Disney Might Soon Own Hulu As Comcast Considers Selling Its Share

Disney might soon own Hulu too as Comcast considers selling its stake in the streaming service to the Mouse House. The business of subscription streaming services seems to shift and change with every passing day as of late. At present, there’s no denying that even this early on into the growing market, it’s becoming apparent who some of the biggest players are going to be.

Though Netflix has long been the go-to favorite for many customers, even the stability they’ve acquired in the years since shifting from a mail order DVD format to streaming directly into customer’s homes now seems vulnerable. Some of this is due in part to the fact that several of Netflix’s most popular licensed titles are increasingly looking as though they may be subject to removal, but the ever-expanding growth of Disney as well as the upcoming launch of their streaming service Disney+ is looking as though it will have considerable weight behind it. Most recently, Disney has acquired Fox assets and found itself a majority stakeholder in Hulu after AT&T WarnerMedia decided to pull the plug on their time with the company.

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After gaining such an advantageous position with Hulu, Disney is now reportedly looking to go the full distance and acquire complete ownership over the service. According to Variety, Comcast – who currently own 30 percent of Hulu through NBCUniversal – are in talks with Disney about the possibility of reaching a deal. As of this writing, the involved parties are being quite tight-lipped with regard to further information on when or even if this deal will be made.

What is known about Disney, Comcast and Hulu, however, is that Disney would like very much to gain full ownership over the service, though Comcast officials seem to be downplaying the immediate possibility of that occurring. Anonymous sources have said that Comcast is still in the process of “weighing out the pros and cons” of such a deal, while NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke recently told Variety that Disney wants to buy out Comcast, but maintained he doesn’t see a deal happening in the near term. For its part, Disney is already looking at expanding Hulu on an international level – the service is currently only available in the US and Japan – something that should happen in the near future if Hulu hopes to make up for its ongoing losses in profit. Disney has already earmarked 2023 or 2024 as the point in time when Hulu is expected to achieve profitability, as the service has spent the last two years losing profits in a continued attempt to build up its programming and technology.

At this point, it’s hard to imagine Disney not succeeding in acquiring Hulu. With its majority share in the service, Disney hasn’t gotten to where it currently is by not taking action when the odds favor them. If a deal does go through, it will mark another chapter in the growing Disney saga, create more competition in the streaming market and secure the Mouse House as one of the single most dominant forces in global entertainment. But will the future of streaming be Disney? That’s a question that can only be answered when Disney+ arrives later this fall.

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Source: Variety

2019-04-25 02:04:53

Mike Jones

MBTI® Of Selling Sunset Characters

If you want a show that is basically Mean Girls meets Million Dollar Listing, look no further. Selling Sunset is pretty much the perfect reality TV show because of its thoughtful combo of endless drama and breathtaking scenery that will make you want to hop on a plane and move to LA for good. Unlike reality shows such as Keeping Up With The Kardashians, these ladies don’t just sit around eating giant bowls of salad while discussing their butt injections. Every woman on Selling Sunset is constantly seen working as hard as possible to sell the most luxurious houses in Los Angeles.

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The cast members on this eight-episode Netflix series are what make the entire show, so why not have some fun analyzing their personalities with the Myers-Briggs® Type Index?

10 Mary-INFP

Mary describes herself as being “airy and light” in contrast to Christine’s “gothic black” persona. She even says when they get their nails done she gets the bubbly/innocent colors while Christine goes straight for the dark look. Mary is kind, soft-spoken, and tries her best to be the mediator of the group when it comes to the drama that unfolds amongst the members of The Oppenheim Group. Although the thought of disagreeing with anything Christine says is pretty scary to us, Mary has enough individuality to stay level-headed and form her own opinions. She isn’t a fan of drama, often staying quiet during the fights that break out in the office unless she is attempting to calm the storm.  Her strong empathy skills as an INFP help her see Christine as a complex individual rather than just your average mean girl.

