‘HTGAWM’ Season 4 Finale: Creator Pete Nowalk On Death, Deportation & New Bonnie Mystery

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details about tonight’s How to Get Away With Murder Season 4 finale “Nobody Else is Dying” on ABC.

A car crash, a stolen baby, a long-lost son, a break-up, deportation, criminal justice reform, and, obviously, murder – the Season 4 finale of How to Get Away With Murder had it all covered. Lots of loose ends were tied up, and the foundations laid for a brand new mystery – with a new character – that could take the show into its as-yet unconfirmed fifth season.

First up on the list of revelations was this epic twist: Bonnie (Liza Weil) is not dead. Yes, we saw an overturned car at the end of the previous episode; yes, it definitely looked like she was a goner, and in true HTGAWM twisty style, the finale episode opened with what we assumed was her corpse on a table. There was the medical examiner listing the injuries of “the decedent” while standing over the body – it was all very convincing. Then we had to wait for two whole scenes before a very-much-alive Bonnie bounded into view and it all fell into place: Denver (Benito Martinez) is dead; Bonnie is not.

Fans were right to be nervous for Bonnie. As creator Pete Nowalk told press at a preview screening, no one is safe. “Game of Thrones, that first season, it was crazy to me to kill off the main character, but I think to me, that’s the nature of this show, and it makes it really hard because I’ve fallen in love with the characters. That’s what’s hard writing it, and it’s also hard for the actors. They do know that anyone could go out at any point.”

But perhaps the biggest deal of the finale was the fantastically juicy new mystery in the form of new character Gabriel Maddox (Rome Flynn). Towards the end of the episode, Frank (Charlie Weber) is back at Middleton, and behind him at enrollment, a new guy catches his eye. New guy says his name at the sign-up desk, and that’s it, Frank is sure. He makes a call. “Her kid’s here,” he says, ominously.

Meanwhile, we’re thrown other new-mystery bones. Nate (Billy Brown) is sorting through Denver’s pile of evidence, having already saved the day by retrieving the incriminating hard drive. Nate zeroes in on the file Denver kept on Bonnie. ‘100% DNA match’ someone has helpfully scribbled on a test result print-out. ‘Child still alive?’ is written next to it. Is this mystery Maddox person Bonnie’s son? We were definitely told he was dead. But of course, it’s not HTGAWM’s style to be straightforward. Also, more stress for Bonnie would be unfortunate, since she’s just happily discovered she’s a Tinder match with the prosecutor (John Hensley).


“I can’t really tease too much,” Nowalk said, “but just know that was a genetic test for Bonnie and this child, so it’s all related basically. All we know is Bonnie said in episode five that she was told her child was born dead. So she’s lying, or someone else is lying to Bonnie, it’s all possible.”

When it comes to Denver’s untimely death, we’re not positive the culprit is Jorge (Esai Morales), Laurel (Karla Souza)’s estranged father, but we do see him in possession of Laurel’s baby son, “to remind you of what’s at stake here” he tells her on the phone, while accusing her of hurting her mother, who is missing.

Which brings us to a piece of mystery that remains unsolved in this episode: has Laurel killed her mother? “She is dead to me, as are you,” Laurel tells her dad, after Annalise (Viola Davis) negotiates the return of the baby.

But next comes something much more telling. While, thanks to Annalise’s machinations, Jorge is being picked up by the feds for allegedly murdering Denver, we see Laurel asleep and dreaming about the fight with her mom. “Tell me why I shouldn’t kill you,” Laurel screams at her. Then Laurel’s awake and in the shower with vicious scratches on her arm – a nice intriguing lead-in to a potential Season 5 storyline.

“The whole premise of the show is we don’t know what we’re capable of until we’re in an emotional moment,” Nowalk said of Laurel’s situation. “I do think something clearly happened – the scratches aren’t from a cat we haven’t seen yet.”


Then there’s the messy collapse of Asher (Matt McGorry) and Michaela (Aja Naomi King)’s romance after Michaela cheated with Scandal’s Marcus Walker (Cornelius Smith Jr.) in the Scandal/ HTGAWM crossover episode. Early on in the finale, we’re treated to a shot of Asher sobbing in the bathroom, followed by a fight in which she tells him, “I’m not evil.”

