Disney Can’t Use Daredevil, Punisher & The Defenders For A Few Years

Looks like fans are going to be waiting longer than they’d hoped for the live-action return of characters from the crop of canceled Marvel Netflix shows, such as Daredevil and The Punisher. It turns out that Disney won’t have access to them for quite some time. Previous reports indicated that the Marvel/Netflix deal precluded Disney from using the characters until 2020, but apparently viewers shouldn’t expect that year to yield the return of any member of The Defenders.

In an unprecedented move, Netflix and Marvel struck a deal in 2013 in which the steaming service would be developing live-action series for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. These four standalone shows would eventually culminate in a limited crossover event titled, The Defenders. Praised by critics and embraced by fans – to varying degrees, depending on the series – these shows continued even after the heroes’ initial team-up, with The Punisher spinning out of Daredevil. When Netflix canceled Iron Fist after season 2 last October, fans didn’t think too much of it. Although the show’s sophomore outing was a large improvement, it was still the weakest of the bunch. However, the critically acclaimed Luke Cage got the axe a week later. This led to speculation that there was a Heroes for Hire project in the works, but those hopes were quashed with the cancellation of flagship series Daredevil the next month. At that point, there was little doubt as to the fate of Jessica Jones and The Punisher. Netflix announced the end of both shows in February, although the former will still air its season 3.

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Now, IndieWire reports that Disney is unable to use the characters until two years have passed since the cancellation of their Netflix shows. What this actually means, though, is that the company is unable to even attempt developing new content featuring any of these heroes until that time. So, if Disney does choose to reboot or revive them, it’s going to take a lot longer than fans had hoped. The Mouse House isn’t allowed to begin work on any of those potential projects until the two year mark has passed.

It’s unclear how exactly the relationship between Marvel and Netflix soured, although many believe that it has something to do with the imminent launch of Disney’s own streaming service, Disney+. Although, the steady decline in viewership of the Marvel shows was likely a factor as well. With the Netflix corner of the MCU going dark, there was hope that the fan favorite heroes could eventually be resurrected in some form for Disney+. After all, the platform will be airing TV series centering on several Marvel characters. Vision and Scarlet Witch are starring in WandaVision, while the Falcon and the Winter Soldier are also teaming up for their own show. Loki will be getting the small screen treatment as well. If Disney chooses not to use the characters, Hulu has even thrown their hat in the ring, expressing interest in reviving the titles, which seems like a long shot.

While not every Marvel Netflix show was a bona fide success, the cancellation of Daredevil was particularly shocking after such a stellar season 3. It seems unlikely that Marvel would bench such a beloved character any longer than they have to. Thanks to the long wait until Disney once again has access, it’s probable that any Defenders who eventually return to the fold will be recast. However, certain performances are going to be near impossible to top. Either way, it would seem as though these heroes are in dire need of some rescuing.

Next: Every Single Original TV Show & Movie Coming To Disney+

Source: IndieWire

2019-04-25 03:04:49

Jamie Gerber

The Original Game Boy is 30 Years Old Today

Easter falls on April 21st in 2019, which means that the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is going to overshadow the 30th anniversary of the birth of the savior of Nintendo – the Game Boy.

Nintendo’s first major success as a video game company was with their line of Game & Watch consoles, but they could only play whatever games were tied to the system. The same team that worked on the Game & Watch systems would go on to make the Game Boy, which was a portable system that could switch games and could connect to other Game Boys using a link cable for multiplayer action. The Game Boy would go on to be a huge hit for Nintendo and it’s still the third best-selling video game console of all time, with over 115 million units sold. The only Nintendo system to sell more units than the Game Boy is the Nintendo DS.

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The Nintendo Game Boy was first released in Japan on April 21, 1989, which makes today the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the system. The Game Boy helped to inspire the creation of Nintendo’s line-up of portable systems and its legacy in the video game industry cannot be understated. The portable gaming market owes a great deal to the risks that Nintendo took with the Game Boy and how it became a success despite the fact that it had inferior hardware than its competitors.

