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Junkie XL Launches SCORE Academy For Aspiring Film Composers

Composer Tom Holkenborg, best known to viewers as Junkie XL, is launching the SCORE Academy, which is a program designed to train aspiring film composers. In his career that spans two decades, Holkenborg has lent his talents to a variety of projects, most notably blockbusters such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Deadpool. It was recently confirmed he’d be scoring this November’s Terminator: Dark Fate, which reunites him with director Tim Miller.

As one of the more distinct artists working in his field today, Holkenborg continues to entertain and thrill audiences with his soundtracks, which frequently complement and enhance the scenes they play with. Undoubtedly, his work has inspired and influenced numerous people looking to break into the industry today, and now the Hollywood composers of tomorrow will have a terrific opportunity to learn tricks of the trade from Holkenborg.

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Today it was announced Holkenborg, along with ASCAP, launched the SCORE Academy. It’s a free year-long program with a curriculum of Holkenborg’s design that covers various aspects including film scoring, sound mixing, and the business side of things. Those interested can apply online at score-academy.org, but it’s worth mentioning the program is specifically built for students at the highest level. According to the website, the “right applicant” should have a masters degree in film scoring or music or “be self-taught and supremely talented.”

This initiative is the latest example of Holkenborg’s dedication to education. He also produces a free online series called Studio Time for his YouTube channel and served as an Associate Professor for the ArtEZ Academy of Music. It goes without saying Holkenborg is one of the busiest people in the industry, but it’s great to see him take the time to set SCORE Academy up. On-paper, it sounds like it will be a very valuable program to help the next generation of film composers perfect their craft so they can deliver the next wave of memorable themes that audiences love. SCORE Academy looks to be extremely well-rounded, covering all corners so students are prepared for what’s next.

What’s even better is SCORE Academy isn’t just positioned as a one-off experiment. It’ll be an annual program, so hopefully it finds a great deal of success and builds a sizable student body over the next several years. This is a great opportunity for those looking for a big break, giving them access to tremendous resources and contacts that could pay off in the future.

More: Junkie XL On Uniqueness of Deadpool & Epicness of Batman

Source: Tom Holkenborg


2019-03-28 11:03:36

Chris Agar

Red Dead Online Battle Royale Mode ‘Gun Rush’ Launches

Red Dead Online Gun Rush

Battle royale modes seemed to permeate the whole of gaming in 2018, and to kick off Red Dead Online‘s first major update of the new year Rockstar Games has launched Gun Rush, the multiplayer beta’s flavor of battle royale. For players who have tired of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, as well as for those new to the genre, Red Dead Online’s newest competitive mode is bringing battle royale to the all-new setting of the harsh American frontier.

Red Dead Online, the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2, was released in a beta state in November 2018, tossing players into the same unforgiving slice of the Wild West in which protagonist Arthur Morgan’s story plays out in the main game. However, Red Dead Online focuses on players’ own journey to win the west, which is made even more merciless by the presence of other players setting out to do the same. Much like GTA OnlineRed Dead Online comes complete with a main questline of its own, along with a bevy of side content that can be accessed in the game’s open world. Like other games’ multiplayer components, Red Dead Online also sports a handful of game modes, ranging from traditional deathmatch fare found in Shootout and Team Shootout to Make It Count, the game’s first take on the battle royale genre, lauded for its refreshingly stealthy and brutal approach.

Related: The Biggest Video Game Publisher Fails of 2018

Unlike Make It Count, which pitts up to 32 solo players armed only with bows and knives against one another, Gun Rush seems to be a more mainstream take on battle royale, but that’s far from a bad thing. Rockstar Games announced the mode on Jan. 10, releasing it the same day. Introducing Gun Rush as a mode “where you’ll put your survival instincts to the test, gathering weapons and ammunition while the play area shrinks in this new mode for up to 32 players,” Rockstar seems to be playing it safe in what essentially sounds like a miniaturized version of Fortnite (minus the building mechanic and whimsy) and PUBG (minus the poor optimization and performance). Of course, Gun Rush wouldn’t be a proper battle royale mode without allowing players to go it alone or as a group in the mode’s Free-for-all and Team variants, and as always the end goal is to be the last player(s) standing.

