The WHO Now Classifies Video Game Addiction As A Mental Disorder

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The World Health Organization now recognizes video game addiction as a separate mental health disorder in its 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The newly classified condition will be known as “gaming disorder,” which is described as a pattern of addictive behavior that takes “precedence over other life interests.”

According to Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, the medical professional who proposed the new diagnosis to the WHO’s decision making body, the intention of classifying game disorder in the ICD, is for medical professionals to be more “alerted to the existence of this condition”, which in turn will help people that are possibly suffering from the newly recognized disorder. However, not all psychologists agree that gaming disorder is worthy to be placed in the ICD. 

Moreover, Dr. Poznyak said that game disorder has three significant characteristics that will help doctors make a diagnosis. First, “gaming behavior takes precedence over other activities to the extent that other activities are taken to the periphery,” he said. The second characteristic is when a person suffers from “impaired control of these behaviors,” Poznyak said. “Even when negative consequences occur, this behavior continues or escalates.” Lastly, the third characteristic is when a person’s personal relationship, education or occupation is negatively affected by the addiction to playing video games. The consequences of a person with a gaming disorder are real and may include, diet problems, sleep problems, and unwillingness to engage in physical activities, Poznyak noted.

These three characteristics that Poznyak described are somewhat similar to the behavior of a person suffering from a substance or gambling abuse. Also, for a correct diagnosis, the person concerned should be showing a consistent negative pattern of behavior for at least 12 months. So a weekend spent playing God of War and then returning to your usual routine afterward does not count. 

“Millions of gamers around the world, even when it comes to the intense gaming, would never qualify as people suffering from gaming disorder. And let me emphasize that this is a clinical condition, and clinical diagnosis can be made only by health professionals which are properly trained to do that,” he said. 

In the end, the goal of the WHO with the inclusion of gaming disorder in the classification is to spark a conversation and encourage further research and international collaboration. Hopefully, the attention given to this condition will encourage the proper institutions to conduct more research and discuss on how the recognition of this condition will affect people in the long run. 

What are your thoughts on gaming disorder? Is the WHO correct in listing it as a mental health disorder? Or should we conduct more in-depth research on the condition first?

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James Mangold’s BOBA FETT Film Probably Won’t Start Shooting Until 2020

A few weeks ago we learned that Logan director James Mangold was set to helm the standalone Boba Fett film for Lucasfilm and that seemed to get fans pretty excited. Unfortunately, the movie isn't going to be happening anytime soon.  

According to Omega Underground, who first reported that the Boba Fett movie was going back into development a couple of years ago, have reported that director Josh Trank was fired from the project, and the movie won't go into production now until 2020.

One of the reasons that Mangold won't be getting around to the film anytime soon is because he is looking to start production on his Ford vs Ferrari movie in California this summer. He will be working with Matt DamonChristian Bale, and Jon Bernthal on that. He's going to be pretty busy with that through 2019 as he is making the press rounds for the film.

After that, he'll get started on Boba Fett! The current production scheduling at Lucasfilm includes J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX shooting this summer, Jon Favreau‘s Star Wars TV series shooting in fall/winter, and then there's the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, which will most likely start shooting in April 2019. Lucasfilm has yet to make an official announcement on that Kenobi film, but it seems like it's only a matter of time. 

I think Mangold is going to do something incredible with the Boba Fett film and I can't wait to see what story he ends up telling.

There’s a Michael Jackson Musical Coming to Broadway

I know we don't post a lot of Broadway musical stuff on the site, but Micheal Jackson is getting his own Broadway musical and as a fan, that's pretty rad! 

I recently took my fam to go see that the Las Vegas show Michael Jackson One and that thing just blew my mind! If you're ever in Vegas and you're a Micheal Jackson fan, you have to see it! 

The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage announced that they are developing a new stage musical that will be inspired by the life of Michael Jackson. The show doesn't have a title yet, but it's expected to arrive on Broadway in 2020.

The show will boast a book by Lynn Nottage, a two time Pulitzer Prize winner known for “Sweat” and “Ruined,” two gritty dramas that grapple with subjects such as war and rust belt privation, both of which seem pretty far removed from the life of the Gloved One. The score will draw on Jackson’s catalogue — a list of pop favorites that includes “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Beat It,” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Tony Award winner and contemporary ballet superstar Christopher Wheeldon (“An American in Paris”) will direct and choreograph the production.

With the Jackson Estate involved, I doubt that the musical will go into any of the more controversial issues of Jackson's life. 

I'm curious to see how this Broadway show turns out and I'll definitely be making the trip to New York to see it!

Source: Variety

Will Ferrell Set to Star in a Netflix Music Competition Film Called EUROVISION

Netflix is developing another film music competition comedy with Will Ferrell called Eurovision. Ferrell will star in the film and also co-write it with Andrew Steele. Ferrell will sing in the movie! 

