Sunday, April 11, 2021

LOCATING THE Real Magic Mike Competition Show Announced for HBO Max

Finding The Real Magic Mike competition show announced for HBO MaxHBO Max is diving into the Warner Bros. vault to expand its unscripted content as the streaming platform has ordered the new reality competition The Real Magic Mike to series, with film star Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh attached to executive produce and is expected to debut later this year.RELATED: The Lost City of D: Channing Tatum & Sandra Bullock-led rom-com sets 2022 release“From box office hits to sold-out live shows, Magic Mike has proven to be a pop-culture juggernaut that continues to delight people across the globe,” Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max, said in a statement. “We’re excited to work with Channing, Steven and the team behind Magic Mike Live to continue this successful franchise that celebrates self-confidence and sexiness both inside and out.”The exhilarating and sexy series will transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes as 10 men who have ‘lost their magic’ will compete for the title. Like any competition show, participants will undergo a full-body evolution as they learn to perform spectacular routines and develop a new level of self-confidence through stripping. Many will think they have what it takes but only one man can be the Real Magic Mike. The winner will receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform on the blockbuster Magic Mike Live stage in Las Vegas.Click here to watch the Channing Tatum-led film!“Magic Mike is one of Warner Bros.’ most iconic franchises,” Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, said in a statement “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Channing, Steven and HBO Max on an all-new vision of this amazing and legendary brand. We’re looking forward to giving fans a front-row seat as we search the country for undiscovered talent.”Loosely based on Tatum’s early days as a stripper before making it in Hollywood, Magic Mike quickly became a box office hit in 2012 grossing over $167 million worldwide. After the release of Magic Mike XXL, Executive Producer Channing Tatum, along with founders Peter Kiernan, Reid Carolin, Steven Soderbergh, Greg Jacobs and Nick Wechsler partnered with producer Vincent Marini to introduce audiences to the groundbreaking entertainment experience MAGIC MIKE LIVE. The live show has expanded internationally since it’s Vegas launch and has played to sold-out audiences in London, Berlin and Australia. Tickets are currently on sale for the recently announced 2022 UK Arena Tour.RELATED: New to Stream: HBO Max’s April 2021 highlightsA nationwide casting search for The Real Magic Mike is currently underway. In addition to Tatum and Soderbergh, the series will be executive produced by Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Vincent Marini, Alycia Rossiter, Cassie Lambert Scalettar, Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening and David Tibballs alongside co-executive producer Kevin Boyer, with Eureka Productions and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television producing in association with Warner Horizon.
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    Here's What's Coming Next For Star Wars Action Figures

    Today's Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest began with the announcement of a new Fortnite action figures line, and concluded with a handful of reveals for Star Wars' Vintage Collection and Black Series lines. Disney Plus' The Mandalorian remains a strong focus for Hasbro, but various video games also grabbed the spotlight for a number of figure reveals.Along with new Vintage Collection figure announcements for Luke Skywalker (Hoth), the Emperor's Royal Guard, Han Solo (Endor), and Admiral Akbar, Hasbro debuted a new subgroup of Gaming Greats. This wave consists of a Heavy Battle Droid from Battlefront II, a Shadow Trooper from The Force Unleashed, and a Scout Trooper and Electrostaff Purge Trooper from Jedi: Fallen Order. All of these figures are currently available for pre-order at GameStop. The Gaming Greats line is exclusive to retailer. For the fan-favorite Black Series, Hasbro unveiled a slate of exciting figures. From the film side, we're getting new figures of Aurra Sing and General Lando Calrissian. From The Mandalorian, the trigger-happy assassin droid ZERO (or Q9-0) is getting a great looking figure, as is Koska Reeves, the Mandalorian in Bo-Katan Kryze's group. And from the animation side of the Star Wars universe, Hasbro is releasing a figure of Tech, one of the main characters from the forthcoming Bad Batch show. The most surprising Star Wars announcements were for two fringe characters that are getting pricey collectibles. You'll soon be able to wear a replica of Wedge Antilles' helmet, which consists of forest green coloring and a similar shape to Luke's traditional X-Wing helmet. This Black Series collectible will release for $99.99 this summer, and features electronic lights and sound effects. Hasbro is also commemorating another X-Wing hero in plastic with a vintage collection two-pack that consists of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Antoc Merrick and his light blue X-Wing fighter. This product hits in the fall for $99.99. We didn't get the Boba Fett announcement we were hoping for. Everyone wants a figure of him based on his time in The Mandalorian, but it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer for that one. Here's hoping he comes seated on a particular throne shown in the second season's final episode. What did you think of Hasbro's showing today, not just for Star Wars, but Transformers and Fortnite as well? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below! Disclaimer: GameStop is the parent company of Game Informer