The most important games to the Game Boy’s legacy are Tetris and Pokémon Red & Blue. Tetris was bundled with a lot of Game Boys and it was considered to be the killer app of the system for many years, which helped Tetris to become the best-selling video game of all time. The Pokémon franchise was born on the Game Boy and it used the system’s portability and link cable functionality to amazing effect, which helped Pokémon to become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. Pokémon is dear to the hearts of many people and it would never have found its audience without the Game Boy.

The Game Boy helped to inspire Nintendo’s portable systems going forward (including the Nintendo Switch), but the legacy of the system might not be over just yet. Nintendo had a lot of success with their line of retro consoles and the Game Boy seems like a natural fit for a portable mini system. A Game Boy Classic system featuring the likes of Pokémon Red & Blue, Super Mario Land, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has a lot of potential for success and could help to cement the legacy of the system in the minds of a new generation of gamers, as well as allowing those who grew up with the Game Boy to see the world in shades of green and yellow once more.

More: 16 Game Boy Games We Remember Playing… But Can’t Remember The Names Of

2019-04-21 09:04:46

Scott Baird

Thor: Ragnarok Accidentally Made HULK Thousands of Years Old

After being beaten by Thanos in Infinity War, the Hulk will get his chance at a rematch come Avengers: Endgame. But what if Hulk’s defeat isn’t due to Thanos being stronger, or more experienced… but because Marvel quietly aged Hulk thousands of years without fans noticing?

Whatever the reason for his defeat, nobody was more surprised then Hulk himself. After making a heroic return in Thor: Ragnarok, Hulk’s loss has launched Bruce Banner on a brand new path, now that his green alter ego isn’t coming out to play. Since there are hints that Hulk IS part of the Endgame mission, that’s going to change. But if he’s really as ancient and immortal as the MCU has apparently made him, it may actually be wisdom and experience that give Hulk an advantage over Thanos. Hulk’s body may be failing after millennia spent fighting, but Bruce Banner’s mind is still smart as a whip.

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As hard as it may be to believe, we’re willing to bet that fans will fully accept Hulk being immortal, let alone thousands of years older than the Avengers if it means merging into Professor Hulk (uniting the best of both Banner and Hulk). And if the heroes manage to defeat Thanos, then Hulk will get over his failing strength in time. But if fans are wondering where our assumption comes from of Hulk’s true biological age, the mystery isn’t difficult to solve. Fans just weren’t looking for it.

The absence of Hulk from the MCU is thankfully now a distant memory, even if the movies haven’t actually dealt with the reason he abandoned his team at the end of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While Bruce Banner would have had reasons to run away from his guilt over creating Ultron, it was actually Hulk who set a Quinjet on cruise, and sat back to enjoy the stars. And it was Hulk who was still in control when Thor discovered him on the planet Sakaar in Ragnarok. It was eventually explained that Hulk’s Quinjet had indeed entered space, gotten sucked into a wormhole, and spit out on Sakaar.

While Thor was seen as a piece of trash, a being like Hulk caught the eye of The Grandmaster, and soon became his champion of the gladiator arena. There he fought until Thor showed up, woke Banner up to reclaim control, and realized the good doctor had no memory of the two years that had passed since Age of Ultron‘s final scene. Well… two years on Earth.

But Thor: Ragnarok makes a point of showing how time passes “differently” on Sakaar when Thor and Loki wind up stranded on the planet after falling through wormholes of their own. That’s thanks to Hela managing to tail them through the spatial bridge formed by Bifrost–tossing each of them free from its beam and into wild space. For Thor, his travel to Sakaar is instantaneous. But when he meets Loki, it’s revealed that while the God of Mischief left Bifrost just moments earlier, he arrived on Sakaar “weeks” before Thor. When you do the math, that difference means BIG things for Hulk’s own time spent on the cosmic junkyard planet.

