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ESPN, Disney XD and Blizzard Entertainment Announce Multiyear Exclusive Telecast Agreement for Overwatch League

I firmly believe in the eSports is going to grow bigger every year. So it’s great to hear that ESPN, Disney XD, and Blizzard Entertainment announced an exclusive multiyear agreement for live television coverage of the Overwatch League™, the world’s first major global city-based esports league.

Beginning with Overwatch League playoff coverage on Wednesday, July 11, across both networks, the 2017–2018 Overwatch League inaugural season concludes with the Grand Finals live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on ESPN and Disney XD July 27–28. All coverage also will be available for ESPN and Disney network subscribers to stream live on the ESPN App and DisneyNOW. To round out the 2018 Grand Finals coverage, a recap show highlighting the biggest moments will air July 29 on ABC.

The Grand Finals telecast on ESPN marks the first time live competitive gaming has aired on the flagship network in primetime and will be the first broadcast of an esports championship on ABC.

The inaugural season of the Overwatch League will culminate in the Grand Finals, the ultimate showdown for the championship: the first team to win two best-of-five matches at Barclays Center will take home the Overwatch League trophy and the lion’s share of the $1.4 million Grand Finals prize pool. Play begins Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. EDT with the first best-of-five match on ESPN, and continues Saturday, July 28, at 4:30 p.m. EDT with the second and potential third series on Disney XD. This broadcast will air alongside the primary digital viewing experience on Twitch, with the Overwatch League also available via MLG.com.

Joaquin Phoenix Set to Star in Todd Phillips’ Joker Origin Story

Warner Bros. has announced that actor Joaquin Phoenix will star in an origin story of one of DC’s most notorious Super-Villains, the Joker.

Under the direction of Todd Phillips, the film will center around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale.

Phillips will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver. The film will be produced by Emma Tillinger Koskoff and executive produced by Richard Baratta. The film begins production later this year.

Let it be known that there is also another Joker movie happening with actor Jarred Leto as the lead and a Harley Quinn movie in the works as well. So if you are into the clown prince of crime, you have your hands full of live action movies to watch about him.

Ronda Rousey To Make Video Game Debut As WWE 2K19 Pre-Order Bonus Character

It’s been a good while since I have sat down and watched wrestling on tv. Though as a fan of MMA, I was not surprised to hear that Ronda Rousey was moving over to the WWE after her losses in the UFC. She is an Olympic medalist, feature film actress, and UFC Hall of Famer, so the WWE was a perfect fit for her to continue her career as “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. I mean the WWE Universe was really put on notice with her surprise Royal Rumble 2018 appearance, blockbuster WrestleMania 34 debut match. So it’s a solid fit for her to make her WWE video game debut in WWE 2K19, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise.

Rousey, alongside former WWE Champion Rey Mysterio, will be available as bonus content for those who pre-order the game at participating retailers for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC. WWE 2K19 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on October 9, 2018, with early access players receiving their copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on October 5, 2018.

Check out the trailer below.

Disney Empowers Young Filmmakers To Create Global Dream Big Princess Video Series Celebrating Female Trailblazers

Disney has announced a new global project giving 21 talented young women from different corners of the world the chance to make digital shorts movies telling the stories of inspiring female role models. The program is called The #DreamBigPrincess series which will be shared across Disney’s global media platforms as part of a campaign to unlock up to a $1 million donation to Girl Up, an initiative of the UN Foundation.

Each aspiring young filmmaker will be paired with an inspirational interview subject spanning a diverse range of professions. Each of them will capture the stories of these amazing individuals, along with their advice for achieving success.

Plans for the series were unveiled at the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington D.C., where the 21 participants took part in a unique workshop to give them the tools they can use to make their digital shorts. Each video will be shot on iPhone X and will be edited using Final Cut Pro X running on MacBook Pro. The aspiring filmmakers will also participate in a unique workshop including hands-on training from Apple technical experts, mentoring sessions with female-led production company Summerjax and creative inspiration from Disney storytelling veterans.

