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Olympics Ice Skating Is for Cinephiles

The Beijing Winter Olympics skating programs have a cinematic soundtrack.

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For those of us who have a more artistic sensibility, for whom half-pipe snowboarding and alpine skiing is exciting enough but not the heart-pounding full-body experience we’re hoping for, there’s one series of events that always delivers. Olympic figure skating and ice dancing is a sight to behold, assisted in no small part by the musical choices the skaters make before they take to the ice. It was thanks to a rule change at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics that ice skaters were permitted to skate to music with lyrics, which gave us the raw sexual energy of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s unforgettable Moulin Rouge! ice-dancing routine four years ago.

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics have kept the rule change, allowing for a more diverse and exciting array of musical choices-but something else is different this year, too. This year’s class of skaters have proven themselves to be major cinephiles, their rhythmic accompaniment running the movie gamut from comic-book anti-heroes to Jedi knights from a galaxy far, far away and everything in between.

Adam Siao Him Fa’s Star Wars medley

In one of the most dramatic routines the Olympics has seen this year, Adam Siao Him Fa of France donned Anakin Skywalker’s black Sith tunic and skated to a medley of music from the Dark Side, with Darth Vader’s iconic heavy breathing segueing to a drum-and-bass remix of “The Imperial March.” Only a Sith deals in the absolute fire of this performance, complete with graceful gestures timed to lightsaber sound effects. Siao Him Fa told Reuters that he liked the song choice because “it feels good that even people who are not figure-skating fans liked the program because they love Star Wars.” (Video of his performance isn’t available yet in the US, so above is a video of his program from last year’s Nebelhorn Trophy competition.)

Katharina Müller and Tim Dieck as the Joker and Harley Quinn

Straight out of the back room of a Spirit Halloween come German ice-dancing pair Katharina Müller and Tim Dieck, dressed as Harley Quinn and the Joker and skating to a medley of “edgy” songs, from a cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” to the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” Each song transition is bookended by lines from Jared Leto’s take on the Clown Prince of Crime from Suicide Squad, and the whole thing begins with Dieck miming breaking Muller’s neck. Cursed! But also cool, in a grungy sort of way.

Karen Chen skates to “Requiem for a Dream”

Clint Mansell’s score for Requiem for a Dream, particularly the memorable title track, is perhaps the most inescapable piece of music ever composed for a film. Famously retooled for a bunch of film trailers after the movie’s release (including, hilariously, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), it’s the sort of song you’ve heard a million times even if you haven’t seen the movie it’s from. It ended up being the perfect choice for American figure skater Karen Chen, who timed her soaring jumps and wide turns to the song’s ever-increasing tension build.

Vincent Zhou’s Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon selection

In a nod to both the location of this year’s Winter Olympics and his own Chinese American heritage, Vincent Zhou set his free skate to the score of Ang Lee’s wuxia epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, composed by Tan Dun. It’s not the most instantly recognizable score in the world, but it’s on heavy rotation on many cinephiles’ soundtrack list, and it’s so good in this program that you wonder why anyone skates to anything else. Be sure to peep the dragon curled around the left side of Zhou’s costume as well.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates’ Daft Punk medley

The commentators describe the American skaters’ silver medal-winning routine as an “astronaut” romancing an “extraterrestrial,” but don’t think we didn’t notice Evan Bates’ TRON: Legacy-inspired costume-fitting for a program set to Daft Punk’s electronica. The two ice dancers skate to a collection of songs pulled from the French duo’s Random Access Memories, including mostly instrumental tracks “Within” and “Contact,” melodic choices that fit well with an ice-dancing routine. That said, we kinda want to see them put on a show to “Derezzed.” Maybe get some neon Light Cycles in the mix?Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.