The story revolves around the "wildly popular and long-running international TV music competition The Eurovision Song Contest. It is a contest that began in Switzerland in 1956, when seven West European nations participated. This year 43 countries competed for the prize, won in Lisbon by Netta (Israel) performing the song Toy. ABBA (winner in 1974 for Sweden) and Céline Dion (winner in 1988 for Switzerland) are among the former contestants who launched successful worldwide careers after their wins at The Eurovision Song Contest."

Ferrell will also produce for Gary Sanchez Productions, along with Adam McKay as an executive producer. This sounds like it will be a fun comedy for Ferrell. I enjoy most of the films that he makes and his style of comedy, so I'll be looking forward to this.

Here are a couple of videos of Ferrell singing below:

Source: Deadline

Disney to Up Their Bid for Fox with Cash

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Last week, Comcast made an all-cash bid for 21st Century Fox of $65 billion. This is more than Disney’s all-stock bid of $52.4 billion. However, don’t count Disney out quite yet. CNBC is reporting that its sources say Disney is going to add cash to their initial bed. This I’m sure comes as no surprise as many comic book fans and Comcast haters really want the mouse to win. 21st Century Fox is set to hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the offer from Comcast. If they decide they like the all-cash offer more, Disney will have about 5 days to retaliate. I’m sure the house of mouse is already in a flurry trying to figure out their best move.

If Disney acquires Fox, they will be able to add the X-Men and Fantastic Four to the MCU which is something fans have been wanting for a long time. It would also give them the distribution rights to the original Star Wars trilogy which has some fans hoping that the original versions would be released. If the bidding war continues, it is possible that Comcast and Disney will both win and Fox could probably make out like a bandit. How do you want Disney to introduce the X-Men to the MCU?

Jamie Lee Curtis Explains How Laurie Strode is Like Dr. Loomis in The New HALLOWEEN Film

After that first trailer for Halloween was released, the excitement for David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's film shot up. For the most part, fans liked what they saw and they want to see more.

As you already know, the movie is a direct sequel to the original 1978 film, and as you might expect, after 40 years, Dr. Loomis will not be around. He was previously played by Donald Pleasence and there's no doubt his presence will be felt in the film. There was a quick shot of a court drawing of him in the trailer. Pleasence's last appearance as the character was in the sixth film, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.

There is also going to be another character that will be taking up a similar mantle as Dr. Loomis and that character is Laurie Strode. Jamie Lee Curtis recently talked about how she will be like Dr. Loomis in the film, explaining to the Sunrise morning show:

"Laurie has been traumatized and Laurie also understands Michael Myers in a way that nobody else does. In a weird way, she’s become the new Loomis character because Loomis was the one who understood that [Michael] needed to be stopped because he was pure evil. You see, Laurie knows that – and nobody’s paying any attention, but Laurie is…Laurie is patrolling these streets."

Which is obviously why she's been training to kill Micheal Meyers over the past forty years. She wants to take him down if he ever escapes from the asylum. And he does, so now's her chance to put those skills to use. There are some big changes coming to this next chapter that will bring something different and fresh to the franchise. I hope these changes help that story instead of hurt it. One of the biggest changes is that Micheal Meyers and Laurie Strode will not be brother and sister. If you want some information on why they decided to go that route, you can read up on it here.

Judy Greer plays Karen Strode, the daughter of Laurie, and Andi Matichak (Orange Is the New Black, Underground) plays Allyson, the granddaughter.

John Carpenter is an executive producer on the film and also served as a creative consultant. He is also doing the musical score. The new Halloween will land in theaters on October 19th.

What do you think about Laurie taking on the mantle of Dr. Loomis? 

Carrie Fisher’s Brother Hopes Leia is in EPISODE IX

Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, recently spoke to Variety and revealed that he wishes that Carrie reprise her role as General Leia Organa in Episode IX. This normally would be a “duh” moment, except that Carrie passed away in December 2016. Todd told the outlet:

Yoda came back in the last movie, so why not Carrie? In the first film, Obi-Wan says that if he dies, he’ll come back stronger than ever. I feel like that’s Carrie. She’ll never disappear entirely.

I wish it were that simple to bring Leia back. However, Lucasfilm has already said they won’t digitally insert Carrie. Of course, back when Colin Trevorrow was directing the film, there was some footage shot that they were planning on using. However, with the change of directors, it’s impossible to know what they plan to do. Everyone was planning on Leia having a huge role in Episode IX. Mark Hamill put it this way:

I know they’re going to try and find a way to close her story in [Episode IX] that gives her the respect she deserves. Because [Han] was more prominent in [The Force Awakens], Luke’s a little more prominent in [The Last Jedi], and certainly Leia was meant to be more prominent in [IX].

