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The Walking Dead Ratings Slump To Six-Year Low

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Not even The Walking Dead can stay on top forever.

Despite AMC’s bold projection for another decade of flesh-munching action, season 8 of The Walking Dead is struggling to maintain any consistency on the ratings front, after “The Big Scary U” slumped to a six-year low – not since November of 2011 has Twd scored a 3.4 rating among adults aged 18-49, the key demographic.

Yes, this is the lowest score for The Walking Dead since season 2’s “Secrets,” which only mustered 3.1 from the 18-49 audience. To be fair, “The Big Scary U” faced strong competition from both Sunday Night Football and the American Music Awards, which occupied NBC and ABC, respectively. Even still, this is a 13 percent dip from last week’s well-received (and Ezekiel-centric) “Some Guy.”

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- Michael Briers

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Crisis On Earth-x Begins In New Supergirl Promo

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If anything, November 2017 is going to be a month for DC fans to remember. Not only has Justice League arrived in theaters, but, in less than one week, The CW will be rolling out their next massive Arrowverse crossover, “Crisis on Earth-x.”

For those of you who have been keeping up, you know that the first promo for the big mashup began running the other week during broadcasts of Supergirl and its other sister shows. Sure, it may have been all of ten seconds, but it was enough to get us more than hyped.

More recently, we were treated to one sizable trailer proving that despite these shows not having the deep budget of their silver screen counterparts, that doesn’t mean they can’t make the dreams of comic book fans a reality. In short, we expect there to be much in the way of mind-blowing action sequences and sci-fi craziness. »

- Eric Joseph

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Doctor Who: Mark Gatiss Believes Female Doctor Was Long Overdue; Calls Out Industry Sexism

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It was the announcement that almost brought the Internet to a standstill: Jodie Whittaker, star of Black Mirror and ITV drama Broadchurch, will succeed Peter Capaldi and become the first female Doctor in time for season 11. And we couldn’t be more excited.

Primed for her big debut in the Doctor Who Christmas Special, “Twice Upon a Time,” the BBC has already rolled out our first sneak peek of Whittaker as the all-powerful Time Lord, and series stalwart Mark Gatiss believes a female Doctor was long overdue.

Gatiss, who is known for roles in Game of Thrones, Sherlock and, more recently, the Guy Fawkes miniseries Gunpowder, is a writer on Doctor Who and a long-time cohort of Steven Moffat, who is prepped and ready to depart the sci-fi show alongside Capaldi. He recently sat down with the Financial Times (via Digital Spy) to discuss Doctor Who‘s impending changeover, and »

- Michael Briers

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L.A. Noire Remastered Review

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I’m sorry to play contrarian, but the L.A. Noire of 2017 is not a remaster. A remaster implies a game that has had its guts ripped out, assembled on the gurney and lovingly put back together again. Look no further than the handling of the gorgeous Uncharted Collection, which came to life anew. By contrast, L.A. Noire Remastered, resuscitated here for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, is more a straight port. Sure, load times and framerates get a very minor bump. Textures are cleaner. Edges are finer. Lighting is improved. But you’ll have to squint to notice these differences at all. Fans of the original expecting a generational leap forward will walk away disappointed.

And truth be told, visuals matter in La Noire. This is the game after all that sold itself on the merits of its motion capture technology, a process that transplanted real »

- Edward Love

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The Walking Dead: Will Negan’s Past Filter Into The Planned Crossover?

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Beyond AMC’s core flagship, which is fast approaching its extended mid-season finale, The Walking Dead community has trained its crosshairs on two sizeable developments: the planned Walking Dead/Fear The Walking Dead crossover, and the promise that Scott Gimple and Co. will delve deep into Negan’s past.

But if Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick is to be believed, one may be folded into another. As the dust settles from Sunday’s “The Big Scary U,” which largely placed the focus on Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s big bad, Hardwick indulged in a little speculation to draw a parallel between Negan and Madison Clark, the former high school guidance counselor and lead protagonist of Fear.

