Adam Levine Leaving The Voice After 16 Seasons

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After sixteen seasons as a panelist on the singing competition show, Adam Levine is leaving The Voice. Developed in the wake of American Idol’s explosion in popularity, The Voice arrived on NBC in 2011. The show, based on the Dutch series The Voice of Holland, features a unique format where celebrity panelists critique the various contestants and then guide the chosen few through subsequent rounds until a single winner is ultimately crowned.

The first season of The Voice featured a four-person panel made up of Gnarls Barkley’s CeeLo Green, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, country star Blake Shelton and R&B singer Christina Aguilera. Various other coaches have circulated through over the years, including Shakira, Usher, Gwen Stefani, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys. Only Levine and Shelton have stuck it out the whole way, developing a friendly on-screen rivalry over the years.

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But now The Voice is in for a huge shake up as Levine is getting set to exit the show, host Carson Daly revealed on the Today Show Friday. Former panelist Gwen Stefani will return to fill Levine’s shoes for the upcoming 17th season, Daly also announced. The four-person panel for season 17 is made up of Stefani together with returning stars Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. In an Instagram post, Adam Levine said goodbye to the show he helped make popular. Levine’s co-star Blake Shelton also expressed his regret over Levine’s departure. See both posts below:

Though both messages express upbeat sentiments, it appears Levine's exit was actually somewhat acrimonious. As reported by TV Line, Levine angered NBC brass when he made a disinterested appearance alongside his Voice co-stars at the NBC Upfronts presentation on May 13 at Radio City Music Hall. A day before that, Levine was said to be “very difficult” during a taping of the season 16 semi-finals, reportedly expressing frustration over having to show up for the taping even though he had no singers left in his stable. In previous seasons, all coaches were guaranteed to have singers remaining in the race by the semi-final round, but a change to the rules left Levine with no competitors left to coach.

Behind-the-scenes drama is of course nothing new for reality competition shows, and indeed that drama often makes it on-air as well, as it’s usually good for ratings for judges to be at least a little hostile toward one another as the contests play out. In this case, however, it seems the drama got a little too real for everyone involved. Though Adam Levine is now officially gone (and seems like he will be happy to be gone), The Voice will indeed carry on for a 17th season on NBC.

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Source: Today Show, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, TVLine

Agents of SHIELD Co-Creator Has A Cameo In Upcoming Episode

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An upcoming episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 will feature a fun surprise: a cameo by series co-creator, Maurissa Tancharoen. There were a lot of questions leading up to this season of this show, especially because fans didn't know until just before the premiere if star Clark Gregg would remain with the series. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s season 6 trailer later confirmed that he would - but as a completely new character instead of fan favorite, Phil Coulson. In a heartbreaking twist, the season 6 premiere revealed that Gregg's new character is Sarge, the team's primary antagonist, and that he has Coulson's DNA, raising questions of his connection to the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

In addition to Gregg's role within the series, there was also a question leading up to the premiere of whether the events of Avengers: Endgame would be acknowledged. One of last season's final episodes, which aired after the release of Avengers: Infinity War, briefly showed footage of Thanos' attack on New York. However, though this season's premiere featured a year-long time jump, the snap wasn't acknowledged and none of the characters were impacted. Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb explained that, without knowing for sure when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 would air, they couldn't risk referencing Avengers: Endgame.

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Per Syfy Wire, Tancharoen will appear in the May 31 episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6. The episode, titled "Code Yellow," is the fourth episode and will feature aliens endangering the human race. She'll play a woman named Sequoia, described as a "Coachella-chic social media influencer." Check out a photo of Tancharoen's series debut, below. Speaking about her first appearance on the show, Tancharoen said the following:

"We had talked about the possibility of a cameo at some point in our run, but when the Zuckerman sisters crafted the treasure that is Sequoia, I was all in. I might’ve bit off more than I could chew, but it was so much fun to shift gears and play in front of the camera with a cast and crew I’ve worked closely with for six years.”

Though we don't know much about her character aside from the influencer description, Sequoia must have some connection to Jeff Ward's character, Deke Shaw, since they appear together in the photo. After spending most of last season as a goofy cynic who tagged along from the future, Deke's deeper connection to two of the show's characters was revealed: he's the grandson of long-time couple, Fitz and Simmons. Deke spent most of his life in a horrifying dystopia, but left the team to explore his new world at the end of last season and hasn't been seen since. Since the photo looks like it could be in S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, it seems possible that Deke meets up with his friends again and brings Tancharoen's character along for the ride.

In addition to co-creating Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Jed and Joss Whedon, Tancharoen is also an executive producer on the series.  Her other credits include Spartacus: Gods of the ArenaDrop Dead Diva, and Dollhouse. Tancharoen teamed up with the Whedons and their brother, Zack, on cult classic Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, for which she won a Streamy Award.

