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WWE 2K20: Yuke’s Leaving Development Team Was Freeing

WWE 2K20 developer Visual Concepts says the absence of Yuke’s, the developer which previously headed up WWE 2K game development alongside Visual Concepts, was “freeing”. Publisher 2K announced WWE 2K20‘s new developer setup in August, shortly after WWE 2K20 was revealed.

When WWE 2K20 was first announced, it looked like it was going to be just about what fans of the series expected, but things soon started to look less promising. Clips and screenshots of the game began spreading online, revealing that WWE 2K20‘s graphics were hilariously bad, looking almost like a PS3 game. Some character models looked nothing like their real-world counterparts, and many animations were stiff and alien. To make matters worse, WWE 2K20 was plagued with glitches, sending characters falling through the ring or getting caught in the ropes. In fact, it turned out WWE 2K20 had problems with nearly every feature.

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Speaking to GameSpot at a WWE 2K20 event, Visual Concepts’ creative director, Lynell Jinks, said the first feeling the team had upon learning it would be taking over the WWE franchise was one of freedom. Jinks said the team knew they could now pursue all the ideas they’d had but weren’t able to implement during previous games’ development. After that initial feeling, however, Jinks said reality set in, and Visual Concepts realized it had to try to figure out how Yuke’s had put things together for the last 20 years, writing new tools and creating art assets to get WWE 2K20 ready. This meant not only understanding the code, Jinks said, but making it better and making it Visual Concepts’ own.

Jinks cited WWE 2K20 Originals, a series of WWE 2K20 DLC that mixes up the series’ traditional wrestling gameplay, as a showcase of Visual Concepts’ newfound freedom, saying it’s allowed them to break away from the simulation-style roots of the franchise. The first WWE 2K20 Originals pack, Bump in the Night, added supernaturally enhanced Superstars to the game in five new story chapters.

While WWE 2K20 does some things better than WWE 2K19, the game-breaking glitches show that a lot about the game is actively worse than its predecessor. Following the flood of fan backlash and glitch videos after release, WWE Games released a statement about WWE 2K20‘s poor state, saying it was aware of the issues and is working to address them in an upcoming patch. In the meantime, WWE 2K20 remains a bit of a mess.

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Source: GameSpot


2019-10-28 04:10:31

Camden Jones

Arrested Development: 10 Best Episodes Ranked, According to IMDb

Premiering 16 years ago way back in 2003 Arrested Development follows the Bluth’s, a well off dysfunctional family who face financial ruin after  George Bluth Sr, the Patriarch of the family, is arrested for stealing his companies money. It’s now up to his son Michael to reluctantly take charge of the ship and steer the family from obvious disaster.

Originally only running for 3 seasons after being canceled in 2006, the show was rescued by Netflix in 2013 and brought back by popular demand. Join us now as we count down the best episodes according to their IMDB rating!

10 Amigos, Season 2 Episode 3 (8.9)

An episode about running away. Michael takes a group down to Mexico after hearing that his father is hiding out south of the border and tries to form a connection with George Michaels’s girlfriend Ann but just ends up talking Lindsay throughout the journey. Meanwhile, Lindsay and Tobias continue their open relationship experiment while Buster tries to escape the army by stowing away.

9 Mr. F Season, 3 Episode 5 (8.9)

Michael tries to find a balance between his work life and his English girlfriend Rita, with whom he sneaks out to see smash-hit British film Love Indubitable on a workday. So he decides to combine the two and takes Rita on a business trip where he discovers one of the companies developments have a mole problem.

Unfortunately due to miscommunication the rest of the family thinks Michael means a spy instead of vermin!

Related- Every Arrested Development Supporting Character, Ranked.

8 Making A Stand, Season 3 Episode 8 (8.9)

After shooting down G.O.B’s idea of selling company blueprints to “our Mexican friends down in Columbia” for being illegal and insane, Lyndsay reminds Michael of how his father used to make him and G.O.B compete as he believed it would toughen them up. he even recorded these clashes on tapes known as “Boyfights.”

It’s not long until the rivalry starts again when G.O.B opens up a frozen banana stand next to Michaels, and a business war ensues!

7 Exit Strategy, Season 3 Episode 12 (8.9)

Lyndsay and Tobias are hungover from drinking a bottle of vodka, G.O.B decides he wants to perform a U.S.O show in Iraq much to the chagrin of Michael, who believes their father is being tried for treason for building homes there.

Meanwhile, George Michael sets about trying to arrange a super sweet 16 birthday party for his cousin Maeby.

6 Righteous Brothers Season 2 Episode 8 (9.0)

Michael wants George Sr. to leave his hideout in the attic for a few days whilst a building inspector comes to take a look at the house, so G.O.B takes it upon himself to try and construct a scheme to make the family elder disappear as he is being stubborn and does not want to leave. Meanwhile, George Michael decides to join his girlfriend Ann to a protest against Maebys film “Les Cousins Dangeroeux”  in hopes that the excitement may impassion her to kiss him again and save their relationship.

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5 Good Grief, Season 4 Episode 2 (9.1)

In an attempt to find a missing George Sr. Lucielle hires a bounty hunter named Ice to track him down, but George Sr.’s whereabouts might be closer than everyone thinks. Maeby tries to set up her mother with Ice, Michael tries to fix George Michaels troubled relationship, and G.O.B prepares to perform and over the top elaborate illusion.

4 Afternoon Delight, Season 2 Episode 6 (9.1)

As the Banana stand is traditionally destroyed by vandals over the holiday season, Michael tries to find his son to embark on their own family tradition of rebuilding it, but this Christmas George Michael plans on spending time with his girlfriend Ann and her family.

Meanwhile, after being inadvertently roasted at the Bluth Christmas party G.O.B begins to stage mass firings.