Essentially, this theory supposes that Negan and Clark worked at the same high school, long before the world went to hell in a handcart. In fact, during Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, Negan »

- Michael Briers

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Superman Added To Alex Ross-Inspired Justice League Promo Photos

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For those of us who enjoyed Justice League, one of the major talking points we’ve been discussing since leaving theaters has been that of the return of Superman. After all, the “truth and justice” schtick that we’ve come to love finally reared its head in the DC Extended Universe, offering a sense of hope that some felt it lacked. And even though the Man of Steel was absent from a fair amount of the film’s marketing, the more diehard fans among us knew that his resurrection was to be expected.

One such unfortunate omission was in what happened to be the favorite poster of many, that being the one that channeled the photo-realistic artwork of comic book legend Alex Ross. Having been been plastered all over social media and proudly on display at movie theaters the world over, the group shot we’ve come to enjoy included the likes of Batman, »

- Eric Joseph

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John Landis Reveals His Secret Pitch For A Sequel To An American Werewolf In London

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Had things panned out differently, An American Werewolf in London would’ve spawned a sequel.

And we’re not talking about An American Werewolf in Paris-type situation, but a true follow-up from writer-director John Landis, who was initially approached by PolyGram back in ’91 about the possibility of revisiting his horror gem.

As revealed in the newly-published Beware The Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf In London by Paul Davis (with a tip of the hat to Digital Spy), Landis’ super-secret pitch focused on a relatively minor character from the first film: Debbie Klein.

The movie was about the girl that the boys talk about at the beginning of the movie, Debbie Klein. She gets a job in London as a literary agent and while she’s there, starts privately investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Jack and David. The conceit was that during the time in the »

- Michael Briers

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The Crown Season 2 Review

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A recurring, albeit minor, critique regarding the near-flawless first season of Netflix’s sumptuous historical drama The Crown is that the now multi-award-winning series lacked any serious perforation – especially when it came to chiseling away at the monarchical members’ seemingly impenetrable personal lives.

A ridiculously lavish serial, featuring a steadfast ensemble delivering formidable performances from start to finish, earning John Lithgow (Winston Churchill) a Primetime Emmy and Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth II) a Golden Globe for their efforts, The Crown’s first season was a deluge of pomp and circumstance and enchanting personalities that made for highly watchable TV. However, some found creator Peter Morgan’s initial sculpting of the Monarchy more ideal for the powers that be as the royal family were more so seen, rather than heard.

Triumphantly, in its second season, The Crown does away with deference and protocol, unspooling the tightly coiled yarns of several of »

- Joseph Falcone

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Nightwing Director Confirms Open Casting Call

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Knowing how broad the horizon is when it comes to DC films said to be arriving in theaters over the course of the next few years, I’ll be bold in saying that the movie I’m most looking forward to in a post-Justice League world may very well be Nightwing. Sure, my favorite character may be Batman himself, but we’ve grown quite accustomed to seeing him on the big screen and, let’s face it, a picture focused squarely on the Boy Wonder grown up is long, long overdue.

Luckily, it sounds like Warner Bros. have found the right guy to sit in the director’s chair, that being Chris McKay. Having already made the studio some serious dough with The Lego Batman Movie, the filmmaker looks to continue his stay in Gotham City. Truth be told, I was concerned as to whether he was the man for the job at first, »

- Eric Joseph

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The Jaded Luke Drives Rey Toward Kylo Ren In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Despite his best intentions, it seems the jaded Luke Skywalker actually drives Rey toward Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

As part of its ongoing coverage, Entertainment Weekly spoke to the sequel’s Jedi trifecta – namely Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill – to discuss the power dynamics underpinning The Last Jedi, and why the rejected Rey winds up in the company of Snoke’s subordinate.

Remember, Daisy Ridley’s Jakku orphan made tracks for Ahch-To on the belief that Luke will expand her knowledge of the Force and, ultimately, steer her in the right direction. But after Mark Hamill himself described his on-screen character as a “broken warrior,” it’s clear that Rey is in for a rude awakening come December. Never meet your heroes, as the old saying goes.

And at least according to EW’s coverage, this crushing rejection from Luke Skywalker »

- Michael Briers

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Filming On Halloween Delayed Until January

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Aside from the fact that we haven’t seen Michael Myers on the big screen since 2009, there seem to be a multitude of reasons why we’re greatly looking forward to the next Halloween movie. Granted, we could talk about this all day, but a few of them are how it’ll ignore everything but the events of the original film, and how it’ll be set in an alternate universe of sorts, somewhat changing the ending of John Carpenter’s eternal classic.