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Agents of  S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 continues Friday, May 31 with "Code Yellow" on ABC.

Source: Syfy Wire

The Perfection Review: Netflix Does Twisty Horror (With A Bit of Music)

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First announced in 2017 and premiering at Fantastic Fest in 2018, The Perfection is now available to stream on Netflix. Over the last several years, the company has become renowned for releasing content geared towards all types of demographics, with this film being geared towards the horror/thriller crowd. It's certainly one of the more unusual Netflix original films to hit the scene recently - in ways both good and bad. The Perfection has fun telling its twisty story, which is bolstered by the compelling performances of both Allison Williams and Logan Browning.

If The Perfection took a more straightforward approach to its narrative, it probably wouldn't be as fascinating a viewing experience. One of its strongest attributes is director and co-writer Richard Shepard's decision to peel back layers as he goes long, intentionally misleading the audience until the next twist hits. Admittedly, by the time The Perfection reaches its conclusion, it doesn't have anything all that interesting or new to say about the timely subject material it looks to tackle, but the journey it takes to get there keeps viewers on their toes as they try to guess what's next. Without getting into spoilers, the plot does delve into the over-the-top and ridiculous, but within the context of this film, it works for the most part.

Portraying talented cellists Charlotte and Lizzie (who were, at various points in their lives, the favorite student of Steven Weber's Anton, a teacher at a premier music school in Boston), Williams and Browning carry most of The Perfection on their shoulders. Their performances have a certain level of intrigue to them, since they have to do their part to sell viewers on certain plot developments and help Shepard preserve his surprises. Both actresses are up to task, tackling anything thrown their way, including body horror, romance, thriller, and everything in between. The layers Williams and Browning inject into their characters are appreciated, as they help elevate the final product with committed turns.

Unfortunately, the rest of the ensemble doesn't fare as well. The most prominent secondary role is that of Weber's Anton, another piece of this puzzle that has more going on than apparent at first blush. His performance may not be as engrossing as either of the two leads, but that's more a product of the script than anything else. Weber is definitely effective in his scenes, and the character serves his purpose in the narrative well. Others in the cast, like Alaina Huffman as Anton's wife Paloma, frankly do not have much to do and leave a minimal impression over the course of the film's runtime. Because of the nature of the story, this isn't the biggest detriment against The Perfection, but some may still be left wanting a little more from those outside of Williams and Browning. This never needed to be a huge ensemble piece, though certain characters are merely plot devices.

Another issue with The Perfection is that it takes a long time before the narrative and character motivations come into focus, hamstringing the first act as it meanders along. This is obviously a byproduct of Shepard not wanting to reveal too much at once and keep up the suspense, but his handling is almost vague to a fault. Once the main plot kicks in, The Perfection transforms into a wild ride, but some viewers may have difficulty getting invested early on. More positively, Shepard largely abides by the "show don't tell" rule to establish his characters and their situations and employs some neat tricks to make The Perfection interesting visually. Certain choices might come off as a little gimmicky, but they still give the film a bit of a personality.

All in all, The Perfection puts various elements into a blender and ultimately crafts something worth watching out of its unique concoction. This is definitely not a film for everybody, but those with a taste for the twisted and bizarre will likely find something out of it. Pacing problems aside, Shepard delivers something different and even a little unpredictable. Like many Netflix films, the streaming service is the ideal landing spot for something such as this, which certainly would have been lost in the shuffle of the bigger studio blockbusters coming out now. But for those who want to spend a night in and see something unlike anything in theaters currently, give The Perfection a try.

The Perfection is now streaming on Netflix. It runs 90 minutes and is rated TV-MA.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments!

The Perfection Review: Netflix Does Twisty Horror (With A Bit of Music)

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First announced in 2017 and premiering at Fantastic Fest in 2018, The Perfection is now available to stream on Netflix. Over the last several years, the company has become renowned for releasing content geared towards all types of demographics, with this film being geared towards the horror/thriller crowd. It's certainly one of the more unusual Netflix original films to hit the scene recently - in ways both good and bad. The Perfection has fun telling its twisty story, which is bolstered by the compelling performances of both Allison Williams and Logan Browning.

If The Perfection took a more straightforward approach to its narrative, it probably wouldn't be as fascinating a viewing experience. One of its strongest attributes is director and co-writer Richard Shepard's decision to peel back layers as he goes long, intentionally misleading the audience until the next twist hits. Admittedly, by the time The Perfection reaches its conclusion, it doesn't have anything all that interesting or new to say about the timely subject material it looks to tackle, but the journey it takes to get there keeps viewers on their toes as they try to guess what's next. Without getting into spoilers, the plot does delve into the over-the-top and ridiculous, but within the context of this film, it works for the most part.