    Mass Effect Legendary Edition Officially Goes Gold

    Good news, Turian lovers and N7 hopefuls alike! Mass Effect Legendary Edition has officially gone gold. The news was confirmed by project director Mac Walters, ensuring that no delays are on the horizon for the Mass Effect trilogy remaster slated for next month. Walters took to his Twitter account with a fitting GIF of Shepard and company partying it down during the Citadel pizza. Pop that dextro-friendly champagne and order that pizza from the Vorcha, because it's time to board the Normandy once more and show the galaxy how it's done:  While the Legendary Edition is a remaster and not a remake, that doesn't mean the small changes can't impact the game in a thoughtful way. Not just visually either. The upcoming remaster includes all of the previous DLC, making it easy for those that may have missed out on the incredible adventures of the Citadel DLC, Shadow Broker, Leviathan, and so many more.  As part of our cover story last month, we dove deep into what the Mass Effect Legendary Edition as to offer players. From Mako tweaks to character improvements, there is a lot to look forward to for returning players. For newcomers to the series, the ability to play the entire trilogy as it is meant to be played (thanks to the included DLC) is great way to jump right into the fray.  To learn more about Mass Effect Legendary Edition, check out our exclusive game hub here. From no multiplayer to lost code that can never be recovered, we asked it all. 

    CS Video: Godzilla vs Kong’s Adam Wingard Talks Mechagodzilla!

    CS Video: Godzilla vs Kong’s Adam Wingard Talks Mechagodzilla!Warner Bros. and Legendary provided ComingSoon.net with the chance to sit down 1:1 with Adam Wingard, director of the smash MonsterVerse crossover Godzilla vs. Kong! In this segment, we ask Wingard to talk about how the previous iterations of Mechagodzilla influenced his version in the new film. Check out what Wingard had to say in the player below!Click here to purchase Criterion’s amazing Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films collection!RELATED: CS Interview: Tom Holkenborg On His Score for Godzilla vs. Kong!Directed by Adam Wingard (Death Note) from a script by Eric Pearson (Black Widow) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla: King of the Monsters) based on a story treatment from Zach Shields, Michael Doughtery (Krampus) and Terry Rossio (Shrek), this epic action-adventure pits two of the greatest titans in motion picture history against each other with humanity caught in the middle. The film not only marks the second major showdown between the two, but also marks the 36th Godzilla film and 12th Kong outing, with the former having two under his belt for the MonsterVerse while the latter only has Skull Island.The ensemble roster for the monster mashup features returning franchise stars Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Kyle Chandler (First Man) as well as Alexander Skarsgård (The Stand), Rebecca Hall (The Night House), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Shun Oguri (Gintama), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2) and Demián Bichir (Land). King of the Monsters‘ Zhang Ziyi and franchise newcomer Jessica Henwick (Love and Monsters) were slated to appear in the film, though their roles were left on the cutting room floor.RELATED: Godzilla vs. Kong Destroys the Box Office!Godzilla vs. Kong is produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod and Brian Rogers while Kenji Okuhira, Yoshimitsu Banno, Jon Jashni and Thomas Tull as served as executive producers and Jay Ashenfelter, Jen Conroy and Tamar Kent as co-producers.It is now available in theaters and on HBO Max!

    Dungeons & Dragons Movie Delayed

    The upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie has been delayed, moving to a 2023 launch instead of the projected May 27, 2022 release previously planned. The Dungeons & Dragons movie's new release date following the delay is now set for March 3, 2023, making it the second delay to hit the film since it was first announced. The first delay pushed the movie's release from November 19, 2021, to May 27, 2022, but COVID-related issues and the uncertainty surrounding the film industry's future forced plans to change.  The film was expected to begin filming before Summer this year in Ireland. The confirmation (courtesy of Comicbook's Christian Hoffer) of the movie's delay did not confirm whether or not the production schedule was also pushed back.  Taking point on the upcoming movie is both John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein as the film's directors. We also know that Chris Pine, Regé-Jean Page, and Michelle Rodriguez are all signed on as part of the cast, but further revelations are currently being kept under wraps.  There are also a few other Dungeons & Dragons projects in the works currently with numerous live-action TV takes. No word yet on if this delay will impact those as well, but the possibility is there given that the timing was specifically centered around the movie's release.  With the future still mostly unknown outside of the delay, we are interested in seeing where our readers would like to see the Dungeons & Dragons movie go in terms of its story. We don't really know much of anything about what the story will be, which begs the question: Which characters would you like to see up on the big screen, and who would you like to see take on those roles? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below, and tell us what you'd like to see out of the latest D&D adaptation!

    Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway Release Date Moves Up

    Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway moves upOriginally slated for July 2, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway now shifts up to an earlier release date of June 18. With cinemas opening up again, this move makes a play for summer vacation families eager to go back to the theaters.The first film, Peter Rabbit, opened in 2018 and went on to take in $351M worldwide.RELATED: First Ghostbusters: Afterlife Clip Features the Return of Stay PuftIn Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, the lovable bunny is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a found family of their own. Even with a new life, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, he finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated. Realizing he is missing, Peter’s family risks everything to go looking for him. Seeing what he has at stake, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.James Corden returns to lead an ensemble voice cast as the voice of Peter Rabbit. Margot Robbie and Elizabeth Debicki return as the voices of Flopsy Rabbit and Mopsy Rabbit and Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne are reprising their live-action roles as Thomas and Bea. Aimee Horne has stepped in to replace Daisy Ridley in the role of Cottontail Rabbit. The sequel also features the additions of Emmy nominee David Oyelowo, Lennie James, Rupert Degas, and Damon Herriman. RELATED: Ghostbusters and Jumanji rides set for new Columbia Pictures Aquaverse ParkPeter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is written and directed by Will Gluck, who returns having co-written the script with Patrick Burleigh, based on the characters and tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. The film is produced by Gluck alongside Zareh Nalbandian, Catherine Bishop, and Jodie Hildebrand, with Doug Belgrad, Jonathan Hludzinski, Emma Topping, and Thomas Merrington serving as executive producers on the film. 

    Pac-Man 99 Review – AN EXCELLENT Game To Play While Doing ANOTHER THING

    I have played 128 games of Pac-Man 99, but I'm only half certain I know what I'm doing. Lacking any kind of tutorial, Pac-Man 99 leaves players to learn and understand its systems for themselves – making for a frustrating introduction to a visually busy game. However, once I cleared that initial hurdle, I found myself reaching for Pac-Man 99 time and time again – if only because of how unobtrusive it is. Taking cues from Super Mario Bros. 35 and Tetris 99, Pac-Man 99 is a modern twist on the Pac-Man action you've known for four decades: go around a maze picking up small pellets and larger power pellets while avoiding the five ghosts on-screen that can end your run. The twist here, however, is now you're pitted against 98 other online players. Pac-Man 99 is, essentially, a battle royale experience where you compete against the group to be the last player standing. The bulk of the gameplay features Pac-Man’s classic maze-running action, but pick-ups on the left and right side of the maze allow you to gobble ghosts and send attacks at other players, such as ghost Pac-Men that can either slowdown or end a player’s run. By and large, I found this twist on the familiar formula to be a fun challenge – it's satisfying to figure out when to save your attacks before unleashing them on the opposition. However, getting to the point where you actually understand how to play Pac-Man 99 is a whole other story. The game lacks any kind of tutorial, which leaves it up to players to figure out how to actually play the game. If you're willing to bang your head against the first dozen matches or so (a frustrating experience, to say the least), you eventually get the hang of it. But in the early hours, there's so much happening on-screen that Pac-Man 99 seems inscrutable. Early in my playtime, the complete lack of tutorials turned me off. While I've since learned how to enjoy Pac-Man 99, many of its systems remain bewildering. Using the Nintendo Switch's face buttons and right analog stick, you can choose ways to attack other players, with options labeled Stronger, Random, Speed, Knockout, and so on. However, I never fully understood the clear difference between some of those attacks. Pressing and moving the buttons doesn't offer detailed visual feedback, and it’s unclear how my attacks impacted other players. Despite this, I still enjoyed my time with Pac-Man 99. While many of the systems are opaque, through enough trial-and-error, I got good enough to frequently place in the top 25. Unlike many other battle royales, matches of Pac-Man 99 are relatively quick and reloading into a new match is painless, which I also appreciated. On top of the battle royale mode, Pac-Man 99 also has a Score Attack, CPU Battle, and Time Attack single player modes, though by and large I found these unremarkable and not nearly as fun as the base mode. It's also worth pointing out all single player game modes are locked behind a $15 paywall, as is a lot of the cosmetic content, but the battle royale mode is free. If you're itching for more Pac-Man, it's certainly there, but as far as I'm concerned the best this game has to offer is the free mode.  Pac-Man 99 is not a particularly difficult game, but it is engaging, and I found myself wanting to play more and more. However, the electronic music that plays over the menu and during matches is repetitive and annoying (there are maybe two or three songs in the whole thing), so Pac-Man 99 has become my go-to podcast game. Which, if you ask me, is an underrated genre. The other night I sat down and listened to the new episode of Today, Explained by Vox while playing – I recommend it, it's a good one.  To enjoy Pac-Man 99, I had to accept the frustrations that came with learning its systems. While it does an embarrassingly poor job of explaining the hows-and-whys of its mechanics, once you figure them out on your own, it's a good way to fill lulls in your day. Pac-Man 99 has become my go-to when I want to do something else, and I can't think of much higher praise for a game of this caliber. It fills a niche in my life where I can stay occupied with something fun without the need to devote all of my increasingly limited attention to it.

