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IN THE EVENT YOU Play ” NEW WORLD “? Beta Impressions From The Frontier

Amazon Games’ upcoming MMORPG New World is in the spotlight as a lengthy closed beta session shows off the action ahead of an August 31st release. New World has changed its vision multiple times over the course of development, and now the question on everyone’s mind is – where is this going to land on release? What kind of player is it for? What kind of MMORPG is it? And perhaps the most important question, is it worth your time at all? Over the course of the beta (and a demo session that took me into an endgame slice with a fully-geared character), I’ve seen some areas with huge potential that are currently underserved in the MMORPG space – and some others that could be intense detriments for the title. Let’s talk about New World!It successfully lands a powerful frontier survival vibe If you’re familiar with survival games that have you punching wood to get a house going, New World delivers on this front initially by giving the player myriad survival pursuits. Hunting turkey on the borders of your established safe zones to raise your cooking skill and create rations is far more engaging than it has any right to be. Hunting down elusive saltpeter deposits in mines and crafting your own shells for your old-timey rifles feels fun. Being able to skill up in everything to your liking is a classic system à la Runescape, and its nice to know you can work up every single crafting and gathering skill if you wish, right down to doing some fishing. Banging together your first batch of gathering tools is actually freaking awesome. Digging up carrots and potatoes feels meaningful. Coming back to your town in the middle of the wilderness to trade feed and talk with your fellow explorers has all the allure of bustling about Disney’s Frontiertown, and I’ve rarely had so much investment into crafting and trading systems in MMOs. I can see potential problems with these aspects later down the line, i.e. do I really want to spend my time in the endgame gathering resources just so I can play the game, but for now, there’s plenty of magic in creating my own food, ammunition, and supplies before I trek out into the wild. It feels gritty, it feels raw, and it feels fresh. Faction PVP can be a lot of fun Territory control and faction-based opt-in PVP not only bring back a bit of realm-vs-realm feel from the glory days of Dark Age of Camelot, but they inject something that many online experiences have moved away from in the last decade – social interaction. That means yes, you are going to see a player named PoopyPants (Yes, this was a real player I saw) cutting down trees and screaming outside of town about the price of silver ore, and your chat feed is going to be inundated with comments that make the infamous Barrens chat look downright erudite. However, it also successfully adds shared social stakes to the experience, even if you choose not to interact at the verbal level with any other players. By funneling players into three different factions, you have an investment in your tribe regardless of how deep you want to take it. If you still just want to solo and bring back a load of furs to trade in town, you can – but the real fun is to be had by grouping up, interacting with others, and eventually taking over some territory as your chosen faction. At the solo, guild, and greater level, having game flow dictated by players instead of the “theme park” experience is a bold choice and more than a bit refreshing. The issue here is how interesting and meaningful are these faction wars going to be in the endgame? While I don’t have the answer to that yet, the prospect of really engaging with other players in a meaningful way in a MMORPG gives me a powerful nostalgia bump and some serious differentiation from many other genre offerings today. On the flip side, if you’re not really interested in territory wars or PvP, other existing MMORPGs might be a better choice. The combat is New World’s biggest weakness In almost every MMORPG, you’re going to be doing a ton of combat. It’s probably the biggest portion of the entire gameplay experience. With limited skill options, awkward animations, and very little excitement, New World’s combat is decidedly dull. Now, there’s something to be said about popping an opposing faction member from a great distance before you engage in a 3v3 skirmish that gets real greasy, but that’s more about the player-to-player interaction than the combat, which can often feel wooden and wonky. While I enjoy systems that attempt to break the genre out of the tab-targeting standard that’s been grandfathered into MMOs for ages, it misses the mark here.  I found it hard to determine if the other aspects of the game that seem enjoyable can carry this particular aspect either, as combat is the core of almost every other pursuit. Even if you’re just spelunking for saltpeter, you’re going to have to fight a ton of various zombie-like creatures, wolves, or bears, and it simply does not feel good. This problem is exacerbated in group experiences, both PvP and PvE, but more pronounced in the latter. Chewing into spongey opponents as a pack with the glaring lack of feedback from weaponry is almost comical, and your options in combat feel extremely limited and lacking. Everything can feel the same Enemies, locations, and activities can become a big bowl of mush without breaking it up with some PvP pursuits. You’ll see many of the same rickety little fishing villages, decrepit farms, and crumbling ruins as you traverse the giant world. Killing some undead buccaneers at level 5 feels the same as it does at level 15, and you’re going to be doing a ton of daily-quest/fetch style activities in order to grind out your faction reputation, like wandering around the aforementioned locations for boxes and killing X undead baddies. It feels intensely repetitive even after only twenty hours of gameplay, so I’m concerned about how that will translate to the endgame – will I still, as an elite member of the Syndicate, still be wandering farms killing undead and picking taters? I mean, I do like picking taters... Travel is rough When you’re just starting, it’s fine that you’re walking everywhere because you don’t have far to go. However, this takes a turn at around level 12, where you’ll find the autorun button and some movies on your favorite streaming platform to be your best friends. The world is large, and traveling it all on foot is a huge pain. Without mounts, and the fact that fast travel is limited by resources, moving around the map is an absolute bore and a chore. I realize there are other meaningful concerns that probably flow into this decision, like the implications of having everyone zoom around in a game that’s attempting to create stakes with territory control and PvP, but this becomes harder and harder to ignore the more you play and get quests on opposite ends of your map. Forging ahead Based on the beta, New World is going to be an interesting but potentially niche addition to the current crop of MMORPGs. However, it seems to really serve players that want to play with small groups of friends for faction skirmishes and that are interested in greater territory control wars with big guild politics and all that. If you’re not interested in that kind of greater pursuit with plenty of social interaction and PvP, the PvE elements by themselves do not seem compelling enough to keep things rolling.  While I love the feeling of crafting my own stuff, slowly increasing the areas that I’m strong enough to explore, and fastidiously upping all my gathering and crafting skills, I can see those charms fading rapidly as the activities become somewhat rote. The dynamics involved in faction wars and territory control seem to be the peppy antidote for the never-ending rock farm in various undead shacks and homesteads. As with other games that lean into this kind of emergent gameplay (RIP Shadowbane), some of New World will be what players shape it into.
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    Dominique Fishback Joins Apple’s THE FINAL Days of Ptolemy Grey