3 Meat The Veals, Season 2 Episode 16 (9.1)

Knowing that George Michael is unhappy and that his dating standards are too low, Michael sets up a dinner George Michael’s girlfriend’s ultra-conservative family in hopes of creating a rift and breaking them up. However, this plan seems to backfire as Michael realizes that Ann’s family is just as screwed up as his own…

Also in this episode, G.O.B, George Sr. and G.O.B’s puppet Franklin knock Lucielle out with ether in order to force her to attend church.

2 Pier Pressure Season 1 Episode 10 (9.2)

Buster pays George Michael to buy some medicinal marijuana off of G.O.B in hopes that it may cure Lucille 2’s vertigo. This leads Michael into thinking that George Michael is into drugs himself and he seeks out a way to give his son a lesson. While all this goes on Lindsay tries to punish Maeby for her bad grades by forcing her to spend the day with Lucille. Initially Maeby and Lucille get along but as the day goes by Maeby learns how lucky she is to have an easy-going mom like Lyndsay.

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1 Development Arrested, Season 3 Episode 13 (9.3)

And so the best episode according to IMDB is season 3’s finale, one that many thought would be the last ever episode until the renewal in 2011, five years later.

The Bluth decides to celebrate their recent success by throwing a boat party, but things start to go wrong very quickly.

The show almost ends as it began, with the police on their way across the sea in order to break up the festivities, but everyone goes their own way instead, leaving the door upon for the eventual reunion.

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2019-10-24 05:10:51

Tim Buckler

Arrested Development: 10 Worst Things George Bluth Has Done

George Bluth is the head of the Bluth family in Arrested Development. He’s also the character that begins the series, as he is arrested as his final days in the family business approaches. George is untrustworthy and a criminal throughout all the series of the show.

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He’s done some pretty terrible things throughout the series that have hurt both the business and his family. However, everything he does seems to be at the very least, in the financial interests of his family. He is greedy and abusive of his power though and it’s a surprise that he isn’t behind bars more often! Here’s the 10 worst things George Bluth has ever done.

10 DEAL WITH THE CHINESE

George has made some questionable business choices in his career. He’s done some really dodgy deals with a variety of companies. However, one of the most dangerous business decisions he made was by entering a deal with some Chinese businessmen.

They were involved with the Chinese government and they weren’t happy when George couldn’t follow through on his end of the deal. He was putting his whole family at risk by starting this deal, while also being dishonest to the people he made the deal with!

9 GETTING OSCAR ARRESTED

When George was initially arrested he spent quite a long time in prison. However, he came up with a plan to eventually escape. He faked a heart attack and pretend to have died from the ordeal. He then escaped to Mexico to live his life.

However, when the authorities found out he had to think on his feet to avoid capture again. So he used his twin brother instead, sending him to prison. This is an awful thing to do to any family and what’s worse is that he even shaved Oscar’s head to make sure he would be confused for George.

8 BUILDING THE WALL

Ahead of Donald Trump’s proclamation that he would build a wall in Mexico, George Bluth promised many people, including the Chinese, that he would build a wall first. They even ran their own election campaign with the slogan build the wall.

This wall was not only a terrible business decision but it was also an awful thing to do to incite racism and separation. Not only this, the wall that ended up being put up was mainly a publicity stunt and hid the dead body of Lucille 2!

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7 TREATMENT OF THE KIDS

George Bluth was never a very successful father. When the kids were younger he was so disapproving of them that many of them suffered later in life because of it. He’d even pit them against one another in talent competitions, to see who was the best and set down many strict rules.

As they grew older he was still good at fighting his family and causing them to have conflict amongst themselves. He tortured Michael Bluth in particular by constantly undermining him in his own business decisions, no matter how hard he worked.

6 BREAKING BUSTER

One of his worst parenting decisions is allowing Buster to be broken by his wife Lucille. George never supported Buster and sent him to a terrible boarding school which only broke him further. Buster never had a chance at a proper life.

George allowed his ‘boy’ to be ridiculed and humiliated throughout most his time with his family. He never gave Buster any more opportunities because he thought he would fail at them, although there may have been a bigger reason for this behavior.

5 TRUE PARENTAGE

The reason for George’s behavior towards Buster is probably that Buster isn’t his son at all. Lucille had an affair with George’s brother, Oscar. Oscar is actually Buster’s true father, which George is jealous of as it demonstrates his brother’s betrayal.

This also means that George tried to keep the secret from Buster for as long as possible. This was damaging to Buster who still has quite a youthful mentality. It also means that George actually had Buster’s real father imprisoned for his own crimes!

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4 MONEY IN THE BANANA STAND

George Bluth is really good at keeping his money close to him. He’s so obsessed with cash that he’s hidden it all over his own house and other places he owns. Most of this money is actually cash earned through criminal enterprises, which is why he’s hiding it.

One of the ongoing jokes in the series was that there is always money in the banana stand. However, he doesn’t make it clear to Micheal that he’s actually hidden money in that stand. The stand goes up in flames and so does all the money; money that Micheal really needed!

3 CHEATING ON HIS WIFE

While Lucille certainly hasn’t been faithful, neither has George Bluth. He’s cheated on her on a number of occasions. Every time this significantly damages their relationship and more importantly the family itself.

Some of these women are actually people who he has power over. One of which is a secretary for instance, showing that George Bluth is happy to use his position of influence to get what he wants, no matter who it hurts; especially his own wife.

2 FRAUD

One of the key crimes that George Bluth has committed is fraud. While he’s also been involved in theft and perhaps even treason, fraud follows him throughout most of his businesses and his career. It’s this fraud that has actually endangered the family.

By involving the family business in such dangerous accounting, most of the family that had worked for the company could also have been arrested. Micheal Bluth continuously uncovered more fraudulent business decisions and such as the disastrous model homes that George had built.

1 HOUSING SADDAM HUSSEIN

Speaking of model homes, this was a major part of the Bluth business. These poorly made houses were created for an even worse person than George Bluth however. This is what had garnered George with the prospect of being charged with treason!