Doing the exact math, Loki departs the Bifrost to be gathered up by a wormhole and spat out onto Sakaar exactly 11 seconds before Thor, resulting in “weeks” of difference. If we assume a minimum definition of “weeks” as just 15 days, that means one second of time outside of Sakaar (be it on Earth, in space, or any other parallel plane) equates to 117,818 seconds on Sakaar–or 1.36 days. That might not seem like an outrageous case of relativity, but taking into account the full two years Hulk was missing, that means 235,000 years passed on Sakaar while the Avengers were living through just two. If Loki was referring to a stay closer to say, 22 days, one second would equal two days in Sakaar… that’s 345,000 years.

The movie makes a point of confirming the warping of time on Sakaar when The Grandmaster states that “Time works a little different around these parts. On any other world, I’d be like, millions of years old.” That age certainly fits with our own calculations, and wouldn’t actually have to refer to biological time at all. In the modern Marvel Comics, The Grandmaster and the Hulk are BOTH immortal. Bruce Banner wouldn’t know the difference locked away inside Hulk’s mind, but Hulk’s immortal hair turning to grey proves even his power has limits.

There is obviously wiggle room in the physics at work here: how does time pass differently through different wormholes, would Hulk’s mass alter that relativity, and when exactly did he leave Earth’s orbit? But no matter what, it’s a question of tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years Hulk spent on Sakaar. Will all that experience be used for what comes next in Avengers: Endgame? Did Hulk actually learn anything useful along the way? And will the Avengers ever actually learn that Hulk is now a more ancient warrior than any they’ve fought thus far? Only time (and Avengers: Endgame) will tell.

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2019-04-19 06:04:14

Andrew Dyce

Lori Loughlin May Face 40 Years Jail Time After Additional Charges Filed

Lori Loughlin received a second charge today for money laundering, which is to be included with her previous charge of conspiring to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. On March 12th of this year, Loughlin and Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman were among a group of individuals charged in a $25 million college admissions scheme. The scam had involved 50 people nationwide who participated in paying large sums of money to Ivy League schools in order to boost their children’s chances of admission.

Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, reportedly paid half a million dollars to USC in order for their daughters to attend the institution. Organizers were paid to ensure admissions through doctored photos that showcased non-existent athletic abilities, while others were paid to take standardized tests for their children as well as test administrators being bribed to allow it. The original charges found Loughlin, Huffman, and others involved in the scam facing a potential maximum sentence of five years in prison.

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Unfortunately, the tides have turned as Loughlin is now looking at upwards of 40 years in prison. A second charge was filed for the parents who did not enter guilty pleas, accusing them of money laundering. The parents are charged in conspiring with scam mastermind William “Rick” Singer, who had received about $25 million from the parents involved between 2011 and today. According to USA Today, the second indictment charged the defendants with “conspiring to launder bribes, and other payments in connection with the fraud, by funneling them through Singer’s purported charity and his for-profit corporation [along with] transferring money into the United States, from outside the country, for the purpose of promoting the fraud scheme.” A federal grand jury placed both charges at 20 years in prison plus fines.

This shocking scandal made the news only a few months after Fuller House was renewed for its fifth and final season. Loughlin, a long-time cast member of the 80s/90s family sitcom Full House and its 2016 Netflix reboot, will not be returning to her signature roll as Aunt Becky. The Hallmark channel joined arms with Netflix in firing the actress, where she’s become a staple at the network in their Christmas TV movies and their series When Calls the Heart. Despite her no longer appearing in Fuller House’s upcoming season, a majority of her cast-mates are standing by her side through the process, especially co-star Candace Cameron-Bure.

This news shines a spotlight on one of the many ways that the wealthy are able to play the system, especially the education system in this regard. Although it’s a terrible experience, there’s a lot for Loughlin to learn from this. One of the most important things is that the education system is a difficult one for a lot of people, not just her daughters. Hopefully, this is a lesson that other wealthy individuals that may be thinking of doing the same thing can learn from as well. If your child is unable to get into an Ivy League school on their own, perhaps they should be looking somewhere else.