    Dominique Fishback joins Apple’s The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey On the heels of her breakout roles in HBO’s The Deuce, Netflix’s Project Power and WB’s Judas and the Black Messiah, Dominique Fishback has found another major role to add to her resumé as she joins the cast for Apple’s miniseries adaptation of The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey: Samuel L. Jackson Leads New Apple TV+ Miniseries The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey centers around the titular character, a 91-year-old man forgotten by his family, by his friends, by even himself. On the brink of sinking even deeper into a lonely dementia, Ptolemy experiences a seismic shift when he’s given the tremendous opportunity to briefly regain his memories, and uses this precious and fleeting lucidity to solve his nephew’s death and come to terms with his past. Samuel L. Jackson (The Banker) is set in the titular role while Fishback has signed on to star as Robyn, a friend of the family who helps Ptolemy, with the streamer also having signed White Tiger writer/director Ramin Bahrani to direct and executive produce. Pick up a copy of the novel here! The series will be written by author Walter Mosley, who will also serve as an executive producer along with Jackson. Anonymous Content’s Eli Selden and Diane Houslin have also been set as executive producers. This marks the second collaboration between Jackson and Apple, who have previously worked together in last year’s The Banker. RELATED: Death to 2020: Samuel L. Jackson, Lisa Kudrow, & More Join New Netflix Mockumentary Jackson is best known for his acclaimed performances in Do the Right Thing, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, and more. He also gained recognition for his role as Nick Fury in Marvel Studios’ blockbuster MCU films and is set to reprise the role in Disney+’s new MCU series Secret Invasion. (Photo Credit: Dia Dipasupil/WireImage)