But wait, maybe she is evil. Despite Annalise’s careful, considerate planning to stop Simon (Behzad Dabu) telling the feds everything, and her shutting down Michaela’s idea to call ICE and have him deported – “I’m not sending a gay man back to Pakistan, that’s not who we are” – Michaela goes and calls ICE anyway, and off Simon goes.

Which leads to an explosive long-time-coming stand-off between Michaela and Annalise. “You’ve been trying to become me this whole time,” Annalise says, “and now that you’ve done it you must be proud.”

“I’ve become me,” Michaela shoots back.

Luckily, we pause for a heartwarming moment: Annalise has won her criminal justice reform class action case in the Supreme Court and is now, the television announces, “a legal powerhouse on a national level.” Then a bit later, Annalise is being interviewed on camera. “What will you do next?” the interviewer asks. “I don’t know” Annalise says, looking lost.

Fortunately Nowalk knows better. If there is to be a Season 5, he sees big career moves for Annalise after this class action case. “Being a different type of defense attorney I think will really drive her,” he said, adding, “I want to make it feel as different and real as possible. I don’t think she’s going to go back to teaching.”

What’s certain is that after this finale, fans will be desperate to hear confirmation of a Season 5.


The Shuman Company Sues Literate, Founding Partners, Alleging Breach of Contract

The Shuman Company sued one of its former partners, A.B. Fischer, who left the literary management and production company to launch a competing firm, Literate.

The suit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Fischer of soliciting Shuman’s longtime clients to join his new company while still working at the firm, in violation of his contract.

Fischer joined Shuman in 2015 and worked his way into literary management, according to the suit. In January 2017, he agreed to a three-year contract that entitled him to a bonus based on a percentage of the revenue his clients paid to the firm.

“Unbeknownst to the company, Fischer began to plan to leave the company in or around the summer or fall of 2017, in violation of his agreement,” the suit alleges. “And, upon information an belief, began to solicit business of long-standing clients of the company in violation of his duty of loyalty to his employer.”

Fischer informed Schuman of his plans to leave last November, and effectively resigned that same day. Public records indicate he incorporated the Literate that same month, and launched the boutique management and production company together with long-time friend Dennis Kim, in February, according to the suit.

Former clients who followed Fischer to Literate have instructed studios and talent agencies to stop paying Shuman, the suit alleges. Indeed, it contends Fischer told his clients to divert these payments.

Shuman’s civil suit accuses Fischer, Kim and Literate of interfering with its contracts with former clients, and asserts they’re not entitled to derive income from work Fischer negotiated before leaving his old firm. Indeed, Shuman argues it has “enforceable contracts” with these former clients that entitle it to these payments.

Fischer declined comment, saying he and his partner have not seen the suit.


‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ First Look Trailer Hooks Up With MTV

It’s a Jersey Shore world, and youse guys are lucky enough to be able to share it. Tonight, the first trailer  from Jersey Shore Family Vacation debuts, and there is a fond look back at some memorable moments planned in the coming days.

Four Road to Vacation specials will examine the most iconic Jersey Shore moments with all-new cast interviews and sneak peeks of the upcoming season. The schedule:

  • Thursday, 3/15 at 8PM ET – “Road to Vacation: Jersey Shore’s Hottest Hookups”
  • Thursday, 3/22 at 8PM ET – “Road to Vacation: Jersey Shore’s Biggest Blow-ups”
  • Thursday, 3/29 at 8PM ET – “Road to Vacation: Jersey Shore’s Snookiest Moments” and “Road to Vacation: Jersey Shore’s Craziest Couplings”
  • Thursday, 3/15 – Jersey Shore Season 1 Marathon
  • Thursday, 3/22 – Jersey Shore Season 2 Marathon
  • Thursday, 3/29 – Jersey Shore Season 5 Marathon
  • Thursday, 4/5 – Jersey Shore Season 6 Marathon
  • Weekend of 3/30 – 4/1 will air all six seasons in order and four “Road to Vacation” special

Jersey Shore Family Vacation, from creator/executive producer SallyAnn Salsano, features original Jersey Shore housemates Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio,” Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, who reunite in Miami for the vacation of a lifetime. Salsano is executive producing via her 495 Productions.

The show is part of the recent ramp-up of unscripted programming at MTV that has fueled the network’s ratings comeback under president Chris McCarthy. After years of declines, MTV has posted nine consecutive months of year-over-year growth in primetime Live+same day ratings among adults 18-49, its longest streak since 2000. In the span of those nine months, MTV’s 18-49 numbers have risen 20% year-over-year, the most among the top 40 cable networks, with original series premieres up 34% vs year ago.

