On last week’s episode of Glee we were left hanging as Ryder realized that he might not be chatting with the blonde hair blue-eyed girl he thought he was. So, who could it possibly be? We break it down into five different people Ryder may actually be chatting with online!

Last week on Glee, Ryder was very clearly excited about an online conversation that was happening between him and iChat user katie_xoxo. However, by the end of the episode it was revealed that maybe Katie isn’t exactly the person we thought she was. When Ryder asked her if they could meet, we heard some keyboard typing going on in the background (see person 3 below) and an immediate logout and no goodbye from our friend Katie. For those who have seen the movie or new hit MTV series “Catfish” you probably recognize this storyline: chatting and creating a relationship with someone online without ever actually meeting them only to find out they’re not the person they represent themselves to be. There’s a lesson of acceptance in there somewhere (love the person, not their looks) but for the most part we’re all in agreement that this is actually just really creepy, right?

So, with all of our calculations and Glee’s ability to tell us what’s going to happen in a plot several episodes before it comes to light, we’ve deduced that the person with whom Ryder is chatting is one (or more) of the following people (in no particular order):

Catfish No.1 – The Librarian

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Yes, don’t rule out pedophilia here, folks! Glee has moved to 9 p.m. on Thursdays so ALL LIMITS ARE OFF! We joke about this (the librarian, not pedophilia) only because when we heard all the typing going on the first thing we see when Ryder looks around is the librarian looking down through her bifocals as if she were chatting! It had most of us laughing and just to cover our bases, we’re throwing the librarian into the mix!

Catfish No.2 – Jake

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You can’t rule out Jake amidst everything that is going on between him and Ryder. Katie randomly asked Ryder if he’s over Marley yet. Ryder paused for a second before admitting that he’s “starting to feel like maybe [he’s] kinda moved on.” Earlier in the episode Jake suggests to Marley that they “ice him out.” Marley says no, and that he can continue being pissed at Ryder but she’s not going to just shut him out of her life. Jake says, “It’s you and me against the world…especially Ryder. I mean I thought he was a good dude but…just not a friend.” We could totally see Jake setting up some sort of elaborate plan to shut Ryder out so he can be 100% certain he has Marley to himself. We don’t know the context here, but check out Marley’s freakout at Jake in the preview for next week’s episode of Glee, “Guilty Pleasures.” Does this confrontation have something to do with Jake being katie_xoxo?

Also, there’s a part of us that hopes Jake secretly wants to be Ryder’s boyfriend and this is all just setup for that!

Catfish No.3 – Unique

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Unique is probably the most convincing guess if you consider the happenings of the episode. We saw a lot of Ryder/Unique storyline. It started off with the performance (where Unique puts her hand on Ryder only to have him shy away), followed by an intervention with Artie where he tried to get the two of them to come to terms with the fact that Unique identifies as a girl, and then ultimately Ryder admitting that he doesn’t understand what Unique is going through but he supports her (followed by tears from Unique). Could we possibly have a romantic interest for Unique? Does she secretly have a crush on Ryder and doesn’t know how to deal with it considering all the confusion from this episode? Let’s face it: probably. But, remember, with Glee “anything can happen.”

Catfish No.4 – Lauren Zizes

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Remember that time Lauren came back to Glee season 4 (“Sadie Hawkins”) for a hot minute and then disappeared? We’re wondering if this was a way to remind the Glee audience that she is indeed still at McKinley, thus giving more credit to when she finally does reveal herself as katie_xoxo. With Lauren being pretty much the opposite of katie_xoxo in every physical way, we could see the revelation of the online chatter being her in an effort to maximize contrast. It’s worth noting that a lot of the storylines on the MTV series “Catfish” deal with the dramatic differences in appearance, particularly weight, from the perceived persona versus the actual person. Beiste told Lauren, Sugar and all the other wallflowers to go out and get what you want and “Always remember: the worst he could say is ‘no.'” Maybe Lauren has a crush on Ryder and took these words a little too far? We can see the Glee promo now: “In 400 weeks when Glee returns: yes, Lauren is physically very different than katie_xoxo, but her personality is the same. What should Ryder do?”