Red Dead Online Character Aiming

Rockstar had much more to announce than just Gun Rush, though, noting, “Red Dead Online will stay in beta for a few more months yet as [they] have many more new gameplay features to add across the board as well as further changes to improve, stabilize and refine the overall experience.” Rockstar promises that it will soon implement daily challenges and address griefing by tweaking the game’s law, bounty, and parley systems, in addition to limiting the visibility of player blips on the game’s map based on player proximity. Rockstar teases that “lots of new content” is coming to Red Dead Online in 2019, including more story missions and game modes, the introduction of dynamic events, new weapons and clothing, and “lots more that we’re not quite ready to announce just yet.”

Having previously been updated a month after launch in order to address justifiably lingering concerns about the game’s grindy approach to player rewards, it’s nice to see that this surprise update wasn’t made as a response to community backlash, and it’s even nicer that it appears Rockstar is making early and substantial efforts to diminish the impact of player griefing on its online community. This issue and the perceived unfair focus Rockstar paid to microtransactions (which were recently implemented in Red Dead Online in the form of a premium currency called “gold bars”) were among players’ most prominent gripes about GTA Online. Accordingly, the ways in which Rockstar chooses to address each of these in 2019, all while balancing them with a steady flow of free content, will undoubtedly be deciding factors as to whether or not the developer and parent company Take-Two Interactive will see the same level of success in Red Dead Online that it enjoyed in GTA Online.

More: Screen Rant’s 25 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2019

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2019-01-10 01:01:22

Better Call Saul Season 4 Finale Ending Explained

This post contains SPOILERS for Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul’s fourth season ended with “Winner,” an exciting finale that inches the spinoff closer to its Breaking Bad roots. This year, AMC’s acclaimed drama had to followup the jaw-dropping cliffhanger of season 3, where Chuck died in a horrifying fire. That tragedy is what truly spurred Jimmy McGill’s transformation into Saul Goodman as he dealt with the consequences and aftermath of not only his brother’s death, but also his bar suspension. Over the course of the fourth season, Jimmy became more involved with the criminal underworld of Albuquerque, launching his “get-rich-quick” scheme of selling prepaid cell phones to unsavory individuals.

Elsewhere in the Saul universe, Gus Fring looked to expand his cartel operations, commissioning the construction of the famous “super lab” Walter White and Jesse Pinkman cooked in during Breaking Bad. Entrusting Mike Ehrmantraut to oversee the operation, Gus hired a group of German nationals led by Werner Ziegler. While the project was taking longer than originally planned, the crew was working diligently and hoped to have it finished soon. Of course, things hit a snag at the end of last week’s “Wiedersehen” when Werner went AWOL, leaving only a note with detailed instructions for his team. These storylines (Werner’s disappearance and Jimmy’s bar reinstatement appeal) are the crux of the finale’s narrative, with both resolving in powerful ways.

The Tragedy of Werner Ziegler

Throughout the season, Werner’s team were recurring players, frequently interacting with Mike. Early on, it looked like Kai would be the troublemaker of the group, especially after his incident with the nightclub. However, Kai turned out to be a red herring, and Werner caused the biggest headaches for Gus and Mike. Werner, of course, is far from home and dearly misses his beloved wife. Wishing to see her again, Werner pitched Mike the idea of going home for a weekend, but was denied. Since he couldn’t get his superiors’ approval, Werner took matters into his own hands and hatched a plot for a loving reunion.

“Winner” reveals Werner ran off to a resort where he planned to spend time with his wife. He made travel arrangements that would see her fly over to America for a weekend and go back home. Sadly for Werner, he never gets to see her again. Mike tracks him down and after a discussion with Gus, realizes there’s only one resolution for this setback. Allowing Werner the opportunity to call his wife and tell her to return home before Gus’ people do anything to her, Mike then (reluctantly) kills Werner. Ehrmantraut says Werner’s death will be covered up as a tragic accident and his men will be sent back. As one might expect, Gus is angered by the lack of progress on the super lab (cutting a conversation with Gale short), which he thought would be completed by now.

Related: How Better Call Saul’s (Unseen) Breaking Bad Character Connects To Jimmy

Werner clearly had no ill intent (Mike knew he was jut homesick), but when he ran off, his fate was essentially sealed. This was the second transgression Werner committed against Gus – the first being his friendly chat about construction work with bar patrons. These two incidents back-to-back made it very difficult for Gus to trust Werner moving forward, and by now, fans are well aware of Fring’s ruthlessness. Mike mentions multiple times in the episode there are other ways to go about things, but he can’t convince Gus to spare Werner’s life. No amount of begging or pleading has any effect on Gus when he’s made up his mind about something. Unfortunately for Werner, he never completely understood what he got himself into and crossed the wrong people.

