Last week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries (before the season finale), “The Walking Dead,” saw the return of many characters that have died over the past 4 seasons, including the one and only Alaric Saltzman. Here are a few reasons we think they should keep him around…permanently.

Damon needs his drinking buddy

Damon Salvatore Alaric Saltman Dalaric The Vampire DiariesThe epic bromance between Alaric and Damon was one of the most tragic losses when Alaric was killed in the season 3 finale. Damon has just not been the same since he lost his favorite drinking buddy. He needs his best friend around to talk through things, and as he and Stefan are all tangled up in the love triangle with Elena, someone outside the family would be preferable, not to mention the already strained relationship between the Salvatore brothers. Besides, no one is equal to Damon in terms of wit like Alaric, and there has been a significant drop in the number of stunning one-liners.

Elena is all alone

The Gilbert Family Jeremy Gilbert Elena GilbertIt didn’t really hit us what Elena not having ANY family really meant until she was filling out her graduation announcements in last week’s episode, “The Walking Dead.” Caroline is filling out batch after batch, while Elena looks on appearing quite bored. Seeing the one and only announcement for her family friends in Denver really drove home the fact that she has no one left. If Alaric were to return to the land of the living, Elena would have a guardian figure back in her life, and we think it would do a lot to help bring her back to herself. Plus, Elena could really use a male figure in her life that isn’t romantically interested.

Adult supervision required

Alaric Sheriff Damon The Vampire Diaries AdultsLet’s face it, these kids are leaving high school, but with the exception of Sherriff Forbes and Bonnie’s parents, there is a severe lack of adult supervision in Mystic Falls. It would just be nice for the gang to have an adult presence that they can go to for advice when the craziness of their world gets to be too much for normal friend advice. Alaric filled that role exceptionally well before White Oak stakes and Original family drama got involved, so there is no doubt in our minds that he could easily slip back into it once again.

Colleges need teachers, too

Alaric Saltzman The Vampire Diaries Matt Davis teacherSince Matt, Caroline, Elena, Bonnie, Stefan, and Rebekah are going to be graduating (we hope) in tonight’s finale, a few of them are bound to be looking forward to some sort of higher education. Since Alaric died last year (for all intents and purposes), he can’t just show up at Mystic Falls High and ask for his job back. They know he died. However, we could see him sliding in to teach Professor Shane’s classes at the local college quite easily, as he has his own unique look on the supernatural world and would have a lot to teach. Plus, who wouldn’t sign up to be taught by this guy? He’s not exactly hard on the eyes…

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Last week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries (before the season finale), “The Walking Dead,” saw the return of many characters that have died over the past 4 seasons, including the one and only Alaric Saltzman. Here are a few reasons we think they should keep him around…permanently.

Damon needs his drinking buddy

Damon Salvatore Alaric Saltman Dalaric The Vampire DiariesThe epic bromance between Alaric and Damon was one of the most tragic losses when Alaric was killed in the season 3 finale. Damon has just not been the same since he lost his favorite drinking buddy. He needs his best friend around to talk through things, and as he and Stefan are all tangled up in the love triangle with Elena, someone outside the family would be preferable, not to mention the already strained relationship between the Salvatore brothers. Besides, no one is equal to Damon in terms of wit like Alaric, and there has been a significant drop in the number of stunning one-liners.

Elena is all alone

The Gilbert Family Jeremy Gilbert Elena GilbertIt didn’t really hit us what Elena not having ANY family really meant until she was filling out her graduation announcements in last week’s episode, “The Walking Dead.” Caroline is filling out batch after batch, while Elena looks on appearing quite bored. Seeing the one and only announcement for her family friends in Denver really drove home the fact that she has no one left. If Alaric were to return to the land of the living, Elena would have a guardian figure back in her life, and we think it would do a lot to help bring her back to herself. Plus, Elena could really use a male figure in her life that isn’t romantically interested.

Adult supervision required

Alaric Sheriff Damon The Vampire Diaries AdultsLet’s face it, these kids are leaving high school, but with the exception of Sherriff Forbes and Bonnie’s parents, there is a severe lack of adult supervision in Mystic Falls. It would just be nice for the gang to have an adult presence that they can go to for advice when the craziness of their world gets to be too much for normal friend advice. Alaric filled that role exceptionally well before White Oak stakes and Original family drama got involved, so there is no doubt in our minds that he could easily slip back into it once again.

Colleges need teachers, too

Alaric Saltzman The Vampire Diaries Matt Davis teacherSince Matt, Caroline, Elena, Bonnie, Stefan, and Rebekah are going to be graduating (we hope) in tonight’s finale, a few of them are bound to be looking forward to some sort of higher education. Since Alaric died last year (for all intents and purposes), he can’t just show up at Mystic Falls High and ask for his job back. They know he died. However, we could see him sliding in to teach Professor Shane’s classes at the local college quite easily, as he has his own unique look on the supernatural world and would have a lot to teach. Plus, who wouldn’t sign up to be taught by this guy? He’s not exactly hard on the eyes…

Romantic Separation

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES SEASON 4 on ITV2 Picture shows: Group © Warner Bros

One look at the picture above, and you start to think about all of the people that have dated or flirted on this show. There is a giant romantic entanglement going on and it would be nice to have someone objective to shed a little perspective on whatever developments may be coming up next. Outside of obvious triangles, there has been hints toward further developments that could make this whole romance business a lot more complicated (Steroline? Carolaus? Mabekah?). Plus, we love hearing Alaric’s snarky one-liners when people are acting ridiculous.

Do you think ‘The Vampire Diaries’ needs Alaric Saltzman back? Why?

The Vampire Diaries season finale airs tonight, May 16 at 9 p.m eastern.

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017