Portraying talented cellists Charlotte and Lizzie (who were, at various points in their lives, the favorite student of Steven Weber's Anton, a teacher at a premier music school in Boston), Williams and Browning carry most of The Perfection on their shoulders. Their performances have a certain level of intrigue to them, since they have to do their part to sell viewers on certain plot developments and help Shepard preserve his surprises. Both actresses are up to task, tackling anything thrown their way, including body horror, romance, thriller, and everything in between. The layers Williams and Browning inject into their characters are appreciated, as they help elevate the final product with committed turns.

Unfortunately, the rest of the ensemble doesn't fare as well. The most prominent secondary role is that of Weber's Anton, another piece of this puzzle that has more going on than apparent at first blush. His performance may not be as engrossing as either of the two leads, but that's more a product of the script than anything else. Weber is definitely effective in his scenes, and the character serves his purpose in the narrative well. Others in the cast, like Alaina Huffman as Anton's wife Paloma, frankly do not have much to do and leave a minimal impression over the course of the film's runtime. Because of the nature of the story, this isn't the biggest detriment against The Perfection, but some may still be left wanting a little more from those outside of Williams and Browning. This never needed to be a huge ensemble piece, though certain characters are merely plot devices.

Another issue with The Perfection is that it takes a long time before the narrative and character motivations come into focus, hamstringing the first act as it meanders along. This is obviously a byproduct of Shepard not wanting to reveal too much at once and keep up the suspense, but his handling is almost vague to a fault. Once the main plot kicks in, The Perfection transforms into a wild ride, but some viewers may have difficulty getting invested early on. More positively, Shepard largely abides by the "show don't tell" rule to establish his characters and their situations and employs some neat tricks to make The Perfection interesting visually. Certain choices might come off as a little gimmicky, but they still give the film a bit of a personality.

All in all, The Perfection puts various elements into a blender and ultimately crafts something worth watching out of its unique concoction. This is definitely not a film for everybody, but those with a taste for the twisted and bizarre will likely find something out of it. Pacing problems aside, Shepard delivers something different and even a little unpredictable. Like many Netflix films, the streaming service is the ideal landing spot for something such as this, which certainly would have been lost in the shuffle of the bigger studio blockbusters coming out now. But for those who want to spend a night in and see something unlike anything in theaters currently, give The Perfection a try.

The Perfection is now streaming on Netflix. It runs 90 minutes and is rated TV-MA.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments!

How Millie Bobby Brown Was Cast Before Actually Being Cast in Godzilla 2

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Millie Bobby Brown was cast in Godzilla: King of the Monsters before she was even officially offered the role. Brown was launched into the spotlight after she appeared on the hit Netflix show Stranger Things in 2016 as the character Eleven. Now, Brown's next big role is the character Madison Russell in the follow-up film to Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla

Godzilla: King of the Monsters will feature several giant Kaiju, known as Titans, but the only ones confirmed so far are Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan, and of course, Godzilla. While many people will be going to theaters next week to watch giant monsters duke it out on screen, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have also put together a talented cast of human actors Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Charles Dance, and O'Shea Jackson Jr. Brown was cast in Godzilla: King of the Monsters shortly after Michael Dougherty was hired as director, but now it looks like it was always the plan to have Brown in the film.

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In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Dougherty revealed that Brown's face had been used for the pre-visualization work on the film. Dougherty further explained that since they had been seeing her as a character throughout the film's development (and because he was a big fan of Stranger Things), they decided to ask her to be in the actual film. The full quote from Dougherty can be read below:

"Millie’s great. She was still...Season 2 of Stranger Things had just been shot. Not even aired yet. I was a huge fan of the show and my pre-viz animators and I used her face as reference, as a model for the pre-viz for the movie before we ever cast her. We got so used to seeing her face that we just kind of said, “Well...why don’t we make her the offer?” And we had a breakfast here at The London, years ago, and we actually spent more time talking about our mutual love of animals and pet reptiles and just a love of nature that I think she clicked with the themes of the film."

While the character Madison Russell hasn't appeared in a Godzilla movie before, there are rumors that Brown might be one of Mothra's fairies. In the Toho Godzilla films, Mothra would always use twin fairies to communicate with mankind. While Madison Russell and her mother Dr. Emma Russell might not be actual fairies per se, they still seem to have a special link with Mothra in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailers.

With as popular as Stranger Things quickly became, it makes sense why Dougherty and his animators used her in the pre-visualization work before even offering her the role. Brown is no doubt an up and coming star, and her acting career doesn't show signs of slowing down anytime soon. Not only will Brown be starring in Godzilla: King of the Monsters this Summer, but Stranger Things returns for season 3 in July as well. Godzilla: King of the Monsters has gotten positive early reactions, so the film will likely be another win for Brown.

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