We all know Hypable is “For Fans, By Fans,” and “fans” have existed since the dawn of human civilization.

“OMG, is that the guy who created fire? I’m totally making fire from now on!”

“Did you hear that lute player in the town square yesterday singing about the epic battle of Troy? I’m going back tomorrow because I NEED to know how it ends!!”

“So Shakespeare’s, like, amazing, amirite?”

In the interest of brevity I’m not going to include things like Fire, The Odyssey, the works of William Shakespeare. I’m thinking more like the 1980s, 90s, and early 00s. Assuming most of us Hypable users are between the ages of 10 and 40, I thought it would be interesting to speculate what fandoms Hypable might have covered before it (and the internet as the engine of fandom that it is today) existed.

As someone born in the late 80s, and a human being in general, I do not claim to have a comprehensive knowledge of pop culture ever since the day I was born, especially from before I was born. I know what I watched and listened to as a kid, but that doesn’t mean everyone did, too, or that I wasn’t missing out on something because of age or personal taste.

The following list contains movies, TV shows, and musicians from the 80s, 90s, and 00s. I decided to omit books and video games. Books simply because of the sheer number of them, and also because it’s hard to compare today’s resurgence of YA fiction as fandom to popular literature of past decades that tended to be geared toward adults. Video games because I never had video games growing up and can only speculate as to what was and is popular. That being said, feel free to include books and video games and any other genre of fandom in the comments.

Ultimately, the most fun part about imagining what fandoms Hypable would have covered before it existed is the fact that many fandoms, or genres of fandom, have their roots in the last 50 years of pop culture. We all know Hypable would cover an artist like Michael Jackson or a movie franchise like Star Wars, but one great facet of fandom is the thrill of experiencing it from its inception and throughout its rise to acclaim and subsequent legend.

So let’s go back in time and imagine how awesome life would be if we could experience these “old” fandoms in full swing, and how awesome life would be if Hypable had existed that much sooner. =)

TV Shows:

Alias – My favorite TV show EVER. No female super-spy can compare to Sydney Bristow in my heart.
Heroes
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – I’ve never seen it, but my sister was obsessed, and Joss Whedon is a god.
Prison Break – Ok, TRUTH BOMB, I just marathoned this series in a week, and I can’t imagine Hypable wouldn’t be attracted to the conspiracy, romance, and moral ambiguity of Michael Scofield & Co.
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Friends, Will & Grace, Cheers, Seinfeld, Three’s Company
Married…With Children, Roseanne – Family sitcoms at their weirdest and finest.
Family Ties, Growing Pains, Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Full House – I learned everything I needed to know about growing up from Michael J. Fox, Tracey Gold, Steve Urkel, and Michelle Tanner. Everything about love and high school I learned from Cory, Topanga, and Mr. Feeny.
Saved by the Bell, Beverly Hills 90210 – Teen angst: can’t live with it, can’t live without it.
Power Rangers – Don’t try and deny it, you STILL love Power Rangers.
Dallas – one of the original primetime soap operas.
Fantasy Island – In retrospect I feel like this was probably an inappropriate show for me to be watching as a child.
The Love BoatGrey’s Anatomy on a boat.
The A-Team, Dukes of Hazzard, Hawaii Five-0, Knight Rider, Magnum P.I., Miami Vice
Star Trek – All series.

Movies:

The Matrix
Lord of the Rings
The Fifth Element
Clueless
Star Wars – Might as well be a current fandom
Ghostbusters
Police Academy
Back to the Future
Die Hard
Alien
The Goonies – Sean Astin! Martha Plimpton! Joe Pantoliano! Josh Freakin’ Brolin!
Scream
Titanic? – I suspect the angst would be too hard to resist.
Superman – All movies.
Star Trek – All movies, even if they were terrible.
Indiana Jones

Musicians:

– ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, Hanson, Spice Girls
– Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey
– Michael Jackson
– Elton John
– Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson
– Madonna
– Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, Tupac Shakur
– Bruce Springsteen
– THE BEATLES – DUH.

What would YOU like to see on Hypable… in the past?

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 8 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?