Mario Segale, Super Mario's Namesake, Has Passed Away at 84

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Video game fans know Mario as the star of Nintendo's most successful franchise. But what they may not know is that he was named after Mario Segale, an Italian-American property developer from Washington state. The BBC reports that Segale has died at age 84.

The original Mario crossed paths with Nintendo in the 1980s, when he leased a warehouse to the American outpost of the Japanese gaming company. The character Mario originally appeared as jumpman in Donkey Kong, and when Nintendo was looking to give him a new name, the employees at Nintendo of America took inspiration from their landlord.

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto also briefly considered the name Mr. Video—and later acknowledged that if he had stuck with that name the game may have "disappeared off the face of the Earth."

Even after learning that the video game character had borrowed his name—and his Italian heritage—Segale didn't use it as a claim to fame. In fact, he feared that his connection to Mario might damage his reputation and hurt his career. One of the few times he commented on it publicly was in a 1993 article in The Seattle Times. When asked what he thought of sharing a name with the character, he replied, “You might say I’m still waiting for my royalty checks.”

During his life, Segale lead a successful construction and real estate business, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and flying his airplane in his free time. He is survived by his four children, nine grandchildren, and his wife, Donna.

[h/t BBC]

Stranger Things Writers Reveal 5 Movies That Connect to Season 4 in "Some Way or Another"

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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It was finally confirmed last month that Netflix's Stranger Things would be returning for a fourth season. While highly anticipated, the announcement didn’t give fans much to go on, however.

With fans clamoring for more, GamesRadar reports that the show's writers took to Twitter to satisfy our hunger for clues. On the Stranger Writers account, they announced that they'd be launching "Video Store Fridays," in which they'll reveal five new movies each week that "relate in some way or another to season four."

The writers then posted the first five films, as seen above, and they are as random as you’d expect them to be.

As GamesRadar points out, The Fisher King (1991) and Ordinary People (1980) deal with characters navigating big-city life after dealing with traumatic events, which could speak to the Byers and Eleven living in a new place after losing Hopper. The Peanut Butter Solution is a fantasy horror that involves the abuse of children, much like elements of Stranger Things, particularly Eleven’s early treatment. Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey is definitely reminiscent of the fantasy-meets-the-'80s vibe that's a hallmark of the series.

Lastly, You’ve Got Mail, the classic romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, seems like the most peculiar title on the list. In the film, the two characters fall in love by chatting online, which could possibly be a nod to Hopper still being alive and sending messages to Joyce through lights from the Upside Down, much like Will did in the first season. Too much of a stretch?

I guess fans will have to keep their eyes glued to Twitter to see if any more of these hints start to make more sense!

Kit Harington Reveals Which Harry Potter Character He'd Want to Play in a Prequel

Kit Harington is clearly drawn to dark, brooding characters.

Winter is Coming reports that Harington, who is best known for his role as Jon Snow in the hard-hitting HBO series Game of Thrones, spoke on a panel at ACE Comic Con this past weekend. Though he was there to discuss his upcoming role as Dane Whitman, a.k.a. Black Knight, in the upcoming Marvel Studios film The Eternals, his involvement in—and love for—other franchises came up during the conversation.

The moderator of the panel surprised the audience by bringing up Harington’s love for the Harry Potter series, and, of course, asked him which Hogwarts house he aligns with. The 32-year-old actor responded, “I am a Gryffindor. I’ve thought very deeply about it.” Though Harington himself identifies with the lion-hearted, he does believe that Jon Snow would be a Hufflepuff because of his undying loyalty.

Harington was then asked which character he would want to play in a hypothetical Harry Potter prequel movie about the Marauders—a group of Gryffindors that included James Potter (Harry’s dad), Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew, who attended Hogwarts a generation before Harry and his friends. And who were often at odds with Slytherin Severus Snape.

Harington's response was immediate, and enthusiastic:

Severus Snape is the most tragic, wonderful, brilliant [character] ... He’s a character you hate, and then end up loving. He’s just phenomenal. I don’t think I’m right for him, so I’ll play Sirius. But, whoever gets to play Snape, that’s a great character.”

[h/t Winter Is Coming]

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