Pretty Little Liars returned on Tuesday with a thrilling episode aboard the A Train in “This is a Dark Ride.” A full recap of the episode is below, so if you haven’t watched it, you are forewarned.

Pre-Train

The episode opened with Mona (Janel Parrish) singing “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” while painting a paper mache head and remarking on her love of Halloween to a mysterious black hoodie figure. This scene sets the ominous tone for the episode, especially with the pills that she hands off. Could she be talking to Toby (Keegan Allen)?

The Pretty Little Liars foursome, Hanna (Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), and Aria (Lucy Hale) are excited for the Halloween train and have kept their costumes a secret from one another. As they discuss Caleb’s (Tyler Blackburn) recovery, they stumble upon a neighbor’s house decked out for Halloween with a RIP Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) sign. Do you all agree that this takes tasteless to the next level?

Spencer comes home to find newly-freed Garrett (Yani Gellman) in her house. As seen in the clip posted a few days ago, Toby interrupts their conversation, forcing Garrett to leave just as he’s about to tell Spencer something, and the couple have a cute moment. What could Garrett have to stay to Spencer? Do you think Toby is up to something?

Cue a make-out scene between Caleb and Hanna who are still hiding their relationship. Caleb works in a dentist’s office. Is Caleb on the straight-and-narrow now?

Ezra (Ian Harding) cancels on Aria due to an offer to ghostwrite a novel. Poor Ezria fans. At least he’s moving on in his career. Their potential make-out session get interrupted by trick-or-treaters who apparently go to apartments.

Marin House

Pastor Ted (Edward Kerr) and Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton) are all dressed up as a doctor and a sexy nurse, playing host to trick-or-treaters. Ashley encounters a kid in her kitchen despite not having any more candy. The kid in a nightgown rejects the idea that scary things can be fun. This show proves this. In the tradition of creepy Halloween movies, Ashley finds the little blonde girl that Ted cannot see in Hanna’s room. The little girl says she can’t go home. However, when Ashley tries to comfort her, she discovers her hands are really cold. Warning signs abound. Of course Pastor Ted can’t see her. Is Ashley going crazy or is someone messing with her?

Back at the Marin residence, Ashley and Pastor Ted discuss the mysterious little girl who may or may not be a ghost.

Train

Now on the train, Hanna shows her Marilyn attitude with Lucas (Brendan Robinson) when he predictably takes her photo. Aria is classy as Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby. Noel (Brant Daugherty) and Jenna (Tammin Sursok) looking to be pirates show up on the train despite Noel’s tradition of infamous Halloween parties. All aboard! This train is getting full.

Hanna and Aria share a look with an eerie creepy doll signaling bad things to come for the Liars.

Spencer and Toby show up looking as classy as ever while Noel freaks everyone out with a fake choking attempt. Emily and Paige (Lindsey Shaw) enter looking cute while Jason (Drew Van Acker) also boards. Is Jason the only non-high school person in attendance?

Adam Lambert performs “Cuckoo” in style, looking like a classy Dracula with his spectacular tunes as well. It’s nice to see the girls having fun after the past events. Did you enjoy Lambert’s performance? Meanwhile, Hanna is approached by a spooky-looking person in a faceless mask.

Jason confronts Spencer about Garrett, but leaves the conversation when he sees Lucas sneak out. Adam Lambert is rocking this episode. Can we have him in every episode?

It turns out the masked man who was bugging Hanna is just Caleb. Cue another adorable make-out session.

Aria gets to bond with Adam Lambert (which the rest of the world wishes they could do) who worries that she looks lonely. She is too caught up in her loneliness to notice that someone in a joker mask slipped something into her drink, as was previewed in a previously released clip. Trouble seems to accompany her everywhere she goes.

Paige and Emily share a cute moment that is predictably watched by a mysterious figure. Spencer walks down a hallway alone (hasn’t she seen horror films?) and is kidnapped by the figure in the blank doll-like mask while hearing the same tune Mona was humming earlier.

Garrett is the mysterious figure. He tells Spencer what happened the night Alison died with a flashback scene. Garrett and Jenna went outside while Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) and Ian (Ryan Merriman) stayed in Alison’s room. Alison finds them outside and taunts Jenna, pushing her down. Garrett simulates striking Alison in order to make Jenna think she died. Garrett went back and saw Alison talking to Aria’s dad Byron Montgomery (Chad Lowe) about presumably her blackmail about his affair. We had previously ruled out the parents’ involvement but oh no! Do you think Byron killed Alison? Do you think he was referring to her blackmail or something else?

Spencer leaves to get Aria while Garrett promises to stay. Aria’s purse is found in her seat, with a A on the window, and an ominous text from A. Aria is trapped and duct taped in the cargo area while the girls search for her. As Hanna eloquently states in our favorite line of the night, “You can get a varsity letter messing with us.”

Hanna makes a mistake and tells about Aria’s disappearance to a creepy plastic look-a-like. Who could this be?

Spencer is grabbed by the neck by the ominous joker figure and is almost pushed out of the train when she escapes. A fight scene ensues when Paige tries to rescue her and the joker gets away leaving a fake red nail. So is all now forgiven between Spencer and Paige given the mid-summer finale?

Still stuck in a cargo box, Aria gets the duct tape off her mouth just as Garrett’s body falls on her. Using her newly found vocal talents, she accordingly screams. The spoiler that someone was going to die was released earlier this month. Did you sense that Garrett was going to die?

Jenna is as snarky as ever when asked by Paige if she knows where Aria is and in her previous interaction with Toby.

Two voices, one male and one female, are heard by Aria as her captors try to push her cargo box off of the train. She stabs one of them in the hand while the rest of the Pretty Little Liars girls find her just in time. We don’t think Aria is going to want to be in any enclosed spaces for a while after this.

Once again the girls have to face the police with the death of Garrett. Toby comforts Spencer in a nice moment but did anyone else notice that Toby was barely in this episode? This seems suspicious.

Ezra shows up after hearing what happened to Aria, and Jason reappears. Noel taunts the girls when Toby stands up for them and pushes Noel. A body in a funeral bag is revealed as Noel crashes into an ice box. Do you think this is Alison’s body?

The mask of Hanna’s actual creepy stalker is revealed on Mona’s floor. So we know Mona was there and still is obsessed with Hanna. The credits start to roll as a hand rises from the dirt. What did you think of the ending?

Questions

Did you enjoy Pretty Little Liars? What did you think of tonight’s episode? What clues do you see for the rest of season 3? Who’s your favorite Pretty Little Liars couple? Does anyone like Alison? Do you think the Ashley Halloween story will tie into the rest of the third season? Do you think Byron killed Alison?

As mentioned earlier this week, Pretty Little Liars will return on January 8 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC Family.

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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.

1:06 pm EST, December 9, 2016

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