters have also been confirmed for Phase Four.

    Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will return for a sequel at “some point in the future”.

    Chadwick Boseman is also likely to recover from his disintegration in time for Black Panther 2.

    We also know a third Guardians of the Galaxy film has been confirmed, after Disney re-hired director James Gunn, but we don’t know which Guardians will return for it. At the end of Infinity War, Bradley Cooper’s Rocket and Karen Gillan’s Nebula were the only survivors from that franchise.

    Feige has also hinted that Phase Four could include a solo sequel for Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel.

    Also in development are new films involving super-powered beings called the Eternals, and martial artist superhero Shang-Chi.

    Which Marvel characters aren’t in the MCU?

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    Image caption Dark Phoenix, which stars Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner, is likely to be the last time the X-Men appear outside the MCU

    You might be confused about why some Marvel characters appear in films that don’t connect to the MCU.

    The reason for this is actually simple.

    Long before Marvel Studios existed, Marvel Entertainment had sold the rights to some of its characters to other filmmakers.

    Spider-Man was sold to Sony. The studio made a Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, and soon afterwards rebooted the franchise less successfully with Andrew Garfield as the webslinger.

    However, Sony and Marvel have now agreed a partnership that allows Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to appear in MCU films, while Sony retains the rights to the character.

    Sony also owned the rights to Ghost Rider, and made two films about him starring Nicolas Cage, until the rights reverted back to Marvel in 2013.

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    Image caption Nicolas Cage, possibly hoping some strategically placed Ghost Rider branding might inspire Marvel bosses to greenlight a new film

    The Fantastic Four series and the X-Men were sold to 20th Century Fox, though Marvel Studios expect to regain the rights to both properties this year due to a merger between Disney and Fox. The merger means Marvel could introduce these characters into the MCU in future films.

    Fox also made the Deadpool movies, starring Ryan Reynolds, which sit firmly outside the MCU.

    It’s not clear what the future holds for this franchise, as the foul-mouthed, pansexual superhero is certainly not the most family friendly character.

    However, the Deadpool films were a commercial success and star Ryan Reynolds has hinted on social media that he’d like there to be a future for the character with Disney.

    Fox also owned the rights to Daredevil, in 2003 producing a film starring Ben Affleck, and the 2005 spin-off film Elektra, before the rights reverted back to Marvel.

    Universal’s Hulk films and New Line Cinema’s Blade Films were also the result of deals struck before the rights to those characters reverted back to Marvel, and don’t belong within the MCU.

    I’ve seen all the MCU films. What else can I watch?

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    Image caption Clark Gregg looks very pleased that his character got resurrected, so he can keep cashing those Marvel cheques

    Don’t worry. There are plenty of TV shows set in the MCU to keep you going.

    • Agent Carter – follow the adventures of Hayley Atwell’s Agent Peggy Carter as she reprises her role from the MCU films in this series, which ran from 2015-16.
    • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – the show that proves Avengers Assemble wasn’t the end for Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).
    • Inhumans – this show ran on the US network ABC for one series. It centred around the Inhumans – an alien race with superpowers that gets in contact with Earth.
    • Runaways – this show, based on the comics of the same name, is on streaming service Hulu. It follows six teenagers who discover their parents are villains.
    • Cloak and Dagger – this series about a romance between two super-powered teenagers is on the ABC-owned Freeform network. It’s based on characters who first appeared in the Spectacular Spider-Man Comics.
    • The Netflix Marvel TV showsMarvel’s deal with Netflix has now come to an end but you can still enjoy the edgy adventures of Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and The Punisher on the streaming service. Ensemble show The Defenders is a real highlight. Though ostensibly set in the MCU, these shows have a darker tone and don’t directly connect with any of the films.

    If you’ve now become a die-hard fan, and really want to immerse yourself in the MCU, Digital Spy has put together a complete chronological timeline of all the films and TV shows.

    You could also watch the original Marvel movie – notorious 80s flop Howard the Duck.

    The feathered superhero will soon be starring in one of four Marvel Television animated series for adults, so consider this essential research.

    Disney has also announced plans for several new Marvel TV series, including one based on Thor’s adopted brother Loki, on their new streaming service, Disney+, so there’ll be plenty more Marvel content to watch in future.

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    Saturday Night Live: K pop stars BTS drown out host Emma Stone


    A cold opening without Donald Trump felt like the dawn of a new era and the show that followed worked hard for its hits

    We open on MSNBCs Lockup: Now that the Mueller report turned out to be a big fat zero, were back to prison shows. A trio of hardened criminals share a cell with Aunt Becky herself, Laurie Loughlin (Kate McKinnon), who has acclimated surprisingly well.