The reason that his actions are potentially treasonous is that he had actually built houses for Saddam Hussein in Iraq, aiding and abetting the international criminal and one of history’s worst men. He also had no regret over helping out Hussein despite how unpatriotic it is.

NEXT: Arrested Development: 10 Worst Things The Family Did To Buster Bluth


2019-10-22 03:10:15

George Chrysostomou

Showtime TV Series About Uber Ridesharing App in Development

A Showtime series chronicling the history of the Uber ridesharing app is in development. The service-based app, which offers everything from transportation to food delivery, has been a massive hit thus far, but can it also succeed as a TV series?

Officially kicking off in San Francisco in 2011, Uber is the brainchild of Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick. The ridesharing app was started as a means to diminish the costs involved with direct transportation and today it is established in at least 785 different cities worldwide. As Uber continues to expand and venture into new services related to transport such as luxury vehicles, a bicycle sharing system and larger vehicles for more people, the service has not been without its share of detractors. Almost from the start, Uber and its drivers felt the ire of taxi drivers, who argue that Uber is, by its very nature, detrimental to their ability to make a living. This concern has slowed Uber’s ability to expand into some marketplaces, but overall, there is still plenty of profitability in the Uber model.

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In fact, so profitable is Uber that the latest direction for the ridesharing app has nothing to do with actually transporting people anywhere. Instead, Showtime will be working with Billions creators Brian Koppelman and David Levian on a new limited series about Uber. The information comes to us courtesy of Variety and further reveals that the series (which currently does not have a name), will be based on author Mike Isaac’s book, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber. Speaking about the upcoming series, Showtime co-president of entertainment, Jana Winograde said:

“The story of Uber is rich in plot twists, one-of-a-kind personalities and important implications for corporate America. It is a case study of ingenuity and insanity, and there are no writers better suited than Brian and David to explore this business and the people who drive it, literally and metaphorically.”

According to Variety, the series will follow the start up from its early days and carry on through the numerous highs and lows that can be expected by any company struggling for supremacy in the competitive world of Silicone Valley. At the same time however, Uber’s rise is said to have been a particularly interesting one and those who wonder exactly how this could be would likely do well to read Isaac’s book. At present no casting decisions have been announced, but given that the series is a limited one and in the hands of Koppelman and Levian – who in addition to writing and creating Billions, have also experienced TV success with The Girlfriend Experience – it likely won’t be long before something interesting is up and running.

News of a series based on the founding and building of Uber might prompt some to argue that it’s a boring premise. This is an understandable initial reaction – after all, it does seem like there’s only so much mileage that can be gotten out of the story of a ridesharing app. However, it’s worth recalling that Facebook was once just a little social media website and the David Fincher film based on it went on to become a smash hit, with three Oscars to its credit. The truth is, there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of stories coming out of Silicone Valley, making the potential success of an Uber series a very realistic prospect.

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Source: Variety


2019-10-18 06:10:53

Mike Jones

Arrested Development: The 10 Best Episodes (According To IMDb)

Arrested Development has had a crazy history, having first run from 2003 to 2006 then being canceled — then premiering another season in 2013 and ending — and then debuting a “final” season yet again in 2018. Despite its scattered state, one thing is unarguable: Arrested Development is hilarious.

Thanks to its tightly knit jokes and long-running gags, almost every episode in the series (especially in the early seasons) has received incredible ratings. Today, we’re looking at all the episodes’ ratings on IMDb to see how they stack up.

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Every episode of Arrested Development has been assigned a star rating on the popular entertainment website. This score has been assembled based on the votes from registered users on a scale of 1 to 10.

Using that as our guide, it’s time to dive into the funniest episodes of Arrested Development. Here’s what they are and how they stack up according to IMDb.

10 Amigos

This Season 2 episode has Michael and the gang rushing to Mexico in an attempt to find his father. However, George-Michael decides to bring Ann along and unsurprisingly, Michael’s attempt to bond with her is not easy in the slightest. Buster also decides to stow away in an attempt to avoid the army.

The family dysfunction in this episode continued to reach higher than ever, earning this episode an 8.9 score on IMDb. The “her” jokes are also kind of incredible, and did we mention that Gene Parmesan makes his first appearance? Score.

9 Mr. F

This early Season 3 episode has the Bluths searching for a mole in a company. Meanwhile, Tobias believes the CIA agents he encounters are actually focused on his acting talents instead of the family affairs.

It all comes to a confusing end that has Tobias crushing G.O.B.’s tiny town while wearing a mole costume and George Michael swooping into the scene by using the jet pack. This is what comedy gold looks like, people.

The ridiculousness of it all had this episode ending up with a solid 8.9-star rating on IMDb.

8 Making A Stand

“Making a Stand” saw G.O.B. and Michael trying to teach George a lesson about always forcing them to compete against each other. Of course, this just results in a giant banana stand competition.

Additionally, Maeby takes inspiration from Lucille’s post-facelift appearance for the monster in her horror movie, and Lindsay and Tobias get into a heated competition over the lawyer Bob Loblaw.

The layered plot lines and endless jokes make this one too funny to forget. It’s also worth noting that G.O.B. drops a major hint about his relationship with Ann in this one, but yes, it goes over Michael’s head. The 8.9-star rating is well-deserved.

7 Exit Strategy

George Michael plans an incredibly unsuccessful surprise birthday party for Maeby in this Season 3 episode. Michael meanwhile deals with all of the Bluth family’s shenanigans in Iraq… and yes, these shenanigans are incredibly layered and just keep getting worse. Did we mention that Buster fakes a coma for a good portion of this episode?

If you’re looking for one of the more absurd episodes following the Bluth family, this is it. There are reasons “Exit Strategy” ended up with an 8.9-star score.