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Everything We Know About 'Reacher' Season 2

Amazon's adaptation of Lee Child's beloved (and very large) character will return for a second season. test

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Lee Child, the author who dreamed up an enormous ex-military drifter named Jack Reacher, has published 26 novels in his ongoing thriller series since 1997, along with multiple short stories and novellas following his big, burly hero. With Reacher-like efficiency, he writes one a year. Reacher, Amazon’s new series inspired by the character’s travels, is based on the first book in the series, The Killing Floor. So, that means the show could potentially run for at least 25 years, right?

While we don’t know much about Reacher’s long term plans-after all, he typically just gets on a bus and goes somewhere new-we do know a bit about his future as a streaming phenomenon. After two (pretty solid!) movies starring Tom Cruise, Reacher has found a natural home at Amazon, the home to other airport novel adaptations like Bosch and Jack Ryan, and a natural star in Alan Ritchson, the burly actor filling in Reacher’s suspiciously unwrinkled T-shirts. Given the show’s warm reception from fans and reports of high ratings, it’s hardly surprising a second season has already been announced. Using our Reacher-esque detective skills, we’ve gathered everything we know about the show’s next season.

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Is there going to be a Reacher Season 2??

Yes. On Monday, February 7, only days after premiering, Amazon announced that Reacher was renewed for a second season. Along with the announcement, Amazon said that the series, which was developed by writer Nick Santora (Scorpion), was in its top five most-watched shows ever in the US and globally over a 24-hour period. Basically, the Reacher fans saw the thumbnail of Ritchson on their screens and said, “Yes, more of that guy, please.”

When will Reacher Season 2 be released?

There’s no official release date for Reacher Season 2. But the speed of the renewal does give us hope that we won’t be waiting very long for more Reacher. Though some Amazon shows can take a long time between seasons, Bosch was always consistent in delivering a season every year, so hopefully Reacher takes a similar approach and we get the next adventure in 2023.

Is there a trailer for Reacher Season 2??

No! The first season just premiered and the show just got renewed, so don’t expect a trailer for a while. Gotta have some Reacher-like patience on this one–go listen to an old blues record to calm your nerves instead.

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Who in the cast is returning for Reacher Season 2??

One thing is obvious: Alan Ritchson will be returning as Jack Reacher. The show is called Reacher and he’s Reacer. If there’s no Reacher, there’s no show. Luckily, Ritchson sounds game. “If we could wrap this up when I’m 74 or 75, I’d be happy,” he told Collider in an interview before the Season 2 announcement. “I don’t know about a second season, but my fingers are crossed as hard as anyone.”

Crossing those big fingers paid off. But what about supporting characters like Willa Fitzgerald’s Roscoe? The Reacher of the books often leaves one town and arrives in an entirely new one, meaning there’s not a ton of carryover of characters from one adventure to another. Fitzgerald sounded excited to work on a second season in a recent interview and said, “She will continue to be the Roscoe that you all meet in Season 1.”

Similarly, Ritchson has suggested in interviews that the show could take on an “anthology” approach that’s slightly different than the books. “They set the bar so high that we’d be remiss not to see them again,” he said of his fellow cast members in an interview with Collider. “So, I hope we do. I don’t know how that’ll play out, but that would be one area that we deviate from the books a little bit, I think, to the benefit of audiences, if you see them pop up more.”

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What will Reacher Season 2 be about??

Season 1 suggests that Reacher could take on a one-book-per-season model, but it doesn’t necessarily have to do that. (Bosch would often blend plots drawn from different books in the series, a move that could serve Reacher well if the writers decide to go down that path.) Since the show started with the first book, it’s entirely possible they could simply jump right into the second book, 1998’s Die Trying, which is set in Chicago and opens with Reacher and an FBI agent getting kidnapped. Obviously, there are also tons of other Reacher books to choose from.

Here’s what we know for sure: Jack Reacher will continue to be a man with huge arms who beats people up and solves mysteries. He will order black coffee and he will ride the bus. He will probably find himself getting wrapped up in some conspiracy. He will break jaws, snap wrists, and squeeze necks. He will nod and say nothing after goons attempt to intimidate him. He will continue to be Jack Reacher, a big boy with a big appetite for justice.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

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