Tonight’s Jersey Shore Family Vacation first look:

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Captain Marvel Loses DeWanda Wise

Just three months after coming aboard to star in Captain Marvel, actress DeWanda Wise has been forced to back out of the project, due to scheduling complications. The actress was brought on as an unspecified character in early January, just days after Netflix issued a Season 2 renewal for the hit series She’s Gotta Have It, which stars DeWanda Wise as the lead character Nola Darling. The actress’ Captain Marvel schedule ultimately conflicted with the She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 schedule, leading to the actress backing out of Captain Marvel.

There is no word yet on who may replace DeWanda Wise in Captain Marvel, or even what character she’ll be playing. When DeWanda Wise joined the cast in January, no details were given about her character, or whether or not the character has any connections to Marvel comics characters. While Marvel Studios hasn’t officially announced the start of production on Captain Marvel yet, there have been no shortage of photos from the set since late January.

Brie Larson, who was confirmed as Carol Danvers back at Comic-Con 2016, leads a cast that also includes Ben Mendelsohn, rumored to be playing the villainous Yon-Rogg, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, a.k.a. Dr. Richard Lawson, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva and the returning Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, his first Marvel movie since 2015′s Avengers: Age of Ultron. This story has been confirmed to be set in the 1990s, which may or may not give fans a first look at how Nick Fury actually lost his left eye. Nick Fury has never mentioned in any MCU movie how he actually lost his eye.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half-Nelson, Mississippi Grind) are directing from a script that was originally worked on by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), which was then re-worked by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider). Kevin Feige is producing with Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito, Stan Lee and Jonathan Schwartz executive producing. Marvel has set a March 8, 2019 release date for Captain Marvel, which currently has no direct competition. It will be sandwiched between 20th Century Fox’s The Force, Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking and DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 3 on March 1, 2019, and Paramount’s Amusement Park and Universal’s untitled thriller from writer-director Jordan Peele on March 15, 2019.

DeWanda Wise is coming off a big year in 2017, where she starred in Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It as the main character Nola Darling, along with playing Shameeka Campbell in the Fox event series Shots Fired and having a recurring role as Clara on WGN’s Underground. She also stars in the upcoming comedy The Weekend alongside Kym Whitley, Tone Bell and Sasheer Zamata. Deadline broke the news of DeWanda Wise leaving Captain Marvel earlier today. With production still under way, we may learn who will replace her soon.


DC’s The New Gods Gets A Wrinkle in Time Director

Just a week after her big-budget Disney adventure A Wrinkle in Time hit theaters, Ava DuVernay has a new gig, bringing the director into the superhero world. The filmmaker is closing a deal with Warner Bros. and DC to direct a big-budget adaptation of Jack Kirby’s The New Gods, although this report also claims that The New Gods will have “no connection to the other DC worlds being exploited for film,” including the DCEU. The studio is currently searching for a screenwriter to concoct the story, while working closely with the director.

Ava DuVernay already made history on A Wrinkle in Time, becoming the first female African-American director to make a film budgeted at more than $100 million, following Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins as the first female director to do so. This project comes in the wake of Warner Bros. bringing in Walter Hamada as the new DC production president, with the studio and DC Entertainment said to be taking a different approach to their superhero fare. It makes sense for The New Gods not to be connected to the DCEU, since Jack Kirby designed part of this Fourth World saga that included numerous DC titles.

The New Gods was created in February 1971, the first of Kirby’s creations for DC after leaving Marvel in 1970 after he thought he was being treated unfairly. The New Gods were natives of the twin planets New Genesis, an idyllic and peaceful planet ruled by the Highfather, and Apokolips, a nightmarish hellscape ruled by the nefarious Darkseid. Both planets were once one and the same, but they were split by the Old Gods after the apocalyptic event known as Ragnarok.

Other titles launched as part of the Fourth World include Forever People and Mister Miracle, and while the Fourth World as a whole wasn’t exactly successful, The New Gods continued to play a pivotal part in the DC Comics universe. What’s also interesting is, during a Twitter Q&A back in December, Ava DuVernay was asked who her favorite superhero was by a fan, with the director responding that Big Barda was her favorite, “for many reasons.” Big Barda is one of The New Gods, and the wife of Mister Miracle, who was also created by Jack Kirby.

