See Ellen Page in Netflix’s new superhero show The Umbrella Academy

Ellen Page in The Umbrella Academy

Netflix recently released the first trailer for their upcoming superhero series, The Umbrella Academy, starring Ellen Page.

Based on the Dark Horse comic, the series tells the story of children born to women who weren’t pregnant the day before they gave birth.

A billionaire adopts some them and trains them to save the world. When he dies, however, the kids set out to find the truth and, well, save the world.

Gerard Way (yes, of the band My Chemical Romance) wrote the original graphic novel, with Gabriel Bá illustrating.

Way is also co-executive producing the series, which was written by Jeremy Slater.

Page plays the only child without superpowers. Mary J. Blige also stars in the show as someone ‘super evil’, based on the promotional character posters.

Details of Page’s character, Vanya, surfaced when she was first cast last year.

Vanya may not have powers, but she is a gifted violinist, which is important to the plot.

‘Vanya is a wallflower who has a hard time understanding her place in the family since everyone has abilities that she lacks,’ Nylon revealed. ‘But it’s also canon that the rest of Vanya’s siblings do not deal well with their powers, so maybe not having a superpower is a power in itself.’

The trailer gives away nothing beyond the bare bones of the plot, but it’s fast-paced and energetic. It also has a particular comedy, as seen by Page’s Vanya telling her sibling she’ll put on some coffee when she’s told the world is ending.

Interestingly, it also numbers the children, 1-5 and then Vanya as the seventh. There’s no mention of Number Six.

The 10-episode series arrives on Netflix on 15 February.

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This Dance Routine to Soft Cell’s ‘Tainted Love’ is the Only One You’ll Ever Need: WATCH

Take some time to learn comedian Joe Kwaczala’s dance routine for Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” and we’ll see you in a month.

Kwaczala may finally be getting the attention he’s been hungering for, but it’s not for the lack of trying. Earlier this year, when he turned 31, he decided to release 31 comedy videos in a single day, Vulture reported: ‘Every 15 minutes, Kwaczala released a new video, and even more impressively, he produced all of the videos with no budget. It’s got a little bit of everything: footage from live shows, a unique take on NBC’s 2015 miniseries The Slapan Oliver Platt–themed ASMR video, a retro MTV bumper, a terrible podcast featuring stand-up Beth Stelling, an expired jar of salsa voiced by Tim Robinson, a very serious show about stand-up comedians, a Pittsburgh translation of Call Me by Your Name, and tons more.’

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Nick Ayers, Julia Roberts Headline Fail, Beto O’Rourke, Mel Reid, Morehouse College, TIME Person of the Year: HOT LINKS

TIME PERSON OF THE YEAR. The Guardians and The War on Truth. ‘The story of this assault on truth is, somewhat paradoxically, one of the hardest to tell. “We all learned in our schools that journalists shouldn’t be the story ourselves, but this is, again, not our choice,” says Can Dündar, who, after being charged with revealing state secrets and nearly assassinated as a newspaper editor in Turkey, fled to Germany, where he set up a news site. “This is the world of the strong leaders who hate the free press and truth.”

NICK AYERS. A signal to Trump that the rats are abandoning ship? ‘Journalists weren’t the only ones surprised by the Ayers development. It took many people in the White House unawares, including the President, it seems. The Times’ Maggie Haberman reported that “two people close to Mr. Trump said a news release announcing Mr. Ayers’s appointment had been drafted, and that the president had wanted to announce it as soon as possible.” Instead of showcasing as his new majordomo a blond, thirty-six-year-old Republican operative who has spent the past two years helping keep Pence out of any serious scrapes—quite a feat in the Trump White House—Trump was forced to engage in some Sunday-evening damage control.

BETO 2020? Speaking to prominent African-Americans: “In the last two weeks, the soon-to-be-former Texas congressmen met with former President Barack Obama at his Washington office, a source familiar with the meeting confirmed to NBC News, and spoke by phone with the Rev. Al Sharpton and fellow 2018 progressive darling Andrew Gillum. The O’Rourke-Obama meeting was first reported by The Washington Post.”

RIP. Roger the buff kangaroo.

IMPEACHMENT. Donald Trump now sees it as a real possibility.

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE. Student accuses gay professor of sexual harassment: ‘Peterson continued to sexually harass the student and other Morehouse students throughout the trip, the lawsuit said. This included sending explicit text messages and making frequent comments about sex. One of the text messages Peterson allegedly sent to students had a picture of a man’s penis, which Peterson referred to as a “shrimp salad/dinner.” He also repeatedly asked them “if they wanted a shrimp dinner,” the lawsuit said…Peterson “vehemently denied” the allegations and insisted that “the students were saying these things about him because they didn’t like the fact that he is gay,” according to the results of the investigation included in a court filing.’

MEL REID. Pro golfer comes out as gay: “I fell in love with a girl and I was excited about it, so I told my sister who was completely cool about it, and then my brother. My parents are older than most, but they couldn’t have been better about everything. They just assured me that as long as I love a good person, it doesn’t matter what race, gender or background they come from.”

SWANNING. Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black hit the ballet.

HEADLINE FAIL OF THE DAY. Julia Roberts’ holes. By the Jamestown, New York newspaper Post-Journal.

LEONARDOU.S. showrunner Frank Spotnitz and British writer Steve Thompson speak to Variety about their new series about “gay outsider” Leonardo da Vinci: “It’s certainly a feature, but it’s not the main pillar on which we are hanging it. Some of his relationships were with men; those were significant relationships. But perhaps the most significant relationship in his life was with a friend who was a woman, with whom he was very close, and we unpack that. So we are not steering clear of it….It’s just part of the mix.”

SURVIVAL VIDEO OF THE DAY. Timber the cat, found one month after California’s Camp Fire.

BEETHOVEN OF THE DAY. Johnathan Brendle plays the Moonlight Sonata.



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