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Source: USA Today

2019-04-09 02:04:44

Hannah Hoolihan

Clueless Cast Partially Reunites 24 Years Later at C2E2 Convention

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo was witness to a mini Clueless reunion this weekend. Like most of the bigger conventions in the entertainment world, C2E2 brings together a variety of guests from the comic, gaming, and movie industries to host panels and interact with fans. Among these year’s panels was one that appealed to 1990s nostalgia: Clueless.

Amy Heckerling’s now classic coming-of-age comedy Clueless followed Cher (Alicia Silverstone), a “Valley Girl type” at the top of the social pyramid, who along with her best friend Dione (Stacey Dash) gives the new girl at school, Tai (Brittany Murphy), a full makeover. What Cher wasn’t counting on was that this good deed was going to bring some changes to her social and personal lives. Although the film was followed by a spinoff TV series, fans haven’t had the chance to see part of the original cast together since – until now.

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Four Clueless cast members took part in a reunion panel at C2E2 this weekend: Alicia Silverstone, Breckin Meyer (Travis, the stoner, skater guy), Donald Faison (Murray, Dionne’s boyfriend), and Paul Rudd (Josh, Cher’s former stepbrother). Clueless fans that weren’t able to attend the convention won’t have to worry, as Faison immortalized the reunion with a photo on his Instagram account.

Out of these cast-members, only Faison appeared in the TV series, also titled Clueless, reprising his role as Murray. Silverstone was replaced with Rachel Blanchard, Rudd with David Lascher (although the character of Josh only appeared in the first three seasons), and Meyer’s character was cut out of the series. However, both Rudd and Meyer guest appeared in one episode each: Rudd as a character named Sonny, and Meyer as Harrison.

Two decades have passed and they’ve all stayed active in the entertainment business. Alicia Silverstone has appeared in a number of films, including Batman & Robin, The Art of Getting By, and most recently the horror film The Lodge. Breckin Meyer has appeared in films like Garfield: The Movie and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, but has mostly stuck with voice work, much of it for Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken.

Donald Faison’s post-Clueless credits include Remember the Titans, Uptown Girls, and the comedy-drama series Scrubs. He’s currently part of the voice cast of Star Wars Resistance. As for Paul Rudd, he’s appeared in numerous comedies such as I Love You, Man and This Is The End, and is currently part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man. It’s always a good feeling seeing part of the cast of one of one’s favorite films reunited, even if briefly. With a Clueless remake now in development, it’s unclear if any of the original cast members will return (either as part of the cast or as a fun cameo), but until then, fans can rejoice with seeing Cher, Travis, Murray, and Josh together again, 24 years later.

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Source: Donald Faison/Instagram

2019-03-24 11:03:42

Adrienne Tyler

The Wonder Years: Kevin Arnold’s 10 Best Relationships

From 1988 to 1993, ABC aired 113 episodes of The Wonder Years, a coming of age story about a boy named Kevin Arnold. The show took place in 1968 and pulled at the strings of nostalgia for a viewing audience that grew up at the same time. Over the course of its six seasons, the audience saw Kevin grow up and deal with issues ranging from problems between his parents and bullies at school, to larger scale stuff like the politics of the era and the ramifications surrounding the Vietnam War.

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But the A-Number-One concern of young Kevin Arnold almost always revolved around the opposite sex, and as a result, he went through a lot of relationships/crushes/kisses and heartbreak. Here are the ten best relationships – real or desired – of Kevin Arnold’s youth.

10 Denise Lavelle (Amy Hathaway)

Denise “the Grease” Lavelle appeared during the show’s fifth season and represented something different – the unobtainable dream girl with whom Kevin rooted against his own success. Though she took a shine to Calvin/Kevin, he spends most of their time together trying to push for her reconciliation with Frank the Stank.

Though he looks at Denise with desire, the end voiceover shows that he truly did want love to win out here as he hopes news of her eventual divorce is untrue, this having been an example of his own romantic maturation.

9 Margaret Farquhar (Lindsay Fisher)

In what could have been a friendship or maybe even more, Kevin Arnold again shows us just how flawed (and real?) a character he could be. After being paired up to square dance with Margaret Farquhar, Kevin shows off the cruelty of adolescence and does everything he can think of to distance himself from ‘the weird girl’ in an attempt to save face.

