Disney to Up Their Bid for Fox with Cash

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Last week, Comcast made an all-cash bid for 21st Century Fox of $65 billion. This is more than Disney’s all-stock bid of $52.4 billion. However, don’t count Disney out quite yet. CNBC is reporting that its sources say Disney is going to add cash to their initial bed. This I’m sure comes as no surprise as many comic book fans and Comcast haters really want the mouse to win. 21st Century Fox is set to hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the offer from Comcast. If they decide they like the all-cash offer more, Disney will have about 5 days to retaliate. I’m sure the house of mouse is already in a flurry trying to figure out their best move.

If Disney acquires Fox, they will be able to add the X-Men and Fantastic Four to the MCU which is something fans have been wanting for a long time. It would also give them the distribution rights to the original Star Wars trilogy which has some fans hoping that the original versions would be released. If the bidding war continues, it is possible that Comcast and Disney will both win and Fox could probably make out like a bandit. How do you want Disney to introduce the X-Men to the MCU?

Jamie Lee Curtis Explains How Laurie Strode is Like Dr. Loomis in The New HALLOWEEN Film

After that first trailer for Halloween was released, the excitement for David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's film shot up. For the most part, fans liked what they saw and they want to see more.

As you already know, the movie is a direct sequel to the original 1978 film, and as you might expect, after 40 years, Dr. Loomis will not be around. He was previously played by Donald Pleasence and there's no doubt his presence will be felt in the film. There was a quick shot of a court drawing of him in the trailer. Pleasence's last appearance as the character was in the sixth film, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.

There is also going to be another character that will be taking up a similar mantle as Dr. Loomis and that character is Laurie Strode. Jamie Lee Curtis recently talked about how she will be like Dr. Loomis in the film, explaining to the Sunrise morning show:

"Laurie has been traumatized and Laurie also understands Michael Myers in a way that nobody else does. In a weird way, she’s become the new Loomis character because Loomis was the one who understood that [Michael] needed to be stopped because he was pure evil. You see, Laurie knows that – and nobody’s paying any attention, but Laurie is…Laurie is patrolling these streets."

Which is obviously why she's been training to kill Micheal Meyers over the past forty years. She wants to take him down if he ever escapes from the asylum. And he does, so now's her chance to put those skills to use. There are some big changes coming to this next chapter that will bring something different and fresh to the franchise. I hope these changes help that story instead of hurt it. One of the biggest changes is that Micheal Meyers and Laurie Strode will not be brother and sister. If you want some information on why they decided to go that route, you can read up on it here.

Judy Greer plays Karen Strode, the daughter of Laurie, and Andi Matichak (Orange Is the New Black, Underground) plays Allyson, the granddaughter.

John Carpenter is an executive producer on the film and also served as a creative consultant. He is also doing the musical score. The new Halloween will land in theaters on October 19th.

What do you think about Laurie taking on the mantle of Dr. Loomis? 

Carrie Fisher’s Brother Hopes Leia is in EPISODE IX

Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, recently spoke to Variety and revealed that he wishes that Carrie reprise her role as General Leia Organa in Episode IX. This normally would be a “duh” moment, except that Carrie passed away in December 2016. Todd told the outlet:

Yoda came back in the last movie, so why not Carrie? In the first film, Obi-Wan says that if he dies, he’ll come back stronger than ever. I feel like that’s Carrie. She’ll never disappear entirely.

I wish it were that simple to bring Leia back. However, Lucasfilm has already said they won’t digitally insert Carrie. Of course, back when Colin Trevorrow was directing the film, there was some footage shot that they were planning on using. However, with the change of directors, it’s impossible to know what they plan to do. Everyone was planning on Leia having a huge role in Episode IX. Mark Hamill put it this way:

I know they’re going to try and find a way to close her story in [Episode IX] that gives her the respect she deserves. Because [Han] was more prominent in [The Force Awakens], Luke’s a little more prominent in [The Last Jedi], and certainly Leia was meant to be more prominent in [IX].

It seems that Carrie wanted that larger role too. Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm has shared this tidbit that confirmed what Hamill had said:

She was having a blast. The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.

I’m very interested to find out what they decide to do about Leia in Episode IX. They either have to give her an off-screen death (not out of the question since it looks like there will be a time jump) or they’ll have to go the CGI route. Which way do you want them to go?

The Beta For FALLOUT 76 Will Come To The Xbox One First

On E3 last week, Bethesda revealed Fallout76 as the next installment in the Fallout franchise. The studio also announced that the hame will be the series’ first fully online title, discarding the traditional format of previous Fallout titles, which makes me wonder if Bethesda abandoned the SavePlayer1 campaign they started during last year’s Video Game Awards. 