6 Righteous Brothers

This Season 2 episode is full of the finest type of Bluth Family dysfunction. With George Sr. finding a new place to hide while the model home’s plumbing gets checked, George Michael and Ann protesting Maeby’s newest film, and Tobias falling for Kitty, everything is as right as it will ever be in the Arrested Development universe.

It all ends with Tobias getting an audition for the real Blue Man Group, only to find out that this role has already been fulfilled by none other than George Sr. Of course, he’s oblivious to this.

“Righteous Brothers” came out with a strong 9.0 rating.

5 Good Grief!

Lucille enlists the help of Ice to track down George Sr. in this Season 2 episode, but Maeby has plans of her own. She tries to set up her mother with Ice, but let’s just say it doesn’t work out great.

George Michael ends up getting into a conflict with Ann that Michael completely misunderstands. Believing he’s helping out his son, Michael invites Ann over, which only complicates things for George Michael who is trying to hide his Pop-Pop in the attic. Let’s not ignore G.O.B.’s new magic coffin illusion.

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“Good Grief!” scored itself a 9.1-star rating for being filled with so many misunderstandings, it almost hurts. Three cheers for strong writing.

4 Afternoon Delight

This Season 2 episode has G.O.B. firing a load of employees at the Bluth Company holiday party, Michael rebuilding the banana stand, and Buster avoiding the army.

It also has Maeby and Michael sharing in some uncle-niece bonding by accidentally singing the highly suggestive “Afternoon Delight” song together. The same awkward karaoke scenario happens later as well, but this time, Linsday and George Michael are at the center of it.

“Afternoon Delight” ultimately scored a 9.1-star rating, and no, we can’t get those lyrics out of our heads.

3 Meat The Veals (9.1)

Ann isn’t exactly the type of girl Michael imagined his son would date, so in this Season 2 episode, he sets up a meeting with her parents in the hopes that it will encourage the pair to break up. Rather than being frightened off by the dysfunctional Bluth family, though, Ann’s attractive mother begins to fall for Michael instead.

The absurdity of the situation and the incredible cast performances by everyone (including G.O.B.’s puppet, Franklin) earned “Meat the Veals” a fitting 9.1-star rating on IMDb.

2 Pier Pressure (9.2)

Remember that time Michael tried to teach George Michael a lesson about drugs, only to accidentally confront him with the Hot Cops instead? Yup, this is that episode.

Before the grand finale goes down, though, Buster tries to cure Lucille 2’s vertigo, Lindsay’s plan to punish Maeby by having her spend the day with Lucille backfires, and Michael recalls the one-armed man who frequently terrorized him as a kid. What fun.

All this and more had this episode earning a high 9.2-star rating.

1 Development Arrested (9.3)

The Season 3 finale of Arrested Development is the highest-rated episode of the show on IMDb. With a 9.3-star rating, you’d hope “Development Arrested” is good — and boy, is it.

The episode saw Lucille throwing another party on the yacht to celebrate Michael successfully getting George Bluth’s treason charges removed, bringing the opening of the series full-circle.

After a giant series of events ensue, mainly involving the family’s ever-growing dysfunction, Michael makes a break for it and takes his son on a boat of their own. Michael’s plan was to peacefully ride away into the sunset with the person who mattered to him. Unfortunately, George Sr. turns out to be a stowaway.

NEXT: Arrested Development: 10 Worst Things The Family Did To Buster Bluth


2019-10-01 01:10:34

Brooke Bajgrowicz

Sony’s Marvel Universe: 10 Projects Reported To Be In Development

Years ago, when Sony Pictures released The Amazing Spider-Man 2, executives were hoping it would be the springboard to a cinematic universe built around Spider-Man characters. However, critics and fans alike hated the movie, it had an underwhelming box office take, and those plans quickly fizzled out. But Sony executives didn’t let go of the idea, and last year, they gave it a second try with Tom Hardy’s Venom movie kicking off what has been haphazardly called Sony’s Marvel Universe. With the company taking back the rights to Spidey himself, the universe should be expanding a lot soon. So, here is Sony’s Marvel Universe: 10 Projects Reported To Be In Development.

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10 The Sinister Six

A movie about the Sinister Six, the team of supervillains devoting to destroying Spider-Man, has actually been in development since 2013, with Sony going as far as setting it up in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The studio hired Drew Goddard to write the movie and he was confirmed to be directing it in 2014. However, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s failure and Sony’s deal with Marvel to reboot Spidey for the MCU, the Sinister Six movie was called off in 2015. Amy Pascal has since revived the project, following Venom’s success. She still hopes Goddard can make the movie and is waiting on his schedule.

9 Nightwatch

It’s been announced that Sony has tapped Edward Ricourt, one of the writers behind the Now You See Me series of magic-based heist films, to write a script for a movie about the Nightwatch character. Nightwatch is sort of Marvel’s answer to Spawn. In 2017, it was reported that Sony wanted Spike Lee to direct the project, and in early 2018, he was confirmed to be interested in it. However, by late 2018, he was announced to have lost interest and departed from the film, leaving Sony back at the drawing board, so this one could be a while off.

8 Black Cat

Sony originally planned to bring Black Cat and Silver Sable to the screen in a team-up movie called Silver & Black. Comic book writer Christopher Yost was brought on to tackle the script, and later, Gina Prince-Bythewood was signed on to direct and perform rewrites on the script ⁠— but they’ve since decided to cancel that in favor of a solo movie for each character. The Black Cat movie has seen screenplay contributions from Westworld’s Lisa Joy, Godzilla vs. Kong’s Lindsey Beer, and Captain Marvel’s Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Prince-Bythewood will remain on board as a producer, but isn’t expected to direct the film.

