Arrow season 2, episode 15, “The Promise,” aired tonight, featuring a look at how Oliver and Slade’s relationship went bad on the island.

Present day

The episode picks up just after Slade and Oliver have been introduced. It seems that Slade made a generous contribution to Moira’s campaign and plans to continue supporting her. The three share a drink, and Slade toasts to friendship.

As the three talk, Slade makes references to the island that only Oliver understands. When Moira asks if Slade has someone special, he replies that there was someone but she passed away a few years earlier. Oliver retorts that he and his mother have dealt with loss and learned to just move on.

After Moira leaves the room, Oliver tries to stab Slade, but Slade stops him just as Thea arrives. Moira, Thea, and Slade head off to look at some of the Queen family art collection, while Oliver trails behind furiously. Thea gives Slade a bit of a tour of the collection while Oliver dials Felicity’s number.

Arrow season 2, episode 15 recap Queens and Slade

In the Arrow cave, Sara is training Roy with a bow. Felicity answers Oliver’s call and puts it on speaker. Sara recognizes Slade’s voice and realizes Oliver needs help. Diggle pulls out their biggest gun while Sara enlists Roy’s help, as he has mirakuru in his system like Slade.

Diggle lines up a shot outside the Queen mansion. Sara sneaks into the house while Roy enters through the front door, calling for Thea. Roy and Slade shake hands while Sara comes downstairs, much to Slade’s surprise — and maybe a bit of hurt.

The moment is fraught as Roy, Sara, Oliver, and Slade face off, but Slade eventually bids Moira farewell. Oliver volunteers to walk Slade to his car, but Diggle is knocked out at his post. Oliver realizes Cyrus Gold and his ilk were working for Slade. Slade replies that he has his own allies.

When Oliver asks Slade what he wants, Slade replies, “Five years ago I made you a promise. Do you remember? Well, I’m here to fulfill it.”

Back in the house, Moira calls Oliver out on his rude behavior and tells him not to come by the house with that attitude.

Cut to a shot of three monitors filled with camera feeds from the Queen house — Slade planted them during his tour.

Arrow season 2, episode 15 recap Oliver, Sara, Slade

The island

The island flashbacks open with a (mostly shirtless) training montage as Oliver prepares to take Ivo’s freighter. As Slade makes plans, Oliver takes Sara aside; he wants to destroy the mirakuru so Ivo can’t have it. Slade, surprisingly, agrees, so they burn the crate.

Meanwhile, Sara warns Oliver that Ivo will try to blame him for Shado’s death to turn Slade against him. She tells him that he he has to kill Ivo before he can do so and cause Slade to snap again.

That night, Slade, Oliver, and Sara share a drink. Oliver asks Sara to tell his family that he’d changed if he dies. Sara, in turn, asks Oliver to tell her family that she died on the Gambit so they’d remember her the way she was.

After a guilt-fueled nightmare about Shado, Oliver dons the hood for the first time while Slade puts on the Deathstroke mask.

On the beach, Oliver ignites a bonfire with a flaming arrow, catching Ivo’s attention on the ship. He sends a couple of his men to the island. Before they split up, Slade reflects that when he and Oliver first tried to get off the island together they were strangers, but now they are brothers.

Arrow season 2, episode 15 recap Oliver, Slade

When Ivo’s men reach the beach, they find Oliver waiting. He runs from them but trips in his escape, and he’s taken back to the ship. In his cell, Oliver befriends Reverend Thomas Flynn before being taken to Ivo. Oliver is strapped to a chair and injected with sodium pentothal (truth serum).

Oliver answers Ivo’s questions, admitting the bonfire was a distraction. He tells Ivo that Sara and Slade are in the engine room, so Ivo sends his men after them. However, we discover that Sara had given Oliver a counter agent to Ivo’s drugs — he was acting.

Sara and Slade, meanwhile, use the parachute to launch themselves onto the freighter’s deck. Oliver gets loose from his captors and, in the ensuing panic, meets Sara and Slade. The three split up, and Sara frees the prisoners. One of them tries to kill Sara, but she’s rescued by Flynn.

Meanwhile, Slade wreaks havoc on everyone he comes across, and Oliver makes his way across the ship. He enters the cabin in an explosion and holds Ivo at arrow point. Ivo, as promised, puts the blame for Shado’s death on Oliver — and Slade overhears the whole thing.

Arrow season 2, episode 15 recap Slade

Furious, Slade takes out his rage on Oliver as the ship explodes with fires, gunfire, and violence. Oliver uses the riot as a distraction and meets up with Sara and Flynn. Sara convinces Oliver they need to get back to the shore, so several prisoners jump overboard. But Slade stops Oliver, locks him in a cell, and takes control of the ship.

Those who jumped overboard make it to the beach while Slade has Oliver dragged out of his cell. Slade reveals that he saved some mirakuru then gives Ivo a gun. He demands Ivo show him how he killed Shado, so Ivo points the gun at Oliver while Oliver pleads with Slade.

But before Ivo can shoot, Slade cuts off his hand and has him taken away. He tells Oliver, “You cannot die until you have suffered the same way I have suffered. Until you have known complete despair. And you will. I promise.”

Watch a promo for the next episode

Arrow returns with a new episode on Wednesday, March 19.

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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While it’s nice to finally see a glimpse of a couple of the characters, a big question remains unanswered: How will these objects look once they have faces on them? (Cogsworth’s face might be hinted at in the center of the clock.)

Also on the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is a shot from the the “Gaston” musical number. From left to right we see Alexis Loizon as Stanley, Josh Gad as LeFou (just over Gaston’s shoulder), and Luke Evans (with his back to the camera) as Gaston.

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Update: And here’s another look at the movie, courtesy of this person on Twitter — this time we get to see Dan Stevens as human Beast!

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We’ll be curious to get our hands on the anniversary edition in September, because we expect we’ll see more from the new movie than the two stills above.

Disney released the first trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast in May. It was very much a teaser trailer, as it didn’t provide any looks at the characters — except Belle (Emma Watson), appearing through the glass casing protecting the film’s iconic rose.

In fact, the trailer’s first looks at the various settings (Namely the Beast’s castle) fell in line with the visual style we see in the above concept art.

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens hit theaters March 17, 2017.

Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

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Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

That changes next month, when Apple is expected to announce that the iPhone 7 will be lacking a headphone jack. Instead, users will be listening to music via the Lightning port (which you currently use to charge and sync your iPhone).

And for 2017, Apple will reportedly go one step further by removing the Home button.

Ah, the Home button. It’s always been there for us — it’s our captain for navigating the iPhone. We use it to switch between apps, we use it to get to our Home screen, we use it to summon Siri, and we use it to read our finger print. Back in the “old days,” we used it to force quit apps when they froze on us.

In a new report, Bloomberg says Apple is planning to remove the Home button for the 2017 iPhone, which will presumably be called iPhone 7s. It’s billed as a “major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display.”

Previous rumor mill reports have suggested that Apple will ditch the Home button in order to decrease the size of the top top and bottom bezels, thereby making the phone not as tall, or using the freed up space to add more screen.

Here’s a mock up of what that could look like, via TapSmart:

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What remains unclear is how users will be able to unlock and navigate their iPhone without the Home button. Reports have suggested that the whole screen will serve as a TouchID surface and a Home button (using the 3D Touch feature Apple launched last year).

Interestingly, next month’s release of iOS 10 will introduce a new way to unlock your iPhone: You’ll have to press down on the Home button to activate an unlocking. Previously, all you had to do was rest your finger on the Home button while your lock screen was awake.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?