    Da Vinci Code Prequel Series Langdon Shifts From NBC To Peacock

    Da Vinci Code prequel series Langdon shifts from NBC to Peacock After shifting from being a film adaptation to a series at NBC, the Da Vinci Code prequel drama Dan Brown’s Langdon centered on the iconic Art History and Symbology Professor is shifting gears to fresh streaming service Peacock as it has been picked up to series. RELATED: Craig Robinson-Led Untitled Comedy Gets Series Order at Peacock “The team was blown away by this pilot and its enormous potential to become a big, binge-worthy hit, and our new structure enables us to move it to Peacock and give it every opportunity to make that happen,” Susan Rovner, Chairman, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “Our ability to pick up a great show is no longer limited by the confines of a network schedule, giving us the freedom to say ‘yes’ to shows we love and then find them the perfect home across our portfolio.” The series, written and executive produced by Scream: The TV Series duo Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, will be an adaptation of the third novel in Brown’s series The Lost Symbol and act as a prequel to the events of the film franchise starring Tom Hanks in the central role and helmed by Ron Howard. The story will follow the early adventures of Harvard symbologist Langdon as he must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy. Click here to purchase the complete Robert Langdon novel series and Tom Hanks-starring Langdon film trilogy! “I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with Ron and Brian again on another Langdon project,” Brown said in a statement. “We’ve all wanted to make The Lost Symbol for some time now, and I’m grateful to CBS Studios, Imagine Television Studios, Universal Television and Peacock for joining forces to make this project a reality. Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie have written a phenomenally captivating script, and the casting and performances are pitch perfect.” RELATED: Girls5eva Teaser Previews Peacock’s New Tina Fey-Produced Comedy Dan Brown’s Langdon will star Ashley Zukerman (Succession) in the titular role alongside Valorie Curry (Blair Witch), Sumalee Montano (10 Cloverfield Lane), Rick Gonzalez (Arrow), Eddie Izzard (Get Duked!) and Beau Knapp (The Nice Guys). Alongside Dworkin and Beattie, the series is executive produced by Brown, Brian Grazer, Howard, Samie Kim Falvey and Anna Culp and produced by CBS Studios, Imagine Television Studios and Universal Television.

    The CW’s Powerpuff Girls Pilot Finds Titular Trio Cast

    The CW’s Powerpuff Girls pilot finds titular trio cast Just a month after landing a pilot order at the network, The CW’s live-action sequel series to The Powerpuff Girls has found its titular stars as Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Dove Cameron (Descendants) and Yana Perrault (Jagged Little Pill), according to Variety. RELATED: The CW Orders Pilot for Live-Action Powerpuff Girls Sequel Series The pilot, which acts as a reunion between Bennet and Cameron after starring as opponents in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., will see the former star as the team’s de-facto leader Blossom while the latter will star as Bubbles, well-remembered as being the sweetest of the trio, and Perrault is set to portray Buttercup, the tough and hotheaded tomboy of the group. The CW recently tapped Maggie Kiley to helm the pilot, having previously worked with the filmmaker on episodes of Riverdale and its spin-off Katy Keene. The new series, which is being developed by writers and executive producers Heather Regnier (iZombie) and Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body), will see the titular trio as disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having spent their entire childhood fighting crime and struggling to reunite as the world needs them more than ever. Alongside Regnier and Cody, the project will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrowverse), Sarah Schechter and David Madden via Berlanti Productions with Warner Bros. Television set to produce the project. Regnier is attached to the studio via an overall deal, with previous credits for WBTV including Falling Skies, iZombie and the Veronica Mars revival at Hulu, as well as working on Showtime’s SMILF and Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Click here to purchase the Complete Series set of the 1998 animated hit! The Powerpuff Girls was created by Craig McCracken and debuted in 1998, centering on Professor Utonium as, in an attempt to create the perfect little girl, ends up creating the titular trio Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup from the combination of sugar, spice, everything nice and the mysterious Chemical X. The series received rave reviews over the course of its six-season run and was broken up with a theatrical movie in 2002, which was a modest critical and commercial success. RELATED: Arrow Spinoff & The 100 Prequel Still in ‘Active Discussions’ at The CW Cartoon Network rebooted the series in 2016 without the involvement of McCracken or the original voice cast and received generally mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike and some controversy for the mishandling of transgender themes in an episode in the first season. (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

    Netflix’s Lost Ollie Sets Ensemble Cast Including Groff, Rodriguez & More!