    You think prison is hard, Ive done 68 Hallmark movies, she says. Ive lost all sense of reality.

    Shes joined by celebrity lawyer Michael Avanetti (Pete Davidson); the scourge of the cleaning staff at the Ecuadorian embassy and actual, dactual James Bond supervillain Julian Assange (a bearded and bewigged Michael Keaton); and Takeshi69 (Melissa Villaseor), whos incarcerated for regular stuff like assault. Theres no actual arc to the sketch, but at least its a break from the tired Trump material the cold opens usually center around.

    Emma Stone hosts for a fourth time. Even though SNL traditionally rolls out the red carpet for five-timers, she suspects the cast is planning something special. Theyre not. She guilts McKinnon and Keenan Thompson into singing an impromptu song Oh, Emma she hosts! set to the tune of No Woman, No Cry and later they blindfold her while cast members impersonate celebrity guest stars. Eventually, they hand her a denim jacket, the number four lazily spray-painted on the back.

    In Dorm Room Posters, Davidson plays a college student stressing out about a history essay. He falls asleep, prompting a dream where the people on his posters a tatted-up white rapper, the characters from a Black Panther-like superhero movie, a model from Maxim Magazines 50 Hottest Girls from Rural Areas and a pro wrestler give him a rundown of the importance of history. Stone goes all the way to 11 with her squeaky-voiced bimbo, but there are long stretches of laugh-free awkwardness.

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    The cast of The View Whoopi Goldberg (Leslie Jones, spot-on), human mother and conservative daughter Abby Huntsman (Cecily Strong), Joy Behar (McKinnon), Ana Navarro (Villaseor, also on point), and Princess of Arizona Meghan McCain (Aidy Bryant) debate Trumps immigration policy, devolving into a fight between militant liberal Baher and facile idiot McCain. They eventually welcome former co-host and leading anti-vaxxer Jennie McCarthy (Stone), who spouts anti-science nonsense to the bafflement of her peers save for McCain, who argues on her behalf out of bad faith. The sketch ends just as it starts to get going.

    Hobby Enthusiasts is a music video in which Villasenor raps to an uninterested Stone about her hobbies, which include self-portraits, sewing, knitting, cooking for one and smelling my books! Eventually, Stone joins in to rap about her toy train obsession.

    Ladies Room is another musical number, an 80s dance tune from a trio of glamorous, big-haired singers (Stone, Strong and Jones). Theyve confused a Limited Express fitting room for the ladies room at Club Vortex, much to the horror of the stores manager (a Jerry Curl-sporting Thompson) whose pronouncement of the word toilet is the funniest part of the bit.

    The first K-Pop group to appear on SNL, BTS performs their hit Boy with Luv as screaming fans threatens to drown them out.

    Weekend Update starts with a rundown of Assanges very public arrest. It was so satisfying seeing an internet troll getting dragged into the sunlight, says Colin Jost, who plays a clip of Donald Trump claiming he doesnt know anything WikiLeaks before rolling a montage of the presidents praise for it, pointing out that Trump is more obsessed with WikiLeaks than this audience is with BTS.

    With Spring Break around the corner, Michael Che introduces Carrie Krum, the awkward pre-teen travel expert played by Bryant. She recommends vacationers head to Boise, Idaho, where she spent her most recent vacation, and her grammys cul-de-sac. The bubbly, easily excitable character seems to connect especially well with the BTS fans in the crowd.

    Next they bring on Nico and Brie, the hashtag-obsessed Instagram couple played by Mikey Day and Heidi Gardner. There to give couples advice on picnicking in time for warm weather, they start bickering. Its a solid send-up of social media hucksters, but also insufferable by design, to be fair.

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    Royal Baby Shower has the ginger of Windsor, Prince Harry, recording the event for his child. He introduces friends and family, including a furiously jealous Kate Middleton, an obnoxious James Corden and The Queen herself, who welcomes her great-grandchild with all her heart, despite the fact the baby will be half-American, which makes you half-traitor. Theres no real payoff and none of the jokes earn more than a chuckle.

    BTS returns and performs Mic Drop. Then The Actress is a short film in which Stone plays a method actor set to play the woman who gets cheated on in gay porn. She tries to find her character, despite only exist[ing] to get cheated on. A solid mix of satire and crass humor, this is the winner of the night.

    The final sketch is Chalmers Reserve, an infomercial for a line of rotgut sold by Trett and Leezan Chalmers, hosts of the reality show The Nastiest Summer Renters in Sag Harbor, which has been cancelled already. They introduce the winemakers, a stereotypical Italian couple who arent actually Italian, who warn viewers not to drink the wine. Despite an abrupt ending, the sketch is enjoyably weird.