Following the workshop, the young women will embark on their own creative journeys back in their home countries with ongoing mentorship from Disney, Apple, and Summerjax, before their videos debut across certain social media in October, helping drive an up to $1 million donation from Disney Worldwide Services to Girl Up.

In addition to supporting young aspiring filmmakers and sharing inspiring stories around the world, the #DreamBigPrincess campaign aims to make a tangible difference for girls who face challenges in achieving their dreams. Through Disney’s collaboration with Girl Up, for each like or share of a video or photo with #DreamBigPrincess on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 to Girl Up, in support of girls’ leadership and empowerment (minimum donation: $500,000/maximum donation: $1 million).

This charitable activation will kick off on October 10 and run until November 20, 2018. The collaboration exemplifies Disney’s efforts to provide inspiration and opportunity to kids around the world.

Check out the video below.

REVIEW – Ant-Man And The Wasp

Marvel Studios has delivered another amazing film with Ant-Man And The Wasp. In its first weekend alone the movie has made $161 million worldwide and $76 million domestically. Some would say that isn’t a great number but this is the 9th first place Marvel Studios has seen. So I will be the first to say this movie will have legs with moviegoers for the next month. Please note I will write spoilers below. You’ve been warned.

Overview;

The story goes that in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices. He struggles to re-balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted once again by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent mission they need his help with. Scott again puts on the suit to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past to save Dr.Pym’s wife Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) the original Wasp.

What I Liked About It;

After the crazy that was Avengers: Infinity War, MCU fans and moviegoers alike need a movie to cleanse the palette from the intensity of Thanos. So it was nice to see that Director Peyton Reed, who directed the first Ant-Man, was able to deliver with Ant-Man And The Wasp.

Right off the back the movie explains what happen with both the original story and what happen in the first movie. But Reed did it in such a way that it flowed quickly and to the point that it fits right into the movie. So if you haven’t seen the original Ant-Man or any of the Marvel movies you could catch on to what was happening pretty quick.

Once again actor Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang/Ant-Man with a lovable personality that you just want to always root for the character. If you really break it down he’s just a normal guy trying to fix his past mistakes and is thrown into a world that is much larger than him. Really both Scott Lang and Ant-Man are the same person when it comes to the personalities and what I mean is that he’s not a Captain America type or have an Iron Man ego. He’s just a guy, who has empathy and witty humor who want’s to do right by his daughter and the ones he loves. Who just happens to be a superhero. Rudd’s portrayal of that is flawless in every scene.

Also in the movie is both Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer who play the original Ant-Man and Wasp. These seasoned actors bring their A games to their respective roles. While Pfeiffer is not in the whole movie, her scenes are very memorable. It’s been a while since moviegoers have seen Pfeiffer in a superhero movie. The last one we saw her in was Batman Returns in 1992.

The breakout star of the movie is Hannah John-Kamen who plays villain/anti-hero Ghost. Best known for role in the SyFy tv show Killjoys and her supporting role in Ready Player One. This movie is going to put her on Hollywood’s radar. Marvel has a huge opportunity with her in that role as Ghost can go in so many directions by the end of the movie, superhero or villain, time will tell. Personally, I am happy they gender-swapped the character as the original was a male and his overall story arc was pretty corny. So kudos to Marvel for doing it right by the character.

As far as the supporting cast, once again Michael Pena, T.I., and David Dastmalchian bring brilliant their humor helps round out the movie. While the roles are somewhat small they are important and needed. They are like the sprinkles to a birthday cake. They just make it that much better. Also in the supporting cast was Laurence Fishburne who plays Dr. Bill Foster who at one time worked at S.H.I.E.L.D. and worked on important projects that have affected the MCU apparently. I will be interested to see if he pop back up in the MCU in some other movie.