    Neo: THE PLANET Ends With You Launches COME EARLY JULY, PC Version Confirmed

    Neo: The World Ends With You is the upcoming sequel to the beloved cult classic The World Ends With You. We first learned about the new title last November, but Square Enix has finally pulled the curtain back on the game’s release date, showcasing a new trailer that also reveals the game is heading to PC via the Epic Games Store in addition to PlayStation 4 and Switch.The official release date is July 27 for PlayStation 4 and Switch while the PC version has a tentative Summer 2021 window. Neo: The World Ends With You takes place after the events of the 2007 original and follows protagonist Rindo, a teen who finds himself trapped in the same Reapers’ Game that plagued Neku and his pals. For those unfamiliar, the Reapers’ Game is a deadly game of survival set once again in the Shibuya district of Tokyo.  The new trailer introduces the main cast of new characters and returning faces, as well as a tantalizing tease at the end. The game’s signature art remains intact but the combat has evolved beyond the original game’s 2D battles into a 3D style reminiscent of Kingdom Hearts. Don’t worry though, you’ll still be collecting tons of pins to augment Rindo and his crew with various special abilities to take on the Noise. Take a look for yourself below. Square Enix has opened pre-orders for both the digital and physical versions of the game. I love the first game for its story and inventive use of the DS' two screens, so I'm curious to see how a follow-up built from the ground-up with one screen in mind pans out. If nothing else, it already has the sense of style and sweet soundtrack (composed once again by Takeharu Ishimoto) down even if the English voices seem ... a bit much. If you’re a newcomer looking to catch up on the series, you can check out our review of the first game’s enhanced Switch port, The World Ends With You: Final Remix, here. Or if you’d rather watch the story, Funimation and Square Enix just released Episode 1 of the anime adaptation of the game.  How do you think Neo: The World Ends With You is shaping up so far? Let us know in the comments!

    4 Figures Teases Breath Of The Wild Revali Statue first

    First 4 Figures, a company known for its high-quality gaming statues, has announced a new statue featuring a key character from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The skilled archer Revali, who is the Rito Champion in Breath of the Wild, is the newest character to receive his own First 4 Figures PVC statue.Revealed during a Q&A session with First 4 Figures' community manager, Revali is currently in the physical stage of development. First 4 Figures also teased that a full line of statues featuring the Champions – Revali, Mipha, Urbosa, and Daruk – is coming soon. The Revali figure is a painted PVC statue, but we don't have much more information than that. You can see the full teaser video below: [embedded content] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is not unfamiliar territory of First 4 Figures. To this point, First 4 has put out figures for Zelda and Link from that particular title. If you're a Zelda fan, but Breath of the Wild isn't your jam, the company also has several figures and statues from Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and Wind Waker. On top of all the Zelda goodness, you can also find statues from properties like Crash Bandicoot, Banjo-Kazooie, Sonic the Hedgehog, Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, and more on the official First 4 Figures website. We don't know how much the Revali PVC Painted Statue will cost, but First 4 Figures' True Form PVC products typically run between $100 and $200. For more on Breath of the Wild, check out my feature where I revisit the game four years after launch to see if it's really as amazing as I've remembered it. If you'd like to learn about the development of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, go visit our exclusive coverage hub from the lead up to the now-beloved game's launch. Have you ever bought anything from First 4 Figures? Are you planning on picking up the Champions statues as they arrive in the future? Let us know what you think about the newly announced Revali statue in the comments below! [Source: First 4 Figures]

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