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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.

Redbox, Warner Bros. Sign New Agreement

I can’t remember the last time I rented a DVD but Redbox and Warner Bros. today announced a new agreement bringing all new release DVD and Blu-ray Discs titles from Warner Bros. to Redbox kiosks the same day as their retail sell-through dates. The agreement also maintains new-release and catalog availability via Redbox On Demand at first release.

“We’re thrilled to announce this day-and-date agreement with Warner Bros. that provides the consistently strong slate of Warner Bros. titles to consumers at their earliest physical retail sell-through availability,” said Galen Smith, CEO of Redbox. “We appreciate the partnership with Warner Bros. in making their content accessible to Americans – whether for rental or purchase, on disc or On Demand.”

“Warner Bros. is pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with Redbox,” said Mike Takac, EVP of Sales, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “We’re aligned in our mutual goal of satisfying consumer demand for Warner Bros. content – in any format, across platforms.”

What’s interesting is that there are 41,500 Redbox kiosks and has more locations than Starbucks and McDonlands in the U.S. combined.

Upcoming new-releases from Warner Bros. include Rampage (July 17) and Ready Player One (July 24).

FOX Sports Becomes New Home of WWE SmackDown Live

For the first time, every Friday night beginning October 4, 2019, FOX broadcast network will air WWE’s flagship program SmackDown Live as part of a new five-year agreement with FOX Sports. The weekly, two-hour live event will air 52 weeks a year and captivate fans with a unique combination of edge-of-your-seat action, unpredictable drama and world-class athleticism.

“At FOX we are thrilled to welcome WWE to the FOX Sports family and bring SmackDown Live to broadcast television,” said Eric Shanks, President, COO and Executive Producer FOX Sports. “We are huge fans and know that together FOX Sports will be the leader in live events for the foreseeable future.”

“WWE and FOX are a perfect match,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “Moving SmackDown Live to broadcast TV and having the ability to leverage FOX’s extensive portfolio of world-class sporting events will expand the reach of our flagship programming.”

SmackDown Live is a consistent winner on television, currently averaging1 1.3M P18-49, 1.3M P25-54 and 3M total viewers P2+.

On air for almost 20 years and nearly 1,000 episodes, SmackDown Live is the second-longest running weekly episodic cable television show in U.S. primetime history, only behind Monday Night Raw. SmackDown Live is currently among the most-watched, regularly scheduled programs on primetime cable and delivers more viewers in primetime than any cable network in the U.S. (2.9 million average viewers).

SmackDown Live has also helped launch the careers of pop-culture icons including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Bella Twins.

U.S. Department of Justice Clears Disney Acquisition of 21st Century Fox

Good news for the people watching the Disney/21st Century Fox merger. The Walt Disney Company announced today that the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice has cleared the pending acquisition by Disney of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. Which is a great step in the process for Disney to buy Fox.

The DOJ has entered into a consent decree with Disney and 21st Century Fox that allows the acquisition to proceed while requiring the sale of the Fox Sports Regional Networks. Under the consent decree, Disney will have at least 90 days from the date of closing the transaction to complete this sale, with the possibility that the DOJ can grant extensions of time up to another 90 days. The decree is subject to the normal court approval process.

Personally, I can’t wait for this sale to be final. There are so many franchises in the Fox sandbox for Disney to play with and to really do some amazing stuff with each of them.

So say it with me. One step closer to the X-Men jumping into the MCU with The Avengers!

Taco Bell’s Nacho Fries Are Coming Back To honor The 25th Anniversary Of Warner Bros. Pictures Film “Demolition Man”

After making their debut at Taco Bell stores this past January, Nacho Fries are back for a summer sequel, returning to menus on July 12. To celebrate their return, Taco Bell will honor the 25th Anniversary of Warner Bros. Pictures’ action sci-fi film Demolition Man and its prediction of a utopian future where “all restaurants are Taco Bell,” with a re-creation of the iconic restaurant from the movie.

“When you create a fake trailer for a fake movie for a real product that surpasses all expectations of products (and movie trailers), it seems inevitable that you have to create a sequel,” said Marisa Thalberg, Chief Brand Officer of Taco Bell Corp. “And what better way to tease this sequel, than pay homage to a real movie’s 25th anniversary – one that had a very compelling view of a fictional future?”

Demolition Man, a 1993 Warner Bros. Pictures’ cult-classic in its own right, gained fame for its utopian predictions of 2032 – where Taco Bell was the only restaurant to survive the Franchise Wars.

Leading up to the July 12 return of Nacho Fries, answers will be revealed with exciting creative in the sequel to Web of Fries I. Culminating with a Demolition Man pop-up and a futuristic and upscale Taco Bell dining experience July 19 – 21 in San Diego just outside the holy-grail of science fiction.

TRAILER: The Predator

20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for The Predator. Directed by Shane Black starring Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Munn,  Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Boyd Holbrook, and a laundry list of other big names.

