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Witcher TV show releases late 2019, Netflix confirms

By Derek Strickland | Apr 17, 2019 11:04 am CDT

Netflix's hotly anticipated live action Witcher TV show will release in Q4 of this year, during the holiday season.


Netflix has invested a pretty penny into its eight-episode adaptation of Andrezj Sapowski's dark fantasy series. The Witcher TV show stars Superman's Henry Cavill as the titular monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia, and was filmed across beautiful locales of Hungary.

Previously billed as a 2019 release, Netflix now confirms a holiday release window for the series. Here's what the company said during its recent quarterly earnings call: "And then you start seeing later in the fourth quarter some of our bigger film investments coming through like Irishman, like 6 Underground and also a big new original series that we're currently shooting in Hungary called The Witcher, that is enormous European IP, very popular game and Book IP, that we think is going to make a really fun global series," Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos confirmed in a recent earnings call.

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Classic Star Wars trilogy villain returns in Episode IX

By Derek Strickland | Apr 12, 2019 03:31 pm CDT

Today Disney and Lucasfilm dropped the first teaser trailer for Episode IX while also confirming its name: Rise of the Skywalker.

At this year's Star Wars Celebration we got our first glimpse at Episode IX: Rise of the Skywalker, which was a brief 2 minutes that was over before you knew it. There wasn't a whole lot to see in the footage outside of the usual epic vistas, snippets of lightsaber battles, and starship chases...until the end where a very familiar tyrannical laugh echoed in the darkness. As Luke says in the trailer, "no one's ever really gone," and that includes Sith Lords.

Emperor Palpatine, the original Skywalker instigator that inspired Darth Vader's death-sweeping campaign of terror across the galaxy, is making a comeback. We're not sure if Palpatine actually survived the Death Star explosion--or being vaulted into a reactor--or if he'll show up as a Force ghost, but he's definitely in Episode IX.

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Aquaman 2 to release in 2022, original scriptwriter returns

By Derek Strickland | Feb 27, 2019 04:13 pm CST

On the heels of Aquaman's monumental success, Warner Bros. has announced a concrete release date for a sequel starring Jason Momoa.


Aquaman 2 is set to launch on December 16, 2022, Warner Bros. today confirmed. The movie has been in planning phases as early as this month when original screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick returned to pen the script.

With its exotic, stunning visuals and incredible atmospheric storytelling mixed with old-school comic themes, Aquaman is a huge win for the DC brand and pulled in boatloads of cash for Warner Bros. Aquaman has currently netted over $800 million worldwide and is on the top 20 highest grossing films of all time.

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Top 10 Twilight Zone episodes

By Derek Strickland | Feb 21, 2019 02:52 pm CST

With Jordan Peele's new Twilight Zone reboot on the way, we thought it pertinent to drudge up our top 10 favorite episodes of the original 1960's series for your perusal.


The Twilight Zone is my favorite anthology series. It's a show that opens new doorways in your mind, conjuring all kinds of strange ideas and possibilities that simply weren't there before. You feel like a changed person after you watch a good Twilight Zone episode, as if you can now see the world a little bit differently. The following 10 episodes of the original 1960s series should bring that sense of awe and mystery the series is known for, and you can check them out on Hulu or Netflix.

Our list is a bit obscure, though. It doesn't include iconic (but not necessarily great) episodes like Shatner's Nightmare at 20,000 Feet or Burgess Meredith's immortalized broken glasses of Time Enough At Last. You won't find the one about the neat little stopwatch that stops time, or the camera that can predict the future. No, we dug a bit deeper to unearth some of the really interesting and oft-unknown gems the show has to offer. There's lots of twists and turns in these ones, so be forewarned!

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New Twilight Zone trailer is full of classic throwbacks

By Derek Strickland | Feb 21, 2019 02:10 pm CST

It'd be hard to make a Twilight Zone reboot or continuation without acknowledging Rod Serling's original parables of weirdness. I'm happy to see CBS has peppered its new Twilight Zone series with lots of little nods to the black-and-white anthology of yore.

Every 20 years or so The Twilight Zone gets brought back. Many remember the original 1960's version narrated by Rod Serling, but there's actually three different series: an 80's reboot (which is quite excellent) and 2000's series (which 80% miss and 20% hit). Now in 2019, almost 20 years after the last resurrection, a fourth is coming--and it's coming soon. CBS placed a new Twilight Zone reboot in Jordan Peele's hands to help create little slices of macabre morality. The latest in Twilight Zone's legacy will begin on April 1, 2019, CBS today announced with new footage.