7 Silk

According to a report by Variety, Sony is seeking a screenwriter for a movie about the Silk character. Silk will be appearing alongside Spider-Gwen and Spider-Woman in the upcoming animated movie Spider-Women, spun off from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but this on-screen incarnation of Silk will apparently be separate from that one. Silk is the superhero alter ego of Cindy Moon, who has been depicted as one of Peter Parker’s classmates in the MCU (whether or not the producers will cast the MCU’s Tiffany Espensen remains to be seen). She has the same powers as Spider-Man, with added long-range spider-sense and eidetic memory.

6 Venom 2

Following the runaway success of Tom Hardy’s first Venom movie last year ⁠— grossing over $800 million at the worldwide box office, and shattering expectations, despite mostly negative reviews – Sony was quick to get a sequel into production. Andy Serkis is replacing Ruben Fleischer in the director’s chair, while Hardy himself has been assisting Kelly Marcel with the script.

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The sequel will be released on October 2, 2020, and it will follow up on the original’s post-credits tease of Carnage. The last time we saw Cletus Kasady, played by Woody Harrelson, Eddie Brock was visiting him in prison, setting up an exciting sequel.

5 Silver Sable

As mentioned above, Sony was once planning a movie that would team up Black Cat and Silver Sable called Silver & Black, but it has since been canceled and replaced by solo movies for each character. Gina Prince-Bythewood had been initially attached to rewrite the script for Silver & Black and possibly direct it. She won’t be directing either of the by-product solo movies, but she will serve as a producer. While the studio is fast-tracking the Black Cat movie, with three writers hard at work on the script, no behind-the-camera talent (or in-front-of-the-camera talent, for that matter) has been announced for the Silver Sable movie.

4 Jackpot

Variety reports that Sony is actively searching for a writer to pen a script centered around the Jackpot character. It’s unclear if this movie will revolve around Sara Ehret or Alana Jobson ⁠— the two characters who have used the Jackpot moniker in the comics ⁠— but the movie is still in the earliest stages of development. Sara just has super strength, but Alana has super strength, gymnastic abilities, enhanced stamina, less vulnerability to injury, and some hand-to-hand combat skills. S, it’s clear which version would make a more interesting subject for a solo movie in Sony’s Marvel Universe.

3 Kraven the Hunter

Sony has hired Richard Wenk, the writer of Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer movies, to write a solo film focusing on Kraven the Hunter. Wenk’s intention with the project is to adapt the “Kraven’s Last Hunt” storyline, with the plot involving villain Kraven hunting down Spider-Man. Usually comic books movies aren’t told from perspective of the supervillain, but if this was told through the hero’s eyes, the best hunter would be unseen, so telling the story from Kraven’s perspective makes sense. Plus, Avengers: Infinity War found success with this storytelling method.

2 Morbius

This one is well past the development stage, as filming is underway. It’s a solo movie that will also act as the big-screen debut for Morbius the Living Vampire, Spidey’s undead foe. Jared Leto is starring in the title role, while Netflix’s Lost in Space showrunners Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless have penned the script.

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Daniel Espinosa, who made his name directing Danish and Swedish thrillers and has most recently helmed the sci-fi horror movie Life with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, is calling the shots. Morbius is slated to hit theaters on July 31, 2020, making it the most imminent release for Sony’s Marvel Universe.

1 Spider-Man 3

After Marvel gave Sony their highest grossing movie of all time with Spider-Man: Far From Home, the ungrateful suits at Sony decided to snatch back the rights to the Spider-Man character and drag him into their own Marvel universe. The studio has confirmed that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will be back on the big screen again and he won’t be getting a total reboot. So we will be seeing a sequel to Far From Home ⁠— it just won’t have any ties to MCU. Fans are unsure if this will even work, but Sony is definitely committed to making it happen.

NEXT: 5 Reasons Why Spider-Man Leaving The MCU Would Be Devastating (& 5 Why It Might Not Be So Bad)


2019-09-23 03:09:56

Ben Sherlock

Arrested Development: 10 Worst Things The Family Did To Buster Bluth

Arrested Development has finally come to a close after five seasons following the corrupt Bluth family. Over this time we’ve gotten to know each member of this estranged group and their relationships with one another. The series is well regarded as one of the greatest US comedy series, but its characters certainly have a lot of flaws.

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Buster Bluth is the most immature of the Bluth family and perhaps the member that’s also treated the worst. The other Bluth’s seem to have very little regard for the emotions of Buster and he’s usually an afterthought in one of their grand schemes. We’re taking a look at 10 of the worst things that the Bluth family have done to Buster over the course of Arrested Development. 

10 MOTHER HIM

Buster is always going to be a mother’s boy. His relationship with Lucille is nothing short of inappropriate and unhealthy. He has lived with his mother for the vast amount of his life, with Lucille often manipulating events so that he stays with her longer.

It’s this unhealthy situation and the tasks that Lucille asks of Buster, that has messed him up so badly. He still acts like a little boy and has developed an even worse relationship with Lucille 2, who becomes more of a motherly figure herself, rather than the lover she wished to be. By continuing on like this, Lucille has allowed Buster to become very damaged.

9 HIDE HIS REAL FATHER

Not only does he have mom issues, he also has dad issues. George Bluth’s identical brother, Oscar, is actually the biological father to Buster. Lucille and Oscar have had an on and off again affair for many years, but these details are hidden from Buster.

For some time he wasn’t aware that his real father wasn’t George at all and while Oscar stood by on the sidelines giving more emotional support than George ever would, Buster was none the wiser. Eventually the news came to light which only made Buster feel bitter towards his mother for hiding such a secret from him. It was a cruel move to make to ensure she kept Buster to herself.

RELATED: Arrested Development: 10 Rules That Members Of The Bluth Family Have To Follow

8 JOINING THE ARMY

Lucille’s manipulation and the family’s almost resentment of Buster drove him to do something completely out of his comfort zone. To prove everyone wrong and to defy his mother’s many rules, Buster decided to sign up to join the army. This was of course a terrible choice.