Lalo also factors into this storyline, with the mysterious member of the Salamanca clan tailing Mike and trying to locate Werner for his own reasons. Lalo does discover which resort Werner is staying at and briefly speaks to the Russian over the phone, posing as one of Gus’ employees. Not knowing any better, Werner begins to tell Lalo the first couple of basic instructions for the super lab construction, before Mike arrives in person and interrupts the call. Near the end of the episode, Mike tells Gus about what happened, and it’ll be fascinating to see how this continues in season 5. Of course, Fring does not get along with the Salamancas, and despite Lalo’s cheeky offer of a peace treaty in last week’s episode, the two warring sides will continue their power struggle. Lalo is clearly curious about what Gus is up to and wants to get an upper hand for himself.

Page 2: Jimmy McGill Becomes Saul Goodman

Jimmy McGill Is Finally Saul Goodman

Jimmy’s arc in season 4 is dealing with the fallout of his felony from season 2 (tampering with Chuck’s documents) as he tries to get by in life with his one-year suspension. Picking up lawful employment at CC Mobile, he does everything he’s supposed to do to work himself back in the graces of the committee. However, last week’s episode ended with the shocking twist that Jimmy was denied reinstatement – after he was found to be insincere in his comments. Kim, as she always does, stays by Jimmy’s side to help him win the appeal. In Kim’s mind, the sincerity issue stems from Chuck and Jimmy needs to show remorse for what’s transpired.

The two forge ahead with another one of their brilliant schemes. Jimmy spends the one-year anniversary of Chuck’s death mourning at his brother’s grave. An “anonymous” donation is made to HHM to name the legal library after Chuck, with members of Jimmy’s go-to video team telling people in attendance they heard the gift was from Jimmy. It all builds up to another hearing in front of the committee, where Jimmy uses the letter Chuck left him as a weapon in his favor. After (faking) being unable to read it in place of an opening statement, Jimmy launches into a nostalgic monologue where he reminisces about his brother, talks about wanting to make Chuck proud, and credits Chuck with influencing his interest in a law career. In their celebration afterwards, Kim feels some it was truthful, but Jimmy’s reaction makes it painfully apparent it was all a show for the committee so he could get his law license back. As he prepares to sign the necessary documents, Jimmy states he’ll no longer be practicing under his legal name. Turning to a clearly shocked Kim, he closes out the season by saying, “S’all good, man.”

Related: Bob Odenkirk Responds to Fan Theory About Chuck’s Letter

At a certain time in his life, Jimmy probably aspired to be an honest, hard-working lawyer like Chuck, but the events of Better Call Saul have rendered that impossible. During a key sequence of the episode, Jimmy (as part of his sincerity scheme) sits on the board awarding scholarships in Chuck’s memory. He vouches for a student named Kristy Esposito, who received only one vote (from Jimmy) because she was found guilty of shoplifting. In that moment, Jimmy realizes that the law community at large will never accept someone with a prior record, and clearly sees himself in the young Kristy. Because of his actions in season 2, the most prominent firms in the country will always consider Jimmy a liability, no matter how much he swears he’s changed. Chasing down Kristy after the scholarship meetings, Jimmy basically lays out the Saul Goodman playbook, telling his favorite student to cut corners and to not worry about what others think (because she’ll never “make it” the traditional way).

Instead of conforming to fit within the perceived standards of the field, Jimmy gamed the system to his own advantage. He told the reinstatement committee what they wanted to hear – even though he has no intention of following through on it – and is now set to play by his own rules. In his argument with Kim on the rooftop in “Wiedersehen,” Jimmy went on the defensive about how Kim views him as “the kind of lawyer guilty people hire” and is unworthy of sharing an office with her (while she thrives at a large firm in New Mexico). Jimmy is embracing his reputation. Saul Goodman, as Breaking Bad fans know, is exactly the type of lawyer criminals hire. Howard Hamlin wouldn’t touch Walter White and Jesse Pinkman with a 10-foot pole, but Saul went into business with them, doing whatever he could to protect his clients’ rights and help them avoid jail time.

