Developer Blizzard is currently hosting a welcome back weekend event for World of Warcraft. Starting today until June 24, the game will be playable even without a subscription and the game will also have an additional discount on account services.
Furthermore, besides the ability to access the game without a subscription, players can also play any expansion that they currently own. During the welcome back weekend event, players can play WoW nonstop with any of your characters, regardless of the level they’re in. Of course, after June 24, players will need to activate their subscription to continue playing the game. The account services sale that is also available today includes the ability to change your character’s race, faction, and appearance. Although Blizzard did not disclose how long the sale will last, it is expected that it will also end on Sunday.
In other WoW news, the upcoming seventh expansion for the game called Battle for Azeroth will be released on the Mac and Windows PC on August 14 this year.
After years of writing great comic book stories for Marvel Comics, Brian Micheal Bendis headed over to DC Comics to try something new and play with their characters. Well, it has been announced that he'll write a new 12-part Batman story arc in Batman Giant. This is the first time he will be writing a story for the Dark Knight and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with the character.
This comic is a part of DC's new line of 100-page Giant comics for Walmart. Bendis has had his fair share of working with dark, gritty, and grounded heroes in the past such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones, so Batman should be a fun character for him to play with.
What's interesting is that Bendis is currently writing Superman for DC and while he's taking on Batman for DC's Walmart-exclusive titles, DC's Batman writer Tom King will write a 12-issue Superman story arc.
Bendis' Batman story arc will begin with Batman Giant #3 titled Universe, and here is the plot summary for that:
Batman’s run-in with the Riddler leads the Caped Crusader into a mystery that spans the globe!
That's all we have on this story at the moment, but it's cool to see that The Riddler will be the villain! Below you'll find some cover art and additional information on the other Giant comics coming to Walmart.
BATMAN GIANT #1
Batman is on the case of a missing girl in “One More Chance,” an all-new story by writer Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Patrick “Patch” Zircher. Batman is the world’s greatest detective, but what happens when the trail in his newest case leads him back to a place from his past that he never expected to revisit?
BATMAN GIANT #1 also includes:
BATMAN #608 (2002) – Written by Jeph Loeb with art by comics icon Jim Lee, issue #608 kicks off “Batman: Hush,” one of the most popular storylines in the Dark Knight’s fabled history. When Batman sets out to unmask the mystery character wreaking havoc in his life, he teams up with an unexpected ally (Catwoman) and finds himself facing off against not only his deadliest foes, but some of the toughest characters in the DC Universe, including Poison Ivy, Killer Croc and even Superman!
NIGHTWING #1 (2011) – From DC’s New 52, this story by writer Kyle Higgins and artist Eddy Barrows debuted a new look for Dick Grayson as he dives into a tale of murder, mystery and superhuman evil against the backdrop of Haley’s Circus, the place that started him on his path from acrobat to orphan to sidekick and ultimately superhero!
HARLEY QUINN #1 (2011) – Also from the New 52, writer Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Amanda Conner break Harley Quinn out of The Joker’s shadow with all the force of a giant mallet!
Beginning with BATMAN GIANT #3 in September, superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis makes his DC debut on the Dark Knight with a 12-part story, “Universe.” Batman’s run-in with the Riddler leads the Caped Crusader into a mystery that spans the globe!
SUPERMAN GIANT #1
SUPERMAN GIANT #1 features chapter one of the two-part “Endurance,” an original story written by Jimmy Palmiotti (HARLEY QUINN, ACTION COMICS) with art by Tom Derenick (HARLEY QUINN, CYBORG, BATMAN/SUPERMAN). The Daily Planet sends Clark Kent to Tornado Alley to do a story on the area, but when the storm hits, it turns out that this mild-mannered reporter is more helpful as Superman.
The issue also includes:
THE TERRIFICS #1 (2018) – From this year’s New Age of Heroes and born of the events of DC’s hit series DARK NIGHTS: METAL. Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl are a team of heroes bound together by fate and united by the spirit of exploration and discovery. Together these heroes plumb the depths of the fantastic to learn what it means to become family.
GREEN LANTERN #1 (2005) – Written by best-selling writer Geoff Johns with art by Ethan Van Sciver and Carlos Pacheco, this first chapter launches the fan-favorite three-part story “No Fear,” in which Hal Jordan makes his return to the DC Universe as the Green Lantern, casting the light of justice on the darkest corners of Space Sector 2814.