The latest trailer has a ton of little Easter eggs that Twilight Zone fans will recognize immediately. The hilarious-now but scary-for-its-time monster that espoused Shatner's famous line "there's...something on the wing...some...thing!" in Nightmare at 20,000 Feet can be seen washed up on a beach shore. The devil bobblehead that predicted the future (another Shatner short) in Nick of Time is present, head dangling menacingly. The stopwatch that froze time in A Kind of Stopwatch is also present, presumably having something to do with the time rewind focus of an episode.

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Neill Blomkamp's Anthem film is absolutely amazing

By Derek Strickland | Feb 14, 2019 07:20 pm CST

If the new trailer is anything to go by, Anthem's new film is nothing short of sci-fi mastery.

Renowned sci-fi director Neill Blomkamp (Elysium, District 9, Chappie) is making a live action short film centered around Anthem. The film is called Anthem: Conviction, and today EA and Blomkamp released a three minute trailer. The results are legitimately one of the most impressive bits of science fiction cinematography I've ever seen. Conviction has big-budget production values of a million-dollar film, with a delicious blend of practical and CGI effects that crystallize the true potential with video game films.

The best thing about Conviction is how epic it makes BioWare's new IP look and feel. There's this mystique about the exotic world, as if some untold secrets are swimming just beneath the surface. The game is brought to life right before our eyes in stalwart quality, setting the gritty survivalist tone mixed with a kind of mythical, almost-magical colorful ambiance that brings to mind Lord of the Rings mixed with Star Wars.

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Neill Blomkamp teases Anthem project, possibly short film

By Derek Strickland | Feb 11, 2019 03:36 pm CST

District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is making something in BioWare's new Anthem universe, and it could be a short film of sorts.


Anthem already looks like something Neill Blomkamp dreamed up. The game has fantastic mechs and this kind of high-tech mixed with a gritty low-tech Star Wars-like feel to it, and resembles a cross between a Blomkamp movie and Dragon Age's colorful mystical fantasy. So when the sci-fi director teases a new project that's clearly based around Anthem, it feels like a natural fit.

The tease was quite nebulous and we have no idea what exactly he's working on. It should be some sort of cinematic project, but probably not a big-budget theatrical release. It could simply be a collaboration between EA and Blomkamp's independent film studio Oats Studios on Anthem's mech or world designs. The publisher didn't say anything about the project in its recent Fiscal Q3'19 earnings results, and a big film adaptation is something it'd want to announce to take eyes away from its revenue miss.

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New Super Mario Bros. film coming in 2022

By Derek Strickland | Feb 4, 2019 07:18 am CST

The new Super Mario Bros. movie should arrive on the big screen in three years.


Nintendo hopes to release a new Super Mario Bros. animated film in 2022, the company confirmed in its latest financial report. Illumination Entertainment, the studio responsible for Despicable Me, is producing the film under Nintendo's supervision.

"In addition, the development of animated film based on Super Mario Bros. with Illumination is moving along for an anticipated theatrical release around 2022," Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said in the company's Fiscal Q3'18 financial report.

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Ghostbusters 3 set for Summer 2020, teaser trailer released

By Derek Strickland | Jan 16, 2019 01:13 pm CST

After many, many long years of waiting, fans of the original Ghostbusters films are finally getting a direct sequel.


Ghostbusters 3 is currently being developed in preparation of a Summer 2020 theatrical release with Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, directing the third chapter. The movie will take place after Ghostbusters 2 and ignore the hotly-contested 2016 reboot.

A new Ghostbusters 3 teaser trailer dropped today, revealing the original Ecto-1 will be in the movie. The footage also brings back that creepy 1980s vibe with the old-school musical theme and supernatural look and feel. Ghostbusters 3 will also have lots of new characters and "surprises" for old fans, Reitman says.

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Netflix's new price hike is biggest in company history

By Derek Strickland | Jan 15, 2019 09:43 am CST

Netflix is raising its prices once again to help pay for service costs and thwart competition from major broadcasters.


Netflix announced all of its subscription plans will now cost more. The basic tier will increase from $8 to $9, the HD plan gets a steeper two dollar price increase from $11 to $13, and the 4K plan also jumps two dollars from its previous $14 to the new $16 rate. Existing subscribers will have their rates grandfathered for three months, but new subscribers must pay the full cost. Netflix stock has surged nearly 6% following the price hike.

The increase comes at a point where Netflix not only faces steep competition but as it focuses more strongly on exclusive movies and TV shows. The company plans to use earnings from the price jump to fund these new projects, which should transform it as a "Netflix channel" as major studios pull content to make their own respective streaming services.

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