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Disney’s ‘Cruella’ Announced Right Before Dog Day

Why Disney, why? It might be a coincidence, it might not be, but it’s still cruel of Disney to release an image of Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil two days before International Dog Day!

 

 

I get it, I understand, D23 Expo is most certainly one of the places to announce new content, and Disney was busy pumping out show after show, from She-Hulk to the High School Musical series, but did they have to announce this new live-action remake right before International Dog Day?

 

 

Maybe they did it because they knew someone would write an article about it.

 

Boo Boo the Fool

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With Disney pumping out live-action remake after live-action remake, you might be getting sick and terrible of them all, but this one might just be a little different.

 

Maleficent

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Following in the footsteps of Disney’s 2014 Maleficient―which starred Angelina Jolie as the evil fairy from Sleeping Beauty―in focusing on an origin story for one of the franchise’s villains. It was a good move, especially considering Maleficient is getting a sequel.

 

Glenn Close as Cruella

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The position is one that Disney has forced themselves into. Before this new wave of live action remakes, we had a live action remake of The Jungle Book in 1994 and a live action remake of 101 Dalmatians in 1996. Both received lukewarm reviews and had a small gross, enough to warren a live action sequel 102 Dalmatians (not related to the straight-to-video animated sequel 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure), but didn’t make enough to warrant a wave of live action remakes.

Of course, The Jungle Book was remade again in 2016, but both that version and the 1994 version strayed far enough from the original Disney movie, and both strayed incredibly greatly away from the Rudyard Kipling novel.

 

 

What what could you add to the original 101 Dalmatians movie? This is the position Disney finds themselves in, and thus they’ve decided on a prequel. It’ll be tough, given the original Dodie Smith novel doesn’t give us much in terms of backstory for Cruella.

 

Emma Stone

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Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone will be a young Cruella de Vil.

 

Emma Thompson

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Emma Thompson is in talks to play a new character called The Duchess

 

 

Details are scarce about the project, but maybe with this Maleficient-style prequel, we’ll get a nice Cruella de Vil who isn’t mean to puppies. It worked for Maleficent, where they convinced audiences around the globe that a person whose named literally means ‘evil’ wasn’t all that, so maybe they can convince us that a person with a name that sounds an awfully lot like ‘cruel’ isn’t all that bad.

Maybe then I can forgive them for announcing this news so close to International Dog Day.

 

 

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WarnerMedia Reveals New Streaming Service HBO Max

 

 

 

Everyone wants a slice of the streaming pie that started when Netflix began killing it in the ratings when it debuted original content way back in 2013. Hulu and Amazon have already made names for themselves in the streaming wars and it won’t be long until Disney and Apple enter the fray with their own original content. And now we can add another contender to the mix: WarnerMedia.

 

After months of speculation, WarnerMedia finally unveiled the name of their own streaming service: HBO Max. Sharing the name with the popular premium cable channel, HBO Max will host over 10,000 hours of content, with some big names attached to it.

 

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HBO Max will feature all current HBO series and library including Game Of Thrones and Westworld. Shows from The CW, like Riverdale and all current DC-related shows on that channel, will also stream after their runs on television. Content from Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, CNN, and DC Entertainment will also be featured. And of course, Warner Bros. films will also be available.

 

HBO Max will also be the exclusive streaming home to classic shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Pretty Little Liars. Original content will also come to the service. Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon are producing films for the service, and we already know of two literary adaptations being made into series.

 

But perhaps the biggest news to come from this announcement: Friends will be leaving Netflix next year to stream exclusively on HBO Max. Netflix confirmed the series’ departure in a tweet:

 


With all this content coming, it is unclear what will happen to HBO GO, HBO NOW, and DC Universe in the future.

 

Watch the announcement trailer here:

 

 

 

 

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Two Best-Selling Novels to be Adapted For WarnerMedia’s New Streaming Service

The streaming wars are heating up with all the major companies searching for the next big show to elevate their platform. WarnerMedia is stepping into the streaming ring with two new adaptations.