Sure Margaret had three pigtails and talked too much, but she was also interesting and genuine, two traits largely absent most Junior High kids.

8 Madeline Adams (Julie Condra)

The ultimate temptress, Madeline Adams showed up at a time when Winnie and Kevin were trying to make the long-distance thing work all the way across town. New girl Madeline immediately shows interest in Kevin, and Winnie encourages him to be nice, as she, now going to Lincoln, knows how hard it is to be the new girl.

Kevin resists though, spurning Madeline’s advances for several episodes until Winnie dumps him for someone else. The rebound with Madeline is short-lived however as she utters the unthinkable line: “I never saw what the big deal about Winnie Cooper was anyway.” Her invalidation of Kevin’s life long crush is more than he can take and he abruptly ends things.

7 Mrs. White (Wendel Meldrum)

In season two, Kevin Arnold was hot for teacher, and while – for obvious reasons – this never materialized into anything real, it was a strong enough fantasy to leave a lasting impression on a 12-year-old boy and inspire him to do something he hated in an attempt to impress his crush, and that’s an important step for any adolescent.

6 Becky Slater (Crystal McKellar)

Becky Slater was Kevin’s first steady girlfriend and eventual nemesis. Kevin goes out with Becky just to make Winnie Cooper jealous and as a result of this despicable move, following their eventual breakup, Becky makes it her mission to punish Kevin. She continues to play adversary through the next couple of seasons and is an important reminder of past sins.

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5 Teri (Holly Sampson)

Kevin’s first summer fling came during his family vacation at the start of the third season. On the beach, he met an older girl named Teri, and for a couple of days they walked the beach and went to photo booths and did all the necessary montage activities for a teen romance of this kind.

And while it was fleeting, and Kevin seems happier about the proof the pictures provided of his summer conquest than anything else, it was still a nice pairing with no heartbreak at the end. She even wrote him once, and he still keeps the letter.

4 Linda Sloane (Maia Brewton)

Linda Sloane is arguably the best fit for Kevin of anyone on this list – both in height and personality – but she was cursed with a good sense of humor, a winning personality, and none of the glamor that instead drew Kevin to the vapid Susan Fisher.

He takes Linda, who clearly likes him to the dance, and while there, pines for Susan, resulting in the loss of both girls. Well, the only real loss here is Linda.

3 Sandy Tyler (Carla Gugino)

The only reason that Sandy Tyler doesn’t check in even higher here is that she is dating Wayne when she and Kevin fall for each other.

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This is truly one of the only girls on the show that seemed a really good fit for Kevin, though as we learned through her relationship with Wayne, her interest could have a shelf life. Sandy dumps the older Arnold boy in order to be with Kevin, but in a rare move of solidarity, he sticks by his brother’s side.

2 Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar)

Winnie Cooper, the girl next door, the love of his life, the #2 entry on the list. Wait- what? For those who haven’t revisited The Wonder Years recently, you probably have a more glowing memory of Winnie than you will upon rewatch.

While she is the ever-present object of Kevin’s desire for six seasons, she also at times leaves him for another guy, gets into a jealous fit about a waitress, and throws out mixed signals. All that said, these things just make her more real, and all the more heartbreaking when we learn in the finale that Kevin and Winnie do not end up together in the end.

1 Cara (Lisa Paige Robinson)

Here’s the one the Kevin really screwed up, and Cara knew better. Kevin and Cara meet at the drive-in while his family was vacationing at the Lake. While they only had a few days together, and Cara straight up tells him she shouldn’t trust the summer kids that come to town, she falls for Kevin anyway.

Their chemistry feels sincere, but when his family returns home, in typical Kevin-style, he turns his attention back to Winnie. Come Christmas, Cara sends him a card that he can’t be bothered to respond to. The following summer, frustrated with Winnie he returns to the lake to find Cara, but she’s wisely moved on. If only he’d sent her a Christmas card…

NEXT: Fred Savage Says ‘The Wonder Years’ Will Never Return, Ever

2019-03-22 05:03:32

Brian Kronner

All the Ways the South Park Theme Song Has Changed Over The Years

Currently on its twenty-second season in as many years, South Park is one of the longest-running and most cherished programs still airing on Comedy Central. Greenlit all the way back in 1997, the comedy was there since day one, but the theme song wasn’t.