The beauty of this is how it all traces back to Chuck and recontextualizes the character of Saul Goodman. When he was introduced in the second season of Breaking Bad, he was nothing more than an entertaining side player; a riff on the “sleazy lawyer” archetype who came up with elaborate schemes to win his cases. Now, the persona is revealed as a last resort for a man who once upon a time looked up to his brother, only to have his hopes and dreams destroyed by that very same sibling. Chuck went out of his way to block Jimmy from getting a position at HHM, fearful of what “Slippin’ Jimmy with a law degree” would be capable of. He wasn’t willing to give Jimmy the benefit of the doubt, and ended up unknowingly launching the career of Albuquerque’s shadiest criminal defense attorney. Maybe if he was more accepting and loving towards Jimmy, things would have turned out differently.

It’ll be exciting to see how the confirmed fifth season picks up on this. There were already hints the Jimmy/Kim relationship was fraying (the wonderfully constructed cold open of “Something Stupid”), and the former’s new career path might be the final straw. Kim is never mentioned in Breaking Bad, so obviously something happens there. Better Call Saul correctly took the long road to get to this point, and now the possibilities for its future are wide open.

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2018-10-08 07:10:07 – Chris Agar

Marvel Killing Off a Guardians of the Galaxy Hero

Warning: SPOILERS for Marvel’s Infinity Wars

The Infinity War movie forced fans to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy die – now Marvel Comics is going to repeat the heartbreak by killing off one member of the team. And if you read the evidence right, it’s not hard to guess which Guardian will make ‘the ultimate sacrifice.’

It’s a strange time to break the news to fans that Marvel is going to be first killing, then replacing the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy for a full-scale reboot. With James Gunn being forced out of the series director’s chair, and at least one cast member saying he’ll quit Guardians 3 without Gunn, the future of the property stands in question. The comics have followed a different path, but find themselves in the same spot.

So, which Guardian of the Galaxy is Marvel going to kill… and will the comic reboot show how the MCU may follow suit?

  • This Page: Marvel’s Plan To Kill & Reboot The Guardians
  • Page 2: The Guardian Marvel is Hinting Will Be Killed

Yes, a Guardian of the Galaxy is Going To Die

These days even casual comic fans know that when it comes to superheroes, even death isn’t permanent – a major reason why fans didn’t riot when Avengers 3 killed off half the MCU. So even with Marvel announcing the launch of Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian coming in December, with a somber, de-saturated cover depicting the five core heroes (the same as the original movie team), there was some wiggle room on just how “fallen” was being used.

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With the Infinity Wars event building to its finale around the same time, even a Guardian leaving the team behind or turning to the villains’ side would be more believable than Marvel killing one off. Unfortunately, the synopsis leaves no doubt:

In the stunning climax of INFINITY WARS, one of the Guardians of the Galaxy makes the ultimate sacrifice. Look back at the life of a fallen Guardian and the empty space they leave behind in what’s left of the universe.

That tease means Guardians fans will need to pick up Infinity Wars #6 on the same day, December 19th, to see which Guardian dies for the sake of their friends and universe in the event’s big finale. On the very same day, writer Gerry Duggan and artist Andy McDonald will give that Fallen Guardian their own memorial issue… before the new Guardians of the Galaxy begins its total reboot just weeks later.

It All Leads To The New Guardians Reboot

The confirmation that an existing member of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, or Groot – won’t actually survive the Infinity Wars adds even more weight to the event. But it also helps explain the previous announcement of a new reboot for the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book. With the first image teasing that the new series, launching in January, will take just about every cosmic character into consideration, the tagline itself makes more sense than ever.

The inclusion of Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, Captain Marvel, Thor, and even Galactus in the tease of a new roster grabbed the attention, but the tagline itself – “Who Are The Guardians?” – implies it’s the heroes themselves asking the question. In the wake of the coming death, the surviving team members may question everything. But how they recruit new heroes will change depending on who dies.

Especially if it’s the Guardian who Marvel seriously wants fans to expect… since they’re hinting that it’s another Guardian who actually kills the fallen hero.

