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Are The Good Place and Parks and Recreation Set in the Same Universe?

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TV producer Mike Schur has left an Easter egg in the season finale of The Good Place that will have fans of his other hit, Parks and Recreation, thinking they’ve died and gone to heaven. As The A.V. Club reports, a tiny detail in the most recent episode of the show indicates that Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason live in the same universe as Leslie Knope and the gang—even if they don’t exist in the same plane.

A sharp-eyed Twitter user posted the screenshots below from the season two finale of The Good Place, which aired on February 1. The episode—written and directed by Schur—has a tiny reference to Parks and Recreation’s egotistical, hapless "entrepreneur" Jean-Ralphio Saperstein.

We don’t want to hit you with any spoilers (you can read Vulture’s recap for a good overview, if you dare), but suffice it to say that the scene involves a peek at Eleanor’s time on Earth, showing her reading a low-brow magazine called Celebrity Baby: Plastic Surgery Disasters. And lo and behold, what kind of business would advertise in such a craven magazine? Oh, just brands like Champagne by Jean-Ralphio.

The worlds-colliding revelation kind of makes sense in light of another recent A.V. Club analysis of Schur's shows, including Parks and Rec and The Good Place—that fundamentally, all of his fictional creations come off as “uncommonly decent TV worlds,” filled with sincere, earnestly industrious characters. Eleanor might not be quite as selfless as Leslie Knope, but it’s not hard to imagine Leslie taking her on as a mentee. And yeah, it feels like fellow nerds Chidi and Ben would get along swimmingly. (We won't even get into what this means for the 2016 fan theory that determined Steve Harrington from Stranger Things is actually Jean-Ralphio's father.)

Does this mean we can expect Jason to eventually meet and try to ride beloved celebrity miniature horse Li’l Sebastian in heaven? We can only hope.

[h/t The A.V. Club]

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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Your $10 Donation Can Help an Underprivileged Child See A Wrinkle in Time for Free
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Theater chain AMC is teaming with the Give a Child the Universe initiative to help underprivileged kids see A Wrinkle in Time for free through ticket donations. The initiative was started by Color of Change, a nonprofit advocacy group that designs “campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.”

"Color of Change believes in the power of images and supports those working to change the rules in Hollywood so that inclusive, empathetic and human portrayals of black people and people of color are prominent on the screen,” the initiative’s executive director, Rashad Robinson, said in a statement:

Director Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time is the perfect subject for the group because, as Robinson puts it, “By casting a black teenage actress, Storm Reid, as the heroine at the center of this story, the filmmakers and the studio send a powerful message to millions of young people who will see someone like them embracing their individuality and strength to save the world.”

The movie touts a diverse cast that includes Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine. The most important member of the cast, though, is 14-year-old Storm Reid, who plays the main character Meg Murry, a young girl who tries to save her father (Pine) who is trapped in another dimension. The movie is based on the acclaimed 1962 fantasy novel by author Madeleine L'Engle.

If you’d like to donate a ticket (or more), you can just head over to the Give a Child the Universe website and pledge an amount. AMC will provide one ticket to children and teens nationwide for every $10 given to the cause.

And if you’re interested in seeing the movie yourself, A Wrinkle in Time opens on March 9, 2018.

[h/t E! Online]

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