Catfish No.5 – Will Schuester

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With Finn out of the picture, Will’s going to need a new high-school-student-best-friend and since everyone, including us and Emma, can’t stand him, he has to find some way of luring Ryder in, right?! Plus you can’t get much more Catfish-themed than having your hot Internet girlfriend be your creepy choir teacher!

Who do you think the secret catfish is in Ryder’s life? Do all signs point to someone we didn’t mention? Have any dark horse contenders? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Newt’s brother was assigned to search for Grindelwald, new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ prop letter reveals

This likely has major implications for future Fantastic Beasts movies.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them included a mention of Newt Scamander’s “war hero” brother Theseus, and now it looks like the reference was something to think twice about.

Earlier this week Warner Brothers’ Los Angeles Studio Tour refreshed their Harry Potter exhibit with new props from Fantastic Beasts, and in one display is a letter from Theseus to Newt. Take a look at the photos thanks to Snitch Seeker:

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them included a mention of Newt Scamander’s “war hero” brother Theseus, and now it looks like the reference was something to think twice about.

Earlier this week Warner Brothers’ Los Angeles Studio Tour refreshed their Harry Potter exhibit with new props from Fantastic Beasts, and in one display is a letter from Theseus to Newt. Take a look at the photos thanks to Snitch Seeker:

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The letter reveals that Theseus was tasked with searching for Grindelwald himself — a very interesting development for this film series. Though some words on the letter can’t be seen due to another prop covering them up, the note to Newt appears to suggest that Theseus was honored to be assigned the role. Here’s what it says, again courtesy Snitch Seeker:

Well, little brother,

I don’t know how much you have heard wherever you are about what’s going on in jolly old Europe but this chap Grindelwald has been making a lot of noise since you have been away.

Charismatic blighter, but the Ministry doesn’t like him and nor does the International Confederation.

He has upset a few of the big wheels and he’s gone underground. I have been chosen to go away and ferret him out. _______ at the chance to be picked, actually, because the whole _______ want to be on this case and it’s taken some _______ hard work to reach this status.

_______ wishing you well – wherever you are. _______ whatever beastly quests you are undertaking!

Best regards,

Theseus

The fact that this letter was made for the movie is very interesting. It suggests that Theseus at one point may’ve had a larger role in the movie — or at least, he could’ve been referenced more than once.

Further, this letter could mean that Theseus’ll have an on-screen role in future movies. In fact, Theseus’ role as Grindelwald Hunter could be J.K. Rowling’s ticket to getting Newt deeply involved with the search for Grindelwald.

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Theseus will surely be pleased to hear that his brother helped capture Grindelwald. Theory time: What if Theseus dies in a future Fantastic Beasts movie as the fight against Grindelwald (inevitably) continues? What if this leads Newt to avenge his brother’s death?

What else do we know about the character? Not much, but Snitch Seeker says that during an interview with Colin Farrell the actor revealed Theseus “was a British Auror with whom his character, Percival Graves, corresponded.”

How do you think Theseus will play into future ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movies?

Daily Show host Trevor Noah takes his experiences growing up in South Africa and puts them together in Born a Crime for our entertainment and enlightenment.

‘Born a Crime’ by Trevor Noah

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

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Daily Show host Trevor Noah takes his experiences growing up in South Africa and puts them together in Born a Crime for our entertainment and enlightenment.

‘Born a Crime’ by Trevor Noah

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother — his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

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Trevor Noah is best known for his current hosting gig on The Daily Show where he had huge shoes to fill following Jon Stewart’s departure — shoes that he has, by the way, filled with grace, humor, and a sharp wit.