Buster is not fit for the army at all, but his family allowed it to happen anyway. Not once but twice in fact. The second time around he started flying drones thinking that they were a video game. The emotional and psychological impact was pretty big when he found out. All of this could have been avoided if his family were more supportive.

7 SENDING HIM TO MILFORD SCHOOL

Every child of the Bluth family have made their way to the Milford School, until George Michael that is. Buster is no exception to that rule, although it’s possibly one of the worst things they could have ever done to him. The school essentially set him up for failure, especially with his confidence.

The motto of the institution was that children shouldn’t be seen or heard and Buster was an expert at that. In fact, he actually won the most unseen kid of the year multiple times and stayed in education years afterwards to help with research projects, becoming a rat to experiment on. The school only negatively impacted his mental state, worsening the situation.

Related: Arrested Development: All Of Michael’s Girlfriends, Ranked

6 ADOPTING ANNYONG

Lucille took Buster leaving home as him not needing his mother anymore and in part that was correct. Buster tried to get away from the toxic environment he had been brought up in. But this created a lot of jealousy within the elder Bluth and she exacted her revenge.

She adopted a young Korean boy named Hel-loh although the family nicknamed him Annyong because of the frequency he said the word. This was to make Buster jealous so that he would return home after he felt like he had been replaced. It worked in some ways and eventually Lucille sent Annyong to Milford School to teach him a lesson, although she both forgot the lesson and about Annyong.

5 GIVING HIM A DEAD BODY

G.O.B. has gotten into some difficult situations because of his stupidity and dangerous friends in the magic industry. After pretending to be gay as part of an act, he was was taken by the gay mafia. They supposedly killed his friend and lover and wanted him to dispose of the body.

G.O.B. couldn’t bring himself to do it so he gave the body to Buster to get rid of instead. This of course all coincided with the murder investigation for Lucille 2, of which Buster was a prime suspect. G.O.B. therefore not only gave his brother a corpse to get rid of, but also helped to incriminate him for a separate crime!

RELATED: Every Arrested Development Supporting Character, Ranked

4 RELEASING THE SEAL

G.O.B. has had a number of other unfortunate incidents due to his magic tricks, many of which have put Buster in harms way. Buster is usually the magician’s assistant meaning that G.O.B. can experiment on him however he likes. He also has a variety of animals to use in his shows, like rabbits or a seal.

The seal in question had developed a lust for blood after being used in G.O.B.s acts and he eventually released it into the ocean to be free. This literally came back to bite the Bluth’s, though it was Buster who suffered the consequences of his brother’s animal cruelty. It was this seal that gnawed off the hand of Buster, forcing him to wear prosthetics for the rest of the show.

3 J. WALTER WEATHERMAN

The situation was made more unfortunate by the childhood of the Bluths. One of George’s friends, J. Walter Weatherman, used to assist in teaching the kids a lesson. He had a missing hand that could be used to scare the Bluth children into following the many rules set out for them.

This had scared the Bluth’s for life, so when Buster returned with a hook for a hand it caused many memories to resurface. Buster himself was unhappy with his new limb, but the rest of the family treated him like a monster and were often visibly disturbed by the fake hand that now sat on Buster’s arm.

Related: Arrested Development: Tobias’ 10 Best Running Jokes and Gags

2 FRAMING HIM FOR MURDER

The son of Oscar and Lucille also had a troubled past thanks to an accident that cost a life. During the second half of season 5 Buster was on trial for the murder of Lucille. This was a situation that was not helped by the rest of the family. Michael’s part in blaming himself eventually placed more blame onto Buster after he realized he was innocent.

George Michael’s fake block meant that Buster had tried to erase evidence of the incident. Oscar travelling with him across America made him look like a fugitive. G.O.B.s role has already been mentioned in all of this. What’s worse, Buster had killed his nan in his younger days, pushing her down the stairs. Lucille had him blame himself for the death to protect her, but it really was him in a very confusing twist.

1 8 DAYS LEFT

Buster’s many crimes eventually meant he had to spend some time in prison; although this is before the finale revealed that he was responsible for Lucille 2’s death after all. His time spent in jail was cut short by a big parade where he made his escape with the help of his father.

They were constantly on the move, hiding out in the loft and in the display tents of department stores. The family failed to mention to Buster that he was actually free to go anyway as he only had eight days left on his sentence. They continued to allow him to live in such a terrible condition just because they couldn’t be bothered to tell him the truth!

NEXT: Arrested Development: The 10 Best Buster Bluth Quotes


2019-09-13 01:09:47

George Chrysostomou

Every Upcoming Stephen King Movie In Development | Screen Rant

There are a lot of Stephen King movies in development, which isn’t surprising considering he’s an author who has almost supernaturally mastered the balance of quantity and quality. Starting with IT in 2017, there has been an unofficial Stephen Kingaissance, where adaptations of his novels and short stories aren’t nearly as polarizing as they had been in the past.

In the past few years alone, his adaptations have been treated with a deserving level of respect, and to call the results promising is an understatement. Recent adaptations like Gerald’s Game, 11.22.63, and the aforementioned IT have found success in theatrical releases, streaming services, and as TV shows, and the well of Stephen King stories is hardly at risk of running dry. Over the next couple of years, there is a long list of movies currently in development based on his work.

Related: Who Is The Better Pennywise: Tim Curry Or Bill Skarsgard?

So, given the high volume of projects that fans of King’s work will have to look forward to, it helps to have a digestible understanding of what’s coming. Here is a breakdown of every Stephen King movie currently in development.

In the Tall Grass – October 4, 2019

Though Stephen King has written a considerable amount of stories on his own, quite a few of them are the result of collaborations with other writers. And, in 2012, he and his son Joe Hill penned a novella titled In the Tall Grass. Set at an abandoned rest stop, a brother and sister attempt to help a young boy crying from inside a field of tall grass, only to find themselves lost and unable to escape. Directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice), In the Tall Grass stars Patrick Wilson, Rachel Wilson, Laysla De Oliveira, and Harrison Gilbertson, and will be released exclusively on Netflix.