Now, in an FAQ at the official website for the game, Bethesda revealed that the beta test for Fallout76 will be released first on the Xbox One before heading to the PlayStation 4 and PC. Currently, the beta doesn’t have a release date on any of the platforms yet, but the company stated that the schedule will be announced through the game’s official social media channels. 

Players can only participate in the beta by pre-ordering the game before it is released on November 14. You can check out the FAQ for Fallout76 here, and the official announcement of Fallout76 here. What are your thoughts on Fallout76? Should it be a full online game? Or should Bethesda stick to what they’re good at?

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Chris Pratt Says GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 Might Take Place in the Past

After Avengers: Infinity War ended, a lot of fans assumed that the remaining Avengers team would attempt to fix what Thanos had done. Since then, the writers and directors of the film have tried to tell us that dead is dead and that we should expect the unexpected. 

Recently, director Anthony Russo cryptically explained:

"Here’s the thing, I think it’s important to remember anything is possible in the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe]. Just because there’s a sequel on the books doesn’t mean … people become accustomed to time moving linearly in the MCU. That doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. There’s a lot of very inventive ways of where the story can go."

Joe Russo added:

"There’s four years between Guardians 2 and Infinity War. That’s a long time, and a lot of Guardians stories to tell. Again, as Anthony said, don’t expect everything to move forward in a linear fashion in the Marvel universe." 

Trying to make fans believe that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 could be set prior to the events of Infinity War. Now, actor Chris Pratt is saying just that! While talking to MTV on the red carpet for the stupid MTV Movie and TV Awards, he was asked about the film, and teased:

"They've cast the Blue Man Group. Yeah, it's going to be all Blue Man Group. I'm not supposed to say anything, oh no now everyone's going to be all mad! It's the Blue Man Group. It's an Andy Griffith hologram, yeah, they're the new Guardians. It's gonna be amazing."

He was then asked about how mourning Gamora might play out, to which he was quick to point out that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 might not take place after Infinity War at all.

"You don't know. It might take place in the past. It might be a prequel."

I don't know if this is something that everyone has been told to say to throw people off regarding the upcoming film or if this is something that might actually be part of the plan. Maybe it's something completely different. I don't know, but that's what everyone seems to be hinting at. 

If this is the case, maybe these characters really are gone, which really would be hard! But, Dave Bautista did tease that Drax will be back and that he will possibly show up in Avengers 4. But he did admit that they didn't know how they were bringing him back. 

It's going to be awhile before we do have any concrete answers regarding Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but one thing we do know for sure... it will be released in theaters in 2020.

What do you think of all this talk of Guardians Vol. 3 being set in the past? Do you think everyone is just throwing deception at the fans to mess with our heads, or do you think there could be some truth to it?

The First Poster For CREED II Has Arrived and The First Trailer Drops Soon

The first poster for Creed II has arrived, and Michael B. Jordan is looking as swole as ever. Actually, he honestly looks more in shape than he did in Black Panther, which is really saying something! As for the film's plot, we already know Adonis is going to be taking on the son of Ivan Drago. If I have to explain to you why that's significant, you're either:

1. Not American.

2. Too young to remember the 80s.

In either case, it looks like the film is going to drop this Thanksgiving, and I just got super excited to head to the movie theater during Black Friday! Also, according to Sylvester Stallone, you can expect the first trailer for the film to drop soon. He posted this yesterday, then removed it from Instagram, so we don't know when exactly the trailer will be released but it will happen soon.

Creed 2 writer Cheo Hodari Coker shed some light on the sequel last week during a new interview with /Film promoting Luke Cage Season 2:

"It's about the legacies of sons haunted by their fathers. Even though Drago is alive, his son is haunted by him because Drago is a broken man who's trying to rebuild himself through the son. Apollo Creed isn't broken but because Apollo died, Adonis Creed is still haunted by his father's death and how it defined him, what it is it means now to be a champion. He's aspiring to be a champion but also at the same time trying to figure out who it is he is. Particularly with Bianca, particularly also because he's got Rocky who at this point becomes the new Mickey."

Here's the full poster:

Brad Bird Wants to Develop His 1906 San Fransisco Earthquake Project as a Film and TV Series

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Director Brad Bird has been working on trying to develop a film project based around the great San Fransisco earthquake. It’s called 1906 and it was supposed to be Bird's fist live-action feature film. Instead, he got sidetracked and went on to direct Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland

The filmmaker, who recently helmed Incredibles 2, gave an update on the project which he’s been trying to get into production since 2007. Now he’s looking at developing the project as a film and a TV series because there’s so much story to tell.

