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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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?

How will ‘The Flash’ finale affect the ‘Arrow’-verse?

Or will it at all?

11:00 am EDT, May 29, 2016

In the final moments of the Flash‘s season 2 finale, Barry made a decision that could have major ramifications for the other Arrow-verse shows.

It looks like The Flash is headed in the direction of Flashpoint, a comic book story in which Barry saves his mother and creates an alternate future in which he never became The Flash, and the world is in chaos. I’ll do a more in-depth look at this story later in the hiatus.

On The Flash, the death of Barry’s father sent him on a downward spiral that resulted in him going back in time and stopping The Reverse Flash from killing Nora Allen. Barry watched as his season 1 counterpart faded away as the timeline changed before assuring his mother that she was safe.

It’s early, but I’ll take a shot at theorizing what this change could mean not only for The Flash but the other Arrow-verse shows as well.

The Flash season 2, episode 18 recap Barry, Caitlin, Cisco

‘The Flash’

All we know about The Flash‘s third season so far is that Tom Cavanagh will be back as a series regular, indicating there will be some version of Harrison Wells in play. I believe that is likely to be the Earth-1 version of Wells, the one who Eobard Thawne murdered and whose identity Thawne stole, since the original timeline of those events has been changed.

There is also a good chance that when Barry returns to the alternate future he’s created, he’ll no longer have his speed since there would have been no impetus for Barry to become a CSI. Without being at his lab at CCPD, he wouldn’t have been thrown into a rack of chemicals when he was struck by lightning, thus granting him powers.

It’s also likely Barry also won’t be as close with the West family, since he wouldn’t have been taken in and raised by them, which will be heartbreaking.

We also know that the original Harrison Wells’ particle accelerator wasn’t meant to go active until several years after the one Eobard Thawne-as-Wells created; he wanted to expedite the process so he could return to his own time. If that timeline remains the same, there won’t be nearly as many metahumans on the the loose since the particle accelerator created the majority of those we’ve met.

Flash and Arrow crossover

‘Arrow’

Stephen Amell doesn’t know whether the Flash finale will affect Arrow, though it will be odd if it doesn’t since time across Earth-1 has been changed. “I do know that we’ve done a lot of work on Arrow to introduce the other shows, for lack of a better term, and now that that’s all done, we’re focused on doing the things that we do well for season 5,” he tells ComicBook.com.

He adds, “Arrow is at its best when we’re dealing with problems in Star City. We’re not a time-travel show, we’re not a multi-Earth show, though obviously [we do that] with crossovers and stuff like that. We’re Arrow, we deal with Star City, and I feel like we’ll be better off focusing on that.”

Considering Barry was directly responsible for the Team Arrow’s survival in Nanda Parbat at the end of season 3 as well as when Vandal Savage attacked in the season 4 crossover, though, it seems impossible that such a major change in time wouldn’t affect the group in some way, especially if there is no longer a Flash.

One change I wouldn’t mind seeing would be Laurel’s survival, but I won’t hold my breath.

Legends of Tomorrow season 1, episode 1 recap team

‘Legends of Tomorrow’

One reveal from the Flash finale that seems especially likely to impact Legends in some way is the appearance of Jay Garrick, Henry Allen’s Earth-3 doppelganger. In the comics, Jay Garrick is one of the founding members of the Justice Society of America, which the Legends finale introduced via Rex Tyler.

John Wesley Shipp has teased that the writers are excited to explore more of the Jay Garrick character, and he speculates that will include the JSA. It will be interesting to see if he crosses over to that show at any point.

As for the time travel change, if the team does take on the role of the Time Masters, as they’d considered doing before Rex Tyler’s arrival, that seems like a major event for them to take notice of.

It’s also worth noting in the comics during Flashpoint that Leonard Snart is a hero in Central City known as Citizen Cold — I’d love to see Wentworth Miller (who will recur on both Flash and Legends next season) play that part for a bit.

Supergirl season 1, episode 18 airs tonight Kara, Barry

Bonus: ‘Supergirl’

Some are theorizing that this change may, somehow, merge Kara’s world with the Arrow-verse now that Supergirl is on the same network with the other shows. I’m not quite sure how that would work, but I wouldn’t be opposed to it since Kara and Barry are an absolute delight together — and we know a major four-series crossover is in the works.

All that being said, there is also the possibility that the Flashpoint events will remain on The Flash, such as in an alternate universe, because of the concern that too many viewers of Arrow in particular don’t also watch The Flash and don’t want to have to catch up just to understand the show. This is a complexity of having a shared universe.

While I understand that concern, however, I feel like storytelling concerns should take precedent. And if you’re going to create that shared universe, you need to embrace what comes with that, including shows having direct affects on one another.

How do you think the ‘Flash’ finale will affect the ‘Arrow’-verse?