SUPERMAN/BATMAN #1 (2003) – The iconic fan-favorite story arc, “Public Enemies,” returns, courtesy of writer Jeph Loeb, with artists Ed McGuinness and Tim Sale. Batman and Superman unite when President Lex Luthor accuses the Man of Steel of a crime against humanity and assembles a top-secret team of powerhouse heroes to bring Superman in by any means necessary.
September’s SUPERMAN GIANT #3 features Eisner Award-winning writer Tom King’s first return to the Man of Steel since his poignant and heartfelt tribute story, “For Tomorrow,” in the pages of ACTION COMICS #1000. Together with DC Master Class artist Andy Kubert, this powerhouse team will take readers on a new 12-part adventure titled “Up in the Sky!” When a little girl is kidnapped and taken from Earth, Superman embarks on a galaxy-spanning mission to find the perpetrators…but has to decide what lengths he will go to in order to save one life!
TEEN TITANS GIANT #1
In this original six-part Teen Titans story by Dan Jurgens with art by Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher and Jim Charalampidis, the Teen Titans’ pizza dinner is interrupted by the introduction of a new villain, the Disruptor. Teaming up with the Fearsome Five and working as an agent of H.I.V.E., he had one mission: kill the Teen Titans! The battle spills onto the streets of San Francisco, putting its citizens at risk, while H.I.V.E. uses this distraction to begin their plan for world conquest!
Additional issue #1 stories include:
SUPER SONS #1 (2017) – From DC’s smash-hit Rebirth event, writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Jorge Jimenez reintroduce the sons of Superman and Batman, Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne, in part one of “When I Grow Up.” As Robin, Damian’s more than ready to take his place at the heroes’ table and has zero plans to wait his turn. And he’s dragging Superman’s son along for the trip, whether Jon likes it or not!
SIDEWAYS #1 (2018) – Also from the New Age of Heroes, this story written by Dan DiDio with art by Kenneth Rocafort introduces fans to high schooler Derek James who, during the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, has acquired powers from the Dark Multiverse and stepped into the role of superhero! But when cracks begin to appear in the space-time continuum, he soon learns that with that much power comes even greater liability!
TEEN TITANS #1 (2003) – Written by best-selling author Geoff Johns with art by Mike McKone. Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy welcome in a new roster of young heroes to train to defend humanity—Wonder Girl, Impulse and a Superboy who’s been cloned from Superman’s DNA!
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA GIANT #1
Justice League member Wonder Woman is spotlighted in “The Conversion,” an all-new story from NIGHTWING writer Tim Seeley and artists Rick Leonardi and Steve Buccellato. In this single-issue story, Wonder Woman comes face to face with Ares, god of war—who sees her as a promising new recruit!
JUSTICE LEAGUE GIANT #1 also includes:
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (2011) – From the incomparable team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee comes this version of the League from the New 52. In this alternative spin on the union of Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, superheroes are a strange and new phenomenon. The mysterious Batman discovers a dark evil that requires him to unite these reluctant heroes to protect Earth from a cosmic-level threat!
THE FLASH #1 (2011) – In this New 52 version of the Fastest Man Alive, writer Brian Buccellato and artist Francis Manapul introduce Barry Allen to a villain who not only can be everywhere at once, but is also a close friend of the Scarlet Speedster!
AQUAMAN #1 (2011) – Award-winning writer Geoff Johns and dynamic artist Ivan Reis team up on this story from the New 52! Aquaman has given up the throne of Atlantis, but the sea still has plans for Arthur Curry as a broken race of undersea creatures, the Trench, emerges from the ocean depths, bent on destroying the surface world!
In issue #2, Seeley teams up with artists Felipe Watanabe and Chris Sotomayor on “Mother’s Day,” a stand-alone story where Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island for the first time since her exile, only to find that the Amazons – and Queen Hippolyta – have been abducted by Echidna, the mythological Mother of Monsters, with a brood of unstoppable beasts as children!
Issue #3 begins another original 12-part Wonder Woman story by HARLEY QUINN co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti called “Come Back to Me.” When Steve Trevor’s plane crashes on an island outside of time itself, it’s up to Wonder Woman to rescue him from this mysterious land, full of monsters, dinosaurs and some very surprising citizens.