    Netflix’s Lost Ollie sets ensemble cast including Groff, Rodriguez & more! After announcing development on the live-action/CGI hybrid series late last year, Netflix has set an ensemble cast for Lost Ollie that is set to include Jonathan Groff (Frozen II), Gina Rodriguez (Carmen Sandiego), Mary J. Blige (Trolls World Tour) and more. RELATED: Shadecraft: Netflix Developing Series Adaptation From Lucifer’s Joe Henderson LOST OLLIE – a heartwarming story about a lost toy searching for home – is excited to announce the cast for the upcoming family limited series! Find out more about the cast belowpic.twitter.com/wuyFQ2HaTy — Netflix Family (@netflixfamily) March 9, 2021 The limited series, created, written and executive produced by Shannon Tindle (Kubo and the Two Strings), is inspired by William Joyce’s Ollie’s Odyssey and centers on a lost toy on an epic adventure, searching across the country for the boy who lost him, and the story of the boy who lost more than a best friend. A heartwarming journey to reunite in the face of all the dangers that childhood can throw at them. Groff, who previously worked with Netflix on the acclaimed crime thriller Mindhunter, will star as Ollie, a handmade toy rabbit stitched together from odds and ends.  Ollie has a pure spirit with a heart of gold and never ruins a chance to make friends.  He’s been best friends with Billy since forever, until one day he ends up in a resale shop with no way home.  Though he’s often afraid of the unknown, Ollie puts on a brave face and sets off to find Billy, meeting other toys to help him along the way Blige, who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the historical drama Mudbound and starred in the first season of The Umbrella Academy, will voice Rosy, a raggedy teddy bear stitched together from other toys.  Rosy is a fearless warrior who is deeply passionate with inspiring confidence.  While unsure of Ollie at first, she becomes an important ally as she joins them on their journey. Click here to purchase Joyce’s iconic novel! Tim Blake Nelson, coming off of HBO’s acclaimed Watchmen series and playing the titular role in Netflix’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, will appear as Zozo, a clown doll who is an old toy and an even older soul.  Zozo is a true gentleman with a good sense of humor, and after meeting Ollie and hearing his story, he agrees to help Ollie on his journey. Rodriguez, who led the streamer’s recently-concluded Carmen Sandiego animated series and recurs on Emmy-winning adult animated series Big Mouth, will star as Sharon aka Momma, Billy’s mother, a loving woman who inspires creativity and imagination in her son. She makes sure to cherish their time together, teaching Billy all the things he’ll need to know to find happiness in the future. Jake Johnson, who led Netflix’s short-lived Hoops, will star as James aka Daddy, Billy’s father, who is overworked and stressed, doing his best to take care of Billy and his wife, Sharon. Sometimes that stress leads to being short with Billy, but he’s doing all he can to make a good life for his son. Kesler Talbot, who recently appeared in the now-defunct-Quibi’s horror anthology 50 States of Fright, will play Billy, a young boy with a mind bursting with creativity. He shares a magical bond with his toy Ollie, a homemade rabbit made by his beloved mother, who joins him on all of his adventures. When Ollie gets lost, Billy embarks on a mission to find him. RELATED: Mila Kunis to Lead Netflix’s Film Adaptation of Luckiest Girl Alive Lost Ollie, consisting of four 45 minute episodes, is being helmed by Peter Ramsey, who previously worked with Johnson on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, who is also executive producing alongside Tindle, Shawn Levy and Josh Barry via 21 Laps Entertainment (Stranger Things), Brandon Oldenburg (CCO of Flight School Studio) and Lampton Enochs with Emily Morris serving as co-executive producer. Production is currently underway in Vancouver, Canada on the project with Industrial Light & Magic (The Mandalorian) handling the CGI characters for the series. (Photo Credits: Getty Images/Netflix)