While talking about 1906 on the Variety podcast Playback, Bird explains his big ideas for the project, saying:

“It wants to be a longer story. It’s a really fascinating moment in history. Prior to the earthquake, San Francisco is this really happening city that’s somewhere between the Old West and the 20th Century. I mean, they still had bars where people were getting Shanghai’d—getting slipped Mickey Finns and you would wake up on a boat and if you didn’t work the boat, you’d be thrown overboard. So that was still happening and the people who owned those kinds of bars were in the California legislature. In other words, it was somewhere between the Wild West and the sophisticated city San Francisco would like to see itself as, and was in many ways.”

The story that Bird wants to tell is just too big to fit in a single movie. So he wants to expand on the story in a way that TV can do, but at the same time, he doesn't want to lose the epic scope of the big screen experience. So, he is thinking of doing both.

"It’s this fascinating moment in history where gaslight and electric light were co-existing, and cars and horses were co-existing. Getting it in a movie-sized box, it’s too big a story for. If you do it for TV you’re missing the scale of motion pictures, so I keep trying to get it to kind of straddle these two worlds."

The director goes on to reveal his idea of telling the earthquake portion of the story as a feature film, and then expand on all the other elements of the story as a TV series:

“I love the movie experience and I would want the earthquake to be on a movie screen and yet I recognize that the story’s too [big], so I’m kind of trying to get it done as an amalgam and people are kind of intrigued by it. Warners wants to do the earthquake part of it as a movie, and we just can’t get it all under one roof. But I’m still fascinated by the story. To be continued. I’m still interested in it but I want it to be done in a way that embraces all the possibilities and yet somehow stays near or part of it or something on the big screen, so we’ll see what happens.”

Nothing is set in stone at the moment. Bird is still just working on how to tackle this story, but I do like his idea though! I think his plan could work out great. It seems like the perfect compromise that would allow him to be able to fully tell the story that he wants to tell.

The film is based on the novel by James Dalessandro, and here's the description of the story:

James Dalessandro's "riveting account of corruption, greed, and murder in the City by the Bay" Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this page-turning historical novel reveals recently uncovered facts that forever change our understanding of what really happened. Narrated by a feisty young reporter, Annalisa Passarelli, the novel paints a vivid picture of the Post-Victorian city, from the mansions of Nob Hill to the underbelly of the Barbary Coast to the arrival of tenor Enrico Carusoand the Metropolitan Opera. Central to the story is the ongoing battle fought even as the city burns that pits incompetent and unscrupulous politicians against a coalition of honest police officers, newspaper editors, citizens, and a lone federal prosecutor.James Dalessandro weaves unforgettable characters and actual events into a compelling epic.

New STRANGER THINGS Comic To Tell The Story Of What Happened To Will in The Upside Down

Dark Horse Comics and Netflix are teaming up for a new Stranger Things comic book series. It will provide the opportunity to explore more of the mysterious world of Hawkins, Indiana, which is where the series takes place. Dark Horse President and Founder Mike Richardson had this to say in a statement:

"Dark Horse is known for championing stories and storytellers. We are so excited to work with Netflix to bring the world of Stranger Things to comics."

One of the first stories that they will dive into is Will and what exactly happened to him in the Upside Down while everyone was trying to save him in the real world. This will tell us the story of his horrific adventure, which we didn't get to see in the first season of the series.

Stranger Things #1 follows Will Byers as he enters a dimension of decay and destruction where he must use his wits and resolve to dodge the pursuit of the Demogorgon and escape the Upside Down. 

There are four issues in this story and they will be written by Award-winning writer Jody Houser (Faith, Orphan Black, Mother Panic). The art for the comic will be provided by penciller Stefano Martino (Legs Weaver, Nathan Never), inker Keith Champagne (JSA, Superboy), colorist Lauren Affe (Rebels, Five Ghosts), and letterer Nate Piekos (Briggs Land, Green Arrow).

Below you'll find some cover art from Aleksi Briclot (New Avengers, Maskemane) with three variant covers, one each from Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire, Blue Beetle), visual artist Kyle Lambert, and a photo-variant cover designed by Patrick Satterfield and Netflix.

Stranger Things #1 goes on sale September 26, 2018.