Doctor Sleep – November 8, 2019

In 1977, Stephen King wrote what has become easily one of his most beloved novels, The Shining. It eventually spawned an adaptation from Stanley Kubrick, which King ultimately wasn’t a fan of, and it then took King 36 years to follow up the isolated tale of Jack, Wendy, and Danny Torrance at the haunted Overlook Hotel with its sequel, Doctor Sleep. Now, in the midst of the Kingaissance, Doctor Sleep is getting its own adaptation from director Mike Flanagan (who also directed an adaptation of King’s novel Gerald’s Game), which stars Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson.

In Doctor Sleep, Danny Torrance is now an adult who isn’t just dealing with alcoholism (like his late father), but with the supernatural traumas he suffered through as a child; and after coming across a tribe of psychic vampires, he finds a purpose in protecting a young girl who shares his psychic ability.

The Tommyknockers – TBA

Stephen King’s stories are just as much rooted in horror as they are science fiction. And, in The Tommyknockers, the science fiction elements are front and center. This 1987 novel takes place in the fictional town of Haven, Maine, in which the locals become bewitched by a mysterious extraterrestrial artifact that’s been unearthed in the woods. In 1993, The Tommyknockers was adapted as a TV miniseries, and now, a feature length adaptation is currently in the works, with James Wan (The Conjuring, Aquaman) attached to produce.

The Talisman – TBA

In 1984, Stephen King teamed up with author Peter Straub to write The Talisman, a fantasy novel about a young boy who travels into a parallel world in order to find a magical talisman that might save his dying mother. There is currently an adaptation in the works, courtesy of Steven Spielberg (he’s owned the rights to the book since its release, and though he’s not directing the movie, his company is producing), but it’s been a slow journey getting it made to say the least. Josh Boone (writer/director of both New Mutants and The Fault in Our Stars) was announced to write The Talisman‘s screenplay in 2017, but Buried‘s Chris Sparling is now penning a new version. The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Mike Barker will direct the film.

Revival – TBA

Stephen King’s stories often revolve around horror and religion, and his 2014 novel Revival is no exception. In fact, one of the two main characters is a priest who not only battles with his faith, but ends up opening a portal to another world. There are very few details surrounding production, aside from the fact that Josh Boone (who was attached to direct not only The Talisman, but King’s Lisey’s Story and a miniseries adaptation of King’s The Stand) will direct, according to Deadline.

Suffer the Little Children – TBA

A short story in Stephen King’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Suffer the Little Children revolves around an elementary school teacher who grows increasingly more suspicious of the children in her class. However, as she attempts to piece together the mystery, people in town begin suffering unexplainable deaths. According to Deadline, newcomer Sean Carter (Keep Watching) will pen the screenplay and direct, though very few other details have been released.

Hearts – TBA

Hearts is a coming-of-age story that revolves around a group of college students in 1966 who are personally affected by the Vietnam War. Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down, The Strangers: Prey at Night) has been attached to direct since 2016, but there have been few details concerning the project since.

Rose Madder – TBA

Even though Stephen King’s vast collection of work is a well from which most film studios would happily draw, some adaptations struggle getting off the ground. Case in point: Rose Madder. Based on King’s novel of the same name, this fantasy thriller dealing with the real-life horror of domestic violence has been in development for years, with screenwriter Naomi Sheridan (In America) once attached to pen the screenplay in 2011. At the moment, however, it resides in Development Hell.

Drunken Fireworks – TBA

From Stephen King’s collection of short stories titled The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is a short story titled Drunken Fireworks. It revolves around the theme of new money and old money, in which a fireworks competition results in some unexpectedly heavy consequences. James Franco is attached to star in the adaptation, according to Variety, and will also double as a producer. The screenplay is being penned by Matt Rager, who also wrote As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, and In Dubious Battle, in which Franco also starred and directed. There is currently no release date set for the movie.

Firestarter – TBA

In 1984, a very young Drew Barrymore starred in an adaptation of Stephen King’s sci-fi horror novel Firestarter. She played a young girl named Charlie who is born with a unique gift allowing her to start fires with her mind, which ultimately prompts a government organization known as The Shop to hunt her down. Now, Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures are moving forward with an updated take on the story, and though it’s still in the very early stages of pre-production, The Edge of Heaven‘s Fatih Akin is attached to direct, while Scott Teems (Narcos: Mexico) will pen the screenplay.

The Jaunt – TBA

Another Stephen King adaptation currently in development is based on the short story titled The Jaunt. First published back in 1981 in The Twilight Zone MagazineThe Jaunt later become an entry in King’s collection of short stories, Skeleton Crew, telling a futuristic story about people who can teleport, and the potential horrors that come with it. In 2015, it was announced that Andy Muschietti, who has since gone on to direct both IT and IT: Chapter Two, would direct, but that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore.

‘Salem’s Lot – TBA

Salem’s Lot is one of Stephen King’s most iconic stories, and it’s finally being adapted for the big screen, after previously being adapted twice as a TV series in 1979 and 2004. Annabelle and The Conjuring producers and directors James Wan and Gary Dauberman are producing the film. Dauberman wrote the scripts for both IT and IT Chapter Two, so he’s at least familiar with King’s style and has been able to turn those stories into blockbuster successes.

Lisey’s Story – TV Series

Lisey’s Story is a 2006 horror-romance novel from Stephen King centers around the titular Lisey who’s dealing with the death of her husband. However, in dealing with her husband’s death, she ends up entering a dark world in which her husband frequented when he was still alive. Although originally envisioned as a movie, Lisey’s Story is now being adapted for television. Stephen King himself is writing the scripts for all eight episodes, which will be produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot for Apple TV+, starring Julianne Moore as the eponymous Lisey.