    Showtime’s THE INITIAL Lady Casts Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt

    Showtime’s The First Lady casts Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt Just a few days after adding Judy Greer (Halloween) to the ensemble roster, Showtime’s The First Lady has rounded out its central cast as Golden Globe and Emmy winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) has signed on to star as Eleanor Roosevelt, according to Deadline. RELATED: Judy Greer Replacing Pamela Adlon in Showtime’s The First Lady “Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible range and exquisite talent – she is the perfect choice to complete this powerhouse trio, who will inhabit the roles of these iconic women,” Amy Israel, EVP, Scripted Programming, Showtime Networks, said in a statement. “It’s inspiring to have Gillian, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susanne Bier and Cathy Schulman at the forefront of The First Lady. They have truly set the stage for a landmark Showtime series.” Jayme Lawson (The Batman) is set as a series regular portraying Michelle Obama from ages 15-30, as the series begins with Obama as a young woman in Chicago and follows her as a Harvard undergraduate and Princeton Law School student, eventually marrying Barack Obama in 1992. Kristine Froseth (The Assistant), who will only appear in three episodes, is portraying a young Betty Ford as she trains as a dancer for Martha Graham in New York City, and into her 20s in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she worked for Herpolsheimer’s Department Store and eventually married Gerald Ford. The First Lady (formerly titled as First Ladies) is set in the East Wing of the White House, where many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of America’s most iconic First Ladies. The first season will be focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama. Academy Award winner Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) and Oscar nominee Michelle Pfeiffer (Dangerous Liaisons) have signed on for the leading roles of Michelle Obama and Betty Ford, respectively, with Greer also starring as Nancy Howe, Rhys Wakefield (True Detective) as Dick Cheney and Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) as Gerald Ford. RELATED: The Curse: Emma Stone to Star in Safdie Brothers’ Showtime Comedy Series The series is written by Cooley from an idea that originated with Cathy Schulman, who was inspired by Cooley’s spec script about Lady Bird Johnson. Golden Globe winner Susanne Bier (The Undoing) has also boarded the project to serve as its director and executive producer. The First Lady will be co-produced by Showtime and Lionsgate TV along with Welle Entertainment (Otherhood), Gaspin Media (LA’s Finest), and JuVee Productions. It will be executive produced by Cooley, Welle Entertainment’s Schulman, Gaspin Media’s Jeff Gaspin, and LINK Entertainment’s Brad Kaplan. Davis will also serve as an executive producer along with Julius Tennon through through their JuVee Productions banner. (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

    Deadpool’s Reese & Wernick Developing Twisted Metal TV Series

    Deadpool’s Reese & Wernick developing Twisted Metal TV series Just a few years after a film based on the beloved vehicular combat game franchise was cancelled, Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions have begun development on a series adaptation of Twisted Metal, according to Variety. RELATED: Pedro Pascal Joins HBO’s The Last of Us Series as Joel The series is described as an action comedy and will center on a motor-mouthed outsider who is offered the opportunity to get a better life only after he successfully delivers a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Partnering with a trigger-happy car thief, he’ll face off against savage bandits driving deadly vehicles of destruction and other dangers on the road, including the fan-favorite deranged clown Sweet Tooth in his menacing ice cram truck. “Twisted Metal is one of the most beloved franchises from PlayStation,” Asad Qizilbashm, head of PlayStation Productions, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have such a great team working on bringing this iconic game to life for the fans.” Click here to purchase the 2012 reboot of the hit franchise! Deadpool and Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick delivered the original take on the IP and will executive produce the series alongside writer Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai), Will Arnett (The Lego Batman Movie) though his Electric Avenue banner and under his first-look deal with Sony Pictures TV, Artists First’s Marc Forman and Peter Principato, PlayStation Productions’ Qizilbashm and Carter Swana and Head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst. Sources report that no deal is in place for Arnett to cameo as the psychotic Sweet Tooth in a vocal capacity. “We love Twisted Metal in all its twisted insanity,” Glenn Adilman, executive vice president of comedy development for Sony Pictures Television, said in a statement. “Michael Jonathan Smith hit it out of the park with an action-packed, brilliantly funny adaptation and we are grateful for the support of Rhett, Paul, Will and our friends at PlayStation.” RELATED: Stuber Director Michael Dowse to Helm Just Cause Movie Adaptation Twisted Metal marks the second series to enter development for Sony Pictures TV and PlayStation Productions, with the other being HBO’s The Last of Us series that just landed Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) for the central roles. (Photo Credit: Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