It seems that Carrie wanted that larger role too. Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm has shared this tidbit that confirmed what Hamill had said:

She was having a blast. The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.

I’m very interested to find out what they decide to do about Leia in Episode IX. They either have to give her an off-screen death (not out of the question since it looks like there will be a time jump) or they’ll have to go the CGI route. Which way do you want them to go?

The Beta For FALLOUT 76 Will Come To The Xbox One First

On E3 last week, Bethesda revealed Fallout76 as the next installment in the Fallout franchise. The studio also announced that the hame will be the series’ first fully online title, discarding the traditional format of previous Fallout titles, which makes me wonder if Bethesda abandoned the SavePlayer1 campaign they started during last year’s Video Game Awards. 

Now, in an FAQ at the official website for the game, Bethesda revealed that the beta test for Fallout76 will be released first on the Xbox One before heading to the PlayStation 4 and PC. Currently, the beta doesn’t have a release date on any of the platforms yet, but the company stated that the schedule will be announced through the game’s official social media channels. 

Players can only participate in the beta by pre-ordering the game before it is released on November 14. You can check out the FAQ for Fallout76 here, and the official announcement of Fallout76 here. What are your thoughts on Fallout76? Should it be a full online game? Or should Bethesda stick to what they’re good at?

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Chris Pratt Says GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 Might Take Place in the Past

After Avengers: Infinity War ended, a lot of fans assumed that the remaining Avengers team would attempt to fix what Thanos had done. Since then, the writers and directors of the film have tried to tell us that dead is dead and that we should expect the unexpected. 

Recently, director Anthony Russo cryptically explained:

"Here’s the thing, I think it’s important to remember anything is possible in the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe]. Just because there’s a sequel on the books doesn’t mean … people become accustomed to time moving linearly in the MCU. That doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. There’s a lot of very inventive ways of where the story can go."

Joe Russo added:

"There’s four years between Guardians 2 and Infinity War. That’s a long time, and a lot of Guardians stories to tell. Again, as Anthony said, don’t expect everything to move forward in a linear fashion in the Marvel universe." 

Trying to make fans believe that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 could be set prior to the events of Infinity War. Now, actor Chris Pratt is saying just that! While talking to MTV on the red carpet for the stupid MTV Movie and TV Awards, he was asked about the film, and teased:

"They've cast the Blue Man Group. Yeah, it's going to be all Blue Man Group. I'm not supposed to say anything, oh no now everyone's going to be all mad! It's the Blue Man Group. It's an Andy Griffith hologram, yeah, they're the new Guardians. It's gonna be amazing."

He was then asked about how mourning Gamora might play out, to which he was quick to point out that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 might not take place after Infinity War at all.

"You don't know. It might take place in the past. It might be a prequel."

I don't know if this is something that everyone has been told to say to throw people off regarding the upcoming film or if this is something that might actually be part of the plan. Maybe it's something completely different. I don't know, but that's what everyone seems to be hinting at. 

If this is the case, maybe these characters really are gone, which really would be hard! But, Dave Bautista did tease that Drax will be back and that he will possibly show up in Avengers 4. But he did admit that they didn't know how they were bringing him back. 

It's going to be awhile before we do have any concrete answers regarding Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but one thing we do know for sure... it will be released in theaters in 2020.

What do you think of all this talk of Guardians Vol. 3 being set in the past? Do you think everyone is just throwing deception at the fans to mess with our heads, or do you think there could be some truth to it?

The First Poster For CREED II Has Arrived and The First Trailer Drops Soon

The first poster for Creed II has arrived, and Michael B. Jordan is looking as swole as ever. Actually, he honestly looks more in shape than he did in Black Panther, which is really saying something! As for the film's plot, we already know Adonis is going to be taking on the son of Ivan Drago. If I have to explain to you why that's significant, you're either:

1. Not American.

2. Too young to remember the 80s.

In either case, it looks like the film is going to drop this Thanksgiving, and I just got super excited to head to the movie theater during Black Friday! Also, according to Sylvester Stallone, you can expect the first trailer for the film to drop soon. He posted this yesterday, then removed it from Instagram, so we don't know when exactly the trailer will be released but it will happen soon.

Creed 2 writer Cheo Hodari Coker shed some light on the sequel last week during a new interview with /Film promoting Luke Cage Season 2:

"It's about the legacies of sons haunted by their fathers. Even though Drago is alive, his son is haunted by him because Drago is a broken man who's trying to rebuild himself through the son. Apollo Creed isn't broken but because Apollo died, Adonis Creed is still haunted by his father's death and how it defined him, what it is it means now to be a champion. He's aspiring to be a champion but also at the same time trying to figure out who it is he is. Particularly with Bianca, particularly also because he's got Rocky who at this point becomes the new Mickey."

Here's the full poster: