Archive for March 25, 2020
100 Humans, Netflix's new original reality documentary series, has been keeping many entertained during these strange times. It has also provoked some to find out more about the volunteers on the show. To the surprise of viewers, some of the participants pre-100 Humans' life is just as intriguing as their time on the show, like social media influencer Human #6.
The trending reality docu-series 100 Humans uses one hundred individuals to conduct interactive social experiments. Each episode, hosts Alie Ward, Sammie Obeid and Zainab Johnson present a hypothesis that examines a human behavior or popular trend. Experiments have ranged from determining which gender is better to seeing if people have ingrained biases. While only underlying information is given about the humans, as they are referred to throughout the series, social media has led us to more information about a sweet San Diego, California, resident, Human #6.
Known for her distinctively high pitched voice and her loss in a challenge against a large red balloon, Human #6, Avalon Warren, already made a name for herself before the airing of 100 Humans as a social media influencer. Her growing Instagram account has over 30,000 followers and displays her love for cosplay and World of Warcraft. Her pictures also suggest she's a model and, per her captions and video posts, she has a sense of humor. Recently, Warren posted a video of herself watching her stand out moment on the new reality series. She joked that she had a look-alike on the show and shared about her experience during the filming from two years ago. See the post below:
Instagram isn't Warren's only forte; she has a popular YouTube channel with over 10,000 subscribers and has appeared on Buzzfeed's Teen vs. Adult Challenge Videos and Totally TV YouTube channel. On her YouTube channel, her viewers are privy to seeing her do everything from creating the most disgusting drink in the world to food reviews to playing video games, pretty much anything she loves to do. The Instagram star considers herself a proud geek and has discussed her enjoyment "of all things nerdy and geeky" on the podcast Reel Geek Girls, an interview series highlighting notable geeks to take down the harassment geek girls deal with online.
Lovable Human #6 may have been blown away by a balloon on 100 Humans, but her sweet energy and charming personality will keep her Instagram followers growing.
Source: Avalon Warren
Haley Bennett's character Emma ended a subversive edge to the 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven. The original Magnificent Seven was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai. This 1954 epic saw a band of seven warriors brought together to defend a poor village from raiders. The 1960 remake brought together a powerhouse cast, including Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, and Charles Bronson, with the setting switched to the old west.
The film became something of an instant classic and was one of the first movies to spawn a long-running franchise. Brynner came back for 1966's Return Of The Magnificent Seven, which was a lukewarm reheat of the first movie. Despite looking nothing like him, George Kennedy took over as Brynner's character Chris for 1969's Guns Of The Magnificent Seven, while the casting musical chairs continued with Lee Van Cleef (Escape From New York) playing the role in The Magnificent Seven Ride, which ended the original movie series. A TV adaptation arrived in 1998 and ran for two seasons, with Michael Biehn and Ron Perlman among the cast.
A suitably epic cast was assembled for 2016's The Magnificent Seven, including Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, and Lee Byung-hun. The film was directed by Washington's Training Day helmer Antoine Fuqua, who adds a lot more diversity to his line-up of the seven, including a Mexican outlaw, a Korean knife expert and a Comanche warrior. The biggest change-up involves the group being hired by a woman, played by Haley Bennett.
Bennett plays Emma Cullen, whose husband is murdered in The Magnificent Seven's opening by villain Bogue, who is forcing her town to work as slave labor in his mining operation. While not officially part of the titular group, Cullen becomes an indispensable member. While it's clear she's partly motivated by revenge, what she really wants is to save her town and its people from Bogue, and she's willing to risk her life to do it. Unlike other older western films, she's not there to be kidnapped, rescued or avenged, as she's able to shoot a gun and is a key part of the town building its defenses.
When sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke) loses his nerve the night before The Magnificent Seven's final battle, Emma steps up to take his place in the fight; she even manages to save Washington's Chisholm in the final shootout. Haley Bennett's Emma was a great, subversive addition to the ensemble, adding a more human touch to the traditional line-up of stoic, badass gunfighters while finding the strength to press ahead through her own fear.
Despite officially exiting The Walking Dead, Danai Gurira's Michonne could still remain in the show's universe, possibly through the planned Rick Grimes feature films. Gurira announced her departure early last year following the show's season 10 renewal and officially had her final episode this past Sunday. She first joined the show in season 3 and remained a crucial part of the show's cast up until her exit. Fans were worried Michonne could die like many other characters when their actors decide to leave the show, but Michonne's last episode ended with her decidedly alive.
After finding proof that her partner Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is actually alive, Michonne decided to set out and find him. She said goodbye to her and Rick's daughter Judith (Cailey Fleming), and, in the final moments of the episode, joins up with a new group survivors. Since Lincoln's departure at the end of 2018, fans have wondered what became of the former deputy. Their questions will eventually be answered thanks to a series of planned feature films centered on Rick. Not much is known about those films, but now it seems there is a chance Michonne could make an appearance.
Following Michonne's final episode, The Walking Dead's chief content officer Scott M. Gimple spoke with THR about what Michonne's exit means for the future of the franchise, and he admitted the door is wide open for Gurira to appear in the Walking Dead films. As Gimple said:
Is it fair to assume? It's definitely fair to assume that. There might even be her own story along the way. Some of it has to do with the way we're playing around with the story right now. There's this whole new story strand opened up with her departure.
Gimple then went on to suggest that even if Michonne doesn't join the films, there's an opportunity for more stories centered on her. Beyond Gimple's current plans, he explained, "I have some ambitions. I love her and Rick together, but I love seeing her as the pure lead on her own, too. It just so happens that there's a lot of story terrain to cover. But you're right: it's ambitions. Right now, the plans have to do with the feature film." Now that Gurira has left The Walking Dead, she's set to write the HBO Max miniseries Americanah, and she is expected to return to the Marvel universe in Black Panther 2. However, that's not to say she won't be able to find time for another visit to the Walking Dead universe.
Considering the relationship between Michonne and Rick, it would make sense to include her in his feature film adventures, especially now that she's left the show to find him. Otherwise, it could feel like Michonne's story is incomplete. Fans were so invested in Rick and Michonne's relationship, and it would be incredibly exciting to see them reunited on the big screen. Since there are currently plans for three Walking Dead films (which are reportedly still in the drafting stage), there are plenty of opportunities for Michonne to have a role if Gurira is interested.
The Walking Dead season 10 continues with "Look at the Flowers" on Sunday, March 29 on AMC.
The Mandalorian season 2 could use Ahsoka Tano's appearance to set up a brand new spin-off series for Disney+. The debut run of The Mandalorian was the flag-bearer for original content when the Disney+ streaming service launched in late 2019 and was incredibly well-received by viewers and critics alike. The Mandalorian has featured a bunch of high-profile actors in smaller roles, and executed a stroke of genius by introducing a certain baby version of an established Star Wars character. But given all of the characters who could've feasibly appeared in the show, The Mandalorian was surprisingly light on familiar faces.
That's all set to change in The Mandalorian season 2. Aside from persistent rumors that Boba Fett will finally make an appearance (his feet might've done already), it has been confirmed that popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars character, Ahsoka Tano, will finally make her live-action debut in The Mandalorian and will be played by Rosario Dawson, who has long been connected to the role. Ahsoka was the Jedi apprentice of Anakin Skywalker and appeared in both The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Voiced by Ashley Eckstein, Ahsoka (sort of) made her first film appearance in The Rise of Skywalker as one of the Jedi voices speaking to Rey during the final battle.
It's not yet known exactly how Ahsoka will factor in to season 2 of The Mandalorian, but it's almost certain that her role won't fully sate the appetite of Ahsoka Tano fans. For this reason, The Mandalorian should use Ahsoka's presence to set up her very own spin-off on Disney+. As previously mentioned, The Mandalorian made very sparing use of its guest stars in season 1, with Fennec Shand, The Client, IG-11, Moff Gideon and several others only appearing in a fleeting capacity. Ahsoka is likely to perform a similar function, joining Din Djarin and Baby Yoda for a single adventure before they head off once again. With Pedro Pascal and his puppet child very much the focal point of The Mandalorian, it's unlikely Ahsoka Tano will have room to become the leading character fans will want her to be, at least in The Mandalorian.
But Ahsoka has so much more to offer than an extended cameo could provide. Her arc has captivated fans of Star Wars' animated output for years; despite disrupted schedules and episodes being shown out of order, Ahsoka has managed to become a pivotal figure within the Star Wars universe. As a Jedi who endured conflict with her order and battled in an ongoing feud with Darth Maul, Ahsoka is one of the most balanced, intriguing protagonists within the entire franchise and this is especially impressive given the current divisive state of the movie series. Having watched Ahsoka grow from a fresh padawan, her story remains far from complete, even with season 7 of The Clone Wars yet to play out fully, and after becoming so popular in animated form, Ahsoka could go on to even greater heights in live-action through the guise of Rosario Dawson.
With Ahsoka's character demanding more space than The Mandalorian can likely offer, the obvious answer appears to be a brand new Disney+ spin-off series. The success of The Mandalorian proved not only the worth of original content to the streaming service, but the potential of the Star Wars franchise on TV, and buoyed by that positive response, Disney may be looking for more George Lucas subject matter to adapt. With peripheral figures like Cassian Andor already getting their own spinoff, Ahsoka Tano is a prime candidate for similar treatment, and her live-action debut in The Mandalorian can help set that up, as well as introducing those unfamiliar with The Clone Wars to her character.
The Mandalorian season 2 premieres in October 2020 on Disney+.