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On 3/5/2020 at 7:51 PM, R1s1ngs0n said:

The Last of Us TV Show In the Works at HBO

The series will be produced by Sony and PlayStation Productions.

 

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Hopefully it's gonna be as good as the game...which I haven't even played but got urged to from all sides 🤣

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Hopefully it's gonna be as good as the game...which I haven't even played but got urged to from all sides 🤣

That game is one of the few which deserve the title masterpiece IMO

Can’t really see the point of turning it into a movie or TV series. It will never be as immersive as the game, which is like a movie in itself. 

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^^ Well, I guess since Blumhouse helped to ensure Universal didn't crash and burn (again) with the release of Invisible Man, they're getting the keys to the Universal Monsters vault for more.

Hence, a new Dracula..... again....

I have nothing personal against Blumhouse, they've put out some solid releases in the past, I just feel a bit sad that Universal felt they had to go this route.

I have an idea, HIRE SOME NEW WRITERS!

Anyway, I'll be keeping tabs on this.

 

And in this vein,...heh, here's a link to a site that discusses all things Horror/Sci-Fi in theatres and on Blu-ray.

An excellent site to keep your fingers on the pulse wrt all the latest greatest news, highly recommended;  🧛‍♂️

 

Bloody Disgusting:

https://bloody-disgusting.com/movie/

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38 minutes ago, Grendel said:

^^ Well, I guess since Blumhouse helped to ensure Universal didn't crash and burn (again) with the release of Invisible Man, they're getting the keys to the Universal Monsters vault for more.

Hence, a new Dracula..... again....

I have nothing personal against Blumhouse, they've put out some solid releases in the past, I just feel a bit sad that Universal felt they had to go this route.

I have an idea, HIRE SOME NEW WRITERS!

Anyway, I'll be keeping tabs on this.

 

And in this vein,...heh, here's a link to a site that discusses all things Horror/Sci-Fi in theatres and on Blu-ray.

An excellent site to keep your fingers on the pulse wrt all the latest greatest news, highly recommended;  🧛‍♂️

 

Bloody Disgusting:

https://bloody-disgusting.com/movie/

 


Yeah @Grendel, I’m familiar with bloody-disgusting & I do look at it from time to time for some horror news, however I wish they had more “Universal Classic Monsters” & “Hammer Horror” type of horror for my tastes 👋 ... I like the subtle, atmospheric, gothic, spooky, etc. style the most!

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2 UNEXPECTED SPIDER-MAN SPIN-OFFS, SOLO AND MAN-WOLF, IN EARLY DEVELOPMENT AT SONY: EXCLUSIVE

 


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2 Unexpected Spider-Man Spin-Offs, Solo and Man-Wolf, In Early Development At Sony: EXCLUSIVE
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of our truly great, iconic superstars has passed away at the young old age of 81 years old... We will miss you Kenny see you there Cowboy!😪🤠

 

 

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Crossover Country Superstar Kenny Rogers Dies At 81

  
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on records and on TV, died Friday night. He was 81.

He died at home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, representative Keith Hagan told The Associated Press. He was under hospice care and died of natural causes, Hagan said.

The Houston-born performer with the husky voice and silver beard sold tens of millions of records, won three Grammys and was the star of TV movies based on “The Gambler” and other songs, making him a superstar in the ‘70s and ’80s. Rogers thrived for some 60 years before retired from touring in 2017 at age 79. Despite his crossover success, he always preferred to be thought of as a country singer.

“You either do what everyone else is doing and you do it better, or you do what no one else is doing and you don’t invite comparison,” Rogers told The Associated Press in 2015. “And I chose that way because I could never be better than Johnny Cash or Willie or Waylon at what they did. So I found something that I could do that didn’t invite comparison to them. And I think people thought it was my desire to change country music. But that was never my issue.”

His “Islands in the Stream” duet partner Dolly Parton posted a video on Twitter on Saturday morning, choking up as she held a picture of the two of them together. “I loved Kenny with all my heart and my heart is broken and a big ole chunk of it is gone with him today," Parton said in the video.

“Kenny was one of those artists who transcended beyond one format and geographic borders,” says Sarah Trahern, chief executive officer of the Country Music Association. “He was a global superstar who helped introduce country music to audiences all around the world."