 

Novels Made For Love and Station Eleven are being adapted into television series from Patrick Somerville, the creator of Netflix’s Maniac

 

Alissa Nutting and Emily St John Mandel | Via Publishers Weekly and Otherppl with Brad Listi

 

Made For Love is a comedic story about a woman named Hazel who runs out on her marriage to a sociopathic billionaire, but must deal with a monitoring chip in her brain implanted by the husband to follow her every move. Station Eleven is a post-apocalyptic story that follows various characters trying to survive a flu pandemic.

 

 

Somerville is both writing and executive producing both shows. Made For Love will be directed by S.J. Clarkson, one of the directors of the upcoming Game Of Thrones prequel. Station Eleven will be directed by Hiro Murai, the director of several episodes of Atlanta and Donald Glover’s “This Is America” music video. Both shows will be produced by Paramount TV.

 

Do these adaptations make you want to subscribe to this new streaming service?

 

 

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New Images Released for Netflix’s Adaptation of ‘The Witcher!’

After a very long production cycle, the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher is finally ready to debut sometime later this year. The show will star Henry Cavill, the British actor famous for playing Superman in Man of Steel, in the lead role as the titular Witcher: Geralt of Rivia. The series is an adaptation of The Witcher series of novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski centering around the adventures of Geralt in the fantasy world of an unnamed continent inhabited by elves, dwarves, and other races living alongside humans. Geralt was trained at a young age, gifted supernatural powers and skills in order to slay deadly monsters that roam the land. The books have had a cult following worldwide and have been adapted into a series of best selling video games.

 

So far, there have been eight books in The Witcher series, three stand alone tales while the rest revolve around a story arc concerning a girl named Ciri, a child of destiny who is wanted by supernatural forces for her power and whom Geralt must protect. Netflix debuted the first poster and a few preview images for the series, showcasing Henry Cavill’s Geralt along with a few other characters from the series, such as the sorceress Yennefer and Ciri. Check them out below!

 

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While obviously just teaser images, the poster and images are extremely exciting. Geralt’s appearance looks extremely close to the actual games, bringing the grittiness we’ve come to expect from the character. In addition, the looks of Yennefer and Ciri feel close to the spirit of the original works while being slightly altered for this adaptation of the source material. Overall, these images are extremely exciting and we can’t wait to see these characters on our screens when the series debuts sometime in the fall. Netflix also released the official longline for the series, which also sounds very exciting:

Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.

Fantasy fans, this one is a must see! How do you like this teaser? Are you excited for The Witcher’s debut? Let us know in the comments!

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Sets Ratings Record for HBO

Game of Thrones went out on a high mark, at least in terms of ratings. The finale episode drew in an audience of 19.3 million episode across HBO’s various platforms, according to BuzzFeed. The new record beat the previous episode, The Bells, which had already set a huge high mark with 18.4 million ratings. The impressive overnight ratings showed that television is still a huge and valid form of entertainment, drawing in millions of viewers if the show is big enough.

 

Sansa sitting on her new throne as Queen of the North

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HBO’s previous record holder for most watched was the final episode of The Sopranos back in 2002, which drew in a then massive audience of 13.4 million. But Game of Thrones has blown that out of the water with nearly every episode this season. Each episode, accounting for streaming and rewatching, has drawn in an average audience of over 44 million viewers! Whoa! That’s massive! HBO must be sad to see the series reaching its conclusion considering the high amount of viewers the season has drawn in but thankfully for both them and fans, more Game of Thrones spinoffs are on the horizon. It remains to be seen in these spinoffs will draw in Game of Throne’s massive fanbase and hold a candle to their parent show but with the established huge audience for the show, anything is possible.

In any case, the final season is a huge milestone for HBO and indeed, TV in general! Congratulations to Game of Thrones!

 

 

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