9 Romain-ISTP

Romain is your typical “manly man”, and he really wants you to know it! On the whole, he is sweet and thoughtful with the best intentions. It is clear that he is really in love with Mary, yet his communication skills aren’t always as strong as they could be (and not just because of the language barrier between them)!

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He seems to believe in “traditional masculinity” and “traditional femininity” as we can see during the wedding planning scenes when he considers all of the planning to be “girl stuff not guy stuff”. Hopefully, he will be able to swallow his pride and help his future wife out.

8 Christine-ESTJ

Christine, (aka the Regina George on steroids of the group), is an ESTJ through and through. She tends to think out loud and makes it clear that she will say whatever is on her mind. She strongly dislikes people who get emotional, often seeing it as a weakness and a waste of time rather than a sign of emotional intelligence. She is the Queen Bee and she wants you to know it! Christine does have a soft side to her or “the teddy bear side” as the ladies put it, yet she will only offer the teddy bear persona to people who she can really trust. Christine’s ideal world is one where everyone is completely honest, even if that honesty stings. If she feels as though someone isn’t expressing their truth or is being inauthentic, she will POUNCE. This is most evident in the final scene of the first season when she takes her claws out at Chrishell for being what she considers to be “fake.”

(Christine takes so much pride in her bluntness that she proudly announces how the only thing “fake” about her is her boobs).

7 Heather-ENFP

Heather is basically seen as the “Karen Smith” of the office. People sometimes mistake her as the ditzy one, despite the fact that this is far from true. Unlike the other women at the office, Heather is future-oriented rather than stuck in the present. She fantasizing about an ideal world where everyone in the office can bake a cake made out of rainbows and smiles and they can all eat and be happy. Heather seems to be the most hopeful of all the ladies for a brighter future with less drama and more maturity. Dream on, Heather!

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As much as we truly admire her “what if the world was a more peaceful place” outlook, it’s clear the drama will never stop with this group of ladies. Even when they’re old and gray in the most luxurious nursing home of all time with a giant indoor pool, they will still be finding ways to cause drama. (Maybe it will be over who stole the luxury-cafeteria applesauce).

6 Chrishell-ESFJ

Chrishell is the Cady Heron of the group in every way. This is because people can’t seem to pronounce her name properly and she’s the new girl with a humble background about to dive into a group of mean girls. Christine describes Chrishell as a kiss up when she comes to the office for the first time bearing gifts. Her giving nature and eagerness to please is a common trait in ESFJs. Although the women *cough chough Christine* haze her at the beginning, Chrishell is pretty much able to take it all like a champ. She’s a natural when it comes to socializing within the group, something ESFJs are able to do best. Her animated and smiley aura may come off to people like Christine as fake, but that is just how most ESFJs are. They are naturally warm and expressive people.

5 Maya-ISTP

Maya is the badass Israeli chick in the office. She easily gets along with everyone because of how cool calm and collected she is. Maya doesn’t wear her emotions on her sleeve, choosing to lead by logic rather than her feelings towards unfolding events.

She thinks about what she has to say before saying it and only speaks when she has something valuable to add to the conversation. She is upfront for the sake of authenticity and honesty rather than for the sake of stirring up drama. This can be seen when she tells Mary that people in the office are talking about her relationship with Romain behind her back.

4 Jacob-INTJ

Jacob is Christine’s longtime friend. The two have known each other since High School and they bond over the fact that they have come so far since those days. Jacob works as a successful businessman in a tech-related industry, yet despite his techy nature, he is still able to get romantic when it comes to his love life. He even goes so far as to send Christine flowers! The two decide to just remain friends in the end because of the lack of chemistry.

3 Davina-ESTJ

Davina is the Gretchen Weiners of The Oppenheim Group because she tries so hard to stir up drama. Davina is similar to Christine in the sense that she is extremely upfront, sometimes to a fault. She has pretty much had it out for Chrishell since the beginning, basically telling her “I don’t think you’re two-faced, but definitely you’re two-faced.” She is pretty much the most unbearable person in the group and this is made even more apparent when she goes to a Burning Man concert instead of attending the charity event for the homeless that the other women help out at.