Rogers was a five-time CMA Award winner, as well as the recipient of the CMA's Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, the same year he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He received 10 awards from the Academy of Country Music. He sold more than 47 million records in the United States alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

A true rags-to-riches story, Rogers was raised in public housing in Houston Heights with seven siblings. As a 20-year-old, he had a gold single called “That Crazy Feeling,” under the name Kenneth Rogers, but when that early success stalled, he joined a jazz group, the Bobby Doyle Trio, as a standup bass player.

But his breakthrough came when he was asked to join the New Christy Minstrels, a folk group, in 1966. The band reformed as First Edition and scored a pop hit with the psychedelic song, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).” Rogers and First Edition mixed country-rock and folk on songs like “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” a story of a Vietnam veteran begging his girlfriend to stay.

After the group broke up in 1974, Rogers started his solo career and found a big hit with the sad country ballad “Lucille,” in 1977, which crossed over to the pop charts and earned Rogers his first Grammy. Suddenly the star, Rogers added hit after hit for more than a decade.

“The Gambler,” the Grammy-winning story song penned by Don Schlitz, came out in 1978 and became his signature song with a signature refrain: “You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ’em.” The song spawned a hit TV movie of the same name and several more sequels featuring Rogers as professional gambler Brady Hawkes, and led to a lengthy side career for Rogers as a TV actor and host of several TV specials.

“I think the best that any songwriter could hope for is to have Kenny Rogers sing one of your songs,” said Schlitz, who also co-wrote the other Parton-Rogers duet “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” “He gave so many career songs to so many of us.”

Schlitz noted that some of Rogers’ biggest hits were songs that had been recorded previously, but his versions became the most popular. “The Gambler” had been recorded six other times before Rogers and “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” by Mel Tillis, was also recorded by other artists before Rogers.

Other hits included “You Decorated My Life,” “Every Time Two Fools Collide” with Dottie West, “Don’t Fall In Love with a Dreamer” with Kim Carnes, and “Coward of the County.” One of his biggest successes was “Lady,” written by Lionel Richie, a chart topper for six weeks straight in 1980. Richie said in a 2017 interview with the AP that he often didn’t finish songs until he had already pitched them, which was the case for “Lady.”

“In the beginning, the song was called, ‘Baby,'” Richie said. “And because when I first sat with him, for the first 30 minutes, all he talked about was he just got married to a real lady. A country guy like him is married to a lady. So, he said, ‘By the way, what’s the name of the song?’” Richie replies: “Lady.”

Over the years, Rogers worked often with female duet partners, most memorably, Dolly Parton. The two were paired at the suggestion of the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb, who wrote “Islands in the Stream.”

“Barry was producing an album on me and he gave me this song,” Rogers told the AP in 2017. “And I went and learned it and went into the studio and sang it for four days. And I finally looked at him and said, ‘Barry, I don’t even like this song anymore.’ And he said, ‘You know what we need? We need Dolly Parton.’ I thought, ‘Man, that guy is a visionary.’”

Coincidentally, Parton was actually in the same recording studio in Los Angeles when the idea came up.

“From the moment she marched into that room, that song never sounded the same,” Rogers said. “It took on a whole new spirit.”

The two singers toured together, including in Australia and New Zealand in 1984 and 1987, and were featured in a HBO concert special. Over the years the two would continue to record together, including their last duet, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” which was released in 2013. Parton reprised “Islands in the Stream” with Rogers during his all-star retirement concert held in Nashville in October 2017.

Rogers invested his time and money in a lot of other endeavors over his career, including a passion for photography that led to several books, as well as an autobiography, “Making It With Music.” He had a chain of restaurants called Kenny Rogers Roasters and was a partner behind a riverboat in Branson, Missouri. He was also involved in numerous charitable causes, among them the Red Cross and MusiCares, and was part of the all-star “We are the World” recording for famine relief.

By the '90s, his ability to chart hits had waned, although he still remained a popular live entertainer with regular touring. Still he was an inventive businessman and never stopped trying to find his way back onto the charts.

At the age of 61, Rogers had a brief comeback on the country charts in 2000 with a hit song “Buy Me A Rose,” thanks to his other favorite medium, television. Producers of the series “Touched By An Angel” wanted him to appear in an episode, and one of his managers suggested the episode be based on his latest single. That cross-promotional event earned him his first No. 1 country song in 13 years.

Rogers is survived by his wife, Wanda, and his sons Justin, Jordan, Chris and Kenny Jr., as well as two brothers, a sister and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, his representative said. The family is planning a private service “out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency,” a statement posted early Saturday read. A public memorial will be held at a later date.