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Star-Lord Will Die, Or So Marvel is Hinting

Surprisingly, the synopsis for Fallen Guardian revealing that a Guardian of the Galaxy dies in Infinity War‘s final issue makes perfect sense. Ever since the mysterious hooded figure referring to themselves as Requiem snuck up behind Thanos and cut off his head, then revealed themselves to actually be Gamora, Thanos’ daughter in disguise, the Guardians have been shattered. The sense of betrayal grew even deeper when Star-Lord tried to talk some sense into Gamora… who responded by murdering him, too.

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Luckily Doctor Strange was on hand with the Time Stone, and succeeded in reversing Peter Quill’s death. But it also demonstrated just how committed Gamora is to her current mission to kill Thanos and gather the Infinity Stones (a satisfying reversal of her death in Infinity War). She will seemingly stop at nothing to regain the piece of her soul trapped inside the Soul Stone – including murdering Star-Lord once again, which is exactly what’s shown on the cover of Infinity Wars #6. But then, comic fans know not to judge a book by its cover.

Gamora May Be The Guardian Dying, Not Killing

Not only would Star-Lord’s death be anticlimactic the second time around, it seems too big a moment to spoil on the cover. Frankly, it makes as much sense, if not more, that it’s Gamora who risks going too far and must be killed by a teammate. But judging by the synopsis of Fallen Guardian, it doesn’t sound like Gamora fans need to worry about her legacy. If she makes “the ultimate sacrifice” to bring the Wars to an end, Marvel likely has bigger plans in store than being put out of her desperation and misery.

It’s hard not to suspect that Thanos will be the one putting the doomed Guardian into their grave. Especially after Thanos Legacy #1 revealed that the villain’s death at his daughter’s hand may have been part of a larger plan. And with Duggan and Donny Cates writing that revelation together, Duggan scribing Fallen Guardian, before Cates launches the new Guardians reboot, it would make sense for Thanos to get his revenge as part of this narrative shifting of gears.

Pray For Groot & Rocket Raccoon

Of course, it must be considered that Marvel may wish to punch their readers and movie fans directly in the heart, and have either Groot or Rocket Raccoon sacrifice themselves in Infinity Wars. And with such a noble act expected least from Rocket, it’s hard to deny that such a twist would blindside readers and their emotions. Would the comic book Guardians ever continue without their furry, foul-mouthed mascot? And could Marvel fans endure one more Groot death scene after The Avengers: Infinity War?

The good news is that the tragic sacrifice and Fallen Guardian memorial issue will drop just months from now, and just in time for the holidays. Enjoy!

Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1 arrives on December 19th, available from Marvel Comics.

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2018-10-07 06:10:35 – Andrew Dyce

Mattel Launches Film Division To Develop Movies Based On Iconic Toys

Mattel has announced the launch of Mattel Films – a division that will seek to develop and produce films based on the company’s iconic brands of toys. The company, known largely for producing toys such as Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Thomas and Friends, seeks to take on the film market, in which its rival, Hasbro, has seen much success.

This is not the toy company’s first attempt at the film industry. Mattel has had several film projects developed within their Playground Productions division – the largest of which was 2016’s Max Steel. Although Max Steel did not see success critically or commercially, Mattel has sought to continue their foray into blockbuster filmmaking. Earlier this year, the company announced that J.J. Abrams had joined them in a project to bring The Beastlies to the big screen. Mattel has also been working with Sony on a Barbie movie starring Anne Hathaway, which is set to be released in 2020. Now it appears the company is taking another step in their filmmaking efforts.

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Deadline reports that Mattel Films will be Mattel’s new movie production division. The division will be overseen by its executive producer Robbie Brenner, who produced the Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club. Speaking on this announcement, Mattel’s CEO and chairman, Ynon Kreiz, said:

“Mattel is home to one of the world’s greatest portfolios of beloved franchises, and the creation of Mattel Films will allow us to unlock significant value across our IP. Robbie is a gifted storyteller and a highly respected filmmaker with deep relationships in entertainment. She is the perfect leader to bring our celebrated brands to life.”

Brenner also shared in the excitement, saying, “There are so many stories to be told and so many imaginations to be captured by these iconic brands, and I look forward to working with Ynon and his team to do so.” As executive producer, Brenner will report to Kreiz.

Brenner has had a successful career producing a variety of films. Her latest film, Burden, won the Audience Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and she has also overseen production of many other popular films, such as The Fighter, Mirror, Mirror, and Safe Haven. She is also a partner at The Firm – a film and TV production company – and is the current president of its film division. Adding executive producer to Mattel Films to the list will simply add more variety to an already diverse resume for the film executive.