2 Brett-INTJ

Brett Oppenheim is the co-founder of The Oppenheim Group, as well as the senior vice president. He is business-minded, yet knows how to tone it down and be friendly when appropriate. Sometimes he can be pretty strict but he’s really just looking for these women to grow into the best real estate agents they can possibly be.

1 Jason-ENTJ

Jason is Brett’s twin brother and is also the co-founder of The Oppenheim Group. He is also quite strict, yet he is able to relate to the women on a personal level when he needs to. He even dated Mary for a year! Jason isn’t afraid to say exactly what’s on his mind, which is a good trait to have as a boss and a leader of such an elite group.

Who are your favorite cast members on Selling Sunset? Let us know in the comments!

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2019-04-07 01:04:31

Simone Torn

Super Mario Odyssey is the Best-Selling 3D Mario Game in 23 Years

Super Mario Odyssey has just become the best-selling 3D Mario game in 23 years, which speaks not only to the success of the game, but also to the continued success of the Nintendo Switch. The game is one of the most important titles on the Switch, and is still going strong well over a year after its release in September of 2017.

Super Mario Odyssey is the first main entry in the Mario series to be released for the Nintendo Switch. The open world platformer allows Mario to explore several massive worlds. This time around, Mario is paired with Cappy, a character who takes the shape of Mario’s red hat and can be used to take control of various Mario enemies and objects, including Goombas, Chain Chomps, and Bullet Bills. The game became an instant hit and was showered with praise from critics and fans alike.

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Nintendo has released its hardware and software figures for 2018. The data reveals that by the end of 2018, Super Mario Odyssey had sold an impressive 13.76 million copies, making it the second best-selling Switch title behind Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at 15.02 million copies. What stands out about these numbers is how Super Mario Odyssey stacks up against past Mario titles. Odyssey has now topped Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii, which sold 12.76 million copies, as well the first 3D Mario game, 1996’s Super Mario 64, which sold 11.94 million copies. This makes Odyssey the best-selling Mario game in the last 30 years, thus behind Super Mario Bros. 3. Super Mario Bros. 3 came out in 1988 for the NES and has sold 17.28 million copies.

The Nintendo Switch game has been posting impressive sales numbers ever since its release. After just three days, Odyssey had already sold over two million copies, and managed to reach nine million within four months. It’s also worth mentioning how well it’s fared against multiplatform games. Super Mario Odyssey outsold Stars Wars: Battlefront 2, which is available for all consoles, whereas Odyssey is a Nintendo Switch exclusive.

Ultimately, 2018 has proven to be a profitable year for Nintendo, and Super Mario Odyssey is only a part of it. According to its sales figures, the Switch’s biggest title of the year, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate quickly sold 12 million copies, even though it just launched in December. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have all contributed in making the Nintendo Switch the fastest-selling console of this generation.

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2019-01-31 01:01:07

Crazy Rich Asians Is Highest-Grossing Rom-Com This Decade (So Far)

Wildly successful romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians looks to be leader of the pack in box office receipts for the decade. It’s been roughly two months in theaters since its mid-August release, and the runaway hit adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book has handily outsold every other rom-com in the 2010s, and yet remains in theaters at time of this writing.

Crazy Rich Asians broke early ticket sales records from its premiere, dominating the box office for three straight weekends with no signs of slowing down. The film stars Constance Wu ( Fresh Off the Boat ) in the leading role, alongside veteran Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Star Trek: Discovery) and rising star Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8), among others. Directed by filmmaker Jon M. Chu, Crazy Rich Asians’ immediate success followed positive early buzz, making its opening weekend the biggest rom-com opening since 2015’s Trainwreck.

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That early attention simply did not waver, and the film has seen eight solid weekends of consistent sales thus far, placing in top 10 tickets sold in the first weekend of October. That momentum has seemingly secured its legacy, and, according to Box Office Mojo (via Screen Crush), Crazy Rich Asians as the sixth-highest grossing romantic-comedy of all-time at the domestic box office, with over $169 million in sales, which also makes it the highest grossing rom-com of the decade.