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Associated Press journalist Mallika Sen contributed from Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

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Universal & Amasia Entertainment Team Up For ‘The Green Hornet And Kato’ Feature

 

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Universal Pictures and Amasia Entertainment are partnering on The Green Hornet and Kato, which is currently in feature development.

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Universal optioned the rights to the iconic characters, first created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker in 1936, after Amasia co-founders Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo took control of the motion picture franchise rights in a highly competitive bidding war back in January.

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The Green Hornet was one of early radio’s most popular adventure shows, predating Superman, before being turned into 1940s movie serials from Universal. A 1966 TV series, distributed by 20th Century Fox TV, followed, introducing Bruce Lee (Kato) to the United States. The story centered around Britt Reid owner/publisher of The Daily Sentinel.  Armed with knowledge from his sources, cool weapons, a supercar known as The Black Beauty, and teaming with his trusty aide Kato, Reid became The Green Hornet, a vigilante crime fighter wanted by the police and feared by the criminal world. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen adapted, executive produced with the latter starring a 2011 action comedy of the IP for Sony which opened at No. 1 at the MLK box office with $40M and ultimately grossed close to $228M worldwide.

 

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Mickey Rourke Fantasy Horror Movie ‘Warhunt’ Wraps After Shooting During Covid-19 Crisis (EXCLUSIVE)

 

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World War II fantasy horror movie “Warhunt,” starring Mickey Rourke, has wrapped after it continued shooting during the Covid-19 crisis.

The crew on the project, which shot in Riga, capital of Latvia, were allowed to continue working by abiding by government guidelines. These included having to don facemasks and gloves, having their temperature taken twice a day, social distancing, and disinfecting equipment.

Rourke says: “I came to Riga to work and this thing (Covid-19) was so out of control, but everyone was so great.”

Yu-Fai Suen, one of the producers, says Rourke’s dates had to be adjusted. “We had to rearrange the schedule for Mickey Rourke as the country was closing its borders, and luckily he agreed to fly early to beat the closure, and we rescheduled his shoot days to accommodate this change.”

Speaking about the adjustments on set, Suen says: “There were additional procedures on set, but it quickly became the norm and everyone got on with it.” He gives an example of one such change in practice. “For makeup, each actor had a dedicated kit so makeup artists used only the same brushes, makeup etc. on the same actor. All makeup artists, of course, wore facemasks when applying makeup.”

Italian director Mauro Borrelli says of the experience: “It was surreal at the beginning, but the cast and crew quickly adjusted to the masks and other precautions, so we ended up even more focused and efficient.”

Suen says he has been granted permission by the Latvian government to shoot further film and television productions under the same guidelines.

“Warhunt,” also starring Robert Knepper (“Prison Break”) and Jackson Rathbone (“Twilight”), follows an elite squad of American soldiers on a secret mission during World War II. Trapped behind enemy lines in Germany’s Black Forest, the men are confronted by a coven of witches.

Borrelli, who has worked in the art department of many Hollywood movies, including two “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi,” describes “Warhunt” as a “wild ride with powerful images; but also a great metaphor about war and its evil, told with powerful iconic characters.”

Suen, who runs London’s Berkeley Media Group, is a highly experienced film professional, with several senior roles under his belt, including managing director at Pinewood Pictures, CEO at media fund Aramid Capital Partners, chief operating officer at Elton John’s Rocket Pictures, and senior vice president at Momentum Pictures.

Suen joined forces on the movie with Julie Zaytseva of Forma Pro Films, one of the leading film production companies in the Baltic region, and Adel Nur of Atomik Content.

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Wonder Woman Complete Collection TV Series Blu-Ray Set July 28th 2020

 

Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection Blu-ray

 

Warner Bros. | 1975-1979 | Seasons 1-3 | Not rated | Jul 28, 2020 (3 Months)

 

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Our 🙏 have been answered!😘

 

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How to Watch and Stream the Virtual "Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown" Race This Weekend

The official race is postponed until September, but Churchill Downs will host an exciting computer-generated one instead. 

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ICON SPORTSWIREGETTY IMAGEThe Kentucky Derby is America's oldest continuously held major sporting event. Since its inaugural running on May 17, 1875, the race has been held without interruption at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, and has brought us all the mint juleps, oversized hats, and thrilling close calls our hearts can handle. But this year, things will be different. Instead of being held on the first Saturday in May, the Derby has been rescheduled to September 5, 2020.

