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The real reason Supergirl is ending

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Supergirl‘s unexpected cancellation will be a particularly sad occasion for Benoist. The series proved a legitimate breakout for the young star after a few years of playing second fiddle as Marley Rose on Glee.The rising star certainly made the most of her leap into the spotlight, crafting a fully-formed character out of Kara comprised of equal parts tragically flawed humanity and Kryptonian ego. 

Along the way, she’s raised her profile in Hollywood considerably, going on to claim roles in indie gems like Band of Robbers (2016) and blockbusters like Patriot’s Day (2016), while also delivering memorable performances in small-screen ventures like Homeland, and the critically adored mini-series Waco. Benoist has also appeared as Kara Danvers in every single “Arrowverse” series to date. While there’s little question Benoist will continue her ascension to stardom, she’s certainly going to miss portraying the iconic DC hero, admitting as much via a heartfelt Instagram post once the cancellation was made official. 

“To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement. Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless. She’s had that impact on me, too. She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful. I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store. I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season.”

Here’s hoping Supergirl creatives deliver a final season for the ages.

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Bill Murray and Rashida Jones Make a Dynamic Comic Duo

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In her new film “On the Rocks” — premiering at the New York Film Festival on its way to AppleTV+ in October — writer-director Sofia Coppola may well have crafted the quintessential Bill Murray role. But this is a father-daughter story, and the daughter is no less important; it helps, obviously, that both Coppola and Jones know a thing or two about larger-than-life dads, but it also matters that Jones is enough of a skilled actor and comic that she more than holds her own opposite the equally larger-than-life Murray.

Murray’s Felix is an old-school charmer, a deadpan wit, and a bon vivant, but he’s also an adoring father and grandfather, and he’s capable of accessing and acknowledging regret and loss. It would be a banquet for any actor, but the character has been so crafted for this particular performer that one suspects we will think of Murray’s work here alongside the likes of Bette Davis in “All About Eve.” It’s the kind of turn that encapsulates what an actor does best, dovetailed with audiences’ perceptions of what that actor is really like.

But “On the Rocks” is not Felix’s story: It’s about his daughter Laura (Jones), whose once-passionate marriage to Dean (Marlon Wayans) has become a day-to-day grind of raising two young daughters, scheduling vacations and ballet classes, and a walloping case of writer’s block as Laura attempts to start a new book. When Dean starts spending more time at the office and traveling for work, and clues that indicate infidelity start popping up — he’s got a gorgeous assistant named Fiona (Jessica Henwick, “Iron Fist”), whose toiletry case winds up in Dean’s suitcase — Laura grows suspicious.


Watch Video: Bill Murray and Rashida Jones Play Father and Daughter in Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ Trailer


When she airs those suspicions to Felix, of course, he goes into red alert. Having cheated on Laura’s mother (and being the kind of serial flirt who has a charming opening line for seemingly every woman he encounters) Felix immediately assumes the worst. To be fair, Felix’s charm extends to men as well; the way he talks two New York policemen into forgiving him for a moving violation and then giving his car a push is one for the ages.

Felix begins making inquiries about Dean’s comings and goings and even recruits Laura to join him on stakeouts. (He’s the kind of guy who brings caviar as a snack while spying.) But as Laura contemplates whether or not her husband is unfaithful, she also has to examine her own life, her priorities, and her relationship with her father.


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Laura lives in the upscale Manhattan we know from Woody Allen and Whit Stillman movies; Coppola keeps the literary references to a minimum, but Felix’s career as an art dealer allows for some Cy Twombly and David Hockney name-drops. Even if this is a somewhat familiar brand of lifestyle porn, it’s not one we usually get to see populated by people of color; in the same way that HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” puts Black characters front-and-center in familiar horror and adventure tropes, this is the movie version of New York City (rendered with a glorious sheen by cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd, Coppola’s “The Beguiled”) with a cast of faces that more honestly reflects the real city — with the understanding, of course, that representation is not the same as revolution.

“On the Rocks” displays Coppola’s gift for light comedy, and not just because of Murray; Jones’s sense of timing is precise and often devastating, and Jenny Slate pops in periodically as a fellow school mom in a perpetual monologue about her love life. And it’s a film that finds perfect little moments between the sparkling dialogue, whether it’s Laura obsessively tidying her writing desk as a way to procrastinate or a slo-mo shot of a single tear falling into a martini as Chet Baker laments “I Get Along Without You Very Well.”


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In the grander scheme of Coppola’s career, this qualifies as another tale of attractive rich people and their problems, but it’s admittedly exciting to see her make a film about a wife and mother who leaves her apartment. After a filmography so frequently focused on the lives of cloistered women — as far back as “Life Without Zoe” and as recently as “The Beguiled” — the auteur having Rashida Jones move freely about the city feels like a paradigm shift.

Jones and Murray (who previously teamed on Coppola’s “A Very Murray Christmas” special) achieve the kind of effortless rapport that spawns “I want them to go solve mysteries” memes, and the key ingredient of that chemistry is that Jones never allows Murray to steal the show.



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Superhero Bits: ‘WandaVision’ Release Date Rumors, New Details on ‘Spider-Man: Miles Morales’ & More

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Can you bring your save data from Spider-Man on the PS4 over to the PS5? Want to see a more conservative design for Hulkbuster that was almost in Iron Man 3? Did you know that The Silver Surfer met Hank Hill from King of the Hill? What prank did Shazam! director David F. Sandberg play on fans? Could WandaVision premiere on Disney+ for Thanksgiving weekend? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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Here are some bonuses you’ll get if you pick up the ultimate edition of Spider-Man: Miles Morales for PS5.

Speaking of which, where is Peter Parker during the events of this Spider-Man: Miles Morales story arc?

The Boys released a new teaser for the next episode of the second season, and even more superheroes are coming.

Zack Snyder says The Snyder Cut fans raised over $250K for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

There are some snippets of upcoming Marvel Studios shows in this recent teaser for what’s coming to Disney+.

The Boys made a joke inspired by Joss Whedon doing the Justice League rewrites in “We Gotta Go Now.”.

Phil Saunders shared this small Hulkbuster design, originally created for Iron Man 3‘s house party protocol.

Insomniac Games confirmed gamers cannot transfer Marvel’s Spider-Man save data from the PS4 to the PS5.

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