What Could Tite Kubo Be Teasing in BURN THE WITCH

If you’re a fan of Bleach, there’s no doubt that the movie is on your mind. Well, now I’ve got something new for you to obsess over. As you may know, this week’s Weekly Shonen Jump will have Tite Kubo’s new one-shot Burn the Witch. Some stills said to be from the new manga are going around on social media and creating quite the buzz. Now, I’m not sure where the stills would’ve come from since the manga hasn’t been released yet, the Japanese version will be released July 14 and the English version on July 16. These stills started circulating on July 12.

Let’s assume that these stills are legit though. The first picture shows the title of the manga, but the blackened parts spell “BLEACH” which is a pretty cool nod to Kubo’s great anime. However, there is also some Japanese text which is said to translate to “This world isn’t over.” That Japanese text can easily be said to be talking about Burn the Witch, except that it’s always been expected to be a one-shot. Sure, they could pick it up, but I think it may work with the Bleach clue. I’m hoping this means they’re working on finishing the anime like all of us fans want! Some are theorizing it is referring to a sequel and/or spin-offs. What do you think all of this means? Do you even think that this is close to legitimate?

British Government Gives Fox Clearance to Purchase Sky

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Us Americans don’t know what Sky is, but I’ve learned it’s a huge cable company in the United Kingdom. Comcast is really wanting to purchase Sky so that they have more of a global footprint. Meanwhile, Fox is trying to get the rest of Sky. Fox currently controls about 39% of the shares and is wanting the other 61%, but Comcast is proving to be a bit of a pain. Comcast has already received approval from the British government and they just outbid Fox. However, Fox has just recently gotten clearance from the British government as well which helps level the playing field. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright had this to say about the deal:

Having taken over as the Secretary of State with responsibility for media public interest cases I have reviewed the process regarding the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox (21CF) and Sky Plc (Sky). I am content that DCMS and the relevant parties have ensured a scrupulously clear, fair and transparent process and I can now therefore inform the House of the final decisions made by my predecessor as Secretary of State. These decisions were made in a quasi-judicial capacity.

The publication of the undertakings marks the final stage of the public interest consideration of this case. It is right that Ofcom, the CMA and my Department have taken such care in ensuring the bid is properly and effectively scrutinized. It is now a matter for the Sky shareholders to decide whether to accept 21CF’s bid.

Wright’s predecessor, Matt Hancock, wanted some terms between Disney and 21st Century Fox to be improved before the deal went through and it looks like everything has been done to the government’s satisfaction. Sky has released the following statement:

Following a period of public consultation required under Schedule 10 of the Enterprise Act 2002, the Secretary of State has published final versions of the undertakings offered by 21CF and The Walt Disney Company, which have been accepted as addressing the concerns raised by the Competition and Markets Authority in respect of media plurality. Sky welcomes the Secretary of State’s comments that this now marks the final stage of the public interest consideration of this case. 21CF’s offer for Sky has now cleared its outstanding regulatory pre-conditions. This follows the satisfaction by Comcast on 15 June 2018 of its outstanding regulatory pre-conditions, meaning both offers for Sky are now capable of being put formally to Sky Shareholders.

Do you want Fox or Comcast to win this bidding war? If you are a Sky customer, what’s your take on this whole thing?

Source: Deadline

2 Of The 3 Remaining Blockbuster Stores To Close At The End Of August

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Blockbuster as a nationwide rental chain has been gone for quite a while, but a few lone franchise stores have managed to stay alive well beyond the company's swan song. That may not be the case much longer as it has recently been revealed 2 of the 3 last Blockbusters will be closing, both of which are located in Alaska. 

Apparently, the two locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close Monday, July 16, but then re-open at the end of August to sell off inventory (via Deadline). After that, there will be just one Blockbuster remaining, which can be found in Bend, Oregon. 

Of course, none of this news means a whole lot to 90% of us, as I was never planning on visiting any of these locations in the first place. Still, I think back to the hay day of Blockbuster and get a little sad hearing it's soon going to be gone for good. Truth be told I really miss brick and mortar rental stores, mainly because Redbox really screws you on video game rentals. 

Do you also miss Blockbuster? Or are you happy to see them gone?

ZOMBIELAND 2 Officially Moves Forward with the Original Cast!

