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New CREED 2 Trailer Just Released

The highly anticipated CREED II trailer has dropped today online and it’s looking like it’s in top form. The movie’s synopsis says “Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history”.

Back in the center of the ring is Michael B. Jordan (CREED, Black Panther)  as Adonis Johnson the son of Apollo Creed from the “Rocky” movies. Once again in his corner is Sylvester Stallone as Rockey Balboa and a whole number of huge stars such as Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Wood Harris, and Phylicia Rashad.

The original CREED movie was a huge success that many saw as either it was going to fail miserably or K.O. the audience with huge success. Luckily it saw that success as it grossed $109.7 million domestically and saw $173.5 million worldwide. All on a budget of $35 million. Plus it saw a Rotten Tomato score of 95% and an audience score of 89%. So safe to say the sequel is walking into theaters with high expectations.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think about it in the comment section below. CREED II comes out November 21st of this year. For more information about the movie, check out the official website here and follow it on Facebook here.

The 2018 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” Scores Double Digit Increase with 3.371 Million Total Viewers

Hosted by Tiffany Haddish, last night’s “MTV Movie & TV Awards” scored a 21% increase across the simulcast with 3.371 million total viewers. The telecast was the number one most social show in all of television, even beating the World Cup. It was the most streamed “MTV Movie & TV Awards” ever with 84.6M streams and counting.

The official #MTVAwards was trending #1 in the U.S. and globally on Monday for the two-hour telecast. Additionally, three of the top winners of the night, Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman and Chris Pratt, all trended in the U.S. during the show.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Achieves More Than Four Hundred Million Total Players

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), announced today that over four-hundred million total players worldwide have played PUBG across all platforms (Steam, kakao, DMM, Xbox One, Mail.Ru, iOS and Android) to date, engaging more than 227 million players monthly, making it one of the most played games in the world. To celebrate the milestone, PUBG will be discounted for the first time on Steam starting today for a limited time, priced at $19.99, welcoming new fans to join the worldwide gaming phenomenon.

It is not surprising that they are pushing a sale as one of their competitors Epic Game’s “Fornite” is starting to really build a lot of traction around their own game. If anything changing the way the gaming industry looks at player vs player video games.

The Verge said it best “The game is forcing game studios and publishers to rethink how their products are developed, monetized, and updated over time. The game made an estimated $300 million in the month of April entirely on in-app purchases of items like costumes, dance moves, and other cosmetics that have no effect on your ability to compete”.

So more power to PUBG but if I had to guess Fornite is winning the gaming world over quicker.

Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2 Original Soundtrack Album Release On June 22

Marvel is set to release the digital soundtrack for the second season of the Netflix original series “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on June 22, 2018. The album coincides with the release of the second season of the hit series on the same day and features an original score by returning composers Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) and Adrian Younge (Ghostface Killah, JAY-Z, Bilal, Souls of Mischief).

The duo’s critically acclaimed score for Season 1 featured influences ranging from David Axelrod, Ennio Morricone, to A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan, which were brought to life in the series and soundtrack.  The musical world created by the composers became a character, infused with hip-hop culture for the show’s Harlem setting.

For the second season, the composers desired to expand the sound and included a rhythm section and orchestra.  For the character Bushmaster (Luke Cage’s nemesis), Muhammad and Younge created what they call “symphonic reggae” for his theme, blending the soul of reggae music with an orchestra.  Their inspirations for Season 2 included the films of Alfred Hitchcock and “Mission Impossible,” plus the television series “Kojak,” “Baretta” and “The Incredible Hulk.”

In addition to the score, the album also includes licensed tracks plus the song “King’s Paradise” performed in an episode by Rakim, regarded as one of the most influential MCs of all time.  The track was written by William Griffin, Younge, and Muhammad.

Also featured in an episode is R&B singer Joi performing “Love You Forever Right Now,” a song she co-wrote with Marlon Cox and Gabrielle Dennis (Tilda Johnson) performing “Family First,” a song co-written by Younge, Muhammad, and Dennis, with vocals produced by Cheo Hodari Coker.  The soundtrack also includes two covers by teen blues guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, “I Put a Spell on You,” and “The Thrill is Gone.” All songs were composed and produced by Younge and Muhammad.

Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker said, “If Season 1 was about the hip-hop and the Wu-Tangification of the Marvel Universe, Season 2 is about the ROOTS of hip-hop: reggae and the blues.  How both smashed up against each other to create the sonic backdrop of what we now know as hip-hop. The rhythmic stew of funk, rhythm and blues, soul, melded with the Jamaican ‘DJ’ tradition.   Harlem’s Paradise, which is tied to the family legacy of both Mariah Dillard Stokes and John ‘Bushmaster’ McGiver, is where the musical sensibilities of both clash.  One of the secrets of the show is whoever looks down at the club from Cottonmouth’s ‘perch’ controls the music of the club and has reign over Harlem.”

Coker continues, “The music selection and the sequencing is a labor of love, and is one of the most important things I do as showrunner of this show. I love the fact that all of musical sensibilities meld with our storytelling and dramatic desires as a writer’s room, cast, and production crew. I get to be both John Wells and Quincy Jones.”

In Season 2 of the Netflix original series, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain. Marvel’s Luke Cage is rated TV-MA and is streaming now only on Netflix.

Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2 Original Soundtrack Album will be available for download and at streaming services on June 22. For more information, stay tuned to, @MarvelMusicInc on Twitter, and the official site for Marvel’s Luke Cage for all the updates.

Star Wars Robot Vacuums Are A Thing

I find that I haven’t grown out of having toys. They just tend to be cooler and more expensive as I get older. That’s why when I saw that Samsung was coming out with Star Wars Robot vacuums I geeked out quite a bit. I mean serious putting “adulting” chores and Star Wars is a win in my book.

The vacuums have a full view sensor which is so good that it can avoid things like chair legs or a wider area. They also have a bristle brush and drop-down shutter to capture dust trapped in corners and along the edges of walls. You can also remotely control the vacuum through an app on your phone or use voice control with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant to control it.

But the best part about the vacuum it comes as either Darth Vader or a StormTrooper with pre-installed iconic phrases and sound effects while it’s working.

The downside of it? To Buy the Vader version will cost you $799.00 and the StormTrooper version is $699. For more information check out the video below or if you are a diehard Star Wars fan you can buy one here.

Amazon Alex Coming To Hotels

Yep, you read that right Amazon Alex is looking to break into the hotel industry with Alexa for Hospitality. Amazon says that the basic idea is “Alexa for Hospitality is an experience that brings the simplicity and convenience of Alexa to hotels, vacation rentals, and other hospitality properties using in-room Alexa enabled devices, like an Echo”.

But what can Alexa for Hospitality do?

Amazon says “When you stay in a property with Alexa, you can play music from iHeartRadio and TuneIn, check the weather, set alarms, and ask for general information. Additionally, properties can create custom experiences with Alexa to make your stay more convenient and enjoyable. For example, you may be able to request items like towels or toiletries, get local recommendations, contact the front desk, control smart home features such as lights or room temperature, entertainment, and more, all by simply asking Alexa”.

But with all the recent privacy issues in the media, Amazon has built a bunch of privacy features that should help ease people’s worries about if it’s listening to them or not. For example;

Wake word: To use Alexa, simply say the wake word, “Alexa.” When Alexa detects the wake word, the light ring atop the device will light up blue to indicate that she is streaming audio to the cloud, where Alexa recognizes and responds to your request. Alexa will not stream audio to the cloud unless she is activated by the wake word.

Microphone on/off button: Using Alexa is optional. If you do not want to use Alexa, you can push the microphone on/off button built on top of the device. When the microphone on/off button is pressed, the microphones are electrically disconnected, cannot detect the wake word, and cannot stream any audio to the cloud. The light ring will turn red when the microphones are disconnected.

Privacy: Hotels can’t listen to what you said to Alexa or what she said back.

Security: Amazon encrypts all data in transit between the Amazon Echo and Amazon’s servers, and all customer data is securely kept on Amazon AWS servers.

It’s steps like this that give proof that Voice is not only coming but it’s here and it’s not going away anytime soon.

