Oh, what a ride Dancing with the Stars: All Stars is! If you’ve been watching this season, you’ll know that we are in unprecedented territory here!

Normally, DWTS follows a fairly consistent formula. While it’s hard to predict a winner, predicting the final three is quite formulaic. The first member will be someone who just has spectacular dancing ability from the get-go, the “no duh” option (see: Mel B, Gilles Marini, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brooke Burke, Mya, Jennifer Grey, Katherine Jenkins, Chelsea Kane). This contestant more often than not finishes in second, because of public backlash about them having an unfair advantage. The second will be the good-dancer-turned-great-dancer; someone who starts off fairly well and becomes a really good dancer about 2/3 through the competition. More often than not, this will be an athlete (see: Helio Castroneves, Jason Taylor, Warren Sapp, Shawn Johnson, Hines Ward, Donald Driver). The third member (and often the one finishing in third) is the dark horse – a popular contestant and good dancer, who just does their thing week after week until they’re suddenly in the finals (see: Marie Osmond, Kelly Osbourne, Rob Kardashian, Christian de la Fuente, Kirstie Alley, Erin Andrews, Melissa Rycroft, Lance Bass).

However, this season, it’s all different. All the contestants have already been on the show, and with the exception of two, made it to the final three. The level of dancing ability is phenomenal, with the scores much closer than usual. More than that, however, it appears that the judges’ scores are immaterial when deciding who goes home (otherwise, Bristol Palin would have been sent packing from the get-go). Let us recap the eliminations thus far.

First to go was Pamela Anderson, who was the odd one out on the All Star season. Having only come in sixth in her season, her dancing was not up to par, and she was obviously (and rightfully) the first one sent home. But then things got trickier.

The second to go was Joey Fatone, Season 4 runner up, despite tying for 7th place out of 12. There were several explanations for this. The likely one that I considered last week was that his dancing was never his strong suit – rather, it was his humor. But this season, humor isn’t enough, especially when we’re already getting boatloads of it from Kirstie Alley and Kelly Monaco.

But this week, there was a double elimination, and two former champions were eliminated – Drew Lachey (won season 2) and Helio Castroneves (won season 5). While Drew was more or less understandable – he had been towards the bottom of the pack score-wise – Helio had tied for 4th place out of 11. So what gives?

There is a pattern emerging. All of the eliminated contestants (excluding Pamela Anderson, who is the outlier) were from the first five seasons. A bit of statistics: of the thirteen dancers, half (7) are from seasons 1 through 5, half (6) are seasons 8 through 12. What I think is going on, is that half the viewers around now don’t remember the older contestants, and therefore are voting for the newer and more familiar ones. Not many people have watched the show for the entire eight years it’s been on air, and viewers really do develop a sort of relationship with the couples they watch.

What does this mean for this season of DWTS: All Stars? It means that the older contestants are in danger – if I had to guess, I’d say Emmitt Smith (season 3 champ), Apolo Anton Ohno (season 4 champ), and Kelly Monaco (season 1 champ) might be some of the next ones going home. If you want to keep them around, you have to vote more than ever. It’s hard to say whether this will affect Sabrina Bryan. True, she is also Season 5. However, her untimely elimination back then puts her in a unique position. The fans voted her in as a contestant, over two much more recent competitors, and it seems like everyone really wants to give her the shot at the Mirrorball Trophy she was so cruelly denied back then.

More importantly, what can all this tell us about reality TV? After all, I’m sure Dancing with the Stars will not be alone in having All Star casts. How much longer before we see Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, and Katherine McPhee duking it out on American Idol All Stars? This shows that viewers of reality TV don’t have very long memories, and therefore contestants who appeared more recently will likely get a much larger share of viewer votes.

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?