    Starz Acquires Penn & Roberts-Led Gaslit Series, Minus Hammer & Edgerton

    Starz acquires Penn & Roberts-led Gaslit series, Minus Hammer & Edgerton Just over a year after the Watergate drama was first announced to be in development at Universal Content Productions, Starz has acquired the Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River) and Julia Roberts (Homecoming)-starring anthology drama Gaslit. RELATED: Judy Greer Replacing Pamela Adlon in Showtime’s The First Lady The first season, based on Slate’s award-winning podcast “Slow Burn'”s first season and developed by showrunner Robbie Pickering (Mr. Robot), is a modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal – from Nixon’s bumbling, opportunistic subordinates, to the deranged zealots aiding and abetting their crimes, to the tragic whistleblowers who would eventually bring the whole rotten enterprise crashing down. “I’m so happy to have the opportunity to share the heartbreaking, fascinating story of Martha Mitchell with the world,” Pickering said in a statement. “Martha was the first and loudest voice to speak out against the bumbling criminality of a crooked Presidential administration and she was one of the most complicated public martyrs of the era. To find anyone willing to tell her story is a dream. To be making it with Sam, Julia, Sean, Matt, UCP and Starz seems impossible. I’m over the moon.” The story will center on Martha Mitchell, played by Roberts. A big personality with an even bigger mouth, Martha is a celebrity Arkansan socialite and wife to Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell, played by Penn. Despite her party affiliation, she’s the first person to publicly sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, causing both the Presidency and her personal life to unravel. As Attorney General, Mitchell is Nixon’s most trusted advisor and best friend. Temperamental, foulmouthed and ruthless – yet hopelessly in love with his famously outspoken wife – he’ll be forced to choose between Martha and the President. “In Gaslit, we not only have the opportunity to tell an incredible untold story in bringing Martha Mitchell’s historic role in Watergate to the forefront, but we are also incredibly lucky to have a dream cast including Julia and Sean and the best creative team and partners we could have asked for,” Christina Davis, President of Original Programming for Starz, said in a statement. “We could not be more excited to bring this story to the global Starz audience and continue the network’s commitment to spotlighting premium stories that appeal to women while super serving our core audience.” In addition to Pickering and director Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic), the series will be executive produced by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot) under his overall deal with UCP and Chad Hamilton (Mr. Robot) under their Esmail Corp. production banner, Roberts via her Red Om Films label, Anonymous Content and Slate’s Gabriel Roth and Josh Levin. It marks a reunion between Esmail and Roberts after the two worked together on the Golden Globe-nominated first season of Amazon’s Homecoming. RELATED: Subject to Change: J.J. Abrams Original Story Ordered to Series at HBO Max Alongside Penn and Roberts, the series was originally set to co-star Armie Hammer (The Social Network) and Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Boy Erased) as Nixon’s former White House Counsel attorney John Dean and former FBI agent and chief operative of Nixon’s White House Plumbers unit G. Gordon Liddy, though sources report that both roles are being recast. (Photo Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