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Opting to outsource the song’s development, creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker tapped funky rock icon Les Claypool of Primus fame to pen the notoriously-twangy jingle we all recognize today. Though the theme has gone relatively unchanged over the past twenty-odd years, there are a few weird ways in which it has evolved over the show’s 283 aired episodes.

10 Primus’s Theme Was Originally Rejected

As previously mentioned, singer and bassist Les Claypool lent his talents to South Park’s notorious theme song before the show first aired. However, the original track he recorded for Matt and Trey didn’t fly with the network, as they found the thirty-second clip to be too lengthy.

The intro was eventually re-worked to fit Comedy Central’s requirements, but the first draft managed to find its way into the show, and it can still be heard as the credits play during the outro of every episode. While it has captured the hearts of most South Park fans, there’s no denying that this instrumental section isn’t quite as catchy or memorable as the revised track.

9 Enter the Fourth Grade

Though the theme experienced a few minor changes throughout the first three seasons of the show, it would receive its first major revision with the release of the eleventh episode of the fourth season.

Aptly titled “Fourth Grade,” this intro kicks off with a literal boom as a suave new animation shows off all of the new features coming to South Park as the boys enter a new classroom. Coinciding with this change, the twangy, almost cheap-sounding guitars were replaced with a generic techno beat, though Claypool’s vocal cut remained the same. This intro ran for another season before it was replaced.

8 Halloween Special

Most South Park seasons feature at least one Halloween-themed episode. Much like The Simpsons’ time-honored Tree House of Horror mini-series, these episodes focus on all of the weird and paranormal happenings occurring in Colorado’s famously off-beat town. These intros usually replace most of the typical instrumentals with creepy, thematic sounds.

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Most notably, in the fourth episode of season seventeen titled “Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers,” most of the lyrics were re-worked and re-dubbed by the segment’s leading characters to more accurately fit the atmosphere of the episode. This restructuring was well-received by fans, and some have been hoping for overhauls like this to make their way into future installments of the show.

7 Rough Start

Those who’ve been watching the show since it first aired might know that the intro we’ve all come to love was fairly rudimentary when it first debuted. Though it’s now characterized by its fast-paced guitar work and use of various instruments, the original track was relatively bare-bones.

For starters, the bass was much more notable in the mix while the guitar work took a back seat. It was still saturated in Claypool’s notorious brand of strangeness, but it didn’t quite carry as much gravitas as it would later on in the show’s lifespan. The song’s evolution may be subtle, but hardcore South Park fans would probably be able to figure out an episode’s parent season simply by listening to the intro.

6 You Killed Kenny

Anyone even remotely familiar with South Park will be aware of the running gag which sees recurring character Kenny McCormick constantly meeting his end through some wild an unlikely means only to be unceremoniously resurrected in the following episode.

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However, while the beloved orange-clad kid usually plays a small role in the show’s opening theme song, most of the sixth season saw him replaced by Timmy Burch, a wheelchair-bound boy apparently only capable of saying his own name. This was due to the fact that, at that time, Kenny had seemingly been permanently removed from the show, and the writers needed to add a different character to the introductory cinematic to drive home the fact that he was gone.

5 Whamola

Once the techno-influenced theme introduced in the fourth season was dumped in favor of the original intro track, the show’s creators saw an opportunity to revamp a song that had been a staple of the production since the beginning. Instead of simply rehashing what they already had, another remix of the South Park theme was introduced by mixing the original with one of Les Claypool’s newer tracks beginning in season ten.

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Around that time, the band Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade had put out a single titled ‘Whamola,’ and the show’s creators infused samples of that song with the initial version to create a funkier, more involved remix of the tune fans already loved.