    Thanks to her natural comic timing, Stone continued her streak as a strong host. But the real stars of the episode were BTS.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/apr/14/saturday-night-live-bts-emma-stone-julian-assange

    Cops: YouTube Mom Pepper-Sprayed Fantastic Adventure Kid Stars to Force Them to Perform


    To millions of viewers, the Fantastic Adventures YouTube channel portrayed the perfectalbeit chaoticsuburban Phoenix lifestyle of seven adopted kids.

    Dozens of videos, which racked up a quarter of a billion views, featured cute cookie capers or superhero kids taking part in backyard light-saber battles. What the viewers didnt see was an alleged reign of terror taking place off-camera.

    The YouTube channels creator, and the familys off-screen momager, was Machelle Hobson, 48, from Maricopa, Arizona. She is now in jail, accused of abusing her seven adopted children if they refused to perform or messed up their scripted lines. Police initially identified her by the last name Hackney but later corrected it to Hobson.

    Hobson stands accused of horrific physical abuse that included enforced ice baths, starvation, being locked up, and pepper-sprayed, according to the police complaint outlined by ABC Action News.

    One of the children described pepper-spraying their genitals as being the method of abuse favored by Hobson, who covered her own face if she appeared online, according to excerpts from the police report.

    I either get beat with a hanger or belt, or a brush, or get pepper-sprayed from head to toe, one of the children told police. Hobson also allegedly forced the childrens heads underwater and locked them in a closet she called the green screen room with no food or water or toilet for days at a time.

    The channel, which has grown to almost 800,000 subscribers since the arrest, claimed to feature a perfect family getting into mischief. Were Fantastic Adventures, were a family thats full of unique and special kids! the channel description states. We started making these videos for fun, but fell in love with making them and now do it every week for you guys!

    When police came to inspect the home after the report, they found one child in a closet wearing a pull-up style diaper. The door was not locked, according to press reports, but it could have been by the apparatus on the door handle. According to the police report quoted by ABC, Hobson denied the pepper-spray, denied the ice baths, and stated the only forms of punishment she uses is having to stand in the corner, getting spankings, and being grounded.

    As of Wednesday evening, the Fantastic Adventures channel was removed from YouTube, and the video site said the channel had been demonetized after the allegations against Hobson became public, according to the Arizona Republic.

    Hobson was reported by her adult daughter, who was made to appear on the channel as the pretend mom but who is not accused of abuse, according to local Arizona media reports. Hobsons adult sons, Logan and Ryan, were regularly featured on the channel. They are also in jail, accused of failing to report the abuse.

    The ages of the seven adopted children have not been released, but police say most were under the age of 10. During questioning, the children ravenously drank water supplied by police and one refused to eat potato chips for fear that Hobson would smell them on his breath, according to media reports.

    For a time, the family collaborated with popular gaming site Extreme Toys TV, according to owners Tawny and Zeb Schnorr in an interview with the AZ Family TV.

    The Schnorrs, who also feature their children on their popular channel, said that two of Hobsons adopted kids came to their Scottsdale home just two weeks ago to shoot a video. Im literally sick to my stomach, Tawny Schnoor told AZ Family TV. I mean, its something you hear about but it doesnt hit so close to home.

    The last video uploaded on Fantastic Adventures was called Cookie Capture Adventure Mission, and shows three children and an unnamed adult pretending to be their mother. The video description says Elijah wakes up to the smell of cookies, but these arent just any cookies… They are Megans famous chocolate chip cookies!"

    The YouTube channel has a disclaimer at the end of every video: These videos are just pretend, so dont try anything you see in them at home, just sit back and enjoy!

    The comments had been disabled as of Wednesday. The channel also pointed to Instagram and Facebook pages that were still active Wednesday.

    We take safety on YouTube very seriously, a YouTube statement to The Daily Beast said.We work closely with leading child-safety organizations and others in our industry to protect young people. When were made aware of serious allegations of this nature we take action, which may include suspending monetization, or, upon conclusion of an investigation, terminating channels.

    Hobson is in Pinal County Jail, charged withtwo counts of molestation, seven counts of child abuse, five counts of unlawful imprisonment, and five counts of child neglect, police said. Ryan and Logan Hackney are charged with seven counts each of failing to report abuse of a minor.

    Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/star-fantastic-adventures-youtube-kids-allegedly-abused-and-forced-to-perform-for-millions-of-fans-by-mom-machelle-hackney

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