The Stand – TV Series 2019

One of the most significant upcoming adaptations of Stephen King’s work won’t be a movie at all, but a TV limited series. The Stand, which was adapted into a miniseries in 1994, will get the TV treatment yet again, courtesy of CBS All Access. The Stand is an epic story centering around certain individuals who survive a superflu that wipes out most of the population, and Josh Boone – who already has his hands full with other Stephen King projects – is attached to direct. The Stand has reportedly cast James Marsden (Stu Redman), Amber Heard (Nadine Cross), Whoopi Goldberg (Mother Abigail), Greg Kinnear (Glen Bateman), Odessa Young (Frannie Goldsmith), Henry Zaga (Nick Andros), and Marilyn Manson in the lead roles, with King himself writing a new, canon ending for the 10-hour series.

Next: Stephen King Stories Set In Derry (Besides IT)


2019-09-04 06:09:45

Danny Salemme

Serendipity TV Show Based On 2001 Romcom In Development At NBC

NBC is developing a new series based on the 2001 film Serendipity. Directed by Peter Chelsom, the romantic comedy starred John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. Serendipity was distributed by Miramax Films.

In Serendipity, Jonathan Trager (Cusack) and Sara Thomas (Beckinsale) first meet during the holiday season in New York City. The characters discuss life and love at the restaurant Serendipity III, but leave their destiny to fate because they’re both in relationships, and because the universe seems to be guiding them in a certain direction, evidenced by Sara’s phone number literally blowing away in the wind. From there, Serendipity follows the hopeless romantics’ trials and tribulations as genre tropes build towards the film’s climax. Produced for $28 million, Serendipity earned over $77 million at the box office. The film was written by Marc Klein (A Good Year) and co-stars Molly Shannon, Jeremy Piven, and Bridget Moynahan. Serendipity currently holds a 59 percent Tomatometer score at Rotten Tomatoes, along with a 79 percent audience score. 

Related: The 13 Best Romantic Comedy Movies Of All Time, According To IMDb

Per THR, NBC is moving forward with a Serendipity television adaption. Jonny Umansky has been enlisted to write and executive produce the series, and stated that “Never has the world needed a show like Serendipity more, and the love stories we have in store are big, bold and filled to the brim with whimsy and wonder.” Umansky wrote the 2016 TV movie Legends of the Hidden Temple starring Isabela Moner (Dora and the Lost City of Gold), and will co-write the upcoming series The Keys. Miramax Television will produce NBC’s Serendipity.

On August 14, NBC announced plans to adapt the 1985 film St. Elmo’s Fire into a TV series. The original film includes numerous Brat Pack members such as Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, and Robe Lowe, with the storyline following the ups and down of Georgetown classmates post-graduation. Despite poor critical reviews, St. Elmo’s Fire became a box office hit. The film also co-stars Andie McDowell, the mother of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actress Margaret Qualley. In July, NBC ordered an untitled comedy series starring Ted Danson. Tina Fey will write and produce with long-time collaborator Robert Carlock (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). 

The announcement of NBC’s Serendipity adaptation seems to foreshadow another new wave of nostalgia entertainment. Whereas the Netflix series Stranger Things focuses on the adolescent experience, the original Serendipity and even St. Elmo’s Fire are geared towards a 20-something demographic. With streaming services changing the industry via edgy, smart, and progressive series, traditional networks like NBC seem invested in tapping into a universal concept like romantic confusion in order to connect with a specific millennial crowd. 

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Source: THR


2019-08-24 01:08:16

Q.V. Hough

Bomberman & Contra Board Games Are in Development | Screen Rant

It has been announced that the Bomberman and Contra video games are receiving board game adaptations that are expected to be released in 2020.

Bomberman is a series of maze-based puzzle games where players use bombs to destroy their opponents, while Contra is a notoriously difficult series of run and gun games where the player shoots through hordes of enemies. Both of these franchises were dormant throughout most of the past decade until the release of Super Bomberman R in 2017 as one of the Nintendo Switch launch titles and the release of Contra: Anniversary Collection and Contra: Rogue Corps in 2019.

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The people who want to experience the Bomberman and Contra series in the comfort of their living rooms (without actually playing the games themselves) will soon have the chance, as board games based on both series will be released next year. According to License Global, Konami Cross Media NY has signed licensing agreements for both video game franchises to be adapted into board games that will be released in 2020. The Contra board game is being developed by Blacklist Games and Kess Co., while the Bomberman board game is being developed by IDW Games.

The Contra board game will be card-driven and will feature miniatures based on the characters from the games, while the Bomberman board game will take inspiration from Super Bomberman R in terms of its gameplay and visuals. IDW Games also acquired the license to create Bomberman card games, collectible pins, and puzzles.

The idea of Bomberman being turned into a board game makes sense, as it’s already a competitive game that has a grid-based map, with random items and power-ups that can appear at any time to turn the tide of battle. For example, it’s easy to imagine a Bomberman board game where players trap their opponents on the map using bombs. On the other hand, it’s more difficult to imagine how the Contra board game will work, as the games are incredibly fast-paced and require twitch reflexes, which wouldn’t exactly translate well to a turn-based board game.

There have already been numerous board games based on video game properties, including Dark Souls: The Board Game (which was made possible thanks to Kickstarter) and Fallout: The Board Game, which even comes with bottle caps as tokens. The Bomberman series seems as if it would be a natural fit for the board game format, while the Contra board game seems like it would be more of a stretch. It will be interesting to see how the company plans on translating the run and gun format into a board game style. For now, fans can only hope that the board game will turn out to be just as much fun as the video game. All they really need to do is make sure that the Spread Gun remains OP and then the fans should be satisfied.

Next: New Harry Potter: Death Eaters Rising Board Game Coming This Fall

Source: License Global


2019-08-17 09:08:28

Scott Baird