4 Welcome to South Park

It’s really difficult to make out, but Kenny’s lines in the intro actually change depending on the season. Most casual viewers typically assume that he’s either mumbling something totally incoherent, but his words are actually distinguishable if you listen closely. In keeping with South Park’s politically incorrect stature, every statement he’s ever made during the show’s intro has been incredibly vulgar and unfit for TV.

However, he’s never been censored due to the fact that he’s already difficult to make out. He hasn’t switched up his speech since season ten, and, while he’s often misquoted as saying “welcome to South Park” twice, he’s actually saying something that really wouldn’t fly on most networks.

3 A Song of A** and Fire

South Park has long been known for a propensity to parody American pop culture, and they’ve ridiculed everything from World of Warcraft to Walt Disney. Their long-winded, multi-episode take on George R. R. Martin’s famous A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels—the impetus behind the award-winning show Game of Thrones—was particularly memorable, and it even served as a basis for the subsequent release of the South Park: The Stick of Truth video game.

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This Westeros-themed series came accompanied by its own unique intro theme song, which had nothing at all to do with the show’s established theme. These episodes are among a very small few to do away with the classic intro entirely.

2 Chef’s Luvshack

While most of the early South Park video games opted to keep the show’s iconic intro, the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 title Chef’s Luvshack did away with the well-known opener and instead kicked things off with an entirely new song featuring Isaac Hayes’ character Chef.

The game is intended as a parody of game show culture and tests the players knowledge in a collection of raunchy and witty genres. In terms of gameplay, it’s fairly similar to something like You Don’t Know Jack, albeit with the show’s often off-color humor dialed up to eleven. It’s far from the most memorable South Park related game, but it’s now a neat piece of weird memorabilia for fans.

1 Fractured

Video games related to Comedy Central’s notoriously satirical show were usually thought to be a mixed back before Ubisoft stepped in and introduced two fantastic RPGs to the library in the form of 2014’s The Stick of Truth and 2017’s The Fractured But Whole. The show’s writers were clearly more involved with the development of these titles, their authentic humor shines as brightly as it would in a traditional episode.

However, one curious omission would be that of the classic South Park intro. Neither of the games kick off with the usual title card, instead opting to showcase intros of their own. It doesn’t damage either game’s overall quality, but it’s still a strange thing to leave out.

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2019-03-16 05:03:21

Tanner Fox

Marvel’s Eternals Movie Could Span ‘Thousands of Years,’ Says Kevin Feige

Marvel president and producer Kevin Feige has outlined a little of what fans can expect from the upcoming Phase 4 films, specifically the much-whispered-about The Eternals. At a press day for Captain Marvel, he spoke about the studio’s plans for the MCU post-Avengers: Endgame and addressed how they would deal with both pre-existing characters and how they hoped to bring in new ones – depending on who survives the snap and everything else to come, that is.

Given that the next Avengers film will be a culmination of the 21 movies that have come before it, the idea of starting over after the fact is difficult to comprehend. But the studio has been plotting this out since screenwriters Matthew and Ryan Firpo were attached to The Eternals project in May 2018, and details got locked down along with Chloé Zhao as director in September. But when the Marvel Cinematic Universe was established over a decade ago, the films slowly introduced heroes one by one before gathering them together four years later in The Avengers. This time around, things will be done a little differently.

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In an interview with Collider, Feige explained that while they would certainly bring back old characters in the next slew of films, “we like the idea of introducing an ensemble, doing an ensemble movie from the start, as opposed to building up as we did with the first Avengers.” Introducing an entire group in one go has already been done in the MCU, and Guardians of the Galaxy proved that it could be a success, but don’t expect the scope of this new group to be quite the same. Unlike the fun-loving crew led by Chris Pratt’s Star Lord, The Eternals may be biting off a much larger piece of Marvel history. “Jack Kirby did an immense, amazing epic with Eternals that spans tens of thousands of years, and that’s also something we haven’t really done,” Feige said. “Which is why that among many other things post-Endgame, we find appealing.”