Noah has been candid about growing up in South Africa under Apartheid and the troubling parallels he sees developing in the United States, especially since Donald Trump’s rise to power, but Born a Crime puts a spotlight on his childhood adventures in a way that his segments on The Daily Show cannot.

Born a Crime is an interesting mix of heartbreak and humor. There is no denying that Noah’s childhood was not easy. He talks extensively about trying to find a place for himself at school and in life. He was too White for the Black kids and too Black for the White kids. As a child, what do you do when you have nowhere to belong?

You adapt.

Unless it wasn’t abundantly clear already, Trevor Noah is an intelligent man. Born a Crime documents the way he viewed the world and used his situation to his advantage while living in South Africa. He learned dozens of languages, either in part or in full, in order to survive the endless dangers of his hometown. He found a way to make money and build himself a tiny empire using only a computer and his wits. He took what was given to him, which was, honestly, next to nothing, and found a way to make his life fulfilling.

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Noah’s mother has a huge impact on the stories presented in this memoir because she had a huge impact on her son. Strong, independent, stubborn, reliable, hardworking, clever, pious, strict, and loving, Trevor makes it explicitly clear that his mother is the reason he turned out the way he did. We should all give thanks to her.

Her story is tragic, as is growing up under Apartheid, but despite their circumstances, both led vibrant lives in which they became partners in an us-against-the-world kind of way. Hearing Noah speak about his mother infuses you with a warmth and respect for a woman you have never met, and yet that feeling is as genuine as they come.

For his part, Noah was a handful as a child and a teenager, though it’s that spunk and comedy that we so look forward to seeing now. He got into trouble — he even broke the law — but he experienced life and all the ups and downs that comes with it. He is a wealth of knowledge because he has gone far and wide to gather that knowledge himself.

Born a Crime will certainly make you laugh far more than it’ll make you cry, but don’t be so bold as to put the tissues away before the final chapter of the book. This memoir is a lesson in humility, love, faith, and perseverance. Hopefully it will affect you as strongly as it has affected me, especially if you are so lucky as to be able to listen to Noah narrate the book himself on Audible.

Add ‘Born a Crime’ to your Goodreads list or purchase it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound

The first full Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight and we once again got a great look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

The first Spider-Man Homecoming trailer is here, and it doesn’t disappoint! In what totally feels like a coming-of-age/high school flick (but with a Marvel twist!), Peter Parker decides he wants to grow up and fight like the Avengers. But is he ready? Maybe with a little help (and no hug) from Tony Stark, he will be.

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The first full Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight and we once again got a great look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

The first Spider-Man Homecoming trailer is here, and it doesn’t disappoint! In what totally feels like a coming-of-age/high school flick (but with a Marvel twist!), Peter Parker decides he wants to grow up and fight like the Avengers. But is he ready? Maybe with a little help (and no hug) from Tony Stark, he will be.

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The main theme of Homecoming certainly seems to be Peter’s desire to prove that he’s a capable member of the Avengers team. If you remember in Civil War, Tony wouldn’t let him get too deep into the fight, for fear that he wasn’t ready. But Peter doesn’t want to be treated liked a kid.

Except he definitely is a kid, and it’s a nice break from the other Spider-Man movies we’ve seen so far, which depicted an older Peter Parker that never quite fit the high school vibe.

Tom Holland’s Peter is undoubted an awkward teenager, and the younger character lends itself to a lighter, more humorous tone for the movie. Marvel has always been good at balancing action and comedy in their movies, and Homecoming is already promising to be a fun romp.

We get a lot of great looks at other characters in this trailer, too, including a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from Donald Glover and Zendaya. Michael Keaton will be playing Vulture, and of course we also get Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

How cool was it to see Spidey swinging along next to Iron Man like an equal?

As is often the case for Marvel movies, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel debuted the trailer for Homecoming following pretty high expectations from fans. Did it live up to your hype?

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ hits theaters on July 7, 2017