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

I am glad they released a new trailer as their first teaser did not make the movie look that great. But after this trailer and taking a look at their IMDB page with all the actors who are starring in it. I can’t help get excited to see this movie now.

Though I should give Director Shane Black more credit as he wrote movies like Last Action Hero, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and The Nice Guys. That alone should give him enough street credibility to create a legit Predator movie and plus he was in the original 1987 Predator movie. Which made a successful, considered back then, $98 million worldwide and went on to make a franchise out of it.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think in the comment section.

Lionsgate Signs Overall Deal With “Dear White People” Showrunner Yvette Lee Bowser

Lionsgate is looking to expand their role into television as the studio has signed an overall television deal for new television series with renowned writer, producer, and showrunner Yvette Lee Bowser.

The deal expands the global content leader’s relationship with Bowser who serves as executive producer and showrunner behind its breakout television hit Dear White People, which has garnered massive critical recognition and perfect Rotten Tomatoes scores for two straight seasons. Bowser is also known for her work in the Emmy® nominated television series Black-ish and Living Single.

“We’re incredibly proud to begin this new phase of our relationship with Yvette who’s helmed some of the most iconic and diverse shows in television,” said Lionsgate EVP and Head of Worldwide Scripted Television Chris Selak. “With her creative vision, sophisticated wit and passion for telling authentic, relatable stories, we look forward to collaborating with her on new series that reflect her bold, original and provocative signature.”

“I’m delighted to expand my relationship with Kevin, Chris and the rest of the Lionsgate team through this exciting new venture,” said Bowser. “Lionsgate’s longstanding commitment to delivering daring premium content to diverse audiences makes them a perfect partner, and I look forward to working together on more projects for their slate.”

Bowser joins Lionsgate Television’s portfolio of elite creative talent that includes Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men), Courtney Kemp (Power), Paul Feig (The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale), Eugenio Derbez and Ben O’Dell (Overboard, Instructions Not Included), Nashville’s Ed Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz, Joel Silver (The Matrix and Lethal Weapon franchises) and Dexter’s John Goldwyn, among others.

REVIEW – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Like many of us who grew up watching the original Jurassic Park on the big screen back in 1993 and the two others that followed it, it was a no-brainer to go see the sequel to 2015 movie Jurassic World. Before I go any further, spoilers will be written. So continue at your own risk.

Overview;

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom jumps forward in time three years after the park was closed down after all the dinosaurs escaped and caused havoc on park goers.  The park has been abandoned and the world has found out that the island, Isla Nublar, where are the animals live, has an active volcano that is going to erupt any moment that will destroy all life on the island. The question on the mainland has been brought to the US Government if they should or should not save the animals. The short answer is no, with a little convincing from Dr. Ian Malcolm who gives a spectacular speech in testifying before Congress.  Owen (Chris Pratt) and Clair (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to the island through private funding of a company that wants to save the animals, in particular, “Blue” the raptor that Owen raise since birth. But not all is what it seems. Cue the running, screaming and jumping for their lives and all heck breaks loose until the end of the movie.

What I Liked About It;

Once again the Jurassic Park franchise delivers the one thing everyone wants to see, people running away from dinosaurs. The franchise has come along way since the first one but the constant has been being able to see these huge creatures on the big screen and being blown away by their movie magic. What is great is that they raise the bar with each movie that is created. So while you get the same idea, you walk into the theater knowing that you’ll see something amazingly new.

Reprising their roles is both Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing. Both once again bring their A game to the big screen. Between their banter back and forth to the running away from the dinosaurs, you can not argue that they are both amazing at their craft. I mean you have to be good at convincing people that you are actually screaming bloody murder at a dinosaur that is trying to eat you.

The supporting cast was just as brilliant. Actors Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda, while not household names yet, they went toe to toe with both Pratt and Howard and were just as good. Also in the supporting cast was Toby Jones and Ted Levine who both can and have played great villain roles. The movie also had acting royalty with a supporting role from Academy Award Nominees James Cromwell and Jeff Goldblum. While their parts were fairly short both were memorable. But the breakout star I think was Isabella Sermon who played Maisie Lockwood. It takes a certain type person, heck even a kid at her age, to be able to act off that many incredible actors and not be forgotten. What’s more interesting, from her IMDB page, this seems to be her first acting role.

What I Think Didn’t Work;

I liked everything about the movie except the script and overall story. The action and acting was great but the story didn’t feel natural to what we have seen in the past from the franchise.  I mean really, I get cloned dinosaurs, but a cloned human with possible dino DNA? Really it’s when they get off the island and back to the mainland and the second part of the movie starts that felt extremely rushed with the pacing, even though the dinos were loose and chasing everyone.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a horrible movie, just not my favorite within the Jurassic Park franchise. Which makes question are we getting desensitized to awesome movies? The bar keeps getting raised with bigger special effects, bigger explosions, over the top action sequences.

Overall;

While I enjoyed it a whole lot, you aren’t missing out on anything if you don’t see it on the big screen. Really check it out when it comes to VOD or cable.