While this will be her first official foray into the superhero world, director Ava DuVernay was once in contention to direct Marvel’s Black Panther, before the directing gig went to Ryan Coogler. The former publicist made her feature directing debut in 2008 with the documentary This Is Life, which she followed with indie dramas I Will Follow and Middle of Nowhere before her breakthrough film Selma in 2014, which was nominated for Best Picture. She also created the OWN series Queen Sugar and wrote and directed the hit Netflix documentary The 13th, before tackling A Wrinkle In Time for Disney. Deadline broke the news on Ava DuVernay directing The New Gods, and you can take a look at the director’s tweet from December below, where she lists Big Barda as her favorite superhero.

Gosh, that’s hard. Big Barda. Many reasons. #askava

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 27, 2017


Justice League Fan Discovers Nude Steppenwolf Scene on Blu-ray

Justice League is now available to watch in the privacy of your own home with a high definition Blu-ray release, and an eagle-eyed viewer has revealed that you can see some nudity from Steppenwolf. Though the high definition release looks pretty stellar, it still does not help the CGI in the movie. However, this new discovery proves that the digital effects budget may have gone into details that we weren’t meant to see on the big screen.

The moment comes when Steppenwolf is engaged in battle with the Justice League over the Mother Boxes. The shot in question comes when Wonder Woman is knocked off of a ledge and then stuns Steppenwolf with a blast from her golden lasso around his leg. The brief scene shows off Steppenwolf’s naked ass, which is pretty surprising. Maybe there wasn’t enough budget to throw some evil underpants on him. It does seem that it would have been pretty easy to turn Henry Cavill’s mustache into some form of underwear for the villain, or at least a stylish thong.

The CGI of Justice League has continuously gotten knocked by critics and fans. After having a hefty budget, many were expecting something otherworldly, but ended up with a terrible, distracting CGI upper lip to remove the mustache from Superman along with a Steppenwolf that looked like he came right out of a 1970s Scooby-Doo cartoon. While there has been a lot of debatable controversy surrounding the movie, the CGI debacle is something that everybody has been able to agree upon, even original director Zack Snyder. As for the nudity, it’s just Steppenwolf’s butt, it’s really not that big of a deal.

One DC fan called out Justice League for its terrible depiction of Steppenwolf, before we could see his butt, in a tweet that Joss Whedon took time to like, which caused quite the backlash. Whedon came on board after Snyder and is looked at as the enemy of the project along with Warner Bros. Conspiracy theorists believe that Whedon and the studio ruined Zack Snyder’s initial vision. So, when a fan caught Joss Whedon liking a tweet that trashed the movie, many people were not happy. Fans were calling Whedon “despicable” and claiming that he ruined the movie, which led him to “unlike” the tweet.

Whatever your stance on Justice League may be, there’s still Easter Eggs to be found. They’re probably not all as cool as spotting Steppenwolf’s bare ass illuminated by Wonder Woman‘s golden lasso, but not much is that cool anyway. Justice League is now available for purchase wherever you buy your stuff from these days, so go out and buy one and see what other hidden treasures are there, just waiting to be found. You can check out Steppenwolf’s butt from Justice League (if you’re into that kind of thing) below, courtesy of the Joker Movie Twitter account.



— ???? JOKER MOVIE ???? (@Sporraw) March 15, 2018


NYPD Thriller The Force Reunites Logan Team

20th Century Fox is moving forward with its adaptation of the Don Winslow novel The Force, bringing aboard Scott Frank to rewrite the adapted screenplay. The script was first worked on by David Mamet, who was attached last June, when James Mangold came aboard to direct. This move reunites Scott Frank and James Mangold, who both received an Oscar nomination for their adapted screenplay for Logan, along with Michael Green, which Mangold directed.

This adaptation is said to be a high priority for the studio, which purchased the rights to Don Winslow’s book back in 2016 in a whopping seven-figure deal, before it was published and even before it had a proper title. The book was published in June 2017 by William Morrow and was named as one of the best books of the year by more than 60 publications, including The New York Times, National Public Radio, Barnes & Noble and Publisher’s Weekly. Casting hasn’t gotten under way yet, but the lead character of NYPD cop Denny Malone will likely be quite the coveted role.

