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Adult Swim drop Justin Roiland who will no longer voice Rick and Morty

Jak Connor | Jan 25, 2023 5:04 AM CST

Justin Roiland, the brainchild behind the hit cartoon show Rick and Morty, has been dropped by Adult Swim, the owners of the TV show.

The decision to sever ties with Roiland was announced on Wednesday when Adult Swim and the Rick and Morty social media channels said: "Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland. Rick and Morty will continue. The talented and dedicated staff are hard at work on season 7." The announcement of Roiland's departure from the show is amid domestic battery, corporal injury, and false imprisonment by menace, fraud, violence, or deceit against his former girlfriend at the time.

Roiland has pleaded not guilty to the charges laid against him, and the Rick and Morty creator's lawyer, T Edward Welbourn, has issued a statement, "Not only is Justin innocent but we also have every expectation that this matter is on course to be dismissed once the district attorney's office has completed its methodical review of the evidence." It should be noted that Roiland served as the co-creator of Rick and Morty as well as an executive producer. Furthermore, Roiland also voices both the mad scientist Rick and his grandson Morty.

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The Last of Us is HBO's latest mega-popular show, pulls over 10 million views

Derek Strickland | Jan 21, 2023 5:31 PM CST

The Last of Us is one of Sony's most popular video game series...and now it's also a mega-popular TV series.

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The new Last of Us TV adaptation is pulling in big numbers. HBO has confirmed that over 10 million people tuned into the series premiere, including subscribers across HBO Max and cable. Based on current numbers, this means that roughly 20.5% of all HBO subscribers watched The Last of Us' first episode.

"The series premiere of The Last of Us has now reached over 10M viewers in two days across linear and HBO Max platforms in the United States," the streamer wrote on Twitter.

The show has been universally lauded as one of if not the best video game adaptation of all time. Many say it's so good that they can only imagine how awesome the Halo TV series would have been if the writers stuck to the source material.

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Death Stranding movie: Hideo Kojima wants to make art, not money

Derek Strickland | Dec 23, 2022 8:28 PM CST

Hideo Kojima tells fans what they should expect from his upcoming Death Stranding movie, and we should probably expect something weird.

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Pop culture and gaming icon Hideo Kojima is finally making a movie. The project is based on his new Death Stranding franchise, but it won't be a big-budget action flick. Instead, Kojima is going for a smaller-scale indie type of experience that should ensure he retains a lot of creative freedom, which is something that Kojima needs in order to really bring his visions to life. It helps tremendously that Kojima has partnered with Hammerstone Studios, who brought movies like Barbarian to life.

In a recent interview with IGN, Kojima says that he isn't necessarily interested in making a lot of money. This is a passion project from him and his team, and making a film is something he's always wanted to do. Kojima says he passed on pitches from studios who wanted a blockbuster movie--but Kojima wants to keep things arthouse.

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Gamers react to new Witcher prequel show that doesn't star Geralt of Rivia

Derek Strickland | Dec 3, 2022 8:02 PM CST

Netflix has just released a new trailer for The Witcher: Blood Origin, a new prequel that explores the inception of Andrzej Sapkowski's mythical fantasy world.

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Right now is not a good time for Witcher transmedia. Henry Cavill, who dedicated himself to the role of Geralt of Rivia as a Witcher franchise superfan, recently left the show amid reports that the writers did not respect the source material written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. Much to the extreme dismay of fans, Cavill has been replaced by Liam Hemsworth who will now portray Geralt in season 4.

We're getting more Witcher content before season 4 releases, though. Gamers will soon get to experience The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC with new high-level optimizations, features, and tweaks. Then 10 days later, Netflix will release a new TV series called Blood Origin, which is expected to depict the Conjunction of the Spheres event that helped shape the current monster-ridden landscape of Geralt's era.

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The Last of Us HBO show: Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal star in new trailer

Derek Strickland | Dec 3, 2022 7:07 PM CST

HBO has released a new official trailer for its upcoming The Last of Us television series that's set to premiere next month.

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HBO just dropped an action-packed 2-minute trailer for the anticipated The Last of Us show that reveals some interesting tidbits on what to expect. Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal give dramatic performances in the footage, which depicts everything from all-out explosive mayhem, cruel and merciless factions like the Fireflies militia, a very armed, very serious, and well-maned Nick Offerman, and some fearsome clickers.