Esports Market Worth 2,174.8 million USD by 2023

According to the new market research report, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the market is expected to be worth USD 926.3 million in 2018 and is expected to reach USD 2,174.8 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 18.61% between 2018 and 2023. Media rights (subscription and online advertisement), tickets and merchandise, sponsorship and direct advertisement, and publisher fees are the major streams that contribute to the overall revenue generation of the esports market. The increasing popularity of video games and growing awareness about esports are the major factors driving the esports market.

Sponsorships and direct advertisements have a large contribution to the overall esports market revenue. In the recent years, sponsorship has witnessed a vast increase, bringing a whole new dimension to the concept of professional gaming. Sponsorships and direct advertisements offer various opportunities to the brand owners to directly reach to the game fans in an event. Booths, video displays, posters, freebies, interactive advertising, and many other creative methods facilitate this reach to the brands.

Further, the gamers form a highly dedicated audience, with a strong sense of brand loyalty; they tend to be loyal to their preferred products and brands. If brands succeed in attracting esports audience, they would successfully gain some long-term customers. Further, high prize pool events are also boosting the number of viewers and attracting top-level players, especially for offline esports tournaments. The increasing number of offline esports tournaments is providing opportunities for sponsors and advertisers to create brand awareness and loyalty among its customers.

None of this is surprising as the Esports community, through Twitch and Youtube, is growing day by day. Between selling out stadiums for live events to watching celebrities play online and over 500,000 people come to watch said celebrities play. It’s only a matter of time before the Esport market is a billion dollar industry.

Jon Bernthal Returning To The Walking Dead

Actor Jon Bernthal was spotted with fellow castmates Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln around the Georgia area where they shoot The Walking Dead. In fact, TVLine has confirmed that he will indeed return for season 9. This is a big deal to many Walking Dead fans as Bernthal was written off the show of the end of season 2 when he was killed by his best friend Rick (Andrew Lincoln). The rumors suggest that Bernthal will either show up in a flashback before he was killed or a hallucination.

His comeback also coincides with the rumors that Andrew Lincoln is looking to depart the series after next season. So with Bernthal in the picture again it seems likely this rumor will turn out to be true. Because of that AMC is looking to give Norman Reedus a fairly large pay increase and large role in the series to keep him around.

Bernthal’s recent work includes Netflix’s The Punisher and an appearance on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmit.

The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Xander Berkeley, Khary Payton, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Director James Wan Confirms Aquaman Trailer Will Premiere At SDCC

After many months of speculation and newly released pictures, James Wan has confirmed on Twitter that the extremely highly anticipated “Aquaman” movie trailer will premiere at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con. He wrote “Comic-Con will be insane!! This is the new glyph/logo. Freshly smuggled out of Atlantis! (stolen off King Orm’s belt buckle)“.

An icon for over 70 years, Aquaman is the King of the Seven Seas. This reluctant ruler of Atlantis, caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt, is committed to protecting the entire globe.

The Aquaman cast includes Jason Momoa as the King of Atlantis, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko,  Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Ludi Lin as Murk, Patrick Wilson as King Orm/Ocean Master, Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanta.

Aquaman opens on December 21 in theaters everywhere.

Sam Mendes to Make Self-Penned WW1 Drama 1917 for Amblin

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes brings his World War I film, 1917, to Amblin Partners. Mendes, who wrote the original script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, will direct and produce the film. Pippa Harris, Mendes’ producing partner at Neal Street Productions, will also produce.

Production is targeting an April 2019 start for a US release in December 2019 through Amblin’s distribution partner, Universal Pictures.

1917 marks a reunion for Mendes and the Steven Spielberg-led Amblin Partners. The British director made his first feature, the Oscar-winning American Beauty, under the DreamWorks Pictures label, followed by two other productions – Road to Perdition and Revolutionary Road. Mendes most recently directed the last two movies in the James Bond franchise, Spectre, and Skyfall.

Said Sam Mendes: “I couldn’t be happier to be back working with Amblin and Steven Spielberg again, alongside Donna Langley and all at Universal. I’ve been working on this script for over a year, so it’s very exciting to start making the movie itself a reality.”

Said Steven Spielberg: “Our company has been a home for Sam since his first film. I am so happy to have him back here in his old room spinning new stories – especially this hugely daring and ambitious new movie.”

CAA Media Finance packaged the film and brokered the deal.