The How I Met Your Mother season 8 finale just aired – join our discussion and read the recap here!

As the season comes to a close, it’s important to notice the theme of this season: change. Tonight was no different. We see the gang in a transitional period. Ted is finishing the remodel on his house in West Chester, and Barney and Robin are putting the final touches on their first-dance routine (it involves backup dancers and confetti) for their wedding a week from that day.

When Barney and Robin go out to celebrate their impending nuptials, they make an arch nemesis out of fellow diners Kiristin (she says the ‘r’ is before the i, as well as after), played by Casey Wilson, and her boyfriend, played by Keegan-Micahel Kay. There’s something in both Robin and Barney’s personalities that work well together – their love for cigars, their scotch drinking – but it’s funny that it certainly didn’t start out that way. Over the years they’ve developed and become more compatible than other couples (Robin/Ted, for instance).

Throughout the night, Kiristin makes them put away their unsmoked-cigars at the bar and takes their special table by the window. Robin decides to sabotage Kiristin and her boyfriend of seven years by slipping her engagement ring into a champagne flute, making it seem like her boyfriend was proposing. After the mishap is straightened out, they’re initially furious but decide getting engaged was the right step anyways. Hooray for love!

Meanwhile, in an attempt to get Lily’s mind off the move to Rome and Marshal’s visit to Minnesota, Ted takes her on a trip out to his remodeled, yet unfurnished, house in West Chester. They have a fantastic friendship dynamic, but beyond a few select scenes, we haven’t seen them in plot lines exclusively together lately.

While looking around the house, Lily throws a nice meta shout-out to the longevity of the show, “[Your kids are] going to sit on a couch right here and listen to your boring stories,” and discovers a ‘for sale’ sign, and that’s when Ted let’s the other shoe drop – he is selling the house and moving to Chicago the day after Robin and Barney’s wedding. Lily, always perceptive, sees through Ted’s desire to find a soul mate in another city, and realizes just how in love he is with Robin, which is to say, a lot.

Over the seasons, Ted has become more and more cynical. Here he’s been on this great quest to find true love and has failed dozens of times over. At this point, we should understand his desire to start over anew.

In a nice call-back to a past episode when Lily pries, she asks, “Where’s the poop, Ted?” and learns about the locket incident from last week. As we learn in a flashback, Robin didn’t find the locket last week because she dug it up years ago with Lily, right before Robin moved to Japan when she got frustrated Ted wouldn’t marry her. These two move away from each other in hopes that putting thousands of miles between them will help bury their feelings. Hopefully, Ted’s move to Chicago will not happen once he meets the mother the night of Robin’s wedding.

The locket, a symbol for Robin’s marriage, as it happens, has been sitting on Ted’s desk all this time. And he’s going to give it to her as a wedding present – good or bad idea, readers?

While all that chaos is happening on the east coast, Marshal visits home in Minnesota with baby Marvin so his mother can see them before they leave for Rome, or so they all think. His mother has plans to either keep them on this continent, or go with them, and neither plan is okay with Lily.

A wrench is thrown into all the Rome plans, though, when something that has been widely speculated on the web happens. Marshal gets a call to be a last-minute replacement for a position on the judge’s bench. He refrains from telling Lily over the phone, though. He says it’s “face-to-face” news. Only thing is, he won’t get a chance to tell her until the day of Robin and Barney’s wedding. Something tells us we’re in for an eventful season 9 premiere.

As the gang gets ready to go to the wedding, we hear Ted say he’ll get back to the city that night by taking the train. Slowly, all the pieces start clicking into place. We see a woman get in line at the train station, donning boots (that Lily had said she will have in her size) and the yellow umbrella that’s been a clue since the first season or so.

The last shot of How I Met Your Mother‘s season is the face of the mother! A petite brunette, who Ted doesn’t actually meet in this episode, but with HIMYM we suppose you have to take what you can get. The mother is actress Cristin Milioti, pictured below:

How I Met Your Mother actress

Watch the momentous unveiling:

For someone who has stuck with this show since season 1 and was convinced Robin was the mother until Ted dropped “Aunt Robin” for the first time, this shot was immensely satisfying. The question is, will the character actually develop over the next season? Will she join the cast? Only time will tell.

What did you guys think of the ‘HIMYM’ season 8 finale?

Major changes coming to ‘Sense8’ season 2

And I'm excited about what happens next.

11:00 am EDT, May 30, 2016

Sense8 is currently in production for their second season, and they’ve gotten pretty far. Here are some important things you need to know about what’s to come for your favorite cluster!

Ever since Sense8 debuted on Netflix a year ago I’ve been obsessed. Not only because it was such a fantastic premise of connecting eight people, but because it was so immensely diverse and represented so many people from all over the world. Now that we’ve got a season 2, it’s about time to start learning what it’ll be about.

There’s some major things about Sense8 season 2 that are going to be dramatically different, and we’ve gotten an update on what our favorite characters will be up to this season thanks to BuzzFeed.

There’s only 1 Wachowski left

One of the biggest draws of Sense8 was the fact that it was a Wachowski sister production. These sisters have brought us The Matrix and Cloud Atlas so we knew when we heard that last name that this was going to be an epic series.

This year, only Lana Wachowski is staying on to direct the show. Lilly Wachowski is taking the much-deserved time off after having just come out as transgender in March, and is using the time to focus on herself. Should the show return to Netflix for a third season then she’ll probably return.

The return of only one sister isn’t something that should affect the show too much, and I’m sure if it does then any changes will be welcome and give the show a fresh vibe — not that it needs it.