One notable segment confirms that The Last of Us' Left Behind DLC will be portrayed in the series, showing Ellie and Riley goofing off at the mall. This should bring some much-needed levity and light-heartedness to the brutal violence of the post-apocalyptic world. Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann is directly involved with The Last of Us TV series and has even directed an episode of the show.

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Amazon is already looking to capitalize off the collapse of crypto exchange FTX

Jak Connor | Nov 24, 2022 2:29 AM CST

The collapse of FTX is being felt worldwide by thousands of users, and while the fiasco is far from complete, the sequence of events is already attractive enough for Amazon to want to get involved.

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Amazon has confirmed that it has partnered with the Russo Brothers production studio AGBO to create a new TV series based on the collapse of the world's second-largest cryptocurrency exchange. The Russo Brothers, best known for their work with Marvel, directing titles such as Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Endgame. Amazon is pushing for the duo to direct the series, with the studio also confirming that "Hunters" creator David Weil is writing the pilot.

In a statement, the brothers explained that the collapse of FTX and its filed bankruptcy is "one of the most brazen frauds ever committed" and that the story behind it is multidimensional, touching on many aspects across a wide range of different sectors. Furthermore, the Russos said that at the center "of it all sits an extremely mysterious figure with complex and potentially dangerous motivations. We want to understand why."

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Live action Gears of War film in development at Netflix

Derek Strickland | Nov 7, 2022 3:17 PM CST

Netflix's video game adaptations continue with a new series of Gears of War shows and films.

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Today the Gears of War franchise celebrates its 16th anniversary with a big announcement: The series is expanding to the big screen. Netflix today announced that it is adapting the Gears of War shooter franchise into a series of multimedia content including a live action feature film and another separate animated series.

The feature length film will be be based on the first Gears of War game released in 2006, and Netflix is working closely with Microsoft's first-party Xbox game developer team at The Coalition to ensure the adaptation is as authentic as possible.

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Netflix's new 'Basic with Ads' tier goes live: $6.99 per month with ads

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 4, 2022 1:03 AM CDT

Netflix has just launched its new Basic with Ads tier, the lowest-priced ad-supported plan the company announced back in November, and is now live in 12 countries.

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The new "Basic with Ads" costs $6.99 per month and is available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, the UK, and the US. But, how long are the ads you ask? Well, Netflix explains the ads will be 15 or 30 seconds long and will play before and during TV shows and movies.

Nothing else is changing, so you'll still get all of the goodies in the form of TV shows and movies that Netflix has in its catalog on the new ad-supported "Basic with Ads" tier, but what will change is that the video quality will be up to 720p (that's both for the Basic with Ads, and the current Basic plan).

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Here's when you can watch The Last of Us TV series on HBO

Derek Strickland | Nov 2, 2022 3:03 PM CDT

HBO has revealed exactly when in 2023 the new The Last of Us show adaptation will premiere on its HBO Max subscription.

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The new dramatic The Last of Us TV show will start airing on January 15, 2023 exclusively on HBO Max, the streamer today announced. The news comes shortly after the service accidentally leaked the air date--which was quickly deleted, but not quick enough to spread across the internet.

The show was produced closely with original series visionary Neil Druckmann at Naughty Dog, the video game studio that developed the 25 million-strong franchise, and Sony's new PlayStation Productions business unit responsible for helping translate its game IPs into feature-length films and TV shows.

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Henry Cavill is finished with The Witcher, Liam Hemsworth to replace him

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 30, 2022 9:12 PM CDT

Netflix has announced that they're making The Witcher S4 but without Henry Cavill, as he's leaving the show and will be replaced with Liam Hemsworth.

Cavill has been absolutely stellar in the role of Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher on Netflix, but now Thor's brother -- Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- and now his brother, Liam Hemsworth, will fill the boots of Geralt of Rivia on The Witcher starting in Season 4.

The news comes right on the heels of Cavill announcing that he's coming back as Superman... and then days later Cavill is finished with The Witcher for Netflix. I guess he's just spared up a hell of a lot of time for another Superman movie, given how Warner Bros. has an "intense desire" for Henry Cavill's Superman in a Man of Steel sequel... days later, Cavill was confirmed to be playing Superman again.

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