But, as is the reality with many movies that are this highly anticipated, minor bumps in the road are to be expected. In this case, it’s in regard to principal photography.

You see, according to horror authority Bloody Disgusting, several sources have informed them that shooting – which was supposed to commence in October – has now been delayed until January. To be honest, there’s probably not »

- Eric Joseph

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Final Round Of Set Photos For Ant-Man And The Wasp Hint At A Potential Spoiler

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Such is the breathless nature of Hollywood filmmaking that just as one movie wraps, another begins to mosey into production.

Take the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an example. Now approaching its 10th anniversary, the lucrative, interconnected franchise has become the crown jewel of Marvel Studios, spawning must-see event movies (Captain America: Civil War) and spellbinding spinoffs (Thor: Ragnarok) as if they’re going out of fashion.

It recently placed a bow on the production of Ant-Man and the Wasp – just as Captain Marvel gears up for its alleged start in January – but not before one final batch of set photos escaped onto the interwebs. First spotted by UK tabloid the Daily Mail, these candid images find Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer – Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne – enjoying a romantic stroll along the beach. The latter is also seen with flowing grey hair, which may hint at the fate of Pfeiffer’s newcomer. »

- Michael Briers

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Marvel To Feature Wolverine In Post-Credits Scenes And Put Captain America Back On Ice In 2018

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By now, I’m sure many of you know to stay after the credits whenever seeing the latest Marvel movie and, likewise, wonder where the heck everyone else is going when they begin to roll. I mean, haven’t people learned their lesson on numerous occasions since the first Iron Man flick debuted back in 2008?

Anyway, beginning in 2018, the House of Ideas intend on implementing a similar flourish in their comic books, specifically involving Wolverine. As you may have heard by now, the 616 Logan that we all love is once again among the living, having returned this fall in the Marvel Legacy one-shot. Still, much mystery surrounds the resurrected icon, particularly why he’s not dead anymore – and how he came into possession of an Infinity Stone.

As for these post-credits scenes – or “backup stories,” as the rest of us having been calling them for decades – the first round will »

- Eric Joseph

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Road Rage Review

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A spiritual successor to Road Rash that is set in a Grand Theft Auto-style open world sounds like an excellent idea, doesn’t it?

Well, as it turns out, an idea isn’t all you need when it comes to making games. If it was, I’d be a multi-billionaire that wouldn’t be talking to the likes of you right now. Unfortunately, Road Rage appears to be an idea with little else of substance behind it.

The concept behind the game is exactly as I’ve described. It’s motorcycle combat in a GTA-like world. An underground group of bikers in the city of Ashen have decided that the time has come to rise up and overthrow the oppressors that have turned their formerly booming homeland into a dark and murderous place. To do this, they’ll take part in a series of motorcycle races, elimination events, stunt challenges, »

- Ken Barnes

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First Trailer For The Incredibles 2 Breaks A Huge Record

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The Incredibles 2 – Brad Bird’s long-awaited sequel to his popular 2004 Pixar movie – doesn’t arrive in theatres until July 2018, but it’s already breaking records. With the release of its first teaser teaser this past weekend, the film has broken the record for most viewed trailer of all-time for an animated feature.

It’s not terribly surprising, either, since Disney announced its intention to release the preview ahead of time – a move that created a vast swell of excitement across social media. Fans of the original film in particular not only looked forward to seeing the first footage from the sequel, but also responded to the promotional snippet pretty positively. While it contained very little information about the movie as a whole, it provided reassurance that the very specific tone that made The Incredibles such an enjoyable film would be fully recaptured, 13 years on. As a result, the teaser has been viewed over 113 million times, »

- Sarah Myles

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Warner Bros. Reportedly Facing $50M-$100M Loss On Justice League

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Forget Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons; Justice League is now facing a much more formidable conundrum: a lower-than-expected box office tally.