While Brenner’s presence in the leadership of Mattel Films appears to be a strong first step for the division, Mattel still has quite a bit of ground to cover in the wake of their competitor, Hasbro. With the massive success of the Transformers franchise alone – not to mention other properties such as G.I. Joe and Ouija – Hasbro has dominated in their efforts to bring toys to life as blockbusters. However, with the number of sequels Hasbro is churning out from the same properties, as well as the popularity of another toy-based franchise in The Lego Movie and its spin-offs, the time may be right for Mattel to see some major film success.

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Source: Deadline



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2018-09-06 04:09:40 – Andy Boettcher

Sunny Leone LAUNCHES her pop up stores for her cosmetics range and here are the details


Sunny Leone LAUNCHES her pop up stores for her cosmetics range and here are the details

Besides acting, it is a known fact that Sunny Leone also pays full attention to her entrepreneurial ventures. The actress, who has already launched her line of cosmetics under the name StarStruck online, is now all set for giving you a tangible experience of the same. She is planning to come up with pop up stores of her makeup range owing to the popularity of the brand.

Sunny Leone LAUNCHES her pop up stores for her cosmetics range and here are the details

Speaking about the success of StarStruck products online, Sunny Leone mentioned that after it has done well online, now she decided to take the route where people can see, experience and then purchase her products. The actress described it as a desire to create a splash with her brand by taking it a step ahead. Sunny is planning on launching pop up stores, a one stop shop for her entire cosmetic range across cities, starting this weekend. In fact, a launch of her first pop up store is said to be planned on August 24 at a mall in Ghatkopar in central Mumbai.

Elaborating on the details of her store, Sunny stated that a large booth will be placed which will have all the products from her cosmetics range. It will be placed in one of the clothing stores in the mall for a week.

Besides this, the actress will also be meeting 50 winners through the contest that will be a part of this week long activity. Sunny also mentioned about the same in recent reports further suggesting that she will not only be interacting and meeting them but also will be distributing goodies to them.

Furthermore, Sunny also revealed that this has been the brainchild of her and her husband Daniel Weber. She confessed that they have been working on creating this brand for the past two years and also expressed her happiness over the positive response she has received for it by far.

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DC Universe Launches Streaming News Show, Kevin Smith Hosting Premiere



Warner Bros. has announced a dedicated DC-focused news show, DC Daily, to be released on the DC Universe streaming service. Select segments will also be made available on social media platforms, and the first episode will live stream on August 29, hosted by Kevin Smith.

The DC Universe streaming service is due to launch in Fall 2018, and will feature a range of movies, TV shows, and even comic books. Compatible with Apple and Android devices, Roku, and Amazon Fire, DC Universe slots in alongside Netflix, Hulu, or any other digital steaming app. There’s a monthly price-tag of $7.99, although fans who pre-order a yearly membership before the service launches will get three months free.

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DC is taking this opportunity to launch a new daily news show dedicated to their offerings, DC Daily. The premiere will be at 4:30pm PST on August 29, hosted by Kevin Smith and with “surprise guests.” It can be watched on Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube, with future episodes streaming on DC Universe. According to Warner Bros., the regular format is set to include: Headlines – a run-down of daily news briefs – Reports – a single-topic segment that may feature an in-depth interview or deep dive into an upcoming book, film or series – and Talk – a panel discussion including in-depth analysis about today’s hottest topics and news, exclusively available on the DC Universe streaming service.

Although it’s likely the bulk of news will be focused around comics, given there are new comic book releases every week, the show’s set clearly references the movies as well; it includes visible nods to Tim Burton’s Batman and even Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The latter is all the more exciting, given it’s currently believed that DCEU movies won’t be available on the streaming service.

For DC, this news show may be the solution to a longstanding problem. The nascent DCEU suffered from major PR issues, with the studio struggling to establish a narrative and counter an incessant flurry of rumors and reports. That issue came to a head with the behind-the-scenes problems at Justice League, but since seems to have lessened; there’s been nothing but positive buzz for the next DCEU movies, AquamanShazam!, and Wonder Woman 1984. Still, a dedicated news program will definitely help; it will give the studio the ability to shape fan perception in an unprecedented manner, with a constant drip-feed of information and even a few exclusives. One wonders how long it’ll be before Marvel Studios tries something similar.

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