For me, Evangeline Lilly absolutely steals the movie as The Wasp. Her ability to personify a strong female lead was refreshing. Everything from compassion to all out kicking ass and taking names, it’s almost a shame that Marvel didn’t introduce her in Captain America: Civil War. Marvel was very smart in knowing what they have with Lilly as she basically a co-lead of this film. Because as much as Paul Rudd is technically the lead, she really does show her ability to steal a scene throughout the entire movie. Plus she did more of her own stunts than Rudd. I look forward to her interacting with the rest of the heroes in the next untitled Avengers movies next year.

What I think Didn’t Work;

I really can’t nit-pick at anything in this movie. There is a good reason why it got an A- from CinemaScore and an 86% from Rotten Tomatoes.

Overall;

Hands down this movie made it into my top five favorite Marvel movies of all time. It’s full of great acting from brilliant actors, amazing action scenes, and a story that sets the standard for a fun summer movie. Definitely check this movie out in theaters if you get the chance.

Check out the trailer below.

Weekend Box Office: July 6-8, 2018

Once again Disney has taken the top spot this year with Marvel’s Ant-Man And The Wasp with $76 million domestically and $161 worldwide. This is the 9th time that Marvel Studios has claimed the top spot this year. This sequel has outperformed the 2015 movie by nearly $20 million. I expect it will take first place next week as well since there are no big movies coming out next weekend. Plus the movie received an A- from CinemaScore and a 86% at RottenTomatoes. This one of those movies that will do both well theatrically and when it’s released on DVD and Redbox.

In second place and still going strong is everyone’s favorite superhero family Incredibles 2 with $29 million. The movie in total has made over $772 million worldwide. What’s more interesting that domestically it has made over $504 million which makes it the first animated movie to ever top $500 million, which makes it the highest grossing animated title ever. It’s now just shy of topping Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to become the 11th highest grossing domestic release of all-time. This family-friendly movie still has plenty of steam and won’t be leaving the top ten any time soon.

In third place is Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom with $28.6 million. So far the movie has made over $1 billion worldwide and $333 million domestically. Though with movies like Equalizer 2 and Mission Impossible: Fallout coming out at the end of the month, I expect that this dino frenzy movie to start dying down pretty quick. I mean this weekend along saw a -53% drop off from the previous weekend.

In fourth place from Universal and Blumhouse was The First Purge in its opening weekend with $17.3 million. This is the fourth film in the Purge franchise, which all have done well domestically on very little budgets. For example, the 2016’s The Purge: Election Year was the highest grossing of the franchise, just shy of $80 million. I don’t expect to see this movie to do that well with so many options out there and for what is to come.

Rounding out the top five is Sony’s Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which dropped -61.6% in its second weekend, delivering a total of $7.3 million for a domestic total that now stands at $35.3 million.

2K Announces Carnival Games For Nintendo Switch

I find the only time I play a Nintendo game nowadays is when the whole family is together. That’s why it’s pretty cool to hear that 2K is bringing Carnival Games to the Nintendo Switch on November 6, 2018. This is one of those games you don’t have to think too hard about, rather just enjoy that you are playing a game and many people must enjoy it has sold over 9.5 million copies worldwide.

The game is fun because you can either play by yourself or play with four other people, which makes it more fun. Play everything from ring toss, ball horse racing, and brand new attractions like drone racing and cosmic bowling.

Carnival Games will be available on Nintendo Switch for $39.99. Learn more about the game at www.2k.com/carnivalgames.

DC UNIVERSE: A First-of-Its-Kind Digital Subscription Service For Fans

While DC Entertainment hasn’t won me over with their movies, well with the exception of Wonder Woman, but that is beside the point. The point is that they have created a first-of-its-kind digital subscription service that gives fans access to exclusive content and experiences not available anywhere else.

By signing up for the DC UNIVERSE members will be able to enjoy all-new original live-action and animated series of some of the biggest DC Comics has. Members will also get features like opportunities to connect with others in the DC community, earn premium rewards and participate in sweepstakes and contests. But let’s be honest, you’re signing up for the original content.