This news makes reports of the imminent sequel, which arrived a mere week after opening weekend, seem particularly wise on the part of Warner Bros. Titled China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel is based on the follow-up novel of the same name, and will push the story presented in the original forward. Limited information about the sequel is available at present – and there’s considerable speculation as to plot details when weighing the changes made in the Crazy Rich Asians adaptation – but the director and writers are expected to return.

Aside from its profitable reign in theaters, Crazy Rich Asians was notable as the first Hollywood studio film with primarily Asian-American leads since 1993’s award-winning The Joy Luck Club. News of the sequel aside, this distinction may have spearheaded a new trend, and Warner Bros./New Line’s recently-acquired Singles Day may represent increased trust being placed in Asian-American actors and actresses to draw audiences to theaters.

For now, Crazy Rich Asians continues its run in theaters across the country, and a mere $7 million more will see it crack the top five romantic comedies and outsell 1998’s There’s Something About Mary.

Update: Corrected the filmography of Constance Wu.

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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2018-10-10 06:10:50 – Leo Faierman

Godzilla Vs Kong Movie Casts Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry

Brian Tyree Henry is set to join the cast of Godzilla Vs Kong. Legendary is getting into the cinematic universe game with the MonsterVerse and are building towards their big crossover in style. Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla launched the universe in 2014 and was followed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ ’70s-set Kong: Skull Island. They’ve now established the two monsters, but are giving Godzilla a sequel next year to further set up their upcoming confrontation. That will happen in the appropriately titled Godzilla Vs Kong, directed by Adam Wingard.

The crossover movie has been getting itself into position to start filming, which was previously reported to start at the beginning of this month. There’s so far been no indication that this has actually happened and it would be difficult to do so without the entire cast set. The biggest star so far is Millie Bobby Brown reprising her role from Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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Variety now reports that Emmy-nominated Atlanta actor Brian Tyree Henry is joining the cast of Godzilla Vs Kong. There’s no details about who he will be playing, only that it is described as a “significant” role. This could make him either a hero or a villain in the larger story, both of which Henry’s shown the ability to succeed in.

Henry is best known and recognized for his work in FX’s Donald Glover comedy/drama, and has only continued to line up future projects. He was already seen this year in smaller roles in Hotel Artemis and White Boy Rick, but has three more movies coming out by the end of the year. Supporting roles in Widow and If Beale Street Could Talk have already put him on the receiving end of great critical praise, while he’s also providing the voice of Miles Morales’ dad in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. He still has a third season of Atlanta, Amy Adams’ drama The Woman in the Window, Melissa McCarthy’s comedy Superintelligence, and the Child’s Play reboot in his future as well. Now that we can add Godzilla Vs Kong to his upcoming filmography, Henry will continue be someone audiences become very familiar with.

The cast of Godzilla Vs Kong extends beyond just Henry and Brown, though. The movie also brought Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Deadpool 2 star Julian Dennison on board earlier this year. There were even rumors that Black Panther‘s Danai Gurira was being eyed for a major role in the movie, but that has yet to be confirmed. Even if that doesn’t pan out, the movie is off to a great start with its casting. None of the stars may be certifiable box office draws just yet, but that’s why a battle between Godzilla and King Kong is at the center of the film. And, who knows, by the time Godzilla Vs Kong arrives in theaters, the constant exposure Henry is getting could make him a major selling point.

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2018-10-10 05:10:45 – Cooper Hood

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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

Monster Hunter: Milla Jovovich Posts First Image From Movie Set

Milla Jovovich shares the first look at the Monster Hunter movie as production begins. Capcom launched the first installment of the Monster Hunter video game franchise in 2004, and it’s grown immensely ever since. Earlier this year, latest installment Monster Hunter World became the studio’s best-selling game ever. This excitement for the franchise in video game form comes at the perfect time, as a live-action movie adaptation is in the works.