The horror franchise Child's Play has had a long and successful film franchise since it first launched in 1988. Well, now the murderous villain Chucky is getting his own TV series! The news was confirmed by creator and producer Don Mancini. He made the big announcement on Twitter:
The TV series was previously teased by Mancini and at the time he said that the series that will be based on the evil possessed doll will be dark and disturbing, "darker than ever before. It’s going to be very creepy."
Mancini went on to say that the series was "deliberately set up at end of" the last movie, Cult of Chucky. Franchise producer, David Kirschner, also added:
"I don’t think there’s a relationship that lasted this long. I’m incredibly excited about the series and to explore a world in which we’ve never done before. Don has taken the franchise in a wonderfully frightening direction. He seems to outdo himself every time."
Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly, who have provided the voices of Chucky and his bride Tiffany are expected to reprise their roles, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.
We don't have any other details on the series, but I'm looking forward to seeing how Mancini proceeds and what he ultimately delivers. I hope it turns out good!
The director behind the wonderful film Like Crazy, Drake Doremus, has directed a sci-fi romance film called Zoe and it looks like it tells an intriguing story.
The movie stars Ewan Mcgregor and Léa Seydoux as two colleagues who work in a research lab where they are developing a technology that will "improve and perfect romantic relationships". They take things to a new level with a synthetic robot that is designed to feel and love. That robot is played by Theo James.
The movie also stars Rashida Jones, Matthew Gray Gubler, Miranda Otto, Christina Aguilera, and Helen Johns. I've enjoyed the films that Doremus has made, which also include Breathe In, Equals, and Newness. They all explore love and relationships in unique and interesting ways. With Zoe being set in the sci-fi genre, there may be more interest here for a wider audience than his previous films.
Two colleagues at a revolutionary research lab design new technology to improve and perfect romantic relationships. As their work progresses, their discoveries become even more profound.
The movie will be released by Amazon on July 20th.
The U.S. trailer has just been released for a great looking World War II film called The Captain. This film tells the crazy and disturbing true story of a German army deserter who stumbles across an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform during the last, desperate weeks of the Third Reich and it changes everything for him.
Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he stole only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whosoever that happens to be. A parade of fresh atrocities follow in the self-declared captain’s wake, and serve as a profound reminder of the consequences of social conformity and untrammeled political power.
This is a seriously fascinating story and it was directed by Robert Schwentke (Red, Flightplan). The movie is described as being simultaneously a "historical docudrama, a tar-black comedy, and a sociological treatise, presenting fascism as a pathetic pyramid scheme, a system to be gamed by the most unscrupulous and hollow-souled."
The Captain hits select theaters on July 27th and I'll definitely be checking it out! Watch the trailer for yourself and tell us what you think.
Earlier this year we reported on Saudi Arabia lifting a 35-year religious ban on cinemas, and showed you one of the first luxurious cinemas that would be available in the country. Now we're getting word that Sicario: Day of the Soldado will be the first U.S. Indie feature shown in the country since the ban was lifted. The film will go down in history alongside Black Panther, which was the first film to screen to the public in the country after the decades old ban was lifted.
Variety reported the film only underwent light censorship, with the only cuts to the film happening during parts when a character swore. Film censorship in Saudi Arabia is often commonplace and typically done due to different cultural values.
I feel like Saudi Arabia is going to have very high expectations of American cinema after being exposed to just these two films! At least that's what I'm hoping, as all the buzz I've heard for Sicario: Day of the Soldado has been great. Who's excited for this film?
AMC just re-upped it's horror anthology The Terror for another season, and this time we're headed to the WWII era. Bloody Disgusting says the focus will switch between the Pacific and Japanese American internment camp, where a specter is causing quite a stir. The series is expected to return in 2019, and will feature 10 episodes.
Season 2 of The Terror will be handled by True Blood's Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein. I haven't had a chance to catch Season 1, but I've heard good things! I guess I know what I'm doing once I burn through all these episodes of Luke Cage!
Note from Joey:
I loved the first season of The Terror! This is such a fantastically well-made and intense series. It has such an intriguing story and setting and it pulled me right in. If you haven't watched The Terror yet, you need to! I'm so stoked to hear that it's getting a Season 2!
Thanks to Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick's iconic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey recently had a theatrical run of the "unrestored" 70mm film print. If you've never seen this film on the big screen, it's quite an epic experience.
If you're a fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey, you'll be thrilled to know that it's finally going to get a 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray release. So, if you have a TV with the capability to watch movies in full 4K glory, this is going to be a must own!