Members of DC UNIVERSE can:

  • Watch exclusive originals and classic favorites;
  • Read from an extensive list of curated comic books;
  • Connect with the DC community;
  • Explore the latest breaking news and the ever-expanding DC encyclopedia;
  • Win premium rewards and participate in sweepstakes and contests;
  • Shop for exclusive merchandise.

“DC UNIVERSE is so much more than a streaming service. It’s a welcoming place for everyone to immerse themselves in their own level of DC fandom, with the epic characters, stories, and experiences they have come to expect from DC,” said Jim Lee, chief creative officer, and publisher, DC Entertainment. “We are investing in and creating original, high-quality shows including the new Titans series, and curating the most beloved nostalgic content, while at the same time elevating the comic reading experience to new heights. Nothing this robust has ever been offered to fans before.”

DC UNIVERSE will be all-new exclusive original live-action and animated series based on DC’s iconic characters. Check out the show synopsis of each of them below.

Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.

Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcasts: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman, and Crazy Jane. Led by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder, they’re called into action by the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg. Banding together these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC Universe.

Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

Young Justice: Outsiders features the return of the fan favorite animated series with a huge cast of DC’s most iconic young superheroes – plus brand-new characters, many of whom are just discovering their unique meta-powers and special abilities. Set against the backdrop of a rich, deep world that touches all corners of the DC Universe, the season focuses on meta–trafficking, and an intergalactic arms race for control of these super-powered youths.

Harley Quinn follows Harley’s adventures after she breaks up with the Joker and strikes out on her own in this new adult animated comedy. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of the Doom.

From all that I am pretty sold on this. I mean Young Justice along sold me, everything else is icing on the cake. Fans can sign up for beta access which opens in August 2018, which the site will go live later this fall. Sign up today at www.dcuniverse.com.

SON Events Partner With DC And Warner Bros. For Inaguaral Wonder Woman 5k/10k Race

DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have partnered up with SON Events to create the inaugural DC Wonder Woman Run Series. Designed to empower the hero in all, this 5K and 10K movement will encourage participants to harness their inner strength.

The first event in the DC Wonder Woman Run Series will take place on September 22, 2018, in Sacramento, California. While other runs will include Oakland, California in October, Los Angeles in November, and San Jose and San Diego to be announced soon.

Each event will kick off with an expo where participants will be able to collect their race packets, bib numbers and purchase exclusive Wonder Woman merchandise. This one-of-a-kind race will culminate with a finish line that will offer a festival for both participants and spectators.\

“Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic and well-loved Super Heroes of all time,” said Mark Knutson, of SON Events. “We’re excited to give fans a new and unique event by providing an inviting, fun, and empowering experience where people can enjoy a great course, and bond with other fans while being active.”

To register for the DC Wonder Woman Run Series events, visit www.dcwonderwomanrun.com.

 

Baskin-Robbins Kicks Off National Ice Cream Month on July 1st with Free Slices of Polar Pizza

I had no idea that July was national ice cream month. So it was to read that Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is kicking off its favorite month of the year – National Ice Cream Month – by offering guests a free sample of its Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Polar Pizza Ice Cream Treat on Sunday, July 1st from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at participating stores nationwide. This special offer on the first day of National Ice Cream Month is just one way that Baskin-Robbins is celebrating all month long.

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Polar Pizza features a chocolate chip cookie crust and is topped with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream, cookie dough pieces, rainbow sprinkles and a drizzle of marshmallow topping.

On National Ice Cream Day, which is Sunday, July 15, guests who download the Baskin-Robbins Mobile App will receive exclusive offers, like a BOGO Cone offer, a BOGO 99-cent sundaes offer and $2 off a medium Milkshake offer

Baskin-Robbins will also be ending National Ice Cream Month on a sweet note with its Celebrate 31 promotion. On Tuesday, July 31st, all regular and kids-sized scoops will be $1.50. This offer can be enjoyed with any Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor, including the Flavor of the Month, OREO’n Cake, or a seasonal favorite like America’s Birthday Cake, which features strawberry and cake-flavored ice creams with blue whipped cream-flavored swirl.