Sense8 Nomi Amanita

Capheus has been re-cast

For those who enjoyed Capheus’ story in Kenya the most prepare yourselves for a major change. Due to disagreements between Lana and Aml Ameen, who portrays Capheus in season 1, Ameen left the show before production began.

Capheus’ story isn’t one you can just replace and end so suddenly, so instead of writing him out Wachowski opted instead to re-cast him. Toby Onwumere will now play the part.

For those of you concerned with any disagreement between Ameen and Wachowski being over her being transgender, Jamie Clayton, who plays Nomi, was adamant about stopping that rumor.

The good news is that Onwumere has been completely welcomed by the cast and he felt immediately connected to them upon meeting them at dinner for the first time. This makes me more confident that his chemistry with the actors will show on screen, which is one of the reasons I love Sense8 so much – the chemistry has been fantastic in every episode with all 8 actors.

But these changes can be amazing!

Even though they’re major changes from how the show operated last year, I feel like the new single director and the new actor is going to bring a welcome fresh take for the new season.

Every show can use something new in each season they come back just to keep it interesting and unique every year. I feel like, thanks to these changes made to the cast and crew, the story isn’t going to have to change too drastically just for the sake of change. Obviously it’s going to probably take to places we don’t expect, but that will be because the story is naturally progressing, instead of them trying to change actors and plots already set.

Are you excited for season 2 of ‘Sense8’

Hollywood reacts to ‘Begin Again’ director’s candid criticism of Keira Knightley’s acting skills

Should the trust between actors and directors ever be broken?

10:33 am EDT, May 30, 2016

After Begin Again director John Carney’s candid comments about Keira Knightley’s acting went viral, Hollywood has taken to Twitter to defend the British actress.

In case you’ve somehow not heard the story, here’s the sitch:

Over the weekend, The Independent released an interview with Irish director John Carney, in which he had some harsh words for former colleague Keira Knightley.

The pair worked together on the 2013 musical rom-com Begin Again, where Knightley starred opposite Mark Ruffalo as a promising young folk singer recovering from a broken heart.

Carney evidently wasn’t satisfied with Knightley’s performance, claiming she “always has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done.”

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Going on to praise both Ruffalo and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s performances, Carney said, “I think that that’s what you need as an actor; you need to not be afraid to find out who you really are when the camera’s rolling. Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that.”

“I like to work with curious, proper film actors as opposed to movie stars,” he continued. “I don’t want to rubbish Keira, but you know it’s hard being a film actor and it requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis that I don’t think she’s ready for yet and I certainly don’t think she was ready for on that film.”

Carney concluded, “I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.”

Now, Carney clearly had a frustrating experience working with Knightley on this film, and his distinction between ‘proper film actors’ and ‘movie stars’ may be legitimate in theory. Begin Again certainly wasn’t the great critical hit that Carney’s Once had been, and at the time of the movie’s release, Keira Knightley herself admitted that she struggled with the material, not being a singer-songwriter herself and having no great appreciation for music.

“It’s terrible. I know nothing about music whatsoever,” she told The Guardian. “I was always more into reading and drama. I was such a geek. … There’s often a huge link between music and memory. And I’ve got such a bad memory.”

But the issue Hollywood professionals have with Carney’s comments seem to have less to do with Knightley’s specific performance, and more about the fact that Carney made these comments at all.

Ava DuVernay certainly makes a great point about why Carney should have stayed silent:

Both industry professionals and notable journalists have joined DuVernay in speaking out against Carney. Here are some of their reactions:

All the same, there are some that find Carney’s candidness refreshing.

What do you think? Should John Carney have held back his criticism of Keira Knightley out of professional courtesy? Or was he right to share his negative experience?

John Carney rose to international fame with Once in 2007, and this year he’s coming out with a musical drama titled Sing Street.

Spectre director Sam Mendes is officially not returning for more James Bond movies.

While we wait for (almost certain) confirmation that Daniel Craig won’t reprise his role as 007 in the next James Bond film, we can at least contend with the knowledge that Sam Mendes will not direct Bond 25.

The two-time James Bond director came on board the franchise for the wildly successful Skyfall, but his follow-up Spectre was not considered as great of a success.

Even before Spectre‘s release, Mendes was talking about quitting the all-consuming franchise, saying at the time, “I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold.” But it was only during a Welsh literature festival that he finally confirmed his departure.

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“It was an incredible adventure. I loved every second of it, but I think it’s time for somebody else [to direct],” said Mendes, as quoted via The Sydney Morning Herald. “I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”

Bond 25 is likely to be completely new chapter of the franchise, with Daniel Craig set to follow Mendes’ lead and officially announce his departure soon. Everyone’s been expecting him to bow out ever since his controversial promotional campaign for Spectre, and it’s even more likely now that his two-time collaborator has called it quits.

On the speculation about who might replace Craig, Mendes says, “I can guarantee that whatever happens next it will not be what you expect.”

“[Bond producer] Barbara Broccoli chooses who is going to be the next Bond, end of story. And without that there would have been no Daniel Craig because public support for Daniel was zero. It was her saying: ‘That man over there, he’s going to change the whole tenor, I’m going to cast him.’ That turned the whole thing on its head,” says Mendes.

Rumor has it that Tom Hiddleston is in talks to be the next James Bond, but until we learn more, we can speculate away as we wish! It’s also time to start making those Bond 25 director wishlists. Anyone know if Ava DuVernay is available?