Jovovich first broke out via 1997’s The Fifth Element, and just five years later would find herself leading an action franchise of her own. She’s no stranger to adapting video games to cinemas, after playing the lead role of Alice in six Resident Evil movies, with the franchise concluding in 2016. Now, she’s set to star in another video game adaptation with Monster Hunter, and she’s sharing her excitement as the project takes a major step forward.

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The Monster Hunter star posted on Instagram the first look at the movie, kind of. Jovovich shared an image of her in the makeup trailer on the set. She confirmed that production is now underway, and offered up the first tease of her character Artemis, reportedly the leader of a U.N. military team.

Fans of the video game series may have wished a first look image would possibly show off some of the monsters Jovovich and company will be hunting, but this tease of her character will have to do. She clearly hasn’t been taking it easy either. Based on the dirt and blood that covers most of Jovovich, her character may have recently been on the hunt for a monster or two. Of course, those monsters will surely be created through CGI, and since production is just now beginning, any such looks likely are not ready.

To bring Monster Hunter to the big screen, Jovovich is reuniting with her Resident Evil director (and husband) Paul W.S. Anderson. The quality of their collaborations can be debated, but they’ve at least shown the ability to make mid-tier action movies based on a video game property that can make a lot of money at the box office. Jovovich won’t be the only one hunting these monsters though, as Ron Perlman and T.I. Harris previously joined the cast. Other additions include Diego Boneta and Tony Jaa, with more casting announcements still possibly coming. After all, filming just began on Monster Hunter in Cape Town, South Africa, so more updates could be on the way, whether officially or through posts by its star.

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2018-10-07 06:10:28 – Cooper Hood

Spider-Man is PlayStation’s Fastest-Selling Game Ever

After being out for almost two weeks, Marvel’s Spider-Man is setting records by becoming PlayStation’s fastest-selling game ever. This newest Spider-Man title is by no means the first Spidey video game, but it’s the only one that has been released exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

Spider-Man and Peter Parker were created in 1962 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, first appearing in Amazing Fantasy #15. The famous web-slinger then made his first video game appearance twenty years later in 1982, with a game simply called Spider-Man. The game was not only the first ever Spider-Man game, but the first video game to feature a Marvel character. While that game was released on the Atari 2600, there have been several other Spider-Man video games on other consoles since, like Gameboy, Wii, Xbox, and PlayStation. Spider-Man games over the years have had varied success rates, but critics have given Spider-Man PS4 good reviews, praising both the story and graphics of Insomniac Games’ newest title. Now, Spider-Man has reached another milestone.

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According to PlayStation’s official Twitter account, Spider-Man has quickly become PlayStation’s fastest-selling game ever. As revealed in the Tweet, Insomniac’s new game sold 3.3 million copies in the first three days of its release. As mentioned above, the video game has only been out a few weeks, which means there are still opportunities for Marvel’s Spider-Man to smash even more records.

While series like Uncharted and God of War have previously been heavy hitters for PlayStation, Spider-Man allows gamers to live out their dreams of swinging through New York as the famous Marvel hero. With an open-world set up, Spider-Man will keep gamers busy for hours on end, giving them different missions to complete. Not only can gamers complete the regular missions in the game, but they can also find a number of Spider-Man related easter eggs, play around with the game’s extensive photo mode, and even unlock multiple different Spidey suits.

The game has a lot for players to accomplish, and with the success of this title, fans can expect Insomniac Games to create another Spider-Man installment. Also, given Spider-Man’s post-credit scene, it seems as if developers are already thinking ahead about a possible sequel. It’s also worth mentioning that the Creative Director at Insomniac Games has already teased that the next game will revolve around Spider-Man’s black Symbiote suit. While thinking about future Spider-Man games is no doubt exciting, fans will just have to keep playing the Spider-Man game that recently hit store shelves for a while longer.

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2018-09-20 09:09:59 – Christopher Fiduccia