    New Hawkeye Set Photos Tease Car Chase With Tracksuit Mafia

    New Hawkeye set photos tease car chase with Tracksuit Mafia As production continues on Hawkeye in Atlanta, a new batch of behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Disney+’s highly-anticipated MCU series have surfaced online (via Just Jared), providing us a glimpse of one of the series’ action sequences in which Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton and Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop engage in a car chase scene with the Tracksuit Mafia (also known by the nickname “Tracksuit Draculas”). The set photos can be viewed below! RELATED: New Hawkeye Set Photos Tease 2025 Setting and Major Plot Point Hailee Steinfeld & Jeremy Renner spend their Saturday afternoon filming “Hawkeye” in Atlanta: https://t.co/7TeSfYMiT9 — JustJared.com (@JustJared) February 21, 2021 Well, here are the bad guys that Kate Bishop and Clint Barton will be shooting at in the show.#Hawkeye #Marvel #Disneyplus pic.twitter.com/S51Hz2EdEK — XRealm Matthews (@CreamOrScream) February 21, 2021 The Hawkeye limited series will see Jeremy Renner reprising his role as Clint Barton, with the story also set to introduce his protege Kate Bishop, who is officially being portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld. Joining them are recently confirmed Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee (Animals), and newcomer Alaqua Cox. It will also reportedly feature Black Widow‘s Florence Pugh, Tony Dalton (Better Call Saul) and Zahn McClarnon (Doctor Sleep). It will be directed by Amber Finlayson and Katie Ellwood, aka Bert and Bertie, who are best known for their work on Troop Zero, and Rhys Thomas (Staten Island Summer). Hawkeye is expected to debut in Fall 2021 on Disney+. In the comics, Bishop becomes Hawkeye after Clint Barton, and is also a member of the Young Avengers. Disney has not yet confirmed if they have plans to give Bishop her own spinoff show or have her appear in the MCU down the road, but it is certainly a possibility. RELATED: WandaVision: Kevin Feige Teases the Origins of Scarlet Witch’s Powers  The project’s working title “Anchor Point” is actually serving as a homage to the first volume of Kelly Thompson’s fan-favorite comic book series that was published in 2017. Titled as Vol.1: Anchor Points, it was Kate Bishop’s first solo comic series after appearing in the Young Avengers issues. However, it’s still unknown if the said comics’ storyline would connect to the series’ plot or not.

    The CW Orders Pilot for Live-Action Powerpuff Girls Sequel Series

    The CW orders pilot for live-action Powerpuff Girls sequel series Six months after word first broke of its development and coming on the heels of the network giving a straight-to-series order to a reboot of The 4400, The CW has greenlit a pilot for The Powerpuff Girls live-action sequel series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: The CW Developing Live-Action Powerpuff Girls Sequel Series The new series, which is being developed by writers and executive producers Heather Regnier (iZombie) and Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body), will see the titular trio as disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having spent their entire childhood fighting crime and struggling to reunite as the world needs them more than ever. Alongside Regnier and Cody, the project will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrowverse), Sarah Schechter and David Madden via Berlanti Productions with Warner Bros. Television set to produce the project. Regnier is attached to the studio via an overall deal, with previous credits for WBTV including Falling Skies, iZombie and the Veronica Mars revival at Hulu, as well as working on Showtime’s SMILF and Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Click here to purchase the Complete Series set of the 1998 animated hit! The Powerpuff Girls was created by Craig McCracken and debuted in 1998, centering on Professor Utonium as, in an attempt to create the perfect little girl, ends up creating the titular trio Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup from the combination of sugar, spice, everything nice and the mysterious Chemical X. The series received rave reviews over the course of its six-season run and was broken up with a theatrical movie in 2002, which was a modest critical and commercial success. RELATED: Arrow Spinoff & The 100 Prequel Still in ‘Active Discussions’ at The CW Cartoon Network rebooted the series in 2016 without the involvement of McCracken or the original voice cast and received generally mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike and some controversy for the mishandling of transgender themes in an episode in the first season.

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