Seeing the visuals of this movie in 4K is sure to be absolutely stunning. I don't have a 4K TV, but I might actually have to consider buying one now.
The 2001: A Space Odyssey 4K Blu-ray will be released on October 30, 2018 and will be a part on the ongoing 50th anniversary of the film.
Now, let's get technical, baby! The 4K UHD with HDR presentation was "mastered from the 65mm original camera negative. The 4K UHD also includes both a remixed and restored 5.1 DTS-HD master audio track, as well as the original 1968 6-track theatrical audio mix (formatted for 5.1 DTS-HD master audio)."
Christopher Nolan had this to say in a statement:
"2001 to me is the most cinematic film that has ever been made and it has been an honour and a privilege to be able to share the film with a new generation…4K UHD allows the closest recreation of viewing the original film print in your own home. Kubrick’s masterpiece was originally presented on large format film and the deeper colour palette and superior resolution comes closest to matching the original analogue presentation."
Now, here's the detailed information:
The 2001: A Space Odyssey 4K UHD premium packaging will be available on October 30 at the suggested retail price (SRP) of $41.99, and includes the feature film in 4K resolution with HDR, a remastered Blu-ray disc with the feature film in hi-definition, a Blu-ray disc with the special features in hi-definition, and a Digital version of the feature film. The premium packaging also includes a collectible booklet and art cards featuring iconic images from the film.
In addition to being included with the 4K UHD, the remastered Blu-ray disc with the feature film in hi-definition will also be available on October 30 as a standalone product for $19.98 SRP.
4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.
The 4K UHD Blu-ray disc of 2001: A Space Odyssey will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame.
The movie will also be available digitally via iTunes, Google and Vudu on October 30. As for the special features, here ya go:
Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award®-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin.
4K UHD AND BLU-RAY ELEMENTS
4K UHD Blu-ray™ with Commentary from Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
Remastered Blu-ray™ with Commentary from Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
The Making of a Myth
Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001
Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001
2001: A Space Odyssey – A Look Behind the Future
What Is Out There?
2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork
Look: Stanley Kubrick!
11/27/66 Interview with Stanley Kubrick [Audio Only]
In the midst of a legal dispute over the Friday the 13th franchise, the video game adaptation will no longer receive additional content. The news was announced via an official forum post by the game’s co-creator Wes Keltner. Talking about the issue, Keltner said that. “Development on games can’t just pause indefinitely and pick back up again; it doesn’t work that way. We can’t keep building content that may never see the light of day. We can’t [add non-Friday the 13th related content] either. We can’t add any content, whatsoever. Nada.”
The legal issue surrounding the franchise involves the film’s original scriptwriter, the 1976 Copyright Act and proceedings of a Connecticut federal court case. Given the circumstances, Friday the 13th: The Game is trapped under a series of complex obstacles, and as a consequence, the developers can no longer introduce new content for the game.
Previously, a DLC was planned to launch, which will include Uber Jason, additional camp councilors, and many more exciting updates. However, due to the legal matter at hand, the developers will just focus on console dedicated servers, fixing minor bug issues, and overall maintenance of the game. As far as expansions and additional content, it is highly unlikely that we will ever see them introduced in this game.
In our review of Friday The 13th: The Game, we were impressed by its scare factor but was disappointed with its user interface. “It’s an amazingly fun, addicting, scary game that is worth all the game time you put into it, but has terrible servers and menus.”
Edgar Wright is directing a documentary! The news comes from IndieWire who reports that the documentary he's working on will be his next film and it will tell the story of the cult pop-rock band, Sparks.
According to the report, "he’s currently gathering archival material on the band for the project, which will be his first movie since 'Baby Driver' became the biggest hit of his career." Last May, Wright filmed one of the band's concerts in London. Wright told the outlet:
“I have been a fan of them since I saw them on Top Of The Pops in 1979 — and when I had ‘Beat The Clock’ on vinyl."
The band was formed in 1972 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael in Los Angeles and some of their albums include the 1971 debut "Halfnelson," then there's “Big Beat,” “No. 1 in Heaven,” “Lil’ Beethoven,” and “Hello Young Lovers.” The band’s most recent release was “Hippopotamus” which debuted in 2017 and marked Sparks’ 23rd studio album. Some of the songs that they're known for include “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us” and “The Number One Song in Heaven."
Are you familiar with the band Sparks and are you excited to hear that Edgar Wright is making a documentary about them?