Currently simmering at $278 million worldwide, Warner’s much-hyped ensemble film disappointed on home turf, where it’s measly $94 million domestic haul became the lowest grossing debut of any Dceu effort to date – only Wonder Woman comes close at $100 million, though Patty Jenkins’ standalone pic had a remarkably long tail, which is to say that Diana Prince ruled over the global box office all summer long for a grand total of $821 million.

Justice League, by stark contrast, is now expected to limp miserably toward $635 million, which spells trouble for the Warner Bros. bean counters. Coming out of the film’s “dismal” debut, Forbes has compiled an exhaustive report that factors just about everything into the equation – merchandise potential, overseas markets…you name it – and it looks like WB is »

- Michael Briers

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No, Lando Won’t Appear In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has no place for Lando Calrissian, the smooth-talking smuggler of Cloud City.

First introduced via Empire all those years ago, many fans had hoped that Billy Dee Williams might appear in a small cameo role come December – the lush casino city of Canto Bight certainly sounds like it would be right up Lando’s street – but sadly, that’s not the case.

Per Entertainment Weekly, The Last Jedi‘s writer-director Rian Johnson has gone on record to confirm that, no, Lando Calrissian won’t feature in next month’s Star Wars sequel whatsoever. Turns out the idea of welcoming Lando back to the fray “never really came up,” even when Star Wars: The Last Jedi was still kicking around the Lucasfilm boardroom.

No, and I don’t want fans to get their hopes up. He’s not in the film and it was never really something that came up. »

- Michael Briers

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Can We Expect Characters From Avengers 4 To Cross Over Into Captain Marvel?

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One glance at Marvel’s jam-packed slate will tell you that there are two spinoff movies separating Infinity War and the so-far untitled Avengers 4: Ant-Man and the Wasp which just wrapped production in Atlanta, and Captain Marvel, the long-anticipated standalone pic that is expected to begin shooting early next year…also in Atlanta.

Largely set in the 1990s, the Brie Larson-fronted Captain Marvel movie is coming to us by way of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who are due to get the cameras rolling in March of 2018 – almost one year ahead of the film’s planned release. But a new report unearthed by McU Exchange asserts that Marvel has earmarked a week-long filming session in January, and is expected to fill out many of Captain Marvel‘s key roles before the year’s end.

Indeed, one source close to McU Exchange goes so far as to suggest that »

- Michael Briers

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The Punisher Showrunner Name-Drops Two Major Villains He’d Like To Introduce In Season 2

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If Marvel and Netflix decide to push on with a second season of The Punisher, Frank Castle could come face-to-face with two major Marvel villains: Barracuda and Kathryn O’Brien.

At least, that’s according to series showrunner Steve Lightfoot, who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter (via Cbm) about the newly-released Marvel series, its titular anti-hero, and the excessive (?) violence underpinning Frank’s standalone story.

But whereas The Punisher‘s inaugural season thrust our haunted protagonist into the midst of a government conspiracy, it seems Lightfoot wants to extract two major comic book villains in the not-so-distant future – you know, providing season 2 gets the go-ahead from Netflix.

I haven’t even thought about season 2, but one of the villains I love is Barracuda [from Garth Ennis’ Punisher Max series]. I think he’s great fun. I also really like Kathryn O’Brien [also introduced in Ennis’ Punisher Max run]. I thought she was always really cool. Certainly, those two jump out at me initially, »

- Michael Briers

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Kevin Smith Posts His Verdict Of Justice League: “There Are Moments That Made My Heart Soar”

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As Justice League begins to dust itself down in preparation for a crucial second weekend, Warner Bros. executives will be crossing their fingers in the hope that audiences will still flock to see the Zack Snyder-directed tentpole – you know, despite the avalanche of middling reviews.

Financially, it’s been a similar story for the Justice League of America; at only $94 million, the starry mega-film endured the lowest domestic opening of any movie in the DC Extended Universe thus far, which doesn’t exactly bode well for Justice League‘s box office ambitions.

$600 million is said to be the current target if it’s to really turn a profit, though it’s hard to see Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s big-budget blockbuster as anything other than a misfire – no matter which way you spin the box office numbers.

And though he’s well aware of the film’s shortcomings, »

- Michael Briers

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