About a month ago Zombieland screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese said that they were working on Zombieland 2 and that they were going to bring the full original cast back for a new adventure in the post-apocalyptic world. 

Well, according to THR the sequel is officially moving forward and the original cast is indeed returning! That cast includes Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin. I absolutely love that Emma Stone is coming back to the franchise after her career blew up and she became an Academy Award-winning actress.

Ruben Fleischer, the director of the original film will also be back to helm it. This news just makes me happy. The film is set to begin production in January 2019 and will be released in October 2019, in time for the 10th anniversary of the original movie. Here are some details on the story that were shared:

The new movie will once again put the focus on comic mayhem, taking the quartet from the White House to the American heartland as they face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But, most of all, according to the studio, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.

These story details fall in line with the previously rumored plot details, which starts out with:

ZOMBIELAND TOO opens with a question. What would happen if we ran out of zombies? An interesting concept, one that hasn’t been explored in any film of the genre thus far. The way the film approaches answering the question is both hilarious and depressing. The change from ‘zombies’ to ‘no zombies’ can be considered as big as the change from ‘no zombies’ to ‘zombies.’ It’s such a dramatic transformation to one’s routine, what they consider normal, that it fundamentally alters their mentality. Boredom and apathy seep into each person’s psyche, slowly growing discontent with one another until they reach an inevitable boiling point. Okay… maybe I’m a little dramatic. ZOMBIELAND, TOO opens with that question, yes. But it doesn’t really ever dwell on it. A strength, I believe, as the film could’ve fallen into a bout of angst if it explored that concept to the nth degree. That is not what ZOMBIELAND is all about. Instead, the primary focus of the narrative is a quest to find a missing member of the party from the first film.

There are some other details regarding the film and the characters that you can read up on here. Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch had this to say in a statement.

"This is one of those projects that fans have wanted to see happen for a long time – and no one wanted to see it happen more than Emma, Woody, Jesse, and Abigail. These are some of the most in-demand actors and I think they are making this movie because they love these characters. We are thrilled Ruben was willing to come back to direct the sequel, as his work on Venom has been truly amazing."

I loved Zombieland and I'm excited that this sequel is actually happening! I know a lot of people were skeptical, but now it's official. Are you excited about this!?

A Lot Of Movies Take Place In High-Rise Buildings, but Is SKYSCRAPER Among The Top 5?

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Now that Skyscraper has arrived in theaters its worth taking a look back at all the other movies that have paved the road leading to Dwayne Johnson's latest adventure. There are dozens of great films that take place entirely in the tall structures known as high-rise buildings. The urban towers are often used as a plot device to isolate the characters from the outside world, or put them in much greater danger than if they were just standing on the ground.

What are some of your favorites?

Below is the list of my favorite five.

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Check Out The Pilot For Kevin Smith’s Potential Series HOLLYWEED

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Last week, Kevin Smith teased fans that his long time in-development project Hollyweed finally has a shot at releasing, and said he'd share more details soon. Now those details are out in the form of a trailer which shows clips of the show he describes as "Clerks with weed," as well as how audiences can see more:

I know what you're thinking, It looks promising, but that's just a few short clips. Well, true to his word Smith has the entire pilot available for you to watch, and an opportunity for you to crowdfund more episodes. Check it out and see if this series is worth your money, and if so, cross your fingers and hope others feel the same way!

Watch an Epic Battle Between 20,000 Sith and 20,000 Jedi in this Battle Simulator

We may never see an epic battle of this size in any Star Wars movie. But thanks to YouTuber SergiuHellDragoonHQ, and a game called Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator, you can see what a battle would look like between 20,000 Sith and 20,000 Jedi. The whole thing is pretty spectacular and a lot of fun to watch. It's just so massive! If you want to know who wins, make sure you check out the end. I won't spoil it for you.

Joss Whedon Has Developed a Sci-Fi Victorian Drama Series For HBO Called THE NEVERS

Joss Whedon is headed back to TV and he has landed a straight-to-series order at HBO for a Victorian drama that he created called The Nevers.

The series is described as "an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies and a mission that might change the world."