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Character Details Revealed For The Joker Origin Film and Robert De Niro is Reportedly Wanted For One of Them

DC Entertainment is getting ready to rock and role on director Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix's Joker origin film and today we have a bunch of character details to share with you. 

The following information comes from That Hashtag Show and they reveal the names of the characters the production team are looking to cast along with details on the characters. One of the big things that the report offers is that this film will create an entirely new Joker mythology, apart from DC Comics.

There are eight characters revealed below and I'm not familiar with any of them. There's also one supporting character that is mentioned that producer Martin Scorsese is reportedly trying to get Robert De Niro to play. Here are the names and description of the characters:

PENNY

Supporting Female (60-74) Caucasian. Lower class, very attractive in her younger days, still feels that way about herself. But recently her health has started failing, and she’s nearly bedridden in her Lower East Side apartment which she shares with her grown son who just moved back home. She’s obsessed with her former employer and can’t believe that this is what her life has come to, that she has ended up here, like this… 

It's speculated that Penny could be the mother of the Joker. 

SOPHIE DUMOND

Supporting female (27-34) to play African American or to play Latina. Not beautiful, has a hardness to her, a single mother living on the Lower East Side, doing the best she can, trying to make ends meet; worn out by the grind of the city. She understands how the system is stacked against her and the people in her community, how unjust it all is for them. She’s just trying to catch a break..

Sophie is a potential love interest for the Joker or a potential partner in crime…or both.

MURRAY FRANKLIN

Male (65-75) Caucasian

There's no description here but this is apparently the character that they want Robert De Niro to play.

RANDALL

Supporting Male (40-59) Caucasian. Thinks he’s the wisest and most knowledgeable person in any room he’s in, tries to present himself as a mentor to everybody, but is really just looking out for himself, burly.

GARY

Supporting Male (30-49) any ethnicity to play a dwarf; Randall’s best friend, he’s good-natured and a buddy to his colleagues at work, one of the only decent people in the whole movie.

HOYT VAUGHN

Supporting Male (50-69) any ethnicity the old-school manager of hotel staff. He’s seen it all, and finds it difficult to give a shit about much of anything anymore

DETECTIVE GARRITY

Supporting Male (50-59) any ethnicity. Police Detective in a city on the brink; a by-the-book cop, worn down by all his years on the force. He doesn’t care about or take into consideration any of the societal or political ramifications of his cases.

DETECTIVE BURKE

Supporting Male (30-39) any ethnicity. A Police Detective and Garrity’s partner; he’s an asshole, who gets off by being in a position of authority. Being a cop is how he defines himself.

Because someone has to hunt down The Joker for his criminal acts, and it's not going to be Batman in this film.

These are just a handful of characters that Todd Phillips will be introducing in the movie. 

The story is said to "delve into what it took for the Joker to become a mastermind criminal" and that it will be more of "a gritty crime drama than comic book movie." Rumor has it that the film story was inspired by The Killing Joke and that it revolves around a failed comedian who ends up becoming a criminal.

The movie is said to only have a $55 million dollar budget, which is considered a low budget for such a high profile film, but if Deadpool can pull off such a badass movie on such a small budget, then this one should be able to pull it off as well. As long as the film has a strong story and script, it should be fine. 

This is one of two Joker projects in the works at DC Entertainment. The other project will be part of the DCEU and focus on Jared Leto's version of the character. 

What do you think of the information provided here? Are there any details you can pick from the info to try and piece a story together?

Nintendo Confirms That Switch Online Will Succeed The Virtual Console

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About a month ago, Nintendo officially confirmed that the highly-anticipated Virtual Console, will not be coming to the Switch after all. This announcement caused confusion among players because the company stated that the online service for the Nintendo Switch will offer NES games, which is practically the same concept. Moreover, players are also concerned with the availability of games from other consoles such as the GameCube and if Nintendo is planning to offer those on the online service as well. 

Speaking with IGN at E3 last week, Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime provided clarity to the player’s questions about the Virtual Console and Nintendo Switch online. 

“The Virtual Console successor is Nintendo Switch Online, right?” Fils-Aime said. “With the mentality that says we’re going to be offering a slate of games, and it’s a slate that’s going to increase over time. For many of these games, there’s going to be additional online capability provided in those games. That’s the vision we have for how to best bring our legacy content to Nintendo Switch.”

Fils-Aime’s statement doesn’t directly answer whether the online service will also provide titles from SNES, N64, or even the GameCube. However, he gave us a hint that more legacy games will be coming soon, and he did not limit these to the NES, so maybe we can expect titles from multiple systems after all. 

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