The story centers on Sgt. Denny Malone, a cop who runs the most elite crime-fighting unit in the NYPD, who is also one of the city’s most corrupt cops. When simmering racial tensions start boiling over, Malone must reconcile the idealistic cop he still thinks he is, with his own corrupt nature, while contending with ruthless Harlem drug gangs, the mafia leaders he has crooked ties to, the cops who he’s about to throw under the bus, the mayor’s office and a team of federal agents trying to take him down.

The Force has been given plenty of high praise with Stephen King comparing it to The Godfather, “but with cops,” while Jack Reacher author Lee Child has called it, “probably the best cop novel ever written.” The book was also released on paperback earlier this week. Just after James Mangold was attached to direct last summer, 20th Century Fox handed out a March 1, 2019 release date for The Force, which puts it up against Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking and Universal’s How to Train Your Dragon 3. However, with no production schedule announced, it’s possible this release date could be delayed.

While there have been no cast members attached yet, this new report from Deadline claims there are a number of A-list stars in the mix to play Denny Malone. Ridley Scott is producing alongside The Story Factory’s Shane Salerno and Kevin Walsh. Ridley Scott is actually attached to direct another Don Winslow adaptation, The Cartel, from an adapted screenplay by Shane Salerno, who previously adapted Winslow’s Savages. Scott Frank is among the most respected screenwriters in Hollywood, who has a penchant as a “closer,” a writer who gets a script ready for production. Mangold is also developing another project for 20th Century Fox about the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari that culmiated at the 1966 LeMans race, with Matt Damon attached to play auto designer Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale to play driver Ken Miles. There is no indication as to whether The Force or this racing project will move forward first.


More Proof Juggernaut Is the Main Villain in Deadpool 2?

It was revealed over the summer that Jack Kesy was cast as an unnamed villain for Deadpool 2 and leaked photos from the set indicated that the actor was in motion capture gear with an oversized head piece, which led to immediate speculation that it was Juggernaut. Not much has been said about the villain in the sequel since then, but a new report brings forth even more evidence that Juggernaut is the main villain. However, it’s also being reported that Deadpool 2 didn’t treat the character better than X-Men: The Last Stand. There are potential SPOILERS for Deadpool 2 ahead, so read at your own risk.

Reports emerged last weekend about the negative reactions to the test screenings of Deadpool 2. The person responsible for the leak of information was ordered by Fox to take down his posts, which he subsequently did. Now, former IGN editor Jeremy Conrad is back, reporting about the movie on his blog without mentioning the name of the movie. It’s clear as day what movie he’s talking about and he goes on to double down on the negative test screenings report while dishing on the main villain of Deadpool 2.

We will avoid any of the reported spoilers having to do with specific plot points and instead focus on what Jeremy Conrad had to say about Juggernaut’s inclusion in Deadpool 2. It should also be considered that these comments are coming from Conrad’s anonymous source and they come from a negative place. He does not mention the character by name, but he does mention that he’s a fan-favorite and famous meme, which leads all fingers to point to Juggernaut. He had this to say.

“Fans of comic books will also be upset at how a long-time fan-favorite (and internet meme) villain is once again treated on the big screen. Oh this time he looks a little closer to his comic book look (thanks to CG), but they make him disposable with a really stupid death.”

The negative attention around Deadpool 2 has been disputed by others with anonymous sources. The people who claim that movie has actually tested well claim that the recent reshoots for the highly anticipated sequel were in response to a test screening held in January. According to the results from viewers, they all wanted to see more of Josh Brolin’s Cable as well as Zazie Beetz’s Domino, so the reshoots were put together to add more of them. Reshoots are commonplace in Hollywood and should not be seen as a cause for alarm.

The new evidence, paired with the set pictures from over the summer practically confirm that Juggernaut is the main villain in Deadpool 2. Again, this information is ultimately sourced from an anonymous source, but it does fit in well with the previous intel. As for the negative test screenings, that all has to do with one person’s opinion filtered through another opinion. You can check out the rest of the SPOILER-filled report via Manabyte.

Más imágenes del set de #Deadpool2 hay nuevos mutantes ?????? Mmmmmmmmmmmmm. El último es Jack Kesy no?

— MarvelFlix (@MarvelFlix) August 20, 2017

The guy in yellow there was one other, not sure who they where

— NewWestBoy (@66mitchell) August 19, 2017

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