Jack Kirby was indeed the genius behind the Eternals as characters, having thought them up back in 1976 when he introduced a time millions of years ago in which the Celestials created the eponymous superhumans as well as their darker counterparts, the Deviants. While the Eternals will be the first group unveiled to the world at large in Phase 4, they may not be the only one. For now, other previously announced Phase 4 plans include Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Widow, Doctor Strange 2, and Black Panther 2.

Going from the origins of these nearly immortal beings to their feats in the present sounds like a Herculean task, but director Chloé Zhao has proven adept at capturing the heart of an epic with films like The Rider under her belt. And Feige appeared confident in following the groundwork laid out by Kirby, whose influence has already had a marked effect on at least the visuals of previous Marvel blockbusters such as Doctor Strange and Thor: Ragnarok.

Some fans may be nervous at the thought of adding even more characters and competing histories, but the use of different time periods allows for an exciting way in. After all, Captain America: The First Avenger firmly established Steve Rogers in the World War II era before uprooting him to the present – and it made great use of both. How Captain Marvel handles the time jump has yet to be seen, but it’ll provide some hints as to how the studio will handle a story that spans many more years and perhaps dimensions than ever before.

More: Was Iron Man 3 Introducing The Eternals In 2013?

Source: Collider

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2019-02-25 01:02:39

Wonder Years Cast Reunites 26 Years After Finale in New Photo

Members of The Wonder Years cast have reunited 26 years after the series finale in a new photo. The successful ABC series ran from 1988-1993 and has gained something of a cult status among its fans, who watched child stars Fred Savage, Josh Saviano and Danica McKellar grow up as their fictional TV personas of Kevin Arnold, Paul Pfeiffer and Winnie Cooper.

Set in the turbulent days of the 1960s and uncertainty of the early 70s, The Wonder Years followed the preteen (and eventual teenage) lives of Kevin and his closest friends, Paul and Winnie. The series was narrated by Daniel Stern, who, in its later years, was enjoying the notoriety of his role as the hapless Marv in the Home Alone series. It wasn’t until The Wonder Years finished its run in 1993 that nostalgia seemed to shift from the show to its fans, creating a substantial cult following.

Related: Fred Savage Says ‘The Wonder Years’ Will Never Return, Ever

It’s been quite some time since the cast has reunited in public, and a new photo courtesy of Danica McKellar’s Twitter account gives diehard fans of The Wonder Years a look at just how much McKellar, Savage and Saviano have grown in the 26 years since the series ended. The photo of the three primary stars of The Wonder Years can be seen below, along with a heartfelt caption by McKellar.

In the later years following The Wonder Years’ cancellation, fans grew frustrated with the inability of distributor StarVista to release a complete DVD set of the series. In fact, it wasn’t until 2014 that The Wonder Years got its DVD release, due to licensing issues with the extensive soundtrack that tends to accompany a series set in the 1960s and early 1970s. However, by the time the series did find its way to home video, Netflix had already incorporated it into its far more popular streaming service. As time went on, it was revealed that the reason for the show’s cancellation was not a result of public disinterest, but an issue of sexual harassment. Costume designer Monique Long had filed a sexual harassment suit against Savage and Jason Hervey (who played Kevin’s older brother Wayne), which was later settled out of court, but which apparently played a significant role in the show’s demise.

For fans of The Wonder Years, it’s perhaps somewhat disheartening to know that there will probably be no continuation of the series – a resurrection which other successful sitcoms like Arrested Development have found in the streaming video/Netflix era. However, we’re still living in the era of the reboot and if a 1990s series like Party of Five has found new ground to cover long after living through its heyday, then there’s always reason to believe that maybe a new take on The Wonder Years could also find its way to TV screens. For now, diehard fans will have to settle for the next best thing, a photo of the three key players, all grown up but still not relinquishing the friendship they’ve always shared.

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Source: Danica McKellar

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2019-02-06 09:02:27

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.

Related: Nintendo May Be Developing Cheaper, Portable-Only Switch

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.

More: Nintendo Delays Mario Kart Mobile Game to Summer 2019 Release

Source: Nintendo [via Dual Shockers]

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2019-01-31 01:01:07