However, that doesn't mean you can't still celebrate. On Saturday, May 2 — the day the race would have been held — there will be a virtual Kentucky Derby racing event. The day will include a virtual tour of Churchill Downs, a movie about the history of the race, a fascinator crafting session, a virtual fashion contest, and more, all to support COVID-19 relief.

The highlight of the event will be a historic "Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown," in which each of the 13 horses to ever win the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes will compete in a computer-generated fantasy race. For even more festivities, join Country Living magazine for a virtual Kentucky Derby party starting at 11:30 a.m. 

What is the "Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown?" 

The "Triple Crown Showdown" will be an animated race created using computer-generated imagery and results; the competitors will be the 13 previous Triple Crown winners. Justify, the horse who won the Triple Crown in 2018, and American Pharoah, the winner in 2015, are the only horses in this race who are still alive. Another famous horse who will race is Secretariat, who won in 1973.

According to the Kentucky Derby's website, the winner of the virtual race will be determined by analyzing each of the horses's past performances and combining that data with the opinions of horse racing experts. That information will be fed into a computer model that will "determine the final result by using these probabilities in conjunction with random number generation." It sounds like this race, just like any other race, will leave a lot up to fate. 

How do I watch the virtual Kentucky Derby 2020? 

The "Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown" will air on NBC at 5:45 p.m on May 2, 2020. You can also watch the race live on the NBC app on most devices, including iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, and XBox One, although you'll need a cable log in. 

Don't have cable? There are still a few ways you can watch. 

  • FuboTV: Fubu costs $54 a month for 109 channels. There's a seven-day free trial.
  • Hulu + Live TV: If you've already got Hulu, this add-on costs $55 a month. If you don't have Hulu, you can start a free one-month trail now.
  • YoutubeTV: Youtube's $50 a month TV streaming service includes live TV from 70+ channels, plus local sports and new. There's a two-week free trial. 

Can I bet on the simulated Kentucky Derby race? 

U.S. law forbids betting on virtual races. However, you will be able pick which horse you think will win the race. If your horse wins, you will be entered into a random drawing to win a four-day, three-night all-inclusive Kentucky Derby experience. To enter and place your "bet," all you need to do is donate here to support COVID-19 relief; entries close at 5:30 p.m. ET on May 2. Donations will support Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief. The Churchill Downs Foundation will match every dollar donated up to $1 million. 

What are the virtual Kentucky Derby 2020 odds?

Secretariat is the favorite in this race, although he's got close competitors in Citation, Affirmed, and Seattle Slew. Here are the odds for the "Triple Crown Showdown."

  1. Affirmed; 1978 (5-1)
  2. Assault; 1946 (20-1)
  3. Secretariat; 1973 (7-2)
  4. Sir Barton; 1919 (20-1)
  5. Seattle Slew; 1977 (5-1)
  6. American Pharoah; 2015 (6-1)
  7. Gallant Fox; 1930 (20-1)
  8. Citation; 1948 (4-1)
  9. War Admiral; 1937 (8-1)
  10. Whirlaway; 1941 (6-1)
  11. Count Fleet; 1943 (6-1)
  12. Justify; 2018 (15-1)
  13. Omaha; 1935 (20-1)

Are there other virtual Kentucky Derby events? 

Officials came up with an entire day of programming. Here is the full schedule of online Kentucky Derby events, as well as how to watch them all. 

  • 9 a.m.: Virtual tour of Churchill Downs; LIVE on KY Derby social media 
  • 10 a.m.: Virtual tour of Claiborne Farm; LIVE on KY Derby social media 
  • 12 p.m.: "The Greatest Race"- Kentucky Derby Museum Movie; KY Derby social media
  • 12:15 p.m.: Kentucky Derby Museum kids craft; LIVE on KY Derby social media
  • 12:45 p.m.: Triple Crown Showdown: Handicapper Roundtable; KY Derby social media 
  • 1 m.: DIY fascinator making; LIVE on KY Derby social media
  • 2 p.m.: Bourbon, Horses & History: Stories & Cocktail Crafting; LIVE on KY Derby social media
  • 3 - 6 p.m.: NBC 
  • 5 p.m.: Virtual toast; KY Derby social media 
  • 5:15 p.m.: My Old Kentucky Home; KY Derby social media
  • 5:45 p.m.: Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown; NBC
  • 6 - 8 p.m.: Arkansas Derby; NBCSN 
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