I'm in! That sounds like one of the most Joss Whedon things that Joss Whedon has come up with. He will serve as the writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner of the series. This is 100% Whedon's show and I can't wait to see what he ends up delivering! Whedon had this to say in a statement:

"I honestly couldn't be more excited. The Nevers is maybe the most ambitious narrative I’ve created, and I can’t imagine a better home for it than HBO. Not only are they the masters of cinematic longform, but their instant understanding of my odd, intimate epic was as emotional as it was incisive. It's been too long since I created an entirely new fictional world, and the HBO team offer not just scope and experience, not just 'prestige,' but a passionate collaboration. I could go on, but — I’m impatiently grateful to say — I have work to do."

HBO programming president Casey Bloys added:

"We have long been fans of the incredibly talented and prolific Joss Whedon and we can’t think of a better project than The Nevers with which to welcome him to the HBO family. We look forward to meeting the strange, multifaceted characters of The Nevers, to learn their stories, see them in action and share them with our viewers. We’re honored that Joss chose HBO as the place to build his ambitious new world and we are excited to get started."

There's now information on how many episodes that the series will get or when it will premiere, but it's great to see Whedon passionate again about an original project that he's developing. I'm more excited about this than anything that he would have done with the Batgirl movie at DC.

What do you think about Whedon's new project?

Source: THR

Comcast Increases Their Bid for Sky, Could Mean They Are Backing Out of Fox Bidding War

Comcast and Disney have engaged in a bidding war for 21st Century Fox for a few months now. Disney seems to be winning at the moment, and it may stay that way. Many analysts are assuming that Comcast’s interest in 21CF has to do with their portion of Sky, a really big British cable company. Turns out, Comcast is now engaging in a bidding war with Fox over Sky as they have increased their bid to $34 billion which beats Fox's $32.5 billion. Steven Cahall, an analyst for RBC Capital Markets, explains that this may indicate that Comcast is simply changing priorities since it can’t afford to go after Fox and Sky.

We could be seeing a bidding prioritization by Comcast for Sky over Fox, perhaps due to the fact that Comcast cannot afford both, and has to choose its battles. The market’s collective wisdom appears to be pricing in a cool down in the bidding war for Fox with Disney and Comcast each rallying today, with Fox down 4 percent.

Comcast wants Sky because they don’t really have an international market yet. Sky would open them up for better reach into Europe which could then snowball into a more global market. I know many of you are excited at the idea of Comcast backing out from buying Fox as that would all but cement Disney’s victory, but any thoughts about Comcast getting Sky?

Source: Deadline

VENOM Shows Off His Sinister Grin in New Photos From the Upcoming Film

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Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we've got two brand new photos to share with you for Tom Hardy's upcoming Venom movie. The first image gives us a great new look at Venom sporting a sinister ear-to-ear grin. I do like that the character design is super comic accurate. I just hope that the movie is good! The second image features Hardy strapped to a chair and Riz Ahmed seems to be questioning him about something.

While talking to EW about one of the things that got him excited to play this character, Hardy said:

"As far as Marvel characters, I have to say for me, Venom looks the coolest. That sounds a bit shallow! But I appreciate that he has a kind of brazen swagger and a zero foxtrot attitude.
"There’s a tragic clown element, which I find funny and is harmonious with some of the work that I like to do. There’s something funny about the circumstances of having a gift but it’s a tragic gift. It’s a superpower you don’t really want, but at the same time, you love it. It makes you feel special. He’s a reluctant hero and an anti-hero."

He goes on to explain how he approached playing the character and differentiating Eddie Brock from the raging monster that takes over:

"It’s a bit like Ren and Stimpy, you know? They have different sounds. I always saw Venom as sounding like a James Brown lounge lizard, and Eddie Brock is kind of…” — he switches to an aw-shucks American accent — “I don’t know, an everyday kind of guy. But he’s inherited this massive ego, this beast."

As far as Venom's morals go:

"There’s that biting-off-heads issue, which is not what you would expect from, say, Captain America taking down a crook."

Ruben Fleischer is directing the movie and his goal is to deliver a comic book movie that will fully embrace the character's violent tendencies as well as the horror he leaves in his wake:

"We talked a lot about a werewolf and what it is when you get infected or bitten by a werewolf. Usually a human gets imbued with powers or an alien comes from outer space and has to figure out how to live on our Earth. But this is really about a relationship between two people who have to work together to create this hybrid symbiotic relationship."

I really hope that Fleischer and Hardy end up delivering a great movie. I'm still not on the fence with this one, but the creative team is sure to get fans hyped about it at Comic-Con next week. I